SfWeekly comics issue SFWeekly Comics Edition out now! via ThisIsStar.com

Hi guys! This week’s issue of SFWeekly is ENTIRELY COMICS. One of them happens to be one that I drew.
This issue isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a comics issue though- it’s illustrated versions of the same columns that run every week. SFWeekly paired it’s columnists up with local cartoonists to create what they called “a terrifying mutant of journalism and illustration.”

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I was paired up with Benjamin Wachs to do the Distillations column. Naturally, since this is the bar revue column, it was our duty to grab a round together at the bar in question- which turned out to be Trick Dog. I super loved the Zodiac themed menu, which you had to rotate to read. Also, hilariously, we ended up talking to Rob Baedeker and Chris Colin, which turned into this Fastco article. What are the odds of two groups of people doing separate articles in the same place at the same time striking up a conversation? So, this comic and that article together make the collision of two pieces of journalism in one bar.

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If you’re in San Francisco, you should pick up a copy! Or if you’re not you can just read it online.

SFWeekly Comics Edition out now!

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June 11th, 2014

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Remember how I was doing a piece of music for The Cheimonette Tarot? Well, the album is out now! All the tracks were inspired by readings from Eden, the deck’s creator, or directly from the cards themselves. This is the first time I’ve had new recorded music out in a long while, so I’m really super excited about it. The album is available pay-what-you-want on bandcamp. Special thanks to Eden, and all the other awesome musicians on this album. Have a listen!

The Sonic Arcana is out!

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April 17th, 2014


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I was unbelievably excited when Laurie Penny approached me about helping her redesign her website a few months back. Laurie writes and speaks on social justice, pop culture, gender issues and digital politics – all things I care a lot about – so working together seemed like a natural fit.

I designed the cover for one of her books a while back, but didn’t get to meet her or work with her directly. This time we got to meet and plan in person – which was awesome because she’s super lovely.

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We have other projects in the works, so look out for more fun stuff from us soon!

Laurie Penny branding & website

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April 8th, 2014

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!

Zivity- Design and Branding

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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