Among many delightful projects taken on for Travel Portland were these custom-illustrated Scout Books. The original plan was to print just one, but after the options were presented they decided to go ahead and print all three! Not only was this such a fun collaboration with Travel Portland (always a fave client), Scout Books was a dream to work with as well. Let’s hear it for local businesses operating on a world-class level!
You can read an interview about these books with me and Holly from Travel Portland on the Scout Books website: https://scoutbooks.com/travel-portland/
Photos: Rowan Bradley and Scout Books
I Love Gamay is a fun new annual event—now three years strong—that brings together adventurous wine lovers and wine producers in celebration of Oregon Gamay Noir, a lesser-known but much-loved wine varietal. The event is the brainchild of Michelle Battista (of Elder Hall and The Nightwood Society), and she wanted the event to be fun, hip, and vibrant, with a dash of irreverence. We came up with a vivacious identity system to bring the event and the website to life—one that allowed for some variation in colors and elements each year to keep things fresh. Michelle ran with the illustrations to create a collection of irresistible giveaways and promo items.
Photo credits: Michelle Battista, Cheryl Juetten
2018 illustrations (final image) done in collaboration with illustrator Mallory Smith
In a rapidly growing cannabis market, Bode Wellness wanted to stand out as a premium wellness company whose cultivation and extraction methods are best in class. The brand I developed for them references the company's spiritual and energetic roots while letting the customer know that they take their production and business efforts very seriously.
I've guided Bode Wellness through the full branding process, starting with collaborating on the company name and on through branding, collateral, packaging, marketing guidance, and asset creation. It's been a joy to see this vibrant brand come to life both visually and in the marketplace.
Product photos: Thomas Brent Taylor
When considering the identity for new neighborhood floral workshop Vista Flora, a simple, classic palette of black and cream was the obvious choice to set off Vista Flora’s striking, vivacious creations. The palette and logo have served them well as the brand has grown, doing heavy lifting while always complementing and never clashing. This lovely little business has bloomed since its launch in 2018, with help from wonderful personal touches from the client like a butter-yellow 1960s VW van named Betty Kate.
Photos: Vista Flora/Lara Garrett
In Tune Holistic Apothecary is a female-owned and -operated herbal medicinary providing consultation, tinctures, and herbal medicine. When they moved into their lovely new shop on Alberta St. in Portland, they were in need of a sophisticated new identity — and in short order, as the shop was already open for business.
Using the beautiful original artwork of local artist Edward Cameron, I put together a brand for them to reflect the qualities they wanted to express: warmth, approachability, professionalism, and softness without being overtly feminine. Brand elements echo the style of antique apothecary paraphernalia, combined with crisp modern typography and accents.
I used the new identity to create signs, business cards, herb and tincture labels, and more.
Illustrator: Edward Cameron
Travel Portland has been an ongoing client of mine since November 2017, and the projects they bring to me are consistently some of the most enjoyable I have the pleasure of working on. Fun and lively illustrations, custom print materials, and unusual giveaways always allow for a healthy dose of imagination and creativity. I always look forward to my next assignment from Travel Portland!
Scout Books photo credit: Rowan Bradley and Scout Books
While expanding their retail presence, Portland Roasting Coffee hired me for some custom illustrations to bring the spirit of Pacific Northwest coffee culture to a new line of cups and tumblers.
Photos: Portland Roasting Coffee
When it comes to branding, I love the opportunity to take on the full suite of brand materials needed to get a new business or re-brand off the ground. This can be as simple as a set of business cards, or it could involve a full set of new printed material like menus, brochures, print ads, notecards, letterheads, signage, you name it. There’s no job too small or large!
As the natural evolution of my fine art background, I relish any opportunity to integrate illustration into my work. In addition to the other illustration projects showcased on my website, here’s a collection of recent work, including both personal and client projects.
Clients featured here: Travel Portland | Stitch & Loom | Distillery Corps | Division Winemaking Co | Consumer Cellular | Chickenship | Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
Branding is one of my favorite types of design to do. To add to the other featured branding projects on my site, here's a selection of new logos I've produced in the couple of years — including some that wound up on the cutting room floor but still deserve a few moments to shine.
Paxi founder Maggie Davis had a vision for the company of crisp, uncomplicated, and sophisticated branding which conveyed the natural and botanical aspects of the products.
The full service package I provided her with included branding suite, stationery + collateral, packaging design, and web design.
Select photos: Paxi Natural Skin Care
This was a personal project that I undertook to honor the nostalgia of the space shuttle program and the sense of wonder it inspired in me as a child. The colors are bright, the forms simple and toylike, and the textures reminiscent of my 1980s childhood. I was inspired by visits to the Air and Space Museum in DC, close to where I grew up: innumerable wanderings through the halls of the Smithsonian where my brother and I marveled over astronaut ice cream, Buckyballs, and the mysteries of the cosmos.
MOZO Shoes came to Topaz Design with a brand new identity and the need to back it up with strong branding across the board: packaging, catalogs and lookbooks, brochures, shoe hangtags, trade ads, and company stationery. We took the bold, gritty identity that had been established for them and fleshed out their entire brand with materials that feel rough around the edges but also highly competitive, confident, and professional. Over the years we produced numerous catalogs (both print and digital), lookbooks, brochures, sales materials, and tradeshow collateral in collaboration with MOZO.
Art directors: Kat Topaz, Michelle Battista
Photographers: David Reamer, Stu Mullenberg