It’s amazing how social media has allowed me to meet some really great people. That being said, I was in the need of a photographer to do a custom shoot for me and the uber talented Huge Galdones retweeted my cry for help. So a few weeks ago, we agreed to meet at Publican Quality Meats and bring back some yummy goodness while discussing photography, design and high blood pressure at my studio. I have never met a more down-to-earth individual. After discussing my experience and such we agreed Huge needed a logo and kick ass business cards to brand himself. So, after weeks of sketching and tweaks back and forth, his logo is now ready for the public eye. This was probably one of my favorite projects since I was allowed to roll with it and Huge trusted my ability and vision. Not only have I gained a new client, I have also gained another friend. Thanks Huge, thanks Twitter, thanks to bourbon for late nights of keeping me going, thanks to my friends for offering their critique when I was in doubt. Enjoy.
As some of you already know, I’ve been in the process of getting a half sleeve done on my left arm for about 9 months now. The progress is great and I have received many compliments. My tattoo artist, Rich Marafioti, at Family Tattoo has become a great friend. As I get inked, we usually discuss music, art and design. That being said, we collaborated on a project about a month ago for the band Flatfoot 56. The end result was fab! A mix of hand drawn art and my typography skills. I am looking forward to more projects with Rich. He is uber talented.
The photos below show the progress of my tattoo and the shirt design:
Rich is my tattoo artist and wanted a professional yet cool looking business card. We decided to collaborate on the project by having him draw up a design for the back of the card while I focused on typography, paper and print technique. The end result was a two sided letterpress business card with red painted edges on 236# Savoy paper.
View link here: http://carddsgn.com/business-card-gallery/rich-marafioti
As other designers may know, creating your own identity isn’t the easiest task on the planet. I struggled for months to really capture who Miaso Design really is and what we are really about. Given the fact that my last name means meat in Polish, I based my design around meat packing. I used French butcher paper for the letterhead and chose triple thick chip board for my business cards. I had Accucolor Printing here in Chicago do the letterpress as they are the best in the business, and that’s just what I wanted to convey.
HOW Design Magazine was seeking entries for letterhead systems so I decided to submit mine. I just received the November 2011 issue and voila! Here it is. I am very proud of this accomplishment. You can get the issue here
My client, Apostrophe Media, asked me to design his business cards that would really pack a punch. He was really impressed with my business cards that are printed on triple thick chipboard. The result? We went for something a bit fancier than mine. I decided to go with two color letterpress on front, and one color offset with a clear foil stamp on the back. The challenge? Since Steve wanted a thick stock, we had to duplex the cards in order to achieve the result. Sure it cost a bit more, but the end result was pretty bad @ss!
See for yourself!
I am delighted to announce a new client! I have been designing the save the date, invitation and program guide for the LUNGevity Foundation’s Annual Fall Benefit. Three weeks ago I visited the space and took some great location shots of the benefit space. This year it will be hosted at the Ravenswood Event Center. Such an amazing space! I love working with non-profits. I feel fantastic creating beautiful work for such great causes! And yes, I did take this photo.
Here’s one from the Relaxation Period while studying in college. I found this in my parent’s basement and it now lives in our office bathroom. While in school, I locked myself in a bathroom on the fourth floor for over a year painting various sections of the room – the toilet, sink, window. I sold another toilet painting about 12 years ago to a professor for his library study.
My client, Harold O’Neal received a great review in the NY Times. Congrats. To read the review, please click on the link below.
Like I had mentioned in my first post, blogging isn’t my deal. In any case, it has been a very busy summer. I traveled to DC for client work and now I am working on a revamp of my existing client’s website plus the addition of a new client that signed on in March. I am also wrapping up a web design project for a non-profit group in Los Angeles.
I don’t think I will have time to travel to Italy this year so I am shooting for the spring of 2011. In the meantime, I have been enjoying the Chicago summer and short visits to NYC and DC.