Friday, December 12, 2014

So I Guess I Still Have A Blog

Lately we've received lots of orders for ampersand tote bags, so I've had to rush into the studio and print up some more. We still have a few left, and you can buy your own here. If you do buy one of our tote bags, you might find some weird and random stuff inside. Band-aids, stickers, dental floss, candy, basically just whatever I happen to find around my apartment.
You're welcome.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hey, Thanks

I finally got around to printing some thank you cards for graduation, and for some teachers, portfolio reviewers, and various other wonderful people. Maybe I should also thank them for giving me an excuse to get back in the letterpress studio. Hopefully soon I will make more time to go into the studio and do some new projects too!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Typography Lately


 Just a few of my recent typography drawings from my sketchbook

Monday, May 12, 2014

Dallas Trip

I spent May 1st through 3rd in Dallas, Texas for the DSVC (Dallas Society of Visual Communication) National Student Show and Conference (#nssc10) with a group of my design classmates. There were so many incredibly inspiring talks, free stuff, plus a job fair/portfolio review. We also managed to have some of our own adventures outside of the conference. The whole weekend was a really wonderful experience, and a great excuse to eat at In-N-Out Burger. And Park Tavern. And the Rusty Taco. And that Neapolitan pizza place in Deep Ellum. And Whataburger.

While wandering around downtown Dallas we came across this shop that had the same name of our recent show

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Deep End

 Last Friday was Final Friday and the reception for my Graphic Design BFA senior show, which featured my work along with 18 of my classmates. Thanks everyone who came to our show-that was very cool of you. We apparantly had over 1,000 people walk through the door of Shiftspace Gallery that night. (Of course I forgot to take photos of the event, so I stole these from the gallery).
This is a cookie. A cookie that has our show's design graphics printed on it.
I did not take this photo, nor did I bite this cookie.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Design Is...

We made these show posters a few weeks ago with about 7 other classmates/friends. Our group's design did not get chosen for our show. 
Design is not being afraid to fail.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Letterpress Workshop

So awhile back I did this letterpress workshop thing where I tricked a few of my classmates into coming into the letterpress studio and making stuff with me. I didn’t think to take pictures until it was over, but here you can see the few prints which remained in the drying racks, plus the poster thing I designed to advertise the workshop.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MoGraph Progress

This is about half moodboard/half in-progress illustrations for my new motion graphics project, which is a movie's opening title credits. Hopefully I will be posting the final thing here in a couple weeks. I have so much more to do and not a whole lot of time to get it done, but so far I like where it's going.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Party Animal

I recently sent out these two packages: One for an actual customer and one for another prospective shop! Also, my cat celebrated St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Last night we had another AIGA event where we got to see the guys from DKNG give a presentation about their work. Their mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, genius design work. 

There is really nothing more I can say about this, it's just too insanely good. So here, watch a process video or two, you'll be glad you did. Watch more here

Friday, February 7, 2014

Snow Day Type Sketches

This week we had two snow days in a row, and I should have used that time to put extra effort into my projects for class but instead ended up doing a lot of type sketching. Or as Jessica Hische calls it, procrastiworking. And if you couldn't tell by the content of my sketches, I've also been listening to Lana Del Rey and watching Mad Men.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Art House Press Sale

Now that I’ve changed over my blog and storenvy shop to the name Nice Heart Press, I’m trying to clean out some inventory. All books that were printed with the Art House Press logo are now on sale. Some are as cheap as $4! Plus if you buy something I will throw in some extra prints at random. Seriously people, buy this stuff so I can get rid of it.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Inspire Me, Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey has been an inspiration to me beginning 7 years ago when I stumbled upon a copy of Amphigorey Also in a used bookstore (and almost stupidly didn’t buy it because it was 12 whole dollars; at the time I didn’t know it was somewhat rare, especially being in hardcover form). My favorite Gorey story, The Doubtful Guest, can be found in his compendium Amphigorey, luckily my local public library owns that volume as well as Amphigorey Too.
In 1974, a Doubtful Guest creature was manufactured and sold in a very limited edition of 50. Gorey even signed the tags attached to the scarf of each one. Can I please have one? Or if someone wants to make me one, that would be cool too.

I love Gorey's illustrations, his Victorian settings, mysterious characters, and his style of writing, which is often darkly humorous. Sometimes a bit too disturbing, most of his stories are definitely not for children, despite having a picture book appearance at first glance. Gorey once said, “My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that's what the world is like.” 
If you’re just as inspired by Edward Gorey's work as I am, I would recommend reading Ascending Peculiarity, which is a collection of interviews. Gorey was quite an interesting character, much like the ones he created, and he was known for having many cats and wearing large furs on the rare occasions that he left his home. If you can get past lengthy passages about his obsession with the New York City Ballet, it is a fascinating look into the mind of a genius.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Shop Update: 9 New Books

All of these little books were just listed in the Art House Press Shop

Some of these new books are different than the ones I have made in the past. They were made with pages from Anthropologie catalogs, some also have pages of map paper. Two of the new books were made with prints from an old French calendar. Using different recycled papers makes each book one-of-a-kind. I use catalog pages in the books I make for my own use and I write over top of the images, I think the addition of writing or collage enhances the look of the page. It's a fun way to make use of the piles of catalogs I have laying around, I just can't throw them away because they have so many beautiful images and the pages have a nice texture. Now, don't you want to buy one?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Type Sketches

Over the last couple of years, lettering has taken over my sketchbooks. Instead of drawing things and people, I now mainly draw words and letters. Many are based off of song lyrics, like the ones below. It is also a fun break from working in letterpress because each drawn letter is imperfect and unique.

On a somewhat related note, I am really excited to go see the Sign Painters movie at tonight's AIGA event! From watching this trailer it looks like it will be really interesting for someone like me who appreciates typography in many different forms.

P.S. These are my favorite books to get inspired for hand lettering:
Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Back To Work

This week I'm finally back in the studio and actually making stuff! How exciting!