JDK

•February 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment

And so it begins. I know its been awhile since I’ve updated the blog. Since graduation I have been getting all my work in order to apply for jobs. It just so happens that luck came my way and provided me and amazing opportunity. A former professor of mine mentioned to me over break, the possibility of a position at JDK Design in Burlington, Vermont. Once I returned to Vermont after Christmas I knew I had some work ahead of me applying for this job. Long story short, everything went really well and, in the end after multiple interviews, I got it! JDK is a design firm that I have looked up to since starting my graphic design education. They work with great clients like Burton Snowboards, Microsoft, Merrell shoes, and many others. But what sets them apart is that they are not just a high brow agency, they know how to have fun and how to be personal. I began on Feb 14th as part of the STAIN team, we work primarily with color applications for Merrell, Patagonia, and Chaco shoes.  Its been two weeks so far and I still have a lot to learn but that is exactly what I’m excited for, learning under extremely talented professionals in a ton of different disciplines. And… the studio is incredible. It’s located on the waterfront of Lake Champlain in a renovated 4 story industrial building. The studio includes a massive amount of work space, a skate ramp in the basement, screen printing studio, full photo studio, and much more. I’ll keep this updated with how things progress at JDK in the coming weeks!

And……

Yet again, Chad and Zack have given me free rein to produce some posters for their national tour as LAZERDISK. These posters have been a way for me to pretty much do whatever I want and try out a lot of different styles. Above is a peek at the idea I am playing with for their official tour poster. I hope to have it finalized by the beginning to middle of next week and I will update as soon as its done.

Well that about does it for now. I’ll keep up with the postings more often.

Be well!

-JF

New Logo

•January 18, 2011 • 1 Comment

Just trying out a new variation on my logo

Done!

•December 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

And so it comes to an end. My college career is over for the time being and it is time to head out to face the real world, and I’m pretty excited/nervous to do so. Before I talk about what I would like to do now I need to show you what I have finished up in the past few weeks.

As I have been writing in recent posts I have produced a 20 page book for my Champlain College Capstone curriculum. The book entitled Perfection is a piece that shows both my graphic design and liberal arts education. It is meant as a guide for parents, guardians, guidance professionals, etc. to begin their research and knowledge on the subject of childhood challenges. The book is divided into sections according to subject matter. First, being the background and history on challenges such as ADD and ADHD. The second section is from the perspective of the medical community. This section also talks about the over medication of children in America.  Next is a section on the responsibility of a parent, guardian, and educator when dealing with solutions to these challenges. This section also talks about proposed alternatives to medication. Last is an explanation of the materials produced for marketing and advertising the book.

Over all I feel as if the project went really well. There are still a few sections that I feel need to be more rounded and concise but over all I am happy with the final result. I hope to pick this project back up in the near future and refine some of the design and content.

As for the production, I am very happy with the printing that blurb.com did on the project. The book is well constructed and spot on with color and photo quality. Below is a photo of the end result. You can also preview the entire book here.

The final book for my advanced typography class has also just been delivered from blurb.com. In this project we were given the task of typographically expressing two contrasting voices on any subject in order to have own voice expressed. I chose to show the cheap side of consumerism in America by comparing “as seen on tv” products with their not so great amazon.com reviews. Below are a few photos of the final printed book. If you would like to flip through the entire book you click here for a full preview.

Also, my final project for graphic design business is now completed. The final assignment for this class was to use the branding system that we have created throughout the semester to design an environmental layout for Evergreen Solar’s company headquarters. I chose to stick to the clean, simple and high-tech feel that I have been trying to push throughout the branding project. Below are a couple comps of the exterior of the building as well as the front reception area.

And finally, my portfolio layout and design is also complete. I will update with more of my promotional material such as my leave-behind and thank you cards once they are all printed. If you would like to check out my new resume and 2010 portfolio go to my portfolio/resume page and you can download them as pdf’s from there.

So that’s it, its all over. Champlain College has given me a great design education from professional and amazing professors. I look forward to utilizing my degree as soon as I possibly can and get out into the world of professional design. I will keep updating as I progress in my job search and continue with freelance work.

And….. check out the photos on the right from last nights show at Higher Ground. Lazerdisk had another amazing show and my design was used to create the LED back-lit sign that you can see on stage!

