Illustrations

Whether its a logo mark, hand-lettered typography, map, or family portrait, I have done an obscene number of illustrations in my career. For the most part, my style has a cartoonish vibe to it, although I’ve polished it up a little for more formal projects. It has certainly come in handy when I’ve needed to add a quick or budget-friendly custom illustration to some of my designs!

Here’s a peek at some of the range of projects I’ve done by hand:

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The Corner Office Denver

The Corner Office opened originally in 2009 and was stylishly branded by my former colleague Bryant Ross at Korn Design to win a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Graphics.

Recently, TCO (as their nicknamed) closed its doors for a few months to refresh their space and make it even better than ever! I was brought on as a design consultant to provide new artwork installations, menu cases, promotional items, stationery, patterns/photos/taglines, and website (yet to launch). With a cigarette case check presenter and a large-scale mural made out of pushpins, nothing was too bold or too different to be considered. The end result is a flirty, vibrant rendezvous served with a fresh twist.

The Corner Office | Corner of 14th and Curtis Street, Denver, CO | (303) 825-6500

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Torali Ritz Carlton Chicago

As The Ritz-Carlton Chicago closed their former restaurant’s doors and the hotel underwent a major $100 million makeover, the new concept of Torali Italian – Steak on its 12th floor was conceived.

The logo design was done first by the team at my former stomping grounds Korn Design and then I took over to develop the color palette, patterns, menu cases and templates, coasters, signage, stationery, and website.

Classy and elegant yet still modern and sexy.

Torali Italian – Steak | The Ritz-Carlton Chicago | 160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place | Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 573-5160 | www.toralichicago.com

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Kachina Denver

Sage Restaurant Group’s first Kachina opening was in Westminster, Colorado in 2011. With 6 years under our belt and a new location opening in Denver’s Downtown, it was time to subtly refresh the brand and make this spot more urban and vibrant. So while still retaining the Southwestern, road trip vibe, I added a punchier almost-neon yellow and airier patterns to the branding elements. We also introduced a complete menu design overhaul, the branding of an Airstream trailer taco truck, rolling papers, and a new icon to complement the logo.

Kachina Denver | 1890 Wazee St., Denver, CO 80202 | (720) 460-2728 | kachinadenver.com

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Mercat a la Planxa

It’s so hard to believe but nine years ago when I was an Art Director at Korn Design, we helped open Mercat a la Planxa. This was my very FIRST big restaurant project ever. We were also only one of three restaurants nationwide to get nominated for the 2010 James Beard Award in Outstanding Graphics for this restaurant! So tick that off my bucket list of things I hadn’t known to even dream for! Surreal.

Having designed for Sage Restaurant Group now for so long, I was so excited when they approached me to help with their renovation and brand update. Every designer has things they look back on and want to update (can you say “perfectionist”?). Although this project was so well-received when it first opened, this was certainly true for me. The menus and cases, stationery, websites, uniforms, and even the graphic elements of colors, illustrations and patterns — all evolved to demonstrate the elegant and sophisticated, yet still fun and vibrant restaurant Mercat has grown into.

Pour me a sangria to celebrate this renovation/re-branding that is now re-opened!

638 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 | (312) 765-0524 | mercatchicago.com

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Pint Brother Alehouse

Now open at the Denver Marriott Tech Center is my newest branding design, Pint Brothers Alehouse. A fun, friendly, delicious new American style restaurant with a passion for craft beers. I had so much fun bringing this brand to life illustrating playful beer catchphrases and designing a glass signage storefront and chalkboard murals, as well as wood-burned menus and a cocktail book that mimics the metal of a beer keg. Take a peek and try not to want a nice, cold beer.

Pint Brothers Alehouse | 4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237 | (303) 740-2518 | pintbrothersdenver.com

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Toledo Opera 2017-18 Season Brochure

Usually we work on and release the graphics for the upcoming Toledo Opera in Spring but this year we decided to launch the announcement at our February production so we wrapped up the look early. Driven by the beautiful image for I Dream, we went with a bold colorful photographic direction… a bit different than our typical illustration route. This season proves to be very exciting and will surely prove more sold-out performances! Buy your tickets early!

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Departure Denver

Departure’s decadent and notorious Portland restaurant has come to Denver. As the designer behind the refresh and relaunch of this Denver Asian adventure, I am so proud of the elegant and tactic design of these pieces.

Departure Denver | 249 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206 | (720) 772-5020 | departuredenver.com

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Best in Show – Toledo Addy Awards

2016 was another successful year at the Toledo Addy Awards… to be honest, it was my MOST successful year. While I’m still blown away when I win anything up against the amazing Toledo design firms like Madhouse, Hart Associates, or Ulrich Pinciotti, the 2016 Addy Award show was the surprise of the century for me!

I came home with the coveted Best in Show award! I also won a Gold Addy award as well — both for the Urban Farmer Philadelphia branding system.

It’s such an honor to receive these types of local recognition. When you have no one else (besides my great clients, of course) to bounce ideas off of, its easy to feel a little insecure about how good your work is. So its just another feather in my cap that I’m holding my own and doing the great work for my clients that I really strive for.

Thanks Toledo Ad Club and thank you Urban Farmer Philadelphia for giving me such an inspiring and fun project!

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Baby Goodness

It’s been a while since I’ve posted… I apologize. And it’s been even longer since I’ve put any new projects on my site. Not that I don’t have some fun stuff to share but I’ve been too busy with my clients to do a portfolio shoot and update my site. That… and I just took a week to escape to New York to visit my sister and her new twins! And, while I’m definitely not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination, I have been lucky enough to work with a few amazing ones that have definitely taught me a thing or two. So I present a few snaps that I am quite proud of… how can you not just fall in love with these folks?

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