Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Holiday Goodies

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I have several posts in the que, none of which are completed yet. So, I thought I’d share some of Ben’s downloads with you in the meantime. This one is fun: Gift Box Icons for OSX complete with a snow scene desktop. Also, here is his latest holiday illustration as an iPhone wallpaper, created for the Thunder Chunky Xmas Project. Enjoy!


Rocket Clock : Ready for Launch

Monday, December 3rd, 2007


After loads of planning, designing and cutting, I finally have an edition of 100 rocket clocks ready to find new homes via Etsy. I created this design several years ago as part of a class assignment at Fort Hays State University and recently decided to refine and redesign a few parts. I will post more about the entire process soon. Until then, here are a few images to give you a glimpse of the paper goodness.



Typography Sleuth

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007


Instant lettering had its heydey before I began design school. In a way, I think that I missed out. Although kerning type with a computer is about 1000 times easier than with rub-off lettering, there is something extremely satisfying about using the stuff. Thankfully, there are piles of it just waiting to be found and used. I have used rub-off lettering in my paintings for several years, but just recently became interested in introducing it into bookbinding projects. I particularly like how it lends itself to treating typography as images, rather than just symbols or characters to be read and understood.

Coudal Swap Meat

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007



The folks at Coudal Partners have been posting some fantastic stuff as part of their Swap Meat. Both Ben Schlitter and I did our best to represent Hays, KS with the projects that we sent in. Ben’s GEO + INFO postcards made it to the Swap Meat page as did my calendar tags. I ended up creating a new edition of 50 calendars specifically for the occasion. I might also mention that Ben has a great website dedicated to his geography + information project that’s worth checking out.

12 Month Calendar in Tags

Monday, April 16th, 2007


This project began several years ago, when I was enrolled in Graphic Design 2 at Fort Hays State University. I always tried to do my assignments as far ahead of time as possible, but being extremely picky about the concept and design never left me much, if any, extra time before critiques. This began as one of those “work on something for two weeks and get a much better idea the night before it is due” kind of projects. I ruminated over the meaning of a calendar for two weeks and realized that it’s just a way to put a tag on time. That thought provided me with a unique format.

I recently revisited this old project to redesign it. I drew inspiration from antique tags used to label industrial materials. This provided me with the idea of filling in the dates with a pencil, so that the tags can be reused from year to year. In my research, I also discovered a wealth of patterns and typefaces from this time period that lent themselves well to the project.


For the first edition, I created 60 sets of calendars. I purchased the tags from a local office supply store and used a Print Gocco (a handy dandy screen printing tool) to print them as well as the packaging. I sold most of these via Etsy at the beginning of the year. I am currently printing a second edition of 50 for Coudal Partners Swap Meat, with a few changes here and there to differentiate from the first edition.