Since physically moving across town at the beginning of 2009, I've been in the mood to move other things as well. So in this spirit I am announcing that this blog is migrating over to Wordpress. The new blog can be found HERE. Eventually the blog will be integrated into Jakehollomon.com, which is in the works right now. I'll be officially launching my new site very soon.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It may or may not be surprising to hear that I don't draw everyday. I wish that I could spend a greater percentage of each day with pen in hand but it never seems to work out that way. A good number of days find me corresponding via email, kerning type, processing photos and doing other things pertaining to the operation of a freelance design career. Like any addiction, when I go too long without drawing I become irritable and disoriented. When I get to this point I've got to take out my sketchbook and bust out something completely pointless and totally fun. This is one of those drawings.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I'm back in action on my Mac Pro now that I've finally got the DSL hooked up in my new apartment. Coincidentally 55DSL just published my response and a higher rez version of my winning logo remix design on their site: 55DSL - Logo Remix I'm very excited as this is probably the most exposure a piece of my work has ever received. I'm thrilled to break into the world design stage. I will do my best to produce surprising work in 2009 and the years to come.
I've created a Vimeo account to showcase my video work: Micron Hero on Vimeo. The quality is much much better than YouTube. They don't compress their videos into oblivion. Right now my only vid is The Un-Stoppable Binary Bros. but there's much more to come in the future. I've got a few things up my sleeve.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The winner of the 55DSL x Cut&Paste logo remix competition was announced this week. It just so happens that the winner is none other than yours truly, Jake Hollomon. Below is the link to the winners page, as well as my official response.
55DSL Logo Remix Competition announcement
"It's surreal that I won. I'm honored to be chosen from amongst all of the worldwide entries. For the challenge, I wanted to create an image that would draw the viewer into its complexity, and then reward them for sticking around for a bit. I purposefully avoided any solid shapes, instead, building up the gestalt sense of a solid mass with baroque linework. Once I had my direction I improvised on the theme over the template of the logo. The hands are there to give the piece a human element. They represent the fact that although the output is digital, the thought and work that go into it are very human. Above all though I want to convey a sense of fun, because that's what drew me to the world of graphic communication in the first place.
I'm blown away that I was picked by such a talented and diverse panel of judges. These are juggernauts in their respective fields. As a devout follower of visual culture I have an immense level of respect for these guys. It takes a lot of hard work and raw creativity to get to their level. I tried not to think about the judges too much while designing, because in the end the piece has to appeal to the final panel of judges: the people. That being said, I'm just blown away at this point. These are all creatives of the highest caliber.
I can't wait to see the 55DSL 2010 collection that my piece will be a part of. To see my work around the world is the best thing I could ask for. I'm a clothing junkie to be honest, I can't wait to rock my shirt! I really hope this allows me to do more work within the apparel industry.
I need to thank my Dad for giving me my work ethic and creative eye, Pacific Northwest College of Art for giving me an education, the city of Portland Oregon for giving me continued inspiration and my family (especially my grandparents) for supporting all of my creative endeavors.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We've got our work cut out for us. It's been a tense day but a good one. There's really not much that can be said besides we're entering a new era as Americans. I hope to play my part to my utmost ability, whatever that part may be.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I've finished up the front illustration w/type treatment for the latest Dapper flyer. This one is to promote a series of thursday evening DJ events that will run through the winter. We're bringing in DJs to spin on thursday nights from 5-9pm. We'll have beer from Widmer Bros. to lubricate the evening. There are sales up to 50% off on most of the hats in the shop. Come by this thursday and grab a beer with the Dapper crew, including myself. Try on some hats perhaps. More details to come.
I've been working with The Dapper Cap for about four months total now. It's been a valuable experience, developing a brand from scratch and then continuing to develop it. In my past branding experiences, I've handed the brand off to another designer at the end. With The Dapper Cap I am the art director, so I can continue to evolve the brand with each new piece of collateral. In the beginning, I designed the identity with flexibility in mind. Quite frankly a brand needs to be flexible in order to survive avoid the economic grim reaper. I picked our colors and logo to be distinct. A brand should be recognizable even without the logo present. In short, I know that year from now when I'm well into my career, I'll look back on The Dapper Cap identity and be proud of the work I produced.
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