George Fox grad program posters

A series of one-off posters I designed for various grad departments at George Fox University. The colors correspond to a series of brochures for each department. These posters hang in the George Fox Portland Center.


Geez 31, the peace issue

This issue of Geez magazine is about unrecognized peace activists. Publisher Aiden Enns came up with the cover idea, and I did the photo illustration. I also like the two multiple exposures featuring historical war images inside a couple of heads (one is mine, one is my partner's). And I had fun coming up with callouts for the "peace missile" spot illustration.


Summer 2013 George Fox Journal

The new issue of the George Fox Journal is out now. Thanks to Joel Bock for the cover and feature photos. I did a bit of custom lettering for the feature story.


Geez 30, the Redoing Schooling issue

Issue 30 of Geez magazine is out, and covers all aspects of alternative schooling. I did the cover illustration and lettering, as well as some spot drawings inside.


Dad in a baobab

My dad wrote a bunch of stories from his life and I designed a book of them that he could give to friends and relatives. For the cover I chose this cool photo taken soon after he arrived in Africa as a teenager with his parents. They were driving halfway up the continent in a custom pickup trailer built by my grandfather. That's Dad partway up a baobab tree, along with his mother and two missionary ladies who were traveling with them. Click to enlarge.


Imago Dei Ministries logo

A logo I designed for Imago Dei Ministries.

Rather than me explain the rationale behind this design,here's quote from the client about it:

"We love the sense of movement, transformation, hope, life, energy ... and the paradoxical element of being able to see it as going either direction - in one sense it moves from the tight spiral out into something new/alive, in another sense it can be seen as "parts" (of a person, a community, etc.) coming together and finding united focus/meaning in the center of the spiral. ... It leaves room for people to bring their own experience to it (see it as a tree/blossom, water, fire, or something else entirely - I can even see "dancers" in the leaves/flames), which is awesome. It is simple and bold, yet with lots of interesting details. It feels like "us," for sure."

Imago Dei also published Paradox Lost, for which I designed the cover.


Geez stamp poster

I have designed a bunch of stamps for the letters section of Geez magazine over the years, and decided to make a poster of them. They're in black and white for the magazine, so I had to add color. Click to enlarge.


Geez 29, the Persister issue

Geez issue 29 is the first one I did not design. I took a break, and Melody Morrissette guest-designed this issue, and did a great job. I especially like the cover, which spoofs typical women's magazines.


George Fox honors program logo

Another logo design for George Fox, for the new William Penn Honors Program (top). We wanted to do a crest referencing William Penn's family coat-of-arms (a couple of variants, middle). I decided to use a book as the holding shape, instead of a shield, since Penn was a peaceful non-arms-bearing Quaker and the honors program is a "great books" program (see book list). I retained the distinctive three circles on the Penn family crest, and designed a handful of icons as options to consider for the crest (bottom). We settled on using a crest-styled Bruin head, crown and field of crosses.


George Fox Bruins logo redesign

When I started working on some new projects featuring the George Fox University Bruins logo, I noticed its weaknesses: the right half is fairly realistic, while the left side is extremely stylized; the thin gold outline was too dark, making the face blunted and indistinct. So I got to redesign it, keeping the general form similar overall so that uniforms and other items with the old logo could continue to be used.

I made the logo more stylized overall, as well as more angular and aggressive. A lighter gold color and thicker outline doesn't obscure the bear's features.

One of the first applications I designed using the new Bruin logo is this team bus, a rolling billboard for George Fox athletics. (Click to enlarge.)


Geez 28, the anarchy issue

Geez 28, the anarchy issue, looks at Christian anarchists and some folks who think the two ideas don't mix well. CPT made the cover. I took several photos of these little model people that were featured throughout, as they break free from their rigid little sticks to achieve autonomy.


Old books

I was taking some photos of old books for the upcoming Geez magazine in the George Fox library, and found some cool old Quaker books. Click to enlarge.


Paradox Lost book cover

A book cover design I did recently; the top design is the chosen one, while the bottom was an alternate version. Click to enlarge and check out the cool 3D typeface for the title.


A couple of t-shirt designs

I designed the top shirt for Tween camp; the client requested an identity card design, and I happily obliged. And the bottom shirt is the one that got made for George Fox University's Welcome Weekend for incoming freshmen.


Geez 27 (the stereotype issue) cover

The cover of the new Geez magazine, the stereotype issue, is shown above (click to enlarge). My original design is shown below; I liked the less literal take on stereotype, with the framework caging the young woman, and the pink paint representing stereotypes that are splattered indiscriminately on people. But we went with the less ambiguous paint-by-number treatment; not sure if I like it more visually, but I think it conveys more about the subject.
I really liked the stock photo of the woman: young, pretty, but not the typical cover girl, with her heavy eyebrows. The editors questioned the use of a stock photo, thought maybe we should use an image where we knew the subject, or at least the photographer. We put the discussion in the magazine:  
We had a heck of a time deciding on an image for the cover. In the end, we chose a stock photo of a young woman whose ethnic identity is ambiguous. We’d like to know more about this woman: what’s her name, where does she live, what are some of her struggles? We could have used a photo our friend Colin Vandenberg took when he was in West Africa a few years ago (see option at left). While the woman depicted would not be anonymous, it felt like we would pick her image simply for the colour of her skin, which seemed too objectifying. 
A third option was to use a photo of a person already depicted in the magazine, Michelle Klippenstein (below right). But how would she like to see a photo of herself on newsstands, cut up with the “paint by number” treatment? We would have to check with with her. But we were running of out time, so we went with the stock image and decided to share our misgivings with you.


A couple of examples of urban grit on Alberta Street in Portland on a sunny day.


DarryLaura merge

This creepy digital face transplant experiment I did with my wife Laura will appear in the upcoming Geez magazine, which has a theme of Stereotypes. Top two images are the transplants, bottom two are how we actually look. Click to enlarge.


High Hopes

I designed this mailer/poster for the upcoming Welcome Weekend orientation for new students at George Fox University. I'm hoping they'll use the design on a t-shirt as well.


The Stones Cry Out

Geez is hosting a conference on spirituality and the activist spirit featuring Reverend Billy in November. Should be fun!


Geez 26, the Leisure issue

The latest issue of Geez magazine is all about leisure. It includes an in-depth story of what's it's like on a Christian cruise, our need to be entertained, and the quiet joys of everyday leisure. I did a few small spot illustrations to scatter around in the issue.