After the deadly shooting spree at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in June of 2016, like so many members of my community I felt stunned and helpless. In the aftermath, I also felt the largest amount of support and love that I'd ever felt after a tragedy like that. I created the Rise Up logo as a symbol to people to band together and stand up for what is right and what they believe in.
Look closely around town and you just might find one of these stickers around town.
Westown Property Management
For this project, my client was looking for a new logo and brand identity for his property management company that was expending into the Westown neighborhood of Chicago. He wanted a minimal and modern feel as well as a monochromatic color palette.
I wanted to mimic the W from Westown in the buildings of the logo and also show that the company manages both residential and retail properties.
Infernal Affairs is a computer repair service owned and operated by a boisterous and fiery red-head in Chicago. I created Jayne's logo and business card in exchange for her miraculously recovering my crashed hard drive.
I wanted to keep her logo neat and simple but still play with the concept a little bit by adding the flames.
Noland Sports Turf
Noland Sports Turf is a client that I had previously created a logo for, but was always unhappy with the finished design. I kept tinkering with it over the years and finally came up with the design pictured here. The shield doubles as a yard line marker and the alternating green mimics the company's turf.
I sent the updated logo to my client and they loved it so much that they added it to all their new marketing materials.
This was a just-for-fun project that I worked on in my spare time.
Mark Pino: Some Other Me
Mark is a friend of mine who happens to sing and act every now and then in community shows and at piano bars. He booked a show at Davenport's Piano Bar and his concept was a song about different paths life can take us down.
I created a series of posters, postcards and social media graphics for him to advertise the show.
Kafenio is a local coffee cafe chain with a couple locations in the downtown area of Chicago. They serve Lavazza coffee, so the owners came to me to design a unique brand for them that also hinted at Lavazza's brand.
I kept the tall, bold typeface but went with a more narrow choice. Their menus are chalk-board style but remain clean and clear.
Frankie's House is a custom carpentry company named after the cutest Yellow Lab that you'll ever meet. Whenever Mike is working on a new project, Frankie is there by his side with her tail knocking over just about anything in it's path.
Mike wanted to go with a more traditional, classic logo, so I used a serif font for the name, paired with a script font for the tagline.
I've also included three other logo concepts here that I love but didn't make the cut.
HSA McKinley Running Club
A good friend of mine is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools and asked me to whip up a logo for a boys and girls running club that she was starting at her elementary school. She needed something bold and unisex that could be used for their t-shirts and other marketing materials.
Christian Eichenlaub for Milwaukee Judge
A friend that I used to volunteer with in Milwaukee decided to run for Judge and asked me to put together a branding package for him. I wanted to try a throw-back propaganda style, but bring it into the present.
Skintology is a laser and facial spa in the Chicago suburbs. They were looking to re-brand their spa, taking it from it's salon feel to a more clinical, medial feel.
The logo and branding materials that I created are clean, modern and professional, but the pop of purple to keep it from looking too uptight.
DJ Billy Brown
Billy Brown is a Chicago-based DJ with a love for comic books and superheroes. I had done a previous design concept for him when he was going by DJ Billy B, but really wanted to go with something fresh and exciting when he changed his name and look.
The lightning bolt and headphones emblem is a personal favorite, and Billy can often be seen DJ'ing with it emblazoned on his t-shirt.
A. Simon Photography
Logo and business cards created for a photographer friend.
Flyers and signage created for a chic and sexy hair salon in downtown Chicago.
Drink menus created for Bacardi to highlight different promotions at area bars and taverns.