Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Old Spice

This advertising campaign is one of the best I have seen in the last few years. I am not sure if it has helped sales but, it is pretty darn funny. I always smile when I see this video. Check out the old spice site for more wacky fun.

Thanks Old Spice

Monday, December 20, 2010


One of my favorite sites for fonts is dafont.com. There are always new fonts and and most of them are free. I love to look for unusual or handwriting fonts. It is hard to find a good handwritten fonts that don't look too goofy. There are also themes such as Mexican (above), Russian, Chinese, to name a few. There is a wide variety of fonts there is and that there are new fonts all the time.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Pantone Color for 2011

This is so beautiful and a very hopeful color. Enjoy more of the Pantone website here. I am looking forward to 2011.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Challenges of Social Media

I have recently had to modify this logo so it would look and fit better on a Facebook fanpage. Facebook can be an important part of getting the news about your business and organization out there. In the old days, not so long ago, when you designed a logo you had to worry how it looked on stationary, maybe a t-shirt or mug. You also had to design a logo so it looked good in black and white. Now social media is one more thing to consider. It will be an interesting challenge in the future.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Holidays

My holiday Card design this year. I just sent it off to Overnight prints. Cross my fingers

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I thought these were so cute. They can be found at the SchickieMickie's Etsy shop. I love all the food cufflinks. Have a great Holiday!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Graphic Exchange Website

I love the website Graphic Exchange.  There is so much to look at and be inspired by. I am always looking for new Graphic design site to explore and hopefully gain new knowledge.

I thank Nathalie for the link

Monday, November 15, 2010

Etsy Finds, 2011 Calendars

1. Nella Designs

It is that time of year to start thinking about your calendar purchases. I was poking around ETSY and found some nice ones. Some photography and some Graphic Images. I think I will by not buy a mass market calendar this year. One of these designs would look great in my home.

2. Lucie Wicker

3. Bomobob
4. Dekanimal

I hope you have enjoyed my selections.

Monday, November 8, 2010

ProjectStep Newsletter

For several years I had the pleasure of working with the hardworking folks at Project STEP to produce a newsletter highlighting the past season.

"Project STEP (String Training and Educational Program) identifies musically talented Black and Latino students and provides them with a comprehensive music training program, the primary goal of which is to prepare them to compete and succeed in the challenging, rewarding world of classical music."

I design a simple 2 color, 11"x14" newsletter with an insert thanking all their donors. The newsletter consists of  articles on the past year's events, new board members, programs and graduations. Much work goes into preparing the articles and sending the photos for me to place within the newsletter and  the finished product has nice set of articles hopefully, people will enjoy.

You can click on each document to view the art bigger.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fun and Beautiful Bird Logos

These were my favorite logo from an article I found on SmashingShare. It is hard to resist bird logos. Some are cute, some are fancy, some are elegant...

This is my first time visiting the SmashingShare site. The site features design ideas, freebies, photography and many other features. Take a look and see all of the bird logos and you never know what else.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Construction Logo

My most recent logo design. The logo is for Palenscar Building and Remodeling. This is for a contractor that specializes in high end remodeling. Christopher Palenscar can build and remodel kitchens, livingrooms, and other home projects. The client wanted a subtle and elegant logo to reflect the work that he does.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Poster Love

I love these posters by Moxy Creative. It is a fun take on these movies. They are very simple but that is the trick. You are immediately attracted to these posters. I don't think I have ever seen movie posters quite like these. For more posters do to their site, you will be there for awhile.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Brochure 2010

My newest brochure design for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. I have been designing this brochure for three years. They have added new and very elegant photos. They wanted to have a more sophisticated color scheme and look to the brochure. I am continuing the look and branding I established three years ago. I just ramped it up a bit. I also feel the new photos do add a new level of sophistication.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Music Logo Round III

This is the last and final round of design for this logo. It has been fun working on it. I had worked for the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a designer and had been surrounded by all things musical. It was nice to use that influence in designing this logo. The client has been great with being specific on what he wanted for a logo. The logo that won out in the end is 3D with the darker color.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Vintage Color Wheel

I love this image. It really speaks to me in this age of digital. I have found this great website, Trendland for the newest trends in design and advertising plus a whole lot of other trendy stuff. For the story on the color wheel and more drawings look hereAll of the antique color wheels and charts in the article were made from the 16th through the 18th Century.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Music logo round II

The logo has been narrowed down to four ideas. My clients wanted to see some other colors and a few variations of themes. It has been fun moving things around and choosing new colors. I am doing another round to be posted soon.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Musician Logo Challenge

I am on a roll with logo designs. This is my first proposed logos for my client. He is a freelance timpanist and we discussed a more stylized look for his logo.

