When Terry Tyson asked me to create an original logo for him, I jumped at the chance. Terry is a mentalist, and my mind immediately filled with images from a bygone era, such as Alexander the Man Who Knows, who is buried here in Seattle. I began sketching out ideas, and settled on the classic eyeball icon. I scanned my sketches and set about the work of tweaking them in Photoshop until it felt right. To me, the important part of this step is not to clean up the image too much; the imperfections give it character.
I liked the idea of lines radiating outward from the eye, and remembered seeing lightning bolts on manhole covers in Sweden. They are part of the Rikstelefon logo, used by the now-defunct Televerket telecommunications company.
Ed Peterson needed a brand spanking new logo to promote his photography. He wanted it to be simple and utilitarian. I kept it as spare as I could, and used a blocky font to give it weight. If you're in the Seattle area and need some shots, get in touch with Ed.
Nick Catania is a filmmaker living and working in New York City. His work is broad and varied; from TV to film, commercial to indie, Nick's enthusiasm reflects the seemingly limitless capacity for storytelling that moving images provide. I spoke with Nick about what it's like to be the guy behind the camera.Read More
Learning to knit was not easy. The lessons had continued throughout winter. The young girl sat on one side of the room while taking instructions from her mother, who sat on the other side. It had been years since the two had shared a meal at the same table or exchanged an embrace. Tuberculosis’ afternoon fever blazed in the mother’s cheeks.Read More
Most artists know that inspiration requires visualization, preparation, and finally, perspiration. The muse can strike at any time, but if your tools are not readily accessible, the idea may bolt before taking form. And if there isn't even a space in which to keep your tools, much less use them? Well, that's a problem. So, this winter our top priority is the building of a basement recording studio.Read More
Seattle musician Dick Rossetti and his band The Jilly Rizzo needed art for their release 3 Strike Mooser. I met with Dick to discuss ideas. He told me that he wanted something irreverent, fun and maybe even a little racy. That could mean a lot of things, so in an attempt to narrow that down a bit, I asked him what kind of album art he liked. Dick's taste is very broad, but he kept coming back to the classic Blue Note Records designs of the 50s and 60s. Which sent me to the internet for inspiration.Read More
I confess. I often scan Craigslist, looking for derelict cedar fences. When I see the words "free: come and get it," I grab my gloves and hammer and hop in the car. There's a certain excitement that accompanies re-purposing projects, especially when old fences can be turned into a series of lovely birdhouses.Read More
Disney’s animated movie Frozen introduced many young girls to a dramatic character named Elsa. If you personally know a young girl who is wishing for an “Elsa” gown/costume, there are scores of helpful websites and blogs offering DIY instructions. With a bit of research, you’ll find the one that matches your sewing abilities and the type of dress for your Elsa.Read More