I don’t even know who still follows me from my old posting-about-UX days (which have stopped because, tbh, I’ve fallen slightly out of love with it and have focused on other creative projects which are still Super Secret but will eventually be posted here), BUT I wanted to put this out to everyone who still out there in the great beyond.
I’ve already worked with a few organizations doing this and as I continue to work with more, I’ll post the work I do for them along with a blurb of who they are and what they do.
There’s a lot of fantastic organizations out there doing really passionate, fantastic work to push this country to do and be better, and not all of them can afford a professional designer. I get that. So that’s why I’m doing this, because this is something I can do, a skill I can offer that’s high in demand in social activist communities.
That said, I don’t want to take the spaces that would be filled by professional designers, like big advertising or awareness campaigns, so that’s why I’m limiting the time-per-organization to 3-4 hours. So small projects, the kinds of projects that come up when a small org is like “dammit if only we had a slick t-shirt design for this, we could really rally people!” That’s when you get in touch with me.
Spread it around folks! Keep it in mind! I work nationally.
From their webpage:
The Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) is an organizing committee of immigrant youth, students, professionals, workers and allies working together in solidarity to advance in the national democratic movement in the Philippines, in the United States through education, leadership development and political action.
In Portland, PCHRP serves as an outlet for local, national, and international action alerts, media updates, and general information related to human rights violations against Filipinos in the Philippines and U.S. PCHRP organizers lead political education discussions, films, guest speakers, panels, and vigils in response to bring attention to the worsening conditions of Filipinos in Portland, the U.S. and in the Philippines.
A great friend of mine (whose activism I’m in rather awe of/inspired by) works with this group out of Portland, OR and asked me if I’d be open to doing a t-shirt design for them even before I put out the call last week. I gave him a “uuuuhYES” and we got started, settling quickly on a design that integrated traditional textile designs from both cultures.
About the shirt sale proceeds: These sets will be scheduled to be picked up or delivered by December 20. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit our SAVE OUR SCHOOLS campaign, we are hoping to raise enough money to build a school for 30 indigenous students in Mindanao, Philippines.
So for my friend Rick Maloney, a talented comic book writer here in Portland, OR (the new capital of comics in the US, I’m happy to say *buffs nails against jacket*), I did a quick 6-page promo comic for him to show off his writing skillz at Rose City Comic Con last weekend. I did the comic over two weeks while I had crunch-time at work to contend with, so it’s a little rougher than I’d like, but such is life.
Go check out Rick’s work if you like his quirky style!
We need an update, don’t we?
So despite evidence to the contrary, I have not fallen off of the edge of the Earth. Nor have I traded in my artistic skills for some ability to fix motorcycles or add four-digit numbers together and get a correct answer. I’ve been working at a great startup called Seeq as a UX designer for one thing, continuing the data visualization and interface design work that I started back at Microsoft, only this time it’s being put into a real product. That’s pretty cool. And there’s a lot to be said for working with a team of people who really know what they’re doing, both on the product design front and on the business entrepreneurship one.
I’m also working on various artistic projects in my free time.
I won’t go into them in too much detail now, as they’re still cooking on the stove and it’s best not to lift the lid and let all the steam escape. But here’s a few character design teasers.
That’s it for now, Houston. We’ll be back in touch when there’s more to report.
For my last few weeks on the island, I made a short comic for visitors to learn about American Camp, one of the Parks, and its prairie ecosystem. There’s a lot of local debate over the rabbits and foxes… so this was a friendly way for the Parks to address those issues.
Click the pages above to read it.
So I’ve been here on the beautiful San Juan Island in Washington State for the past month and a half or so, making my own art as well as doing some for the park. I just finished a large-format comic/illustration for them about the endangered Island Marble Butterfly, a really cool little species that the Park is working hard to protect. Click to enlarge it and check it out!
It occurred to me that I should update this with some of the professional work I’m doing.
That sounds easier than it is, considering that a lot of the work I’m doing is UX design and, due to the lifecycle of software, apps, websites, etc, most of them haven’t launched or, after getting in contact with me and hiring me and thanking me, dropped me like that Ornithology course I almost took in high school, and I’ve no idea where they are now.
Yet still, work has been done. So here I’ll post one.
I did a graphic design project pretty much pro bono for a local women’s bicycling group that’s just getting off the ground (and growing fast). It was a great deal of fun, especially with the main logo piece. Women… ocean state…. bicycling… see it? see it?
Yeah now you do. Uh-huh.
Which is just par for course, right? I mean, you HAVE to have a shitton of variations for those bumper stickers, cups, t-shirts, sports wear, car decals, event stickers, web announcements, etc etc etc…. and who doesn’t like colors and hipster typography and ohmygod I’m getting carried away with my own coolness.
I learned from this project not to give your client too many options.
In the end, the secondary logo (aka the profile icon on facebook to go with the banner logo, as in the first image):
“Keep it simple, stupid”, as one of my professors would always say.
(But colors are fuuuuun…!! why doesn’t anyone believe me??)