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Project: Streetcars and Electric Railways in Portland, 1920

It’s safe to say that I’m fascinated with the rich transit history of my adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon, and it’s certainly something that I’ve explored before in a previous project. This new project started out with a very simple goal – to produce a route map of Portland streetcars at their zenith in 1920 that showed each line separately – but it quickly grew into something much more.

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Download: New Orleans Letter Tiles Artwork

New Orleans Letters

Way back in 2009, I created a corporate identity for the New Orleans Tile Company, basing the logo’s letterforms off photographs of the beautiful blue-and-yellow 1920s ceramic tiles that can still be found spelling out street names around the city today. As I only required a small subset of letters for the logo, I never got around to completing the full alphabet. However, over the years, I have received quite a few requests for my artwork from people working on other New Orleans-related typography projects.

So, once and for all, here’s everything I’ve created – released into the public domain for anyone to use as they see fit. While you don’t have to credit me if you create something based on these letterforms, I’d sure like to see what you’ve made! You can use the site’s contact form to send a link to your work my way.

Download: Adobe Illustrator CS3+ .ai format  |  SVG 1.1 format

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Weet-Bix Collector Card Album

Client: Sanitarium Health Foods, Australia
Type of Work: Promotional collector’s card album
Software: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop

To house the Weet-Bix cricket cards seen here, I also designed and produced this lavish 32-page collector’s album. Filled with beautiful photographs of cricketing memorabilia commissioned specially for the project, the design had to showcase the cards and the photography. To this end, I devised a clever set of perforations and die cuts that allowed the cards to be mounted in the book so that both sides of each card could be viewed. The book also incorporated a spot varnish on the cover.

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Weet-Bix Cricket Cards

Client: Sanitarium Health Foods, Australia
Type of Work: Promotional cricket trading cards
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Sanitarium Weet-Bix are Australia’s most popular breakfast cereal, and they have a long history of including collectible trading cards in their cereal boxes. Designed for the 2002–2003 cricket season, this set of cards drew on the rich heritage of Australian cricket—the legends of yesteryear, the heroes of the current day and the up-and-coming future stars—and was Sanitarium’s most ambitious project of this type to date.

I designed all 30 of the double-sided cards (60 players in total, with four different designs reflecting the different “eras”), including selecting the images from the Getty Images stock library, deep-etching all the photographs to fit the design and colour correction where required. I also collated and double-checked all the statistics shown on the cards and attended press-checks for the printing.

See also the collector’s album that I designed for housing these cards.

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Braidwood Ales Beer Labels

Braidwood Traditional Ales: bottles

Client: Braidwood Traditional Ales
Type of Work: Beer bottle labels
Software: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Braidwood is a small historic town about 50 miles from Canberra, Australia. The client – a newly-founded micro-brewery and cafe – was looking to capture the heritage and tradition of the area in their new beer labels. An illustration by a local artist of a shearer relaxing with a cold beer and his dog served as the focal point of the design, while I devised distinctive color schemes for each variety of beer. Once the labels were approved, I  adapted the artwork for use on tap handles and as brewery signage.