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July 22, 2014

Bean-to-bar chocolate packaging

Maverick Chocolate package

Maverick Chocolate Co. is a new business that hand crafts chocolate bars from ethically sourced beans. When they approached me about designing their visual identity, I jumped at the chance (and secretly hoped for free samples.) Located in historic Findlay Market in Cincinnati, Maverick’s brand salutes gentleman adventurers of yesteryear — those who did things a little differently, just like the company itself. We featured vintage engravings of “mavericks” and their whimsical flying machines on the packaging, a nod to owner Paul Picton’s work in the aviation industry. A different flying contraption is pictured on each flavor of bar along with the tagline, “Bean-to-bar chocolate for the adventurous palate.”

Maverick graphic elements

A bold color palette of black and red distinguishes Maverick from competitors in the bean-to-bar market. Textured die-cut envelopes fold into a reclosable wallet with a high-end feel on par with the superb quality of Maverick’s artisanal product line.

Die cut package

FILED UNDER: Recent work


May 30, 2014

What German coziness looks like

Cafe script logos

Client Elena Williams approached me to design an identity for her new café in Newport, KY. A native of Germany, Elena explained that the restaurant and coffee shop should feel like Gemuedlichkeit. I said, “How’s that again?” And she said ”German coziness”— people will come and drink cappuccino and eat cakes and pastries and fresh meats and cheeses and salads, and relax and feel comfortable and happy. Lovely!

While the shop was being renovated, we set out to make a logo. The clients had already selected a typeface (above left), but I suggested we explore some alternate designs as well. The original lettering had some legibility issues and, well, some attractiveness issues. BUT it was a great start and helped me see that they were going for a charming script, so I presented some options. And we had a winner.

Katharinas Cafe design work

I applied the logo to business cards, stickers to decorate take-out packaging, gift certificates, storefront signage, and a cost-effective (i.e. free) website template customized to match the new branding. Once the menus were designed and the remodel was complete, Katharina’s Café-Konditorei was up and running and doing a brisk business.

Cafe menu design

Cafe website

A German lesson for the day: Konditorei is the German word for a bakery specializing in pastries and sweets.

Table

FILED UNDER: Recent work


February 25, 2014

2014 Oscar ballot and bingo game

free 2014 Oscars bingo cards

I just finished my sixth annual Oscar bingo and ballot set, free for the downloading. Whether you’re hosting a viewing party on Sunday or lounging with the fam, nothing makes the Academy Awards better than some friendly competition.

To use the ballot: Print one for each guest and have them mark their predictions before the show starts. The person with the most correct guesses wins.

To use the bingo cards: 20 different game cards are included in the PDF. Print out the number of pages you’ll need for your guests. The first person to mark off five squares in a line wins. It could be a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line. (This year I removed the center “free” space to make you work a little harder.)

Download the 2014 Oscar ballot here

Download the 2014 Oscar bingo game here

And like every year, a disclaimer: Maybe someone will get a bingo ten minutes into the telecast, or maybe your group won’t have a winner at all because my psychic powers have failed. Best of luck!

FILED UNDER: Amusements, Downloads


December 12, 2013

Victorian home tour design

Victorian home tour design

The East Row Historic Foundation of Newport, KY asked me to design materials promoting their annual Victorian home tour and tea. Pictured here are posters that hung in local shops, postcard reminders, and the ticket/brochure featuring home histories and a map. Matching yard signs and a large street banner were also printed up.

The neighborhood is full of beautiful, historic homes, and the tour is a great way to explore lovely architecture and enjoy a dose of Christmas decorating. It’s infinitely more satisfying than strolling around at night hoping to find homeowners who’ve neglected to close their curtains. Not that I do that. Okay, I totally do that.

Home tour poster design

FILED UNDER: Recent work


October 29, 2013

My wallpaper in magazines

Magazine sightings

I’ve updated the press page to reflect a few glimpses of my wallpaper designs for Chasing Paper spotted in various magazines. It’s always a huge thrill to see my work in publications, no matter how tiny the mention. And then there’s the opposite of tiny— this portrait of yours truly by Kristyna Archer in CS Interiors. I think that in addition to floor routines, Olympic gymnastics competition should include chair routines. Coach Kristyna put me through the paces: Crouch lower! No, higher! On your toes! Angle the other way! I wanted to steal that cool chair at the end of the session, but figured it would be hard to sneak out under my shirt.

Jessica Jones

FILED UNDER: Recent work


September 27, 2013

Marketing materials for a healthcare institute

Brochure design

This summer I’ve been unpacking and setting up shop in the Cincinnati area. Moving hasn’t affected my business; terrific new clients keep finding me. One is Chicago-based Achara Consulting. Owner Ijeoma Achara is running an extremely successful consulting business and needed materials to promote an upcoming conference for behavioral health leaders. Together we created an informational brochure and coordinating Mail Chimp email blast to promote the event. The look is crisp and contemporary, and the color palette stands out from run-of-the-mill industry communications.

FILED UNDER: Recent work


July 12, 2013

Workspace interview at TCG blog

Jessica Jones home office

Recently The Creative Group, a staffing agency for creative professionals, interviewed me about working from a home office. See a few photos of my workspace and read the article on the TCG blog.

I’ll be relocating soon so I’m going to miss my sunny little corner room. But I’m excited to set up shop in a new space!

FILED UNDER: Philosophy


June 20, 2013

Lotsa patterns

Chasing Paper Sunburst print

Chasing Paper, a new company that manufactures peel-and-stick wallpaper, contacted me to create a pattern for them. Here’s the design they picked — a modern, abstract floral print built from simple shapes. It comes in nine color ways. Find this Sunburst removable wallpaper right here.

Jessica Jones wallpaper

Geometric ribbon dog collars

Bella Bark & Meow sells fancy pet accessories. They needed some geometric designs for a new batch of collars and leashes, so we created these. If I had a vivacious girly dog who enjoyed pink, I’d put this bow tie collar on her. If I lived in Palm Springs with a dog who favored Hollywood Regency decorating and liked sipping cocktails, I’d put this blue semi-circle collar on him. Get ‘em here.

Uncommon iPhone cases

Uncommon, purveyor of cases for Apple devices, asked me for a handful of patterns for iPhone, iPad, and iPod cases. Customers can scale these prints up or down, reposition them, and then apply them to their favorite device cases which will arrive on their doorstep in a few days. Pick a design and try it out right here at Uncommon.

FILED UNDER: Recent work


June 4, 2013

Father’s Day printable freebies

Printable Father's Day cards

Inspired by Penguin Scores, a 1949 sheet music series with patterned covers by Jan Tschichold, I created some free Father’s Day cards in a similar style. Print your favorite onto a sheet of cardstock, cut out the card, and fold in half. Cards are 4.25″ x 5.5″ after folding, designed to fit into a standard A2 envelope.

Download the blue card

Download the red card

Download the brown card

Free Father's Day printables

Download a couple matching bottle tags right here. Hang them on a fancy bottle of lemonade, sparkling juice, bourbon, or wine. Sign the tag with your name or leave them plain.

Father's Day wine bottle tags

 

FILED UNDER: Downloads


May 13, 2013

A new look for Day Street Designs

Day Street Website After

Day Street Designs is a Chicago business that provides custom-sewn fabric furnishings to interior designers and homeowners. Day Street hired me to update their seven-year-old branding with a new logo, business cards, signs, and web splash page. The objective was to create a more polished look with a logo that’s friendly, a bit quirky, and references mid-century illustration. See the other pieces here in my portfolio.

Day Street Website Before

FILED UNDER: Before and after, Recent work



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