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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!

 

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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

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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Travel Feature Magazine Design

9 Jan

This is a feature layout I did for The Society Diaries, a high-end glossy magazine. When laying out a feature about a destination, I feel that the pictures should be the focus point and be able to speak for themselves. With this, the opener started with a two-page spread image with just the header and subhead. A few key words were highlighted in a complementary blue to make it a little more interesting than just keeping all the text white. Since the feature was about paradise in Hawaii, I felt it was important to keep the layout clean, simple and breathable. Ideally, I would’ve liked to have another spread just for the island photo shown on the second spread. It’s such a gorgeous photo and it encompasses the beautiful island of Hawaii. Overall, I’m really happy with how the feature turned out!

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10 Cool Unique Modern Shelves & Bookcases

4 Apr

1. Bolla Shelves

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2. Chelsea Book Shelf

3. Comic Shelf

4. TarGetBooks Shelf

5. Serpent Modular Shelf

6. DC Library Corner Shelves

7. MYDNA Bookshelf

8. Umbra’s Conceal Shelf

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10. Book Shelf Model 1

IKEA – Not As Cheap As It Looks!

16 Feb

This is a really cool IKEA poster by design company ifsodoso as a call to support British design.  They used the original blueprint of all the furniture pieces that were available at the time. I could probably stare at this all day!

Dollhouses Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore

20 Jan

Ever wish you could own a modern luxurious house furnished with pieces you’d rather gaze at than sit in?  brinca dada, a New York based toy company, has made it possible with their minimalist doll houses with matching contemporary furniture.  Here are a few of my favorites!  (Now, if only I could get a hold of the “Honey I BLEW up the Kid” machine…)

Bennet House

Bennett House by brinca dada is an oasis in the sea of glitzy toy houses. Heavily influenced by the De Stijl movement of the early 20th century, it emphasizes lines, squares and rectangles in asymmetrical patterns while minimizing color. Fans of Rietveld’s Schröder House will recognize another influence. Architect Tim Boyle explains how Bennett House breaks out of the townhouse genre: “Townhouses are typically a stack of floors with a few windows on each floor, and no inside/outside relationship. I prefer architecture that reveals structure and engineering, hence windows extend past floors to show the weight and thickness of the structure.”

Bennett House is more than just a pretty façade–its clever design and use of space invites play whether open or closed. The townhouse features a two-story living room, elevator, roof top pool and glass rail balconies in both the master bedroom and children’s bedroom.  And Bennett House is made of CARB-certified woods and non-toxic, lead-free paints and stains, so it is easy on the environment.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 36” x 21” x 21”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of bamboo and other eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $599 (Purchase Here)

Edward House

Inspired by Neutra’s Kaufmann House and Gary Cooper’s home designed by A. Quincy Jones, brinca dada’s Edward House features many distinguishing architectural features like glass corners, minimalist cut stone and hardwood floors.  The Edward House has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child’s bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Edward House enjoys year-round sunlight. Finally, the dollhouse is easy on the environment with only  eco-friendly woods and non-toxic and lead-free paints. Assembly required.

Details

  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 17” x 17” x 26”
  • Scale: 3/4”
  • Made of eco-friendly woods
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail price: $349 (Purchase Here)

Dylan House

Inspired by the minimalist masterpieces of Paul Rudolph and Tadao Ando, Dylan House features a concrete-and-glass feel, but with the breezy openness of a beachfront home. Floor-to-ceiling windows open to allow natural light into the house and play from many angles. The Dylan House has five living spaces on three levels: living room/dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and roof patio. Furniture is sold separately.

Details
  • Designed by: Tim Boyle
  • 23” x 15” x 16”
  • Eco-friendly MDF
  • Non-toxic and lead-free paints
  • Retail Price: $149.99 (Purchase Here)

Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set

The Maison Furniture Collection from brinca dada is the perfect complement to both Edward House and Bennett House. The line’s clean and sophisticated aesthetic mixes classic modern design with contemporary “in fashion” highlights. In the words of designer Cecilia Reboursin, “The key was to work on every detail to add an extra dimension of authenticity to the line.  We used American black walnut as a common thread, giving a contemporary feel to each room. We then added color as accents, but also as an attraction to children’s sensibilities.”
The Maison Furniture Collection – Complete Set is comprised of 40 different pieces and offers furnishings for seven rooms, plus two sets of accessories.  All furniture elements are made from high-quality woods and fabrics and are fashioned with non-toxic, lead-free stains and paints.
Details
  • Designed by: Cecilia Reboursin
  • Scale: 3/4″
  • 7 rooms,plus 2 sets of accessories, 40 pieces
  • Materials: Wood, fabric
  • Retail Price: $399 (Purchase Here)