Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm not dead...

Once again I've let the blogging lag behind my other duties. Perhaps because at the moment, blogging isn't one of my official duties. I do like to keep curious folks updated on things that I am involved with. So I offer my sincerest apologies and a few reasons why you haven't seen updates here.

My most consuming project of late has been the creation of the Dapper Cap brand. Brand development is always a strenuous and time consuming endeavor, but the results always make it worthwhile. The Dapper Cap is a retailer of fine caps and hats, with a flagship location on NW 23rd street. The shop will be the premier destination for hats in Portland. I'm working as the art director on the project, overseeing designers from PNCA's Center4Design. I've worked with a few new companies in my career as a designer and I must say I really do enjoy the flexibility and innovation it lends to my design process. Companies that have been around for years are more set in their ways, but when working with a startup, the designer has a lot more say in things. I'm really excited about the possibilities of the Dapper Cap brand, as the art director I really hope to provide innovative design that draws in consumers and contributes to brisk business. If you're reading this you're invited to our grand opening kick-off event, details in the image above.

Tonight I'm participating in TwentyFourSeven's fundraiser art show benefiting the Democratic Party. 14 artists were asked to create a portrait of Barack Obama. For this piece I worked with what I know best, pen & ink. I tried to convey a sense of hope, the hope that Obama inspires in me when I see him speak. The work incorporates some typography, pulled from aspects of Obama's campaign as well as an excerpt from his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. I'm honored to participate in the show and ready to cast my vote. We're at a critical juncture between the defunct ways of the past and the change we need moving into the 21st century. Our vote matters more now than it ever has.

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