Design with purpose.

Purpose to explain things—and to affect the way people feel.

Its that simple.

 

Simple Book Cover

Simple sells. Book cover design and illustration for renowned creative director and author/speaker Ken Segall. Books actually are judged by their covers and their ability to stop a customer in an airport or online. Simple is the secret.

Simple sells. Book cover design and illustration for renowned creative director and author/speaker Ken Segall. Books actually are judged by their covers and their ability to stop a customer in an airport or online. Simple is the secret.


United Postal Service

Sticky design. US Postal Service stamps designed to make an envelope lovely. Worth every cent.

Sticky design. US Postal Service stamps designed to make an envelope lovely. Worth every cent.


23andMe

Nothing to spit at. Whereas 23andMe represents a new paradigm in personal health inquiry and knowledge, their communications (website and advertising) lacked an accessible tone and voice. We consulted with the company on the use of visuals and messaging—with particular emphasis on leveraging their visual identity. 

Nothing to spit at. Whereas 23andMe represents a new paradigm in personal health inquiry and knowledge, their communications (website and advertising) lacked an accessible tone and voice. We consulted with the company on the use of visuals and messaging—with particular emphasis on leveraging their visual identity. 


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Sant Cruz Guitar Company

Made by hand. The Santa Cruz guitar Company is one of a few companies that employs master luthiers and makes their guitars one-at-a-time to custom specifications while their customers wait up to a year in line. This 40-year old company makes their instruments much like violin makers make theirs—with every effort to create a legacy instrument that transcends the standards of mass manufactured instruments. Over the years, I have designed posters and ads that celebrate the rarified space that they occupy in the world of high-technology and mass production. Their instruments are beautiful to hear and to see. I have even designed a custom 'songbird' inlay available for special order.  Marketing by education. Santa Cruz' guitar-making process takes one-hundred plus steps that we have condensed to twenty-eight events that have been described in great detail through word and pen-and-ink drawings. (book in progress) The book serves to pull back the curtain on the artistry and craftsmanship that comprise the rigorous standards that make their guitars sought after worldwide by amateurs and professionals the likes of Brad Paisley, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, David Crosby and Don Edwards to name just a few. The principle is that the more a customer knows about their instrument, the more they love it and the more they promote it to others. Santa Cruz has an enormous fan base and there is no better salesperson than a satisfied (and educated) customer.

Made by hand. The Santa Cruz guitar Company is one of a few companies that employs master luthiers and makes their guitars one-at-a-time to custom specifications while their customers wait up to a year in line. This 40-year old company makes their instruments much like violin makers make theirs—with every effort to create a legacy instrument that transcends the standards of mass manufactured instruments. Over the years, I have designed posters and ads that celebrate the rarified space that they occupy in the world of high-technology and mass production. Their instruments are beautiful to hear and to see. I have even designed a custom 'songbird' inlay available for special order. 

Marketing by education. Santa Cruz' guitar-making process takes one-hundred plus steps that we have condensed to twenty-eight events that have been described in great detail through word and pen-and-ink drawings. (book in progress) The book serves to pull back the curtain on the artistry and craftsmanship that comprise the rigorous standards that make their guitars sought after worldwide by amateurs and professionals the likes of Brad Paisley, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, David Crosby and Don Edwards to name just a few. The principle is that the more a customer knows about their instrument, the more they love it and the more they promote it to others. Santa Cruz has an enormous fan base and there is no better salesperson than a satisfied (and educated) customer.


Realm Cellars. The Absurd Collection was a three-bottle suite of numbered labels that broke convention in an absurd fashion. Each bottle had a wrap-around label with a surreal illustration flanked by the stories of Alex the Gardener, Whitman the Magician, and Collette the Birdwatcher. Rich with clues and symbols, the illustrations left breadcrumbs that further tell the love story of these three—open for a wide range of interpretations.

