Category Archives: Layout Design

Play It Forward

I designed a poster for a benefit concert a while back. I enjoyed using the drumsticks to create the “L”. The use of arrows throughout the layout also maintain a “forward” theme while providing a nice design element.


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New Portfolio Site

Hello everyone, I’ve been building and maintaining WordPress websites for the last year now and I thought I’d create a portfolio site for myself. If you’d like to know more of what I’ve been up to in the last year, go ahead and check out


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From Blues to Rock

I created this poster for a friend who recently had a friend of theirs lose their house to a fire in the deep freeze of January. They’re having a benefit at The Lodge in Robbinsdale and they needed a poster.


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Page Update

I found a few pictures of a Christmas card I had created for Interacoustics back in 2012. My professional page has been updated accordingly.

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IA penguin

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10th Ave Productions / SWCLAP

A few weeks ago, Chuck from 10th Avenue Productions asked me if I’d be interested in putting in a bid for a website redesign. Their client, the Southwest Center for Law and Policy, was considering a website redesign and Chuck asked a few designers to shoot him some mockups. With the mockup that SWCLAP chose, 10th Ave Productions would decide who to bring in on the project as designer. They liked mine best and now I get to be part of an ongoing freelance project. Here is my original mockup, I’ll keep you posted.


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On July 26th, 2013 I got married to my lovely wife Elizabeth. It went awesome, months and months of planning paid off and everything went off without a hitch. I designed the stationary for our event and my good buddy Noah Johnson did the photography. You can view his work, and some other pics from my wedding here.



My wife loves books and I love type so we figured some book themed invites would be a great way to go.

WeddingInvite    invite1






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I created Elevate to boost my portfolio. I’ve been a skateboarder for most of my life and in the world of skateboarding and snowboarding there is some really excellent, genre specific, graphic design. The logo is meant to play off the name, hence the upwards arrow.



While the logo stands on it’s own very nicely, I think it looks great juxtaposed with something that has a more hand-drawn feel to it. As you can see in this mock ad, the two logos look quite nice together.



In the skateboarding design sphere, it’s quite common to see ads that have seemingly nothing to do with skateboarding. This is an advertising tactic that makes the brand stick out in the viewers mind as it’s quite different from the other ads with skateboarding in them.



I plan on creating more pieces for elevate in the future as it’s a fun pet project that I enjoy working on, I’ll keep you posted.

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My Identity

As a designer, it’s important to have a logo and identity that reflect who you are and stand out from the competition. Here’s how I came up with mine. The DC logo is the letter “D” with the letter “C” inside of it. The negative space adds interest and the brackets bring it together as well as hint that I’m web-savvy. The color reflects my personality as people typically describe me as a calm, collected fellow. I did, however, try out a bunch of different color schemes.



This logo can stand for itself but I wasn’t satisfied with just the one. I wanted the logo mark as well as something that wasn’t perfectly square. I came up with the Designerd idea and rolled with it.



I also had a woodblock print that I loved and decided I would like to incorporate it into my identity somehow as well. Seeing as it didn’t necessarily look as professional as the DC logo mark, I decided it could become something of a mascot for my more creative ventures.



Having developed all these things my logo’s were set, I chose my color scheme and ran with it.



Eventually, I dropped the pen and glasses from the designerd logo and incorporated it as block text next to my DC logo as can be seen here in my official style guide: DCstyleguide It’s also reflected on my portfolio site at

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Three Blind (Dismembered) Mice

I created this book toward the end of my college career, it combines three of my favorite things; typography, illustration, and rhymes. Our teacher tasked us with re-creating an old fairy tale and I decided that the three blind mice kind of got the short end of the stick. When you think about it, these poor mice were already blind and just minding their own business when this “farmer’s wife” decided she was going to hack off their tails. I decided I would re-write this tale in regards to the mice getting their revenge. You can view the full book here: fairytalebook



Fairytale type


The fonts Minion and Bleeding Cowboy go great together ^

Fairytale Ill


As you can see, they’re angry.

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Riverfront Joe

In this group project for school we were tasked with creating an identity for a fictional coffee shop. The group decided the name should be Riverfront Joe, a coffee shop based in the riverside area of NE Minneapolis. Our boutique coffee shop would double as a venue for musicians and artists and draw people near and far with their headline acts. I was tasked with creating the identity, which is my favorite thing to do.

Here are my initial ideas.


The group chose my personal favorite and we moved ahead with this logo, which is meant to resemble a coffee mug.



After that was settled on, it was time to create some business cards. Note – more fictional addresses, phone numbers and websites, please do not attempt to contact.

riverfrontjoe  riverfrontjoe


Last, we needed a flyer for the big grand opening celebration.


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