I had terrific fun with this Bastille menu for Chez Panisse last year. Alice Waters and I worked together, one-on-one, on the layout. Initially, the menu was to act as the placemat. However, when I suggested that the layout resemble that of the french flag, Alice took it one step further. Eschewing the placemat, we folded the menu into a tri-fold. As the guests arrived and sat, they were greeted by a celebratory red "40", surrounded by the french blue and white. It was not until the guests unfolded the menu, that the french flag presented itself disguised as a menu. This is the most satisfying kind of design project for me: it contains the experiential, the surprise, the humor.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A wonderful part of being a graphic designer is the ability to make things, as obvious as that may sound. Most of my work is done on a computer, so I find it refreshing to create something tangible with my own hands. It is a process that is both soothing and gets my heart beating. I love it. Thankfully, I have the incredibly talented and generous Cynthia Warren as a wonderful friend. She was kind enough to help me paint and mount this little personal project. Being in Cynthia's studio is like being in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. It's the home of the Everlasting Gobstopper of design confectionery.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The owners of Oaktown Spice Shop, Erica Perez and John Beaver, have created the most amazing shop. The walls are filled with colors and textures of all sorts. They are warm and wonderful folks who love to share their love and knowledge of spices. Their enthusiasm is really quite contagious.
Our website wanted convey this enthusiasm, as well as their down to Earth personalities and the beauty of the shop. We did so by making the site easy to navigate. Nothing is slick. No need to be! The colors and texture of the photos are to transport the viewer so you can almost smell the peppercorns and nutmeg. Erica and John learned how to photograph their products themselves, so that you can see each bottle up close. We are all very excited with the site!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I have been working on more signage for the new bowling alley, Plank, in Oakland's Jack London Square. I have done a series of interior signs. Keep your eyes pealed, the soft openings are beginning soon!