Realm Cellars. The Absurd Collection was a three-bottle suite of numbered labels that broke convention in an absurd fashion. Each bottle had a wrap-around label with a surreal illustration flanked by the stories of Alex the Gardener, Whitman the Magician, and Collette the Birdwatcher. Rich with clues and symbols, the illustrations left breadcrumbs that further tell the love story of these three—open for a wide range of interpretations.


The Oxbow School

For art's sake. The Oxbow School is a California High School semester art program teaching critical thinking skills through an art curriculum. Everything from the design of the campus and studios to the art created by students reflects the school's progressive approach to art education. I designed an entire communications program including capital campaign brochures, annual reports, recruitment posters and website.

For art's sake. The Oxbow School is a California High School semester art program teaching critical thinking skills through an art curriculum. Everything from the design of the campus and studios to the art created by students reflects the school's progressive approach to art education. I designed an entire communications program including capital campaign brochures, annual reports, recruitment posters and website.


Navigant

Problem fixers. In 2003, a small Chicago consulting firm called Navigant was in need of a visual identity in a business drowning with photographs of businessmen with brief cases shaking hands. My style of thinking (and illustrating)resonated with senior management in their hunt to stand out. In an industry of abstract products and services, my illustrations served to build a visual brand that staked their claim to ‘thinking differently’. Over the following 13 years Navigant would have one of the most recognized and provocative brands in the consulting business. As both an illustrator and design consultant, I built a visual library of over 75 images and icons that served 11 distinct vertical business divisions worldwide. I created visuals and consulted on how to use them across all media. A public company since 2008, Navigant has been known as the company with the ‘little-headed guy in strange predicaments’. Amongst 9 annual reports, Fortune magazine covers, ads, and hundreds of brochures and web pages--my illustrations reached thousands of business men and women with a 3-year campaign on the walls of O'Hare Airport. My images not only branded Navigant in the minds of their core constituency, but renamed Terminal C as Terminal Navigant.

Problem fixers. In 2003, a small Chicago consulting firm called Navigant was in need of a visual identity in a business drowning with photographs of businessmen with brief cases shaking hands. My style of thinking (and illustrating)resonated with senior management in their hunt to stand out. In an industry of abstract products and services, my illustrations served to build a visual brand that staked their claim to ‘thinking differently’. Over the following 13 years Navigant would have one of the most recognized and provocative brands in the consulting business. As both an illustrator and design consultant, I built a visual library of over 75 images and icons that served 11 distinct vertical business divisions worldwide. I created visuals and consulted on how to use them across all media. A public company since 2008, Navigant has been known as the company with the ‘little-headed guy in strange predicaments’. Amongst 9 annual reports, Fortune magazine covers, ads, and hundreds of brochures and web pages--my illustrations reached thousands of business men and women with a 3-year campaign on the walls of O'Hare Airport. My images not only branded Navigant in the minds of their core constituency, but renamed Terminal C as Terminal Navigant.


Symantec

Knowledge is power. Symantec takes ownership in the PC market by predicting the ubiquity of the personal computer. The book was written and illustrated with such simplicity and clarity as to make the theory completely logical and believable—they were right! Keep in mind, this was 1997! Symantec Annual Report 1997.

Knowledge is power. Symantec takes ownership in the PC market by predicting the ubiquity of the personal computer. The book was written and illustrated with such simplicity and clarity as to make the theory completely logical and believable—they were right! Keep in mind, this was 1997! Symantec Annual Report 1997.


Trimble Navigation

Positioned to succeed. In 1987, a little company called Trimble Navigation was pioneering a new technology called GPS (Global Positioning System). They initially made a device for wealthy yacht owners but in the following five years grew into the survey, aviation, military and consumer markets. We designed over 150 pieces of collateral and advertising including the company's first two annual reports in 1990/91. For six years we created a brand based on educating audiences on the potential of a technology that would redefine location accuracy. We wrote and published GPS-A Guide to the Next Utility—a book that would eventually become the layman's manual for this revolutionary technology. We coined the phrase 'GPS-the ninth utility’ in predicting its future in our daily lives. Today, GPS is indeed a part of our daily lives, at virtually no cost to the user.

