Last winter, when I visited Grandma Gloria in Janesville, Wisconsin, we dug around the basement. We happened across an old cigar box filled with old correspondence and calling cards dating around the early 1900′s. I asked her who they were from, but she had no clue. Evidentially, she had freed them from an attic of a house she lived in during the 60′s.
Regardless the handwriting in the letters is beautifully delicate, vulnerable and carefully considered. I felt lucky (and sheepishly voyeuristic) to have the privilege of perusing this lady’s mail.
So in college I was part of a music collective called “Splinaz”. It consisted of all sorts of friends and acquaintances, but the main contributors were Andrew Garman (aka G3), Evan Miller (aka Rowley), Marshall Bussen (aka The Professor Milky B) and yours truly. Splinaz has been quiet for a minute, but, whats this? A new mixtape by Andrew Garman?!
The year of 2007 was was the year that I transitioned from a high school educator to a career in design. While I was looking for my first professional opportunity (which turned out to be as a Graphic Designer at Gempler’s mail-order catalog) I took a job as a contract illustrator at the Patient Education Institute. PEI provides clinics and other medical institutions with illustrated flash tutorials that assist medical staff and provide patients with a resource they can access after they leave the clinic. I provided PEI with over 200 illustrations ranging from fruit to complicated medical equipment and procedures.
Looking back on these is like opening a time capsule. I often used friends and family that were close to me as the subject matter, model and muse for the illustrations. It was cool to crack open the archives and see these familiar faces. Thanks to everyone that put up with the photoshoots!
Teaming up with my buddy-turned-aspiring-film-maker Adrian Hopkins from Bureau Blank, we designed the opening title and credits for the film “On The Run,” which was featured in The New School’s 2011 Noir Festival.
Since the film’s story of a man challenging his fate is a tribute to the classic Film Noir genre, we wanted the titles to give a nod to the era as well. We were inspired by the deep contrast, shadows and bold, action-driven type often used in films from the ’30s, ’40s, and 1950s.