The Raredeck

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I’m not sure I could be prouder of all the work I’ve done in collaboration with The Rarebit – a rockin’ new Charleston hotspot run by rockin’ people. Almost a year ago we started talking customized playing cards for the restaurant, and now they’re finally done, printed, boxed, shipped, and in hand. Printed by our pals at Theory 11, the box is especially slick – green metallic foil, embossed, on French Blacktop uncoated paper.

For a limited time Theory 11 is offering a free deck with any order of $50 or more, in celebration of their sixth anniversary.

Stay tuned for images of the entire Rarebit project…

Isssue

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Excited to contribute to Isssue – a subscription based t-shirt project that donates $5 of every sale to charity. I’ve seen some cool snippets from other contributors, so I’m pumped to be a part. Look for their site to launch July 1st.

Scratch Taco Boutique

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Super excited about things in the works. Keep your eye on scratchtacoboutique.com and do the Facebookings and Tweetings. Soon we’ll be doing the tacoings and the drinkings.

The Big Appple

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I’m not really sure where to begin talking about this one, or what to say, other than “something really cool happened.” Let’s start with a brief primer on Dribbble for all the non-designers out there…

Dribbble is essentially Twitter for creatives (graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, and so on). A global community of users post “shots” of whatever they’re working on for their followers to see, like, and comment on. Shots must be uploaded at a specific size and you only get a certain number of shots a month. There’s a bit more to the whole thing than that, but you get the gist.

Back in February I uploaded this shot of a logo I was working on for some folks up in NYC (the large “New York” image you see above). Shortly thereafter, “rebounds” (new shots meant to be a follow-up to the original) started pouring in from Dribbblers all over the world who were inspired to create an icon for their home city in the same style. From Charleston to Atlanta to Dallas to Los Angeles to Toronto to Paris to Barcelona to Moscow to all over the damn place. Even to some places I’ve never even heard of, I’m embarrassed to say. Give the whole list a look here.

To say this is all very flattering is an understatement… and it might not necessarily be accurate anyway. It’s just plain cool to see something so simple and seemingly insignificant take hold and inspire others to join the team. Rock on, world. You made my day  week month year.

Herman Miller – Lifework

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As both an Eames and a Herman Miller superfan, I was pretty pumped when the iconic American furniture maker got in touch asking me to appear on their Lifework blog. And I knew they’d be pumped in return to see their stuff all over my office. My life looks like a paid advertisement. Thanks for the shout, HM. I’m honored to have my name anywhere near that gorgeous red logomark. Check out my space and get my take on tunes here.

Getaways

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I’m unbelievably excited about a new project in the works, both personally and professionally. Worlds colliding. Passions merging. More to come down the road. Stay tuned…

One Minute With

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I enjoyed my recent chat with One Minute With about local clients, designing for designers, defining success, and a bit more. With so many previous interviews from designers whose work I really admire, I’m flattered to be in such stellar company. Check out the whole thing here, and be sure to take a spin through the rest of the site as well. Lots of good stuff in there.

Parliament Wear

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I had a hoot (yeah, I said it) putting these Beefeater Owl t-shirts together for the good peoples over at Parliament to be sold tomorrow evening at Pecha Kucha Night 15. They’re one color on “Heather Cranberry” American Apparel 50/50 tees. A big hand to Marshall over at Lint Printing for the quick turnaround. Looking forward to another solid lineup of speakers and an evening under the Oaks at the College of Charleston Cistern. See you all there.

The Rarebit

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Super stoked about a slew of cool stuff in the works for The Rarebit, opening soon on King Street. This place is gonna be hoppin’.

(Get it?) (Sorry.)

Communication Arts Design Annual 53

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It’s an honor to have the Trout Trick logo selected for inclusion in this year’s Communication Arts Design Annual.

“The most prestigious competition for creativity in graphic design. Since 1959, Communication Arts has published the best in visual communications from around the world. To find the best work, CA sponsors creative competitions that recognize the finest talent in the industry. Winners are selected by juries of their peers and published in our must-have annuals.”

A huge thanks to Communication Arts and congratulations to Trout Trick on being one of only 17 logos chosen for this year’s book.

LogoLounge 7

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I’m honored to have five logos (one being my own) chosen from over 36,000 entries to be included in the latest LogoLounge book.

This celebratory book, the seventh in the series, once again pays tribute to the brilliant work top designers around the world have created for a diverse clientele. This inspiring collection provides a wealth of insight for graphic designers and their clients.

Congratulations to Celadon, Michael Mitchell, Sweatman’s, North Charleston Magazine, and, well… me.

Design: Paper

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Our wedding invitation suite was chosen to appear in Design: Paper, a new “seductive collection of alluring paper designs” from Rockport Publishers. A special thanks to the client… er, my wife… and to Sideshow Press for putting the ink down on the paper so pretty-like. A better view of the project here.

Super South Carolina

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It’s pretty damn rad to see two of your logos on an Aaron Draplin poster, and I saw the big guy give a hulluva talk last night to boot. I try to not casually throw around words like “inspirational,” but the guy drops pearls. Pretty cool indeed. Show your SC pride and pick up a print here.

Book Marks

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I’m excited to have several logomarks featured in a couple new Rockport publications. Congratulations to United Infrastructure Group for the inclusion in LogoLounge’s Master Library – Shapes & Symbols, and congratulations to GreenlitScripts, Charleston Naturally, Charleston Peace One Day, and Overboard for being selected for Letterhead & Logo Design 12. Both books bring the ruckus – an amazing array of talent to be in the company of.

Pecha Kucha Night

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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking at Pecha Kucha 12 in Charleston’s historic American Theater. In an “outwardly confident, inwardly trembling” six minutes and forty seconds, I babbled about a childhood of dorkdom, turning passion into a career, and how those two things overlap. Above are a handful of images from the presentation to give you the gist.

Event photographs by Tim McManus