Positioned to succeed. In 1987, a little company called Trimble Navigation was pioneering a new technology called GPS (Global Positioning System). They initially made a device for wealthy yacht owners but in the following five years grew into the survey, aviation, military and consumer markets. We designed over 150 pieces of collateral and advertising including the company's first two annual reports in 1990/91. For six years we created a brand based on educating audiences on the potential of a technology that would redefine location accuracy. We wrote and published GPS-A Guide to the Next Utility—a book that would eventually become the layman's manual for this revolutionary technology. We coined the phrase 'GPS-the ninth utility’ in predicting its future in our daily lives. Today, GPS is indeed a part of our daily lives, at virtually no cost to the user.


Goodwill, SF

Good going. Goodwill San Francisco rebrand 2012-present. Goodwill had long suffered a reputation of being a second-hand store for the thrifty when in fact it is much more. Studies indicated that people didn't know you could get good appliances, tools, books and sports equipment—or that it was a good place to donate such goods. With a fleet of 50 trucks they had billboards on wheels. With 9 different messages and a catalogue of 100+ custom icons, we were able to feature the wide variety of goods available—both repositioning Goodwill as a viable retail outlet and inspiring donors to donate things they would have not otherwise.   

Good going. Goodwill San Francisco rebrand 2012-present. Goodwill had long suffered a reputation of being a second-hand store for the thrifty when in fact it is much more. Studies indicated that people didn't know you could get good appliances, tools, books and sports equipment—or that it was a good place to donate such goods. With a fleet of 50 trucks they had billboards on wheels. With 9 different messages and a catalogue of 100+ custom icons, we were able to feature the wide variety of goods available—both repositioning Goodwill as a viable retail outlet and inspiring donors to donate things they would have not otherwise.   


The Energy Foundation

A better car. The Energy Foundation Annual Reports 1995 and 1996. The Energy Foundation is a non-profit organization that at the time was spearheading the scientific discussion about air pollution and the measures necessary to put electric cars into play. The piece was written by and intended for thought-leaders and policy-makers. There were no punches pulled in the portrayal of deadly information. It is clear that they made a convincing argument for change.

A better car. The Energy Foundation Annual Reports 1995 and 1996. The Energy Foundation is a non-profit organization that at the time was spearheading the scientific discussion about air pollution and the measures necessary to put electric cars into play. The piece was written by and intended for thought-leaders and policy-makers. There were no punches pulled in the portrayal of deadly information. It is clear that they made a convincing argument for change.


Steelcase

Pull up a chair. Steelcase consumer ad campaign (16 ads). Steelcase was repositioning itself from being a trade-only manufacturer to a consumer accessible retailer. As a heavyweight manufacturer amongst the interior design profession, Steelcase had a lot of work to do to establish a reputation to the actual customers that sat in their chairs. We mounted a 3-year campaign in trade and consumer publications that focused on people as much as furniture and told real stories about products, service and design. The ads didn't look like ads at all. They were designed with stark simplicity—elegant photographs, sparing large type and no ad hype. This sat very well with their new customers.

Pull up a chair. Steelcase consumer ad campaign (16 ads). Steelcase was repositioning itself from being a trade-only manufacturer to a consumer accessible retailer. As a heavyweight manufacturer amongst the interior design profession, Steelcase had a lot of work to do to establish a reputation to the actual customers that sat in their chairs. We mounted a 3-year campaign in trade and consumer publications that focused on people as much as furniture and told real stories about products, service and design. The ads didn't look like ads at all. They were designed with stark simplicity—elegant photographs, sparing large type and no ad hype. This sat very well with their new customers.


Illustrated voice. With regular frequency, and short deadlines, I'm asked to help publications, companies and organizations illustrate their messages. Clients such as Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Journal, The Robert Woods Foundation, The Whitehead Institute, and Aidswalk, to name a few.

Illustrated voice. With regular frequency, and short deadlines, I'm asked to help publications, companies and organizations illustrate their messages. Clients such as Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Journal, The Robert Woods Foundation, The Whitehead Institute, and Aidswalk, to name a few.