Oh man, there’s been a lot of exciting Zivity related stuff going on! Now might be a good time to show you all what’s been happening over here.

A couple months ago, we redesigned the front page to feature all our best content, plus a new look and feel. Here’s what all of that looked like.

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I also was super excited when the branding I did for Zivity won a contest on Skillshare, and was featured on Design Work Life. Here’s some of that branding in action, but if you want the full experience, check out the style guide I made over at Design Work Life.

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Lastly, we redesigned the photosets page this week, and I’m really stoked on the results.

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The new page features dynamically changing colored UI- so each page beautifully compliments every photoset.

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I was specifically inspired by the ever rotating hair color of all our models, and wanted to have the pages of the site reflect this color based expression in a big way. I’m thrilled that we were able to find a way to make this aspect of my design a reality – dynamically and programatically. The page even detects what color the text should be, based on optimal contrast with the background color. I’m also curious to see how this informs the next round of design on the site. I’m looking forward to what comes next!

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April 1st, 2014

Why hello lovely internet! I’ve been living in a work shaped hole for a while, but now I have all kinds of cool stuff to show you! Keep an eye out for even more new projects later this week.
I recently did branding and a website for journalist and writer, Melissa Gira Grant. She just put out a new book, and wanted a new platform to help her promote it. As a long time reader of her writing, I jumped at the opportunity to help her with her design and development needs.

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When I started talking with Melissa about her brand, she described it as “hard femme deco”. As soon as the words were out of her mouth, I knew exactly what direction to go in.
I especially like the lockup, which combined a pen nib with a flower, as well as Melissa’s initials.
Go on over to her website to check out her work, and mine.

Melissa Gira Grant branding & website

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March 26th, 2014

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Hey guys! I haven’t been posting much here lately because I’ve been super super busy making a whole lot of stuff for a whole lot of people. One thing I should mention is that I’m now Creative Director at Zivity.
Zivity is a place where Models & Photographers create images with the support and imagination of their Backers. Backers can elect to pay the artists for the content they like, or commission specific kinds of photos.
I’ll be doing another post on the rebrand & style guide I did for them, at some point. That said- we just did this awesome Valentine’s Day project that I want to share with you!

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Our CEO, Cyan, asked me to put together a set of valentines to give out as a thank you to our artists and members.
We went through dozens of Valentine’s Day themed photosets on the site to find a handful that would lend themselves well to illustration.

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I did illustrations based on my favorite shots from those sets, then sent them off to the folks at Dependable Letterpress to print them. I wanted to create something really tactile and weighty for these cards, so letterpress was an obvious choice.
We also did a pink to red split fountain effect to get a nice gradient on the second color pass.
The cards are perforated so you can tear them off and give them out to all your favorite people.

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If you want one of your own, sign up to get one here!

& here’s a list of all the models and photographers who made the content that inspired these illustrations:
Miss Kacie Marie by scherbius, Mosh by Redrum Collaboration, Pearl by Sequoia Emanuelle, Gracie Hagen by Anthropix, Porphyria by CandyLust, & Skyee_Line by justice91423.

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February 12th, 2014

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I recently had the privilege of designing all the collateral for spooky chamber music duo, The Parlour Trick.

I’ve already shown you the logo I did for them a while back, but there was a whole lot more to the project! Among the things I designed for them were LP packaging, CD packaging, postcards, sheet music, a responsive website, and motion graphics. The photos on the website and packaging are by Ellen Rogers and Audrey Penven.

Check out the titles and credits I made for the video below! I also did some post production on the video.

MEREDITH YAYANOS – DIRECTOR ♦ RACHEL BRICE – DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, COSTUMER ♦ ADAM LAMAS – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ♦ BRYAN SHELTON – EDITOR ♦ BRIEN HINDMAN – POST-PRODUCTION ♦ DEVON DEVEREAUX – FIRST AD / LIGHTING ♦ STAR ST.GERMAIN – TITLES / CREDITS / POST

Recently, the band released the cd & vinyl pressing of their record. So go get that while it lasts!

This has been one of my favorite projects this year, and I’m really happy with what I made for it.
Also, this album is awesome.

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The Parlour Trick Collateral

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November 13th, 2013

My friend Eden is making a tarot deck!
But not just a beautifully rendered deck, but also- a deck that comes with music!
I don’t think I’ve even heard of such a thing before. She was lovely enough to ask me to contribute a track to her project, and so I’m making some new music just for her. Watch this video to see the cards and hear more about her deck:

She just put up a little artist spotlight thing, in which she said some really super nice things about my music. Maybe some of the nicest things anybody’s ever said about my music, even!
The tracks will come in a special edition of the deck called The Sonic Arcana. I’m in really good company with the other musicians on this project (Mark Growden, Myrrh Larsen, Artemis Robison, Jill Tracy, Unwoman, and Meredith Yayanos), so even if you don’t dig my tunes or tarot, there’s lots of other good people to listen to on here!

Lastly, here’s a little video preview of some of the noises I’m making to go with her cards.
No vocals for now, but you’ll get an idea. Also, I’m making dance music now? More on that later.

She’s only got 6 days left on her kickstarter, so check it out if you want one!