Author: quentin

We worked with the inimitable Mike Smith and Andrew Norman to design Smith’s first book, “Legacy vs. Likes.” It’s an approachable, smart, quick guide for young adults (or, really, all adults) on how to use technology and social media in a way that aguments one’s passions and life rather than distract from them.  It’s full of smart ideas, touching anectdotes and a bunch of simple, concpetual illustrations.

Click here to order a copy.

Happy Eclipse day, Nebraska. Be careful out there.

Our neighbors at Grinn & Barrett Tattoo shop reached out to us to help them draw their rad, vintage neon sign. We take it as a high compliment when tattoo artists ask us to draw something for them.

We love the history of the sign: a previous owner salvaged it from a Villisca, Iowa motel and retrofitted it for the tattoo shop.

We liked drawing the original so much, we had to give it a by-night look, too.

One of the annual projects we’re always proudest of is the 200-page Hail Varsity Yearbook. This year’s is no exception, and on newsstands now through the end of the year.

Friends and neighbors inCOMMON Community Development hosted a walking tour for the Neighborhood USA national conference last weekend. In preparation for it, and to help support their mission (which includes introducing a lot of people to Hanscom Park’s fair neighborhood), we designed a walking tour map for them, along with some temporary wayfinding for the conference tour. We used temporary chalk spray paint and custom laser cut stencils from the good people at MTRL, and with the help of inCOMMON’s Evelyn, marked each stop.

At the heart of both project is 13 unique logos for a selection of the community assets highlighted on the map and featured on the walk. These are part of a larger suite of logos (40-50 in total) that will be part of a project we launch later in the summer (consider this a sneak peek).

 

 

 

The sun is out, baseball season is in stride, and the College World Series is a month away. To celebrate, I teamed up with the good people at Omaha Screen Co. to revive the logo of the 1927 Omaha Buffaloes for a long-sleeved baseball-T. Snag one at the Ak-Sar-Ben Farmer’s market this summer, or here.

 

We recently finished up a logo and website build for Urban Restorative, an Omaha home restoration business. The client wanted a mark and typography that matched the early 20th-century homes she specializes in restoring. So we started by digging through Landmark Heritage Preservation Commission’s excellent archive of building blueprints and culled all of the nice vintage type we could find.

From there, we settled on typography from the cover of a brochure prolific Omaha architect Everett S. Dodds published in the mid-1910s.

From there, it was a matter of reviving the hand lettering from the brochure. But with a little graph paper and patience, it’s pretty easy to break down the letter forms.

After that, it was a matter of creating a logomark based on the patterns of this salvaged door escutcheon.

After piecing all of the elements together, we ended up with a unique logo with a nod toward the history the client works to restore and preserve.

We helped one of our favorite clients, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, launch their quarterly newsletter, Time + Space, this month. We love the modern, uncoated look and its unique size. At 8″ x 13″ and 16 pages, it stands out in readers’ mailboxes but is small enough for museum patrons to pick up and carry around the galleries. Visit the center to pick up your own copy.

For the past year or so, we’ve been designing the gallery guides for The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. We worked with them to come up with a format that is compact enough to be easy to carry around and fit in a standard brochure rack. They had to fit in with the Bemis’ now year-old practice of opening three or four new exhibits in their galleries at a time. It’s a whole new center every three months, so these needed to fit together while having a distict look. They’re printed on a nice, heavy stock so they hold their creases well and are anchored with a key spot color that fits the themes of the new exhibits.

Today the great state of Nebraska turns 150 years old. To mark the occasion, I drew a little logo.



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