I was was trying to be more stylized with drums and drumsticks without looking like a weber grill. My client expressed an interest in using blue as a main color. After looking at these proposed logo, he has asked me to use my judgement in adding in other colors. The next round will be refining some of the looks that he likes and adding in some new colors.

It has been fun to work with all these circles and lines. The second round this week.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Gap logo Controversy

There is a buzz on this new redesign. I personally think it is lame. I am not a fan of helvetica, anyway. That little box in the corner really bothers me. It seems like an afterthought. It doesn't say hip and modern clothing to me. Any thoughts on the logo?

I had wanted to tell you about a blog I just discovered called Trendland. They have a little story on the logo.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Logo Website Find

I just found this site. I love poking around and looking at all the fun designs. Here is the link. Happy Logo Inspiration

Monday, October 4, 2010

Greetings from Boston

Sometime ago, I posted a story about seeing a postcard and poster exhibit at the Boston Public Library. I was able to see the Greetings from Boston and the Vintage Travel Poster exhibit. I used to send postcards probably up until my early thirties. Now with all the technology we have now, postcards are not as popular.  I do get a few here and there from friends traveling. Some of the subjects seem so funny to us now. Why would you send a postcard of a baby hippo? 
I like the bottom postcard, I used to work at Symphony Hall and it pretty much looks the same as when it was built. Actually this view is same as it is now except for the age of the cars and the little bit of neon in the background.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The logo winner

The Dedham Junior Woman's narrowed down the logo choices to these three. We all voted for which one we liked. And the winner is, drumroll please, the bottom logo! I think it is a good choice. Hopefully, we will have some T-shirts made with the logo on it.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hip Hop Logo fun

The Dedham Junior Woman's club asked me to design a logo for them. I am also, a member of this civic organization. A bunny was suggested because of the history of Dedham Pottery. It has become a symbol of the town. I decided to give them some choices of a stylized bunny and some alternative ideas. I was looking for something that symbolized our group and what we do as an organization. The club awards scholarships, works to help people in need, and other worthy causes. We narrowed it down to three and then we all voted on a final logo, that will be posted tomorrow.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Designed Announcement, Constant Contact

This was my design for a Constant Contact announcement. I designed this for a my client, Altieri Events, a local event company. The client wanted to announce a new employee and social event planner, Melinda Home. They have planned to send a direct mailer and the an dedicated e-mail.

Constant contact is a bit clunky but, I quickly got the hang of it. I wanted to pick out a layout that would be easy for the client to do themselves. The good thing about Constant Contact is the templates for the e-mails can be customized to your needs. You can also change the fonts and colors to look more elegant or more business like. I am glad I signed up for this e-mail service. It is another service I can provide for my clients.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Spring Rock Travel Business Cards III

I think we are getting there. I have a good tagline, now. It is funny how things come to a final. How many things get tweaked along the way to get a design that the client likes. It is all a process. I think the card is shaping up.

Cristina Hurley, Unique Jewelry Design

My friend and fellow Boston Handmader, Cristina Hurley, has taken the plunge and open a new store/studio in Canton Center. I took a ride over to see her shop on opening day. It is a really nice space with plenty of room for her studio. She was making her unique pieces in her apartment. It was a bit cramped for her and her family. This will give her more room to create her beautiful and handcrafted jewelry. Each piece is different and she has made many new pieces for her shop

Cristina hired me to redesign her logo. She had a hand drawn double h for the middle. She needed a clean up of the logo. She wanted to use the logo in a bigger format, such as signs and banners. I based my design on the art she provided me. She wanted something simple on a white background. After a few rounds of using different fonts we  came up with this design. I think the logo really stands and reflects her jewelry design.

These are some shots of her new studio work benches where she designs and fabricates her jewelry. She can now has plenty of room. I think it is great that when you visit her shop you may also get a chance to see her working

Cristina Hurley's Unique Jewelry Design, 3 Rockland St, Canton, MA, 
Wed-Sat 10:30 am - 6:30 pm

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spring Rock BC II

The client has asked to try the logo on the left side and the info on the right. We are still hashing out the tagline

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spring Rock Travel Business Cards

These are the first round of business card ideas. I put in a place holder for a tagline. It will be the choice of the business owner on a tagline or not. But, I wanted her to see what it would look like. Earlier, I had a post on the designs submitted to the client.

She choose the pink suitcase with the company name in the suitcase. It is cute and kind of sweet. The text and placement of the text may change. I will keep you posted on what she chooses.

I also, thought to give her an option of the logo on the front and her name and information on the back for a two sided card (bottom two cards)

My client books mostly travel for Disney and the Caribbean but also, Europe. She likes tropical and pastel colors. She wanted to have a slightly tropical feel.