Costumes, Casinos, and a Cause – “Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

Fundraising events are necessary for any philanthropic/non profit organization.   The more engaging the event, the better.   Last week I was asked to provide my photography skills for Noble of Indiana, and organization that “creates opportunities and provides learning disability services for the developmentally disabled to live meaningful lives in Indiana.”

“Raising the Stakes” is an annual event with a casino feel filled with a variety of staple casino games, and also includes a classy dinner and multiple raffles/auctions.   This year they added a “Photo Booth” where people could let loose and wear a variety of ridiculous costume items.   My job was to snap the photos, of course.

I’ve done the “Photo Booth” at several events around Indianapolis and I am continually surprised at how excited people get to pose for these pictures.   It’s a great addition to any event, raising the energy level and enthusiasm of everyone present.

I’ve provided a link  to the pictures on my Facebook business page below.  Take a quick look…I’m sure you’ll have a couple laughs.  Congrats to Noble of Indiana on a successful event.

“Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

45 Impressive Typography Designs

If you read blog from time to time you know that I am a fan of typography.  As I was perusing the web today I came across this list of typography design, inspirational in nature.

Actually it was the above image from Popular Mechanics that caught my eye.   It’s a magazine my father subscribes to, and I remember reading that exact issue last time I was visiting at home.   So I had to click on the link of course.   The list is courtesy of InspirationFeed.com (@Inspirationf)

Take a look for yourself.
45 Remarkable Examples Of Typography Design #9 | inspirationfeed.com.

Political Design Work – Appropriate a Day Before the Election Don’t You Think?

Being the day before the big election I found it fitting to share some political work of my own.   It’s not on the national stage mind you, but of a local race here in Indiana for State Representative.   The gentleman running for office I’ve known for over a decade since our days back in the fraternity house.  When he approached me back in early February to lend my services I was more than happy to help.

So check out some political work done by LeFors Design. Trust me when I say its not your typical campaign material. Design elements range from social media to traditional print material.  I’ve provided the link to the whole album below.

LeFors Design: Political Campaign Design

I’d Like to Buy a Vowel…My Wheel of Fortune Adventure (As Seen on IndySphere.com)

That’s right.  I was on Wheel of Fortune.  I could go into great detail here, but I’d rather share the story I wrote for my fellow entrepreneur friends over at  IndySphere….where they are “Curating All Things Indy”.   I originally provided design assistance with their logo design back in early 2012 and now I’ve been invited to be a featured writer for their site.

My first story?  My roller coaster Wheel of Fortune experience.   Enjoy the read!

I’d Like to Buy a Vowel…My Wheel of Fortune Adventure.

Social Media History via One Giant Infographic

Who wants to simply read something when it can be presented in a much more visual fashion.   I believe we are becoming an increasingly visual culture, relying on the image more than the text to convey a message.   However, I also believe the happy medium between the two forms of communication is the infographic.

To prove my point, take a look at this infographic from Brand Flakes (@brandflakesblog).  It’s a visual representation of the history of our social media world from 1971 to today…yes it goes back that far.  The topic is presented in a way that is visually pleasing while still very informative.

What do you think?

brandflakesforbreakfast: social media history in one giant info-graphic.

Design Resume – More than a Word Doc


Back in 2007, a couple years after graduating college, and before I ventured into the world of design all on my own, I would scour the internet and job boards for hours on end looking for work.   What is the one item every potential employee is supposed to have…the all encompassing “get to know me in one page before ever meeting me” resume.

My resume was a Word doc masterpiece.  After 7,000 revisions and edits…or so it felt like…every well crafted word I beleived represented my best qualities to a total stranger that I often times would never meet.  But being a designer, I came to learn that I needed more that a piece of paper to “stand out”.  My resume had to be much more visual.

That’s why I found this resume from fellow designer, Ashley Spencer, so very interesting.   Her “Info-Graphic Map of Me” is a great take on the tired resume.

The question is, would it make you as employer take notice or just toss it aside.   Take a look and decide for yourself.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume on Behance.

Enjoy!

Branding the Presidents: An exercise in political design

A fun exercise I found in political design…which is your favorite? Mines the Kennedy one.  Be sure to look through them all, although the author left out Obama down through H.W. Bush.

Branding the Presidents  http://brandingtheuspresidents.tumblr.com/

Remarkable Graphic Design from the World of Beer: Oh Beautiful Beer

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I admit it.  I’ve bought beer strictly based on the label.  Guilty as charged.  Running into the store with a limited amount of time, looking for the first thing to catch my eye…that’s my plan.

But who hasn’t?

It’s all about marketing really.  As a graphic designer much of my time is spent in promoting a brand or entity.  Print, web, logos, social media, event fliers…it’s all about catching the audiences attention, and engaging them enough to want what I’m presenting.  So it should come as no surprise when I say I “window shop” for beer from time to time.  If I like the label, I’ll probably like what’s inside.

Now to the point of this post.  Oh Beautiful Beer.  Oh Beautiful Beer is a site that “celebrates remarkable graphic design from the world of beer”, a site showcasing the creative energy that goes into marketing beer, and the amazing designs that result.  It’s a work of art on a six-pack!  I’m a huge fan and I think you will be too.

Here is their site
Oh Beautiful Beer.

Check em out on Facebook
www.facebook.com/ohbeautifulbeer

And follow them on Twitter @ohbeautifulbeer
twitter.com/ohbeautifulbeer

Enjoy!

Camden Town Brewery

Bogus Brewing Hard Guy Label

Luftbanza Airlines #Photoshop Timelapse

I have photoshop skills…but this guys has mad photoshop skills.  Check out this timelapse of a Photoshop creation by artist Alexander Koshelkov.  He brings together a mosaic of images to create one disturbingly beautiful piece.

Enjoy!
Luftbanza Airlines ( #Photoshop ) – YouTube.