For now… Good afternoon, good evening and good night

JF

Illustrator mastery

•November 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

For everyone who works in illustrator and enjoys watching nerdy sped up process videos, here is the creation of an R2D2 glow in the dark screenprint by Kevin Tong.

Things come to life

•November 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Its starting to come closer to the time where many of my semester projects as well as freelance work is coming to life. What I mean by life is that they are no longer just designs on a screen but are being produced into the products they are intended to finally be. The photo above is a design I have finished up for a full page magazine ad for the sale and distribution of my thesis project entitled “Perfection”. These mock ads are only to show how the project would be marketed if it was to be published and distributed as an actual book. My deadline for the writing and design of the book itself is December 1st, this should give me enough time to get it to Blurb.com for printing so I can have it for the Capstone gallery presentation on the 13th.

Below are some updated screen shots of pieces of the book itself.

I have also begun another final project for my typography class. The premise of this project is to show two different pieces of dialog for the purpose of expressing our own voice between the two. Since a majority of my other projects this semester are based around serious subjects I decided that I would go a bit more light hearted with this one. The two texts that I chose are 1) the slogans from popular “As seen on TV” items, and 2) their horrible amazon.com reviews by customers who bought the product. The intention of this project is to show the ridiculousness of some consumers in the US and how quickly they will purchase any piece of crap they see on TV. The book is entitled $19.95 because that seems to be the price of choice for most “As seen on TV” items.

Below is the cover of $19.95 my final advanced typography project.

On the freelance side of things I have also been given some awesome opportunities to see pieces of my work come to life physically. Recently I was asked to work on a few comps for the design of a pair of skis. The company producing these skis is an event promotion and apparel design company called “IM PARTYING” This was the first time I have been given the opportunity to create a design with limited to no restrictions. The designs are still in the works but hopefully I can refine one down enough to be chosen for production of the ski.

This is just a part of some of the layouts for the topsheet of the skis.

Also my design collaboration with the DJ duo known as LAZERDISK PARTY SEX continues. I have just finished up a design for a lightbox sign that is being constructed for their show on December 9th. Im pretty pumped to see how it comes out and for the show itself. I’m sure that there will be a bunch of photos from the night and I will put them up as soon as I can. If you would like more information on the show check it out here.

Snapshot of the poster design for the LAZERDISK show on Dec 9th

Thats about all for now, hopefully the next post will include photos of finalized projects.

Stay well

JF

2 months to go

•October 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So its almost the end of October and that means that there is only two months left until I am officially a Champlain College graduate. The next two months will probably be the busiest two months I’ve had yet at school. In my future are a lot of final design touches to my portfolio, thesis project finalization, printing two blurb books, and working on some freelance work along the way.

I am pretty excited to see everything slowly come together. For the past three weeks I have been trying to compile all of my past projects and work and finalize their designs to add into my working portfolio. This is going to be a complete redesign from last years portfolio that I designed and bound myself in my digital publication class. I hope to be able to showcase some of my school projects, freelance work, and photography in a clean organized layout.

Above are just a couple of screen shots of the layout that I am working with for my portfolio.

My Champlain Capstone class is proving to be one of the largest projects that I have done here at school. Writing and designing a 20 page book is quite time consuming but I am happy with how it is turning out. So far I have finished two of the four sections. I hope to be able to have the book edited and printed by the first week in December.

Above are a couple of the spreads from my capstone project titled “Perfection”

And finally I thought I would put up some of my freelance work that I have been doing for a client that is starting up a her own business in therapy and yoga.

The loving river logo is meant to illustrate the tag line “release into flow”. I thought that using a hand rendered type as well as the half swirl would fit in with that approach. I hope to be able to add some more texture to the logo mark itself. Overall I am happy with the direction that this project is going and I think it will provide some unique pieces that will benefit my portfolio. Let me know what you think.

As for right now that is about all I have design wise that I can update with. I hope to be able to update again soon with some finalized projects and photos as well.

-JF

How ink is made…. more soothing than you would think

•October 5, 2010 • 1 Comment

I recently stumbled upon this video. Not only does it combine two of my favorite things; Design and How Its Made, but it is also really pretty relaxing to watch

 
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