Reasons to love North Colorado!

27 Jun

Check out the latest Spring and Summer issues of Fort Collins Magazine.

This was the first time Fort Collins magazine did something super abstract for their cover. The Spring cover has at least five different images in it with a typography treatment on top of it. To give it a fun spring-like feel, I went for warm bright colors; but at the same time, kept some earthy-tones to reflect the brewery theme. I’m glad they went for it because I think it looks pretty neat!

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The home feature is probably my favorite layout. Not only did the photographer do an awesome job capturing the mood and essence of the story, but the article itself wasn’t the typical happily ever after story — which makes it an interesting read. This gave me the challenge of having to creatively reflect thatUsing the bold san serif font shows the seriousness of the topic, and giving it an opacity treatment is a metaphor of how the couple’s lives in the house is in the past. In the end, I’m really please with how it turned out.

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Summer in Breckenridge!

26 Jun

This issue was a lot of fun to work on. Tiny homes, summer summit life hacks, delicious food — make sure you pick up a copy if you’re in the area or check out breckmag.com!

10 Must Stream Documentaries on Netflix! Part 4

21 Jan

Hello! Time for a new list of Netflix documentary recs. Here’s parts 1, 2, and 3 if you’d like to check out the others. No particular order but I highly recommend them all. I’ve included the trailer instead of the movie poster this time to make it easier to get a glimpse of what the doc is like. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

 

1. Incarus
An American filmmaker and cyclist unwittingly wades into a global scandal when a Russian scientist leaks shocking details of a vast doping conspiracy.

 

2. Voyeur
Legendary journalist Gay Talese unmasks a motel owner who spied on his guests for decades. But his bombshell story soon becomes a scandal of its own.

 

3. Losing Sight of Shore
This documentary recounts the feats of the Coxless Crew, a team of four women who rowed from San Francisco to Australia in support of two charities.

 

4. Night School
Three high school dropouts face a host of challenges when they come back to earn their diplomas at a school with low graduation rates.

 

5. Finding Traction
Ultra-marathoner Nikki Kimball tests her body and spirit in this documentary tracing her quest to break the record on Vermont’s 273-mile Long Trail.

 

6. The Birth of Sake
This film offers a rare peek at the daily life of the artisans of Yoshida Brewery, where devotion and skill combine in the ancient art of saké making.

 

7. Inspired to Ride
Cyclists race along the breathtaking but arduous 4,233-mile TransAmerica Trail, without support, prize money or any perks, aside from joy and pride.

 

8. Queen Mimi
This heartwarming documentary profiles Marie Haist, a formerly homeless Los Angeles woman who lives in a laundromat and has befriended celebrities.

 

9. Amanda Knox
She was twice convicted and acquitted of murder. Amanda Knox and the people closest to her case speak out in this illuminating documentary.

 

9. The Keepers

This docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse. WARNING: This one’s quite disturbing, but if you like murder mystery, this one’s for you. 

Latest Ft. Collins Magazine Designs

20 Jan

I can’t believe it’s been a year since my last post! Here’s my latest work for Ft. Collins Magazine. If you ever visit, be sure to grab a copy when you’re there or visit here to find out where to shop, eat and play!

Taking on Breckenridge Magazine

23 Jul

It’s been a year since I started working on Breckenridge Magazine, so yea… I think it’s about time to post some work from it. The major design change made is the cover. I’ve given it a more updated look. With some creative freedom, I also had some fun with the features. Here’s a few samples. To see more, please visit http://breckmag.com. And don’t forget to pick up a copy if you’re ever in the area!

 

Asian Film Festival of Dallas Gets a New Look!

20 Jul

This year, I was given the opportunity to design the marketing materials for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD). They were open to a complete redesign and gave me creative freedom – what designer doesn’t love that? It was a demanding schedule, but I was up for the challenge!

The first thing I did was update the logo, giving it a clean, contemporary look. I chose new fonts, along with a new color palette (primary: black, white, grey; secondary: red, gold). These styles were then extended to the website and promotional videos for AFFD.

With all the changes and updates approved, I started on the festival program. This, too, received a healthy redesign: from the cover, front of book pages and ad placement, to special section pages, program schedule and film reviews. Response to the new cover layout was overwhelming, but I was even more pleased with AFFD‘s reaction to the new layout of the film reviews and program as a whole. I wanted the reviews to be easy to read, and eye-catching at the same time. With this in mind, compelling movie stills were placed at the top of the page to grab the reader’s attention. Since there was a lot of info for each film, it made sense to lay it all out in a grid-like format. This made it easier to read. Another thing I added was the special premier labels to let festival goers locate premiere films more easily. Once I redesigned the festival program, I then updated the look of AFFD’s VIP badges, flyer, poster, vouchers, ballots, Facebook profile images, and T-shirts.

Fortunately, I was able to attend the festival this year to see all the new marketing materials in person and, finally, to meet the new people I’d been working with. All in all, I think everything was well-received and came out nicely.

If you “love subtitles” like I do, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) runs through July 21st, so it’s still not too late to check it out!

10 Cool Modern Unique Desks

25 Feb

1. Minimal Wall Desk by Orange22Modern

 

2. Katedra office desk by Desnahemisfera

 

3. A33 modern office desk by J&M Furniture

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4. Volna desk by nüvist

 

5. K Workstation by Misosoup

 

 

6. Tank Desk 1.2 by Peter Petersen

 

7. Bulego desk by Abad Diseño

 

8. Walker Desk by Modloft

 

9.Leo Desk by Valsecchi1918

 

10.Goggle Office Desk by Danny Venlet

10 Must Stream Documentaries on Netflix! Part 3

22 Jan

It’s been way to long since my last post on documentary recommendations so it is! Some of these aren’t as main stream, but they are worth watching. In case you missed the first two posts. Here they are: Part 1  Part 2

1. Desert Runners
Facing some of the world’s harshest conditions, a diverse group of ultra-marathon runners attempt to successfully complete a series of four 250k runs in a year.

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2. Maidentrip
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

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3. I Know That Voice
Hear what it’s like to be a voice actor and what it takes to be one.

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4. The Propaganda Game
With controlled access, Filmmaker Álvaro Longoria documents his visit to North Korea and compares it to the Western view of the country.

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5. Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom
A peaceful student demonstration turns into a violent revolution and civil rights movement over the course of 93 days.

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6. Antarctica: A Year On Ice
Follow the daily lives of workers maintaining research facilities in the most remote and coldest place on Earth.

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7. On The Way To School
This documentary really makes you appreciate being able to go to school. See the daily challenges four children from different parts of the world have to overcome to make it to school.

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8. Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Serbian performance artist prepares for her unique exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Spectators take turns sitting opposite of her while she looks into their eyes in silence with no food or bathroom breaks for 30 days.

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9. Marmato
Living on a huge gold mine, The Colombian townspeople of Marmato must confront foreigners who want to destroy their homes to get to the gold.

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10. Twinsters
Identical twin sisters separated at birth and adopted from South Korean discover each other through social media.

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Elegant Austin Opera Invitation Design

12 Jan

Here’s a recent project I did for Austin Opera. They wanted an elegant invitation designed, along with a reply card, benefits insert, and envelopes. I’m really pleased with how they turned out. Originally, a small floral mask icon was placed above the return address on the envelope. However, to keep the printing cost down, we decided to leave it off. I think it still came out looking great keeping it nice and simple!

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