Archives for category: Poster Design

A poster for the KnowHow Shop in Los Angeles

I’ve still got 3 finals to go, and have a ton to do. But in the meantime, here’s my final poster for my poster design class (not all the posters are up yet, and none of mine are). KnowHow Shop is a cool shared workspace owned by the guys at Popup Design (one of whom is my older brother), a design + build firm. KnowHow decided to go with another design (that I’ll put up soon).


The other day, I was production assistant to my Design School BFF Courtney Comfort. He is interning at Equal Rights Washington, and needed to make a poster for Equality Day, coming up on March 22. (If you pick up a current copy of the Seattle Gay News, you’ll find his half page ad in there, using the same graphic you see here. His first real print ad!)

Naturally he decided to screenprint these. This means: a 3 color run of 60 posters. Which means pulling a squeegee through the thick ink on the screen at least 180 times. During this time, it is necessary to run back and forth bringing wet sheets to the racks to dry, making sure the screen has enough ink on it to pull, etc. I did all that running , etc., not to mention all the prep beforehand. I mixed the inks, which was fun, and prepped the screens. Courtney had the hard jobs: making the film and burning the screens so they would register correctly—and then the printing itself. Registering 3 colors isn’t easy, neither is all that hard work on the hands after designing on a computer all day. You forget how to use your hands. This is why I love this class.

Mixed Inks

Mixed Inks

Final Product!

Final Product!

The posters turned out great, and Courtney’s pulls got better and better as he printed. We were such an efficient team, and it was great fun.

Sometimes I get to help on my own projects! Unfortunately, some of the screens are so long, and I am so short, that it can be hard for me to get a decent pull, which is why I’m glad I have tall friends.

Allerina or Crocodancer

Allerina or Crocodancer



Screenprinting is what led me to Graphic Design in the first place; a friend and I taught ourselves from an old Dover title and a kit. I fell in love with printing. From there I learned linocuts, then woodcuts, then monotype, then etching… and then I decided I could do more and applied to SCCA.

Best $15 investment ever.

This is what my desk at school looks like right now.

This is what my desk at school looks like right now.

It’s been a crazy week. I have been sick, and so has everyone else.  We had a huge project due Monday, then a huge project due Tuesday, and now the rest of the week just keeps chugging along, like it always does. This is the way it goes:

UX/UI (excellent). Posters (excellent). Logo/Corporate Branding (Pretty good). Flash/HTML5 (Eeek). Screenprinting (Best day ever). Lather, rinse, repeat.

Here on my desk, you can see two other versions of posters, as well as my final Wrath, in the foreground. You can see my logo concept sketches for my rebranding project. You can see a witchy grab-it tool, courtesy of a classmate who isn’t coming back till next year, and you can see the colossal mess that is my desk.


Wrath Poster, final

Element of Surprise

Window Cover-up Concept for the MAC, SCCC's Activity Center

Close Up

Close Up

Close Up 2

Close Up 2

This is a prototype window covering for the Charles H. Miller Activity Center, AKA the MAC, or the gym at my school. Behind the actual windows is the saddest, emptiest pool. Gym authorities want it covered up so no one wants to swim and then is disappointed. I worked with my friend, Kevin Cox, to come up with this concept. The idea was to bring both light and humor to a dark and very drab hallway. The hope is that passersby would at first see people in action, getting their sports on, and maybe see something more if they looked closer. We wanted to put a little smile on someone’s face, a little question in their head. I hope it works!


Illustration for a poster

This week’s poster theme is the seven deadly sins. I was assigned wrath. If the poster turns out as cool as my illustration, I’ll put it up.


Partial Illustration for school assignment







This is part of a larger illustration with Kevin Cox to cover some windows at the Gym at my school. Who knows if our concept will be chosen, I just love this guy! He’s hanging out in the sauna, with a big old giraffe head. It doesn’t get any better than that.


Illustration for Book Redesign




This one is not as current, I did it months ago. It’s for a redesign of the wonderful midfiction title What the Moon Saw, by Laura Resau. One of my personal favorites, although I haven’t quite finished this project. Here’s hoping!

Shirley Chisholm

Poster for African American History Month

This week the assignment is a randomly chosen (by drawing) person from a list my teacher got off the internet. Actually he said he spent some time researching. I’m stoked I got Shirley Chisholm. Not only because she was awesome, but also because this picture of her is amazing.

She has a wonderful quote that I wasn’t able to use it in full, but here it is, in all it’s glory:

“When I die, I want to be remembered as a woman who lived in the twentieth century and who dared to be a catalyst for change. I don’t want be remembered as the first black woman who went to Congress, and I don’t even want to be remembered as the first woman who happen to be black to make a bid for the presidency. I want to be remembered as a woman who fought for change in the twentieth century. That’s what I want.”

I wanted to focus on her as a woman, doing my best to respect her eloquent wish. All the time she spent in legislature (1964-82) she said she “had faced much more discrimination because she was a woman than because she was black.”

The fonts used here are DIN 1451 and DIN 30640.