Monday, July 27, 2015

Neat design for edgy people, edgy design for neat people.

This has been my design mantra for about fifteen years now. In the early days I was largely inspired and schooled by two friends in the design and snowboard industry, Scott Clum and Aaron Draplin. Polar opposite in terms of design style and aesthetic. Clum made a name for himself first as one of snowboarding's pioneers on the East Coast and original graphic designer for Sims snowboards, and then more prominently for the Morrow Snowboards brand in Salem, Oregon in the 90's. He has produced a dizzying array of large client work in addition to publishing the design magazines Blur and Stick. Scott Clum's style could best be characterized by the blurry, avante garde style of work by David Carson - an obvious influence on his career. Scott now works as part of Fiction Tribe in Portland. Contrastingly, we have Aaron Draplin. A man who has made a name for himself with his thick lines and clean, tight, well-organized design style. Aaron has taken his graphic design status to the rock star level, branding himself and his company into a one-man traveling design speaker and evangelist and producer of "Draplindustries" products that are nifty must-have items for the design conscious and savvy. Proud to know them both - and inspired to this day within my own design projects. Together - they've provided a well-rounded design aesthetic for my own work and is why I've always attached this phrase to my design philosophy. "Neat design for edgy people, edgy design for neat people." Here is a shot of Aaron on the cover of this month's HOW magazine. Amazing.
And so I march on, inspired by the greats, churning out work that I deem good, strong and respectable. If you'd like to take a peek at my work, please visit my Adobe Creative portfolio site at: Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Goodbye donuts... hello again to my first career.

Graphic Design - I'm back in ya... ALL up in ya. :)
After the four month donut experiment, I am officially back in graphic design world 110%. And - I've never been more excited. Stay tuned for many exciting things, in the meantime, here's a little something I designed that helped solidify the donut brand.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Crazy for starting a food cart business in Winter? Nah...

We made it to Spring! Farmer's Markets start this week. Good weather brings people to the streets, where they'll find donuts.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I'm starting a donut business in Fort Fun!

Our crowd-funding campaign at Indiegogo is currently live. I could really use a little extra push from my friends, family and colleagues. Please take a minute and view my campaign and video here: @indiegogo THanks!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Donut business!

I went and done it... Please help support my new donut business! Visit our Indiegogo campaign page:

Friday, November 07, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thank you Left Hand Brewing

Left Hand Brewing is a brewery in Longmont, Colorado that just celebrated its 20th year in operation. It's also one of two new places of employment for me - which makes me real happy? Why? I've been slowing warming up to the craft beer industry for about five years now. Now that I'm bartending in the tasting room at Left Hand, my education just got put on the fast track toward Cicerone Certification and inside knowledge on what it really takes to produce, distribute and sell craft beer in America. Needless to say - I'm super stoked on this opportunity. Furthermore - I could not have asked for a better company to work for. The owners/founders are still part of the day to day operations, they've been on a steady, smart growth pattern over those twenty years - and the beer is absolutely incredible. So much so, they took home three gold medals at last year's Great American Beer Festival. No small feat - especially for a brewery of their size. Left Hand produced just over 63,000 barrels of beer in 2013, and is targeting somewhere around 90,000 for 2014. What else can I tell you - "we" now offer our famous "nitro in a bottle" technology for two other beers besides the Milk Stout. Our "Wake Up Dead" Imperial Stout is now being sold in nitrogenated 12 oz bottles, as is our Sawtooth ESB. Though these bottles are currently only available in Colorado - look for them to slowly be introduced across the United States into the 27 states where our other beers are currently being distributed. Thank you Ben, Cinzia, Morgan and the rest of the Left Hand that are helping make my dreams a reality. So much to look forward to!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Now in the Fort!

It has happened...

Way more our speed that the uber-competitive Boulder. Don't get me wrong - love the Boulder and it's progressive community, sweet biking trails and proximity to Nederland and Eldora. But, if you want to settle in for the long term, best to have an Ivy League degree, some Gold Medals and a large bank account. These are the folks you are competing with for  tiny $400,000 houses and the good jobs. Not for me. Took us three years to figure it out I guess - LOL.