Silkscreening allows for lots of experimentation and technical play. The amount of colors utilized play a big role on how cheap or expensive the print will be. When both of these factors come to together, additional colors can be created by overlaying one color over another by finding the exact level of ink transparency.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals asked me to create a set of silkscreened posters to commemorate their Fall 2010 tour, and with the band hailing from Vermont, I wanted to create a piece for them to bring on the road that would capture something truly iconic of their home state. I chose to create a collage of leaves that together forms a maple leaf. All of the leaves making up the collage were scanned and hand-collected by me in Jeffersonville, Vermont!
In order for the design to come together the way I intended, the three colors I chose for the leaves had to overprint in a very specific way. The inks had to be just transparent enough, and I think the right balance was definitely achieved in the end. In order for the text to remain as crisp as possible (and to avoid a total registration headache) a last-minute call was made to print the text as a 4th color of opaque white over the leaf collage. It was a great decision and really helped the print come together as intended!
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Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
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Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.
Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.
Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.
The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.
The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.
Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.
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Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.
FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.
Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.
The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.