Almost a year ago now, I wrote some chiptune music for the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform. After that, I was interested in seeing where the new chiptune stuff I was working on would intersect with the cello stuff I’ve been doing for years with This Can’t End Well. I started working on a new electronic set to play at the CBGB music festival in New York last fall, but then the venue closed unexpectedly & I didn’t perform.
I remember being in New York having lunch with Kim Boekbinder & she encouraged me to keep going with it. She had been through a similar transition into making dancy music, so I heeded her advice. I kept working on new experimental material, and I ended up contributing one of these tracks to The Sonic Arcana. Since then, I’ve been building out an EP of this new cello & chiptune material.
Kim asked me to play a show with her when she came to SF in June, so now, for the first time ever, I’m going to play this music for you – TONIGHT!
Friday 13th of June
750 Natoma St, SF
$5-15 donation – tickets available at the door.
Space songs, Earth songs, Mermaid songs, Love songs. Music for lovers and makers and fierce creators.
Join us for this very special evening of music where everyone will be presenting something brand new.
Bring friends and family, bring love and whiskey. Bring some dollars to stuff in our shiny pants.
We fucking love you. We really do.
Kim Boekbinder – The Impossible Girl
Playing solo and together. Making noise to transport you to another universe.
I just launched a new site for Curbside Creamery, an Oakland-based ice cream maker. The concept of Curbside Creamery is to sell artisan ice cream sandwiches, in traditional and vegan varieties, from a vending trike. For this project I developed a website, hand lettered a logo, established a style guide and designed several brand marks.
For branding, I created a custom hand-lettered logo and a silhouette graphic of the vending trike to serve as an additional brand mark. My inspirations for the logo included old-school sign painting. Specifically, for this project I was drawn to beach boardwalk signage from the fifties and sixties, such as this sign for Dolle’s Salt Water Taffy in Maryland. Here is a moodboard I put together showing my typeface inspirations. The end result ended up looking less scripty than many of the following:
The trike brand mark is based on a photo of the actual trike that Curbside’s proprietor, Tori Wentworth, had just ordered. I started out by doing a raster sketch in Photoshop, and then vectorized it in Illustrator. The trike drawing needed to be realistic enough to represent Tori’s actual vehicle, but abstracted enough to make a good stencil drawing, vinyl cut-out, stationery header, business card graphic, etc. Finding that balance was a challenge, but I’m stoked with the result!
The concept behind the website was to have a beautiful, minimalist theme. I was lucky to have some photos, shot by Tori on film, to use for the full-screen responsive slider. The slider script was modified to add a subtle animation effect to change the color of the word “creamery” depending on which photo is being displayed. This was added to make the logo pop against all the images, because otherwise it would’ve gotten lost on certain backgrounds. The website has a CMS that will enable Tori to make changes at any time. This was important because Curbside Creamery’s flavors will change in the future.
I was the Art Director for the fest this year, so I was responsible for designing all the collateral this year!
I’ll be doing a *huge* post later to talk about all the stuff I made for the fest, but I’ll keep it mostly under wraps right now so you can see it in person if you’re heading there.
Hurray! After months of work, my new website is live!
This new version has been designed to put a greater focus on my portfolio, which now has its own page. I’ll be doing a breakdown of all these new projects on my blog in the coming weeks!
The new site layout has a hefty amount of flat design influence, as well as some parallax scrolling effects that I’m totally stoked on.
The site is fully responsive, meaning that the layout shifts depending on whether the site is viewed on a desktop, tablet or phone. I’ve also switched to Jetpack for comments, which means that you can now comment using your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Typography on the web is getting more and more dynamic as new web fonts and plugins become available. This site is set in a combination of Brandon Grotesque and Hypatia Sans. I also made use of FitText.js, an excellent plugin that allows designers to make text on their webpages resize in a fluid fashion.
Special thanks to Nadya Lev, Nubby Twiglet, and Tim Riot for their unending support while I put all of this together. Let me know what you guys think of my new look, and be sure to check out the work page to see lots of new stuff!
My dear friends at Coilhouse announced today that they are going on hiatus.
I was honored to be asked to illustrate their goodbye post.
In addition, I was lead developer and codesigner of their new webpage, which I spent many long days and late nights working on with the lovely Miss Nadya Lev.
Coilhouse has been an inspiration to me for the past 5 years.
I am so happy to have been involved with such an amazing project- run by such a lovely group of humans.
If you know their work- please visit and wish them well in their future endeavors.
If you are unfamiliar, please let yourself pour over their archive- there’s lots of stuff in there that’s worth a read.
I’ll be posting a design breakdown on the new site design after Thanksgiving, but in the meantime, go over to Coilhouse and congratulate them on the end of this chapter and the start of a new one.