Some of Latest Work Coming Out of the Haus

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Illustration and Lettering

As a designer, it's part of the job description is to work with great imagery, color, type and lettering. As an artist, it's a welcome challenge to create it all from scratch. To see more, click the contact menu item to sign up for my e-newsletter and you can also stay in touch via Instagram, Facebook, Behance, or LinkedIn!

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Laser-Focused

For the past several years, I've sent ornaments to my clients as holiday gifts. Early on, I commissioned a glass artist to create them but for the past two years have designed my own. Using laser printer technology is just another way for me as a print designer to explore new mediums. While I had originally wanted this year's ornament to print on wood, the newer process my printer was testing out (printing directly on the substrate and then laser cutting it) was causing some scorching on the piece so we switched to an acrylic substrate instead. Once the printing was completed, the gluing of crystals and both sides and tying the string for hanging added the final touches.

My 2018 holiday ornament sent to clients.

My 2018 holiday ornament sent to clients.

The ornaments were accompanied by a bit of well-wishing including some hand lettering by yours truly.

The ornaments were accompanied by a bit of well-wishing including some hand lettering by yours truly.

The 2016 laser cut holiday ornament from Studio Haus.

The 2016 laser cut holiday ornament from Studio Haus.

Here's another example of a laser-cut project commissioned by a client after receiving the 2016 holiday ornament (at left). These were pins given to attendees at a women's networking luncheon. Each pin was painted on clear green acrylic with eight individually glued crystals on the fronts and a magnet glued on the back.

Here's another example of a laser-cut project commissioned by a client after receiving the 2016 holiday ornament (at left). These were pins given to attendees at a women's networking luncheon. Each pin was painted on clear green acrylic with eight individually glued crystals on the fronts and a magnet glued on the back.

Here are other examples of laser cutting that were prototypes of the past two years. The example on the far left shows laser cutting and etching on acrylic; second from the left shows laser cutting and etching on the same acrylic as the first example and color painted on the back with crystals glued to the front; the third example shows laser cutting and etching on thing cardboard with a small gem glued to the front; fourth from the left is laser cutting and etching on cardboard with green paint on the un-etched surface; the fifth example is laser cutting and etching on cardboard again with paint rolled onto the un-etched surface; second from the right shows laser cutting and etching on wood; and the far right example shows laser cutting and etching on wood with ink dyes and paint. There are so many more substrates to work with!

Here are other examples of laser cutting that were prototypes of the past two years. The example on the far left shows laser cutting and etching on acrylic; second from the left shows laser cutting and etching on the same acrylic as the first example and color painted on the back with crystals glued to the front; the third example shows laser cutting and etching on thing cardboard with a small gem glued to the front; fourth from the left is laser cutting and etching on cardboard with green paint on the un-etched surface; the fifth example is laser cutting and etching on cardboard again with paint rolled onto the un-etched surface; second from the right shows laser cutting and etching on wood; and the far right example shows laser cutting and etching on wood with ink dyes and paint. There are so many more substrates to work with!

 

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Online and print ads, posters, and publicity beforehand helped promote this successful event in 2017.

Online and print ads, posters, and publicity beforehand helped promote this successful event in 2017.

Memphis Japan Festival Branding

After many years of brand development for the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival held in the spring–designing that event's logo, ads, signage, programs and more–I was thrilled to get the call from my client about developing the graphics and branding for the Memphis Japan Festival. Held in the fall at the Memphis Botanic Garden, we knew we wanted to have a color palette that fit the season but that also coincided in tone with the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival branding. What fun to find out the Japanese Maple was the graphic of choice since the Memphis Botanic Garden features many of these gorgeous and delicate trees prominently. I continue to be in awe of the craft and culture of Japan and the events and exhibitors that feature these at the Festival are treat to be a part of!

Every event needs easy-to-read directional signage.

Every event needs easy-to-read directional signage.

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Tents were featured throughout the grounds with kid-friendly activities

Tents were featured throughout the grounds with kid-friendly activities

Flag banners were placed throughout the festival grounds.

Flag banners were placed throughout the festival grounds.

The site map of the festival is fortunately a very fun part of the festival program to create. The complexity of designing a map on the fly as vendors, exhibitors, and events are added leading up to the festival was a feat all its own but ultimately the best challenge to pull off logistically. Keeping it colorful and interesting yet easy to understand for attendees, volunteers, and visitors is always the goal.

The site map of the festival is fortunately a very fun part of the festival program to create. The complexity of designing a map on the fly as vendors, exhibitors, and events are added leading up to the festival was a feat all its own but ultimately the best challenge to pull off logistically. Keeping it colorful and interesting yet easy to understand for attendees, volunteers, and visitors is always the goal.

 

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With the event held at the massive and beautiful Music City Center in downtown Nashville, attendees are assured where parking is located if not staying in the brand new Westin Hotel across the street.

With the event held at the massive and beautiful Music City Center in downtown Nashville, attendees are assured where parking is located if not staying in the brand new Westin Hotel across the street.

Branding for Tennessee Hospital Association's Annual Meeting

For the past several years, I've have the great honor to develop branding for Tennessee Hospital Association's Annual Meeting. Each year it gets a whole new look which of course is great for all of us involved in developing the branding for the meeting. And each year we improve upon all the ways we reach out to hospitals and their administrators and medical staff.

When guests arrive at Nashville's Music City Center, they are assured they are in the right place with window clings at the entrance.

When guests arrive at Nashville's Music City Center, they are assured they are in the right place with window clings at the entrance.

Checking in at the Music City Center is clearly marked with the same brand graphics.

Checking in at the Music City Center is clearly marked with the same brand graphics.