Clementina Detroit

What a colorful summer it’s been!! The restauranteur behind Detroit’s wildly successful Prime + Proper steakhouse contacted me a few months back to do a super quick, but super fun food truck / shipping container pop-up in Detroit’s downtown Capitol Park. Food is served out of the truck and cocktails and fun drinks are made-to-order at the shipping container. It was a challenge coordinating the ever-changing truck/box templates and limitations, along with developing a whole new brand and style guide for an original concept. Inspirations from SoCal, modern latin trends made it a great exploration of playful typography elements, patterns and colors that make this concept pop from across town!

Kick back with a margarita and some of Detroit’s freshest tacos in town!

Clementine Detroit | Capitol Park, Detroit, MI | Facebook | Instagram

 

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Toledo Opera 2018-2019 Season

It’s crazy to believe but I’ve been the sole graphic designer for the Toledo Opera for 7 years now since redesigning their previous logo with my treble-clef inspired script T concept. Last year’s season was photography-driven with the moving Martin Luther King Jr. opera I Dream, so I was really excited to come up with some illustrations this year. With the whimsical The Magic Flute performance and the powerful Carmen, not to mention the American historic The Ballad of Baby Doe rounding out the year, I went playful yet elegant. The woman with the birdcage head may be my all-time favorite. While I struggled with capturing the perfect Carmen illustration at first, a random weekend viewing of the cartoon movie Ferdinand with my 4-year-old, gave me visions of a strong bull with a rose behind his ear that also became quite a fun montage. I love the final products of these posters and have full confidence that the season and performances will be (as usual and always) even better than the designs!
Season subscriptions now on sale!

 

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Campus View apartments

A great referral from a dear friend (thanks, Sarah!) brought this new client to me. Campus View Apartments needed a new logo, signage, business cards and general branding. They are located as close to the University of Toledo campus as possible, and with beautiful views of a tree-lined ravine outside most windows, I knew I wanted to play up the foliage that most people don’t get in apartments in the middle of the university area. Adding a box around the tree graphic was a perfect symbol for the window or “view”. Whether it was the fresh new branding or the great location and amenities, it sounds like their leases were filled in record time this year!

 

 

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The Porch Lights logo

Its not very often I have free time to donate design work to friends and family. Logos especially are tough and especially time-consuming, detailed (but fun and exciting) projects. Every once in a while though, a logo request comes along that just designs itself in my brain without the usual sketch play necessary for most. Introducing my sister Jessica’s awesome rock band and their fun new logo! If you’re in the DC or Alexandria, Virginia area, check them out!
 

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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 they’re 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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