Stop copying me

The end-of-year issue of The Economist has a cover with some similarity to the George Fox Journal cover I did a couple months ago; kind of funny. Of course, we're both just copying Cranach the Elder's original...


Off-seasons greetings

Illustration I did for the Indianapolis Indians baseball team's holiday card. Done for Lodge Design.


ho ho ho

Box lid I found on the street in Portland.


Angel/devil Bush

I shot this a couple years ago as a photo illustration for Geez magazine. There are these walls with old postings in Portland, so I made my Bush sticker and put it on there to photograph.

Geez 16, the Jesus issue

Geez 16, the Jesus issue, features many different contemporary views of Jesus. Get a sneak peek here.


Consolidated screw

Sign on a wall in a small town in Oregon.


Cute cute little baby

Yes, I am capable of doing saccharine-sweet baby animal drawings.

Illustration illustration

Messing with the surface: some things appear to be laying on it, some cut into it. Drawn on elephant hide paper with ball point pen and white pencil.


Saturday sketchbook: love is...

Differing opinions on love; I did this a decade ago. Can you tell which one is me? Click to enlarge.

Fall George Fox Journal

I used a 16th century painting by Cranach the Elder (original shown below) as a starting point for this Journal cover. After some informal focus group testing on some older alumni at my dad's retirement home, it was deemed necessary to add some foliage to the original first couple's attire.

This turned out to be way harder and more time-consuming than I expected, and it turned out just okay. It took a little acrylic painting and a lot of digital retouching. Credit for the concept goes to my coworker Tamara.


George Fox undergraduate admissions suite

The top piece is a little self-mailer to introduce high school juniors to George Fox University. It's the final piece in a suite of print materials I've designed for undergraduate admissions. The rest of the pieces are shown below: a folder, several brochures, and these cards, which have been a big hit with high schoolers.


Aerial photos

These are some aerial photos I took at the Oregon coast of some interesting land formations. They are shot from a height of about 5 feet; they are actually just shots of beach sand scupted by water and the wanderings of small crustaceans. Click to enlarge.


George Fox parents and financial aid brochures

A couple of small brochures for George Fox University. The layout of these is a bit calmer than the viewbook, which is for high school kids.


Geez clothing thoughts

I took this picture and wrote a couple paragraphs for the new issue of Geez; Aiden Enns, the publisher, added some meaningful quotes, some thoughts and photos of his own and made a decent spread out of it. My text:

Since I shifted over to bike commuting, I needed a rain jacket for the long wet winters here in Oregon. I got a jacket that has this saying on the zipper that I find inspiring. That feeling of inspiration could turn into a loyalty to this brand of jacket, but I try to separate the message from the product.

It reminds me of a friend who collects meaningful quotes, and has some from Nike ads from the early ’90s. She also separates the message from the brand, and can enjoy the statements for what they are. As she says, “They hired some savvy writers, tapped into some empowering-women motifs. Though I don’t celebrate empowering women to consume and compete more, I can celebrate empowering women to enjoy their strong bodies and being active and alive.”


Details from an old amplifier box in my garage. I find the icons intriguing; any guesses as to what they mean? Not what they really mean, what they could mean. My thoughts:
Left: box may be safely levitated
Center: suitable for Oregon weather
Right: good for use in castles


New Geez illustrations

A couple of drawings I did for the newest issue of Geez magazine. The top one is for this article about the overmerchandising of the Bible by Zondervan, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Yes, all those Bible titles are actual ones published by Zondervan.

The second one is a BS detector, an invention of Geez publisher Aiden Enns.

George Fox University invitation

This is a special invitation to visit campus sent to selected high school students. I designed it to stand out in the mail: it is printed on a cool iridescent paper which looks great in person.


Geez 15 section dividers

For the start of each new section in Geez 15, I created some custom lettering by scanning a plastic lettering template (visible in the middle picture).

Geez 15, the slippery issue

The cover of Geez 15 was guest-designed by The Goggles, a duo who have done many projects, including I Live Here, a book project with Mia Kirshner and J.B. Mackinnon. Check out a preview of Geez 15 here.

The Goggles also contributed this image, Facebook #14, to Geez 14.


George Fox cards

This is a cool pack of cards I designed for George Fox University; the cards are diecut and bound by a printed silicone band that can also be a bracelet. It's given out to high school students at college fairs and other events, and introduces them to the university. Writing credits go to Mike Richeson, with brainstorming assistance from the whole marketing communications department at George Fox.


Tigard Community Friends

This is a logo I recently designed for Tigard Community Friends Church. The woven tree represents several things (their theme of "belonging, believing, becoming," the Trinity, etc.). Trees have been used in lots of church logos, so I was excited to come up with an interesting twist on that tired theme. The original sketch looked a bit too much like a tribal tatoo, so I redrew it to be more angular and I think it works better.


Geez 14 art contributors

The photographer JR does these amazing installations celebrating women in marginalized, conflict-ridden parts of the world. He reinvests earnings from his art back into the slums.

The artwork of Mark Bryan has been featured many times in Geez. This piece is titled Pie in the sky. From his artist statement: "Given this beautiful planet, our intelligence, talent and opposable thumbs, one would think that things for us would be a lot better than they are. I suppose I've carried a general disappointment in human nature for quite a while that makes itself apparent in most of my work."

This photo by Steve Lambert is featured on the back cover. He does some really interesting work, such as designing and building a video game called Simmer Down Sprinter that measures the player's biofeedback (the more you relax, the faster you go), and a browser plug-in that replaces all the ads on a website with Art. Also check out his anti-advertising agency.