Monday, November 30, 2015

New Posts To Website!

If you've not checked out my website in a while please take a look at some of my new posts!

Logos For The Coastguard

I had to whip up a few logo ideas for a branch of the Coastguard. I was just focusing on including a ship and the needed text but didn't do any coloring. I believe coloring the logo may present some challenges.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2016 GIS-T Transportation Innovation Conference Logos

I wanted to share some logos that I designed for the 2016 GIS-T conference. Unfortunately the logos are most likely not going to be used, but I wanted to make sure to share my work.

I find this style of "mashup" logo particularly difficult. Many of our clients want to have logos that incorporate multiple imagery which can lead to graphics that are more of a Monogram/Crest then an actual Logo. There's nothing wrong with this but it does bring along some design challenges.

The more elements (imagery) compiled into a design can often minimize the readability of the graphic at lower resolutions or if it's converted into gray-scale for black and white printing. It can also be challenging to create a shape that will work across multiple platforms such as print and web use. A logo that is wide may work well when printed on the top of a banner but may not work well when displayed in the navigation of a webpage were a square or circular shape may have worked better.

I will say that the true purpose of a logo is to give brand recognition, draw interest, and trigger thought. It is often safer to lean on the side of simplicity over complexity for the sake of making a clear message. 

Choosing vague imagery that does not relate to your business can actually work against solidifying your brand. A good example of this is the huge number of logos that incorporate a leaf into there design but yet have nothing to do with leaves. (just google "leaf logo")

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Creating Badge Icons

These are a collection of badges that I created for a Mobile Zoo Application! 

Whether looking at vintage Boy Scout badges or the popular Untapped App, the idea of collecting badges is quite relevant in modern applications or game design. Creating a wide range of badges can extend the "replay" value of the application and contribute to how competitive the social aspect of your application can be.

When designing the set of zoo badges, I focused on rewarding the user for performing both the basic and the advanced features of the app. The badge wording was determined by the client which brought about some design restrictions. Colors and imagery were based off of there extensive style guides that they were using in the zoo displays. I took some illustrative liberties to make some of the more challenging badges have some more appeal.
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Zoo App Landing Page

I got to do a bunch of design for a zoo app! I wish I could have been part of the initial design but I was brought in later on the project and just got to skin the application and create some assets and badges. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Custom Banner Design

I was able to do some custom banner stands for the Timmons GIS department to help advertise our wildlife related applications. It was a challenge to find high resolution (open source) images for all the species. The large bird on the right is a Lesser Prairie Chicken, for our WAFWA mobile and web application that is currently in development.

I did photo editting (digital painting) in Photoshop and then laid out everything in InDesign.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Vector Illustrations for Restaurant

Created these images as a proof of concept for a restaurant's bathroom doorways.
Created in Photoshop but finals would be created in Illustrator.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Some GIS Client Logos

Some logos that I presented to Missouri Department of Conservation for there GIS branch. They preferred the three at the bottom so I went that direction with the next iteration of logos. I thought this was the best iteration in that there was a wide variety of options to choose from. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Narwhal Warrior

I finally got around to finishing this painting of my wife as part of my "Warriors and their Beasts".

Mobile Movie App - Comps

A mobile comp that I did a few months back with some quick logo options.

Friday, June 5, 2015

AtSea App

AtSea being used to record fish throughout the North Pacific.

I was able to help in designing the UI/UX for this mobile application. 
Timmons Group was selected to design, develop and implement the At-Sea Mobile Data Collection application for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). 
One of the challenges of designing an intuitive UI for this application was to address the fact that some of the user's were not familiar with mobile technology. We needed to make sure that navigation was easy to learn and error proof. 
We also had the challenge of converting paper forms to a digital form that would be easy to edit under fast paste scenarios. (example bellow) 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shark Carving Started

So my wife has been encouraging me to do more carving and to be honest, it's quite a relaxing hobby so I figured I'd jump right in and try and carve a shark. I started by drawing out the silhouette and had planned on using a dremel to knock out the excess wood and then clean it up with my X-acto.... However, the wood I'm using is so hard that my dremel couldn't do much so I carved the entire thing with an X-acto and pocket knife.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tourism Graphic

A small graphic that I did for promoting a mobile app for historical sites and tourism. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Photo Manipulation

I needed to create a photo for some marketing collateral so I took two 
separate images and combined them to make this custom image. 
(in under 30min.) 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Kangaroo Rider

It took me a while to finish but here's another illustration to continue my theme of fantastical people riding on there favorite animals. (My friend Mike, his wife, and future baby)