Nebraska Football Poster

Nebraska Football Poster

My wife was considering taking a position at the University of Nebraska. While browsing their jobs website, I noticed their athletic department was hiring a graphic designer. Though my wife didn’t end up taking the position, I wanted to have a design ready to send in with my resume to show how excited I was, not only about the position, but also about Nebraska and Oklahoma renewing their much loved rivalry game after Nebraska left the Big 12 Conference several years ago. This poster was inspired by the game-day posters Indiana University printed while I was a student there. Hope you all enjoy!

Buddy Hield Poster

Buddy Hield

Living in Norman, OK for the past 9 months has been an interesting and fun experience. Outside of constantly worrying about the weather, we, as sports fans, could not have picked a more exciting year to live here. OU’s football team made it to the College Football Playoffs and had a Heisman candidate in Baker Mayfield. The basketball team was ranked number one for a good portion of the season and made it all the way to the Final Four. We got to see Blake Griffin’s jersey retired at halftime of the last home game of the season.

This poster was created to commemorate a great college career for senior standout Buddy Hield. Today Buddy was awarded the Naismith Player of the Year Award, as well as, the Wooden Award. It will be fun to continue watching Buddy play at the next level.

Chicago Sports Rebrand

Chicago Logo Rebrand

Hitting a slow patch in my workload, I had some fun re-creating the logos of four Chicago professional teams. Chicago Bulls, Bears, Fire and Blackhawks.

Peaceful Spool Sign

Peacful Spool Sign

Merry Christmas to Peaceful Spool! As a big thank you for all the great things they have made for my daughter, I wanted to make them something special and useful this holiday season. Make sure to check out all their great products at www.peacefulspool.com.

Monogram for Harper

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My wife and I recently welcomed our daughter Harper into the world. Seven pounds and fifteen ounces of pure joy! I wanted to do something special for her so I decided to design a custom monogram with her initials. I came across some beautiful wooden monograms on Pinterest and thought that would be perfect for her nursery. After the design was finished I looked into how much it would cost to have one made, they are not cheap! Being a new parent and trying to save as much money as possible led to me cutting and painting the piece myself. I am no carpenter but I think it came out pretty great.

LAN War XXVII

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Working for the technology department at Indiana University has many perks. One I was not initially anticipating was the opportunity to promote my freelance business. A co-worker of mine approached me with a request for a T-shirt and name badge design for IU gaming‘s event, LanWar XXVII. Over 2oo students attended the 36 hour gaming event sponsored by Monster. I stopped by the event to take some photos and received a lot of positive feedback on the designs. I am already looking forward to the next LAN War!

Click here to check out more photos from the event on my Facebook page.

IU Memorial Stadium Illustration

IUstadiumBlog

Indiana University is home to some pretty impressive and beautiful buildings. I miss my days as a student, walking past these buildings made of the signature Indiana limestone on a daily basis. The Illustration above is the first of many IU landmarks I have illustrated. Check out the other illustrations at my Facebook page including the iconic red clocks that are spread throughout campus. Go Hoosiers!

Subaru STI Illustration

SubaruBlog

It has been almost a year since I sold my Subaru. My first car and a pretty awesome one at that. I was feeling a little nostalgic which led to this illustration. This illustration was created from a photo that was featured in Super Street magazine. My car was not this modified but I thought it made for a better image.

Chicago Lego Poster

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This illustration was a baby shower gift to my brother and sister-in-law. My brother has always loved Legos and they are both huge Chicago sports fans, so I created this poster with all of the Chicago sports mascots constructing the city’s skyline out of Legos. I liked it so much I printed one out for myself too.

Sports Posters

SportsPostersBlog

I created these posters after feeling inspired by some pretty incredible athletes. T.J. Oshie led the USA to a thrilling shootout win over Russia, scoring on 4 of his 6 attempts. The next poster wasn’t necessarily inspired by a single stand out performance, but being an alumni of Indiana University, I am just a huge Victor Oladipo fan. After being selected 2nd overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2013 NBA draft, I decided to create this poster inspired by an old Michael Jordan poster I had as a kid.

2014 Bloomington Bridal Show

2014 Bloomington Bridal Show

Today was the 2014 Bloomington Bridal Show where The Herald-Times debuted my 2014 Bride’s Guide magazine. After two weeks of non-stop designing the final product is here and I couldn’t be happier with the design.

Pick up your free copy at any local wedding vendor store or check out some of the highlights in my portfolio.

Starlite Drive-In Website Redesign

Starlite Drive In Website Spec

Going to the drive-in is always a fun experience, but sadly many of them across the country are going out of business. I am lucky to be living so close to one in Bloomington, but every time I go to their website I can’t help but think it could use a redesign.

Above is an image of their current website followed by my redesign.

Alliance Soccer Logo

Alliance Soccer Logo

For the past year, I have been in charge of organizing the Cutters Soccer Club’s community soccer program. Through connections within the club, I was asked to design a logo for a new premier travel soccer team that features top players from three different clubs, all located in South-Central Indiana.

Sports, especially soccer, have always been a big part of my life so the project was right up my alley. Above I have displayed the top three comps as well as the final design.

Angry Bear Illustration

Angry Bear Illustration

 

We have been relatively slow at work the past few days which has led to me watching a good amount of content on Lynda.com. More specifically, I have been watching a series of videos posted by Von Glitschka, a designer/illustrator out of Salem, OR. If you have time, I highly recommend checking out some of his work. He created the website 5MinuteLogo.com as a way to keep his creative mind sharp with short 5 minute design projects and it has become a big hit!

Watching his Lynda series has inspired me to try to do something creative everyday, even if it is just five minutes of doodling. It has also made me really want to buy an ipad, haha!

Today’s creative project was the Angry Bear illustration above. I wanted to practice building a character in Illustrator while also working on coloring the character with gradients and other effects to make him appear more 3-dimensional. What started as a “quick” illustration of just the bear’s head turned into this detailed final illustration.

I hope you all enjoy!

Before & After Web Ad Magic

Thorpe Realty Before & After

Alright so there isn’t any actual magic involved in this process just some simple changes that make a world of difference to the people viewing your ads online.

When designing ads for the web, a problem I run into on a daily basis is our clients trying to squeeze too much information into the small space provided by a web ad. The general thought of our clients is that they have a print ad they are really happy with, so let’s just take that and shrink it into the space of a web ad. This process is successful maybe 1% of the time. As you can see in the image above, the picture on the left is the clients full-page print ad squeezed to fit the space of a 300×600 web banner. Most of the copy is illegible and the photos are all distorted from not being shrunk proportionally. Not to mention it was a black & white print ad; the beauty of the web is that color is never an up-charge!  The sad thing is, we have run this ad in the past because it was what the client somehow liked. This ad came up again on a slow day at work, so I decided to show them what their ad could look like with a little love, color, and simply editing the amount of content. Needless to say the client was extremely happy with the new design and they even had the highest click-thru rate of all the ads on the properties website during its run-time.

 
So the basically if you want to create a web ad, CREATE A WEB AD! haha. Don’t neglect the importance of your company’s web presence by taking something you already have and just squeezing it to fit. Now days a lot of people only view things on the web, so it is extremely important to make great looking web ads!

 
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