Archive for June, 2010

Say Like The French Say “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on June 21, 2010 by Kris

I love Legos so much. I’m a big kid when it comes to them, and I’m not afraid to admit I have a couple of totes filled with Legos that I still play with, even now. So, when the guys in Say Like The French Say approached me to do the artwork for their album, I was filled with glee.

The concept was to create Lego settings where things have gone horribly wrong. We built everything ourselves, and I took the photos when everything was done. I was just excited about using Lego flames. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a reason to use my Lego scorpion. Oh well.

This is the album cover.

This is the inside cover.

Here’s the CD.

Here’s the inside tray design. When you lift out the CD, it’s kind of like a before/after image.

And the back cover.

I had a lot of fun with this. I don’t often get to combine my childhood with graphic design.

Head over to Band Camp to download a digital version of the album, or to pre-order the CD. I suggest pre-ordering the CD so you can see the artwork first-hand! But you can download it, too.

Rockin’ Resin

Posted in Updates on June 16, 2010 by Kris

Some of you may not know that I’m really into a variety of crafts as well as art and graphic design. One of those crafts is beading and jewelry-making. On July 21st from 6:00 – 9:00 PM and August 18th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Beadniks at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, I will be teaching a class called Rockin’ Resin. For $25 (plus the cost of supplies), you can make a really fun steampunk-inspired necklace using antique brass elements, chain, charms and a resin frame you can customize any way you like. Visit the Beadniks website to view the class calendar. You can call 952-854-9951 to reserve your spot in the class. You get 10% off of all supplies the day of the class.

It’s easy and fun to make. The resin pendant is awesome. It uses Magic Glos, which hardens in 15 minutes under a UV lamp. In the version of the necklace I made, I used all sorts of fun beads and charms. I used large faceted Red Tiger Eye, some small faceted Pyrite, Swarovski crystals, enameled metal gears, copper-plated ceramic beads, and a bunch of Vintaj elements. What’s great about it is that you can swap out certain elements for other ones, if you want to alter it to your tastes.

So, if you want to make a fun project and are in the Twin Cities area, sign up! I’d love to have you in my class.

Twin Cities Theater Connection

Posted in Graphic Design, Theatre on June 10, 2010 by Kris

I don’t normally enter contests for design, but this one was a quick creation. Plus, I like to do designs for theatre-related companies and such.

Anyway, I did a quick little design for a banner contest for Twin Cities Theater Connection, and won. So, now the banner at the top of the site is designed by yours truly. Hopefully people will dig it.

Check it out: Twin Cities Theater Connection.

Egret Records

Posted in Graphic Design on June 6, 2010 by Kris

This was just a quick little logo design for Egret Records. This is the first time I’ve ever used an egret in my work, and is most likely going to be the only time…

Or, who knows. Maybe egrets will be cool like owls someday.