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 more 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.
Whew! What a ridiculously busy summer the Miaso Design team had. We are close to wrapping up a big web design project. Stay tuned for the results! We’ve also taken on some work for a new client in Washington DC! In other news, so glad the weather is turning cooler (yay fall fashion – boots and sweaters). I just wish the White Sox were in first place and going to the playoffs. But they had a pretty remarkable season so I can’t complain. Hope everyone had a great summer. Check back for more ramblings.
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.