JFD records five ADDY awards

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A good time was had by all this past Saturday night at the rock & roll themed 2010 ADDY awards. Good food, good friends, and great work. Always a treat to clink glasses with Charleston’s creative class. J Fletcher Design proudly carried away honors – three gold, a silver, and a bronze. Big thanks to everybody at Charleston AdFed for putting on such a killer show.

GOLD

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2010 Charleston Wine + Food Festival Poster

Newbury Illustration Campaign

SILVER

Charleston Peace One Day Festival Poster

BRONZE

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JFD in Communication Arts

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I’m honored to be included in the 50th Communication Arts Design Annual. Just got my copy in the mail, and there’s nothing more thrilling than being in the company of such fantastic work.

JFD on Graphic-Exchange

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Pumped to be featured on Fabien Barral’s uber-blog, Grahpic-Exchange. For years I’ve turned to GE on an almost-daily basis for inspiration and to see what tricks the design world has up its sleeve, and I’m honored to be presented alongside such fantastic work.

www.graphic-exchange.com

*There’s no way (as far as I can tell) to link directly to the individual posts, so as time passes I’ll be sinking deeper and deeper into the graphic mire.

Pecha Kucha 4: You’re invited

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Was very excited to be asked to design the poster for the upcoming Charleston Pecha Kucha night… Pecha Kucha 4. The location of the event is still under wraps so I can’t show the poster just yet, but I assembled the invitation (shown above) with a few snippets from the design. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept…

Pecha Kucha, Japanese for “the sound of conversation,” is a mix of show-and-tell, open-mic night, and happy hour that has become a forum for ideas on design, architecture and other forms of creativity. Devised in 2003 in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha Night has spread virally to over 135 cities around the world as an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work in public. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds, giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.

For more information visit www.pechakuchacharleston.com.

Hope to see you there.

Con las tijeras de Jay Fletcher

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A week or so ago I was contacted by a blogger in Barcelona asking for an interview. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it turns out I speak AMAZING Spanish.

Read the interview here.

CP1D – Now with 100% more t-shirt

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Don’t forget to swing by Brittlebank Park this Sunday for the Charleston Peace One Day Festival. In addition to the posters you see below, they’ll be peddling the shirts you see above. Fresh from the printer, the CP1D logo is screened on American Apparel, available in both women’s and men’s styles. Another way to give to a worthy cause.

Drawn!

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Got a small shout this morning on the granddaddy of illustration blogs – Drawn!

Norococo glow

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by a curious Sophorn from Norococo, who was wondering how the Shine graphics got their shine. I was happy to share my secrets and ended up getting a nice little shout here.

Uppercase: Issue 1

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My first issue of Uppercase magazine arrived in the mail yesterday from Calgary, and I have to say it’s definitely the prettiest piece of printed matter I’ve had my hands on in a while. I couldn’t tell you what any of the content is about yet, but I can’t wait to crack a Stella and dive into this thing. From their site…

We’re inquisitive: learning from other artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, filmmakers and musicians, whether they’re upstarts or icons, famous or shy, verbal or visual.

We’re inspired: enchanted by great ideas and strange inventions; by colour and pattern; things fancy and frugal; the charm of vintage in a modern life; the ridiculous and the sublime.

We’re adventurous: traveling to destinations both real and imagined, peeking into creative spaces and discovering magnificent people and memorable places.

We’re eclectic: curating souvenirs, collecting treasures and celebrating the extraordinary in the everyday.

We’re playful: delighting in visual amusements, intelligent distraction, entertaining wordplay and sweet indulgences.

We’re UPPERCASE: a magazine for the creative and curious!

This quarterly magazine is 84 pages of glorious print on paper, 8.75″ x 11″ perfectbound. The Spring issue is shipping now followed by Summer (July 2009), Fall (October 2009) and Winter (January 2010).

Check out uppercasegallery.ca to subscribe. They’ve also got a heck of a Flickr page as well, with great photos from trips abroad and tons of inspiration.

Bridgepine

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Once a year I head up to Ohio to reconnect with college friends and drop by old haunts. It’s always a blast, but this past trip scored a few bonus points when buddypal Drue (of Farmbarn Art Co. fame) and I swung by his parents’ new Frank Lloyd Wright crib. The place is sort of unassuming at first glance, but walking through the front door feels cozier than a rainy Sunday afternoon with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and your favorite Sex and the City season DVD. Er… uh… I mean Band of Brothers. Anyway, it’s oddly comfortable and inviting for a place you’ve never set foot in before. I’m not really sure how to describe it, but every spot in the house seems to offer up a beautifully-crafted view of another spot, pulling you from room to room. It’s intriguing and wonderful – as if you could spend days exploring and still not discover everything there is to see.

Fresh

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Communication Arts selected me for their Fresh section, highlighting “innovative work by people, firms and agencies working professionally for approximately five years.” Goodness gracious!

*Jay high fives with self*

Give ‘er a look here.

Communication Arts Illustration Annual

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I just received notification that this illustration was selected for the 2008 Communication Arts Illustration Annual! To say that I’m excited would be a bit of an understatement.

The most prestigious competition for creativity in illustration, the annual Communication Arts Illustration Competition. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, the winning entries will be published in the 2008 Illustration Annual. Over 70,000 copies of the Illustration Annual will be distributed worldwide, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work.

How I managed to sneak in there is beyond me. Talk about a fantastic surprise to end the week! Look for the annual to hit your local Barnes & Noble in July.

Papyrus is a greater threat than Osama Bin Laden*

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Usually I’m not one to comment or care, but what the heck is with the proliferation of this typeface? I see it plastered across something new almost every single day. Menus, storefronts, miniature shopping bags from those boutiques where girls buy scrunchies. (Scrunchies are still in style, right?) My point is, would somebody please wrap this font in gauze, seal it in a sarcophagus and bury it in the desert?

Now don’t get me wrong – Papyrus is a lovely font and I won’t deny that it’s alluring. It beckons product developers and business owners with seductive whispers, like something out of a corn field in Iowa. “I’m friendly, yet classy. Earthy, but sophisticated. Use me and they will come.” Splendid! Is this heaven? No. It’s Iowa.

Nothing against Iowa.

I’m just saying, beware the snake oil salesman that is Papyrus. He’s like that long-lost college friend who out of nowhere comes to visit for a weekend and ends up staying a week: At first you couldn’t be more thrilled, but when Monday rolls around and he’s still half-naked on your couch eating your Cheerios, you get a little tired of looking at him.

Some further reading …

I (heart) Papyrus

5 terrible fonts you shouldn’t use in print design

Using a font just to use it: Papyrus

How not to design logos

*I may or may not know what I’m talking about.