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Craft Beer Portraits


I illustrated these portraits for my senior capstone project. I am designing packaging for a craft beer series based on authors and plan to use these illustrations on the packaging. I’ve completed two out of six for my series. I chose to illustrate these portraits in a very graphic novel-esque style in order to tie these authors into the modern century, while still retaining their charm and features that make them so iconic. The four other authors I plan on illustrating are Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Edgar Allen Poe. Stay tuned in for more updates!

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Old Inkwell Brewery: Senior Capstone

For my senior capstone project, I chose to design packaging and the identity for a brewery which I named Old Inkwell. I plan to design 6 craft beers based off of famous authors such as Earnest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and Mary Shelly. I have been doing a lot of research on each of the authors, as well as learning a lot about the brewing process. I want to pair specific types of beer with each author appropriately while additionally choosing witty names for them. So far, I have decided that the series will be called Aleing Authors. I have a few names for each of the specific author beers and will post them as I progress. As far as the style, I am drawing inspiration from a lot of nineteenth century posters and typography, as well as many craft beers such as Rouge, Bocanegra, and Ballistic Brewing Co. I also have been inspired by Helm’s Workshop and Tomasz Biernat who both incorporate vintage aesthetics with modern design.

This logo was completely hand drawn except for the text “artisan brewers” and “est. 2012”. But besides that everything else is hand drawn and outlined in ink. I aimed to create a wood carved-esque, etched, illustrative logo using an inkwell as my subject. I was inspired by hand drawn type and slab serifs from the nineteenth century. I not only will apply this logo to the bottle necks and beer caps of my project, but also to coasters and promotional materials that I hope to create as secondary pieces for my capstone. I will be updating this blog as I continue researching and designing elements of my project of this semester.

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Portfolio Website: Sabotagedesign.net is Up!


I recently created a wordpress website for my portfolio. This site primarily showcases my graphic design work for potential employers to view. Basically, I created a child theme from the parent theme Swiss Design. These themes are all clean, easy to use, and customizable. I would certainly recommend them to someone looking to create a portfolio site. The one I chose was also free (something I can’t really afford to pay for at the moment). I mainly just edited the CSS and HTML files since I don’t know much about PHP. I didn’t want to break the format from my parent theme, since all I was looking to do was to change the background, add a drop shadow, and create a customized header for my logo (pretty basic web design stuff). That’s why I really liked the Swiss Design theme since I could easily visualize how my site would look.
I may be making some changes to the header, I don’t entirely like how the logo sits in the box, I feel like there is some awkward negative space that needs to be dealt with, but the most important thing for me was to get the sight up, working, and presentable. I will probably fiddle with details later. The typeface I used for the logo I found on FontSquirrel. I use this sight to find many free fonts (again poor). Gladifilthefte was the typeface, I added embellishments to it as well as creating a ligature between the two ‘G’s. Overall, I hope this site will be easy to manage and get me some work in the future!

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