Artillery Magazine

Artillery has its roots in the LA art scene and in such venerable art/sub culture magazines as Coagula and LA Weekly. Los Angeles art maven Tulsa Kinney asked us to start designing Artillery in 2008, and I think we’ve come a long way. In that time, Artillery has undergone a couple redesigns, a resize (larger) and went from being a free publication picked up at galleries throughout LA, New York city and San Francisco, to a nationally-distributed bimonthly. You can still find it in some galleries, though, and soon it... Read The Rest →

Brain World

Brain World magazine is the quarterly publication of International Brain Education Association (IBREA). We have been involved with Brain World since its inception. It had originally been conceived as an in-house publication for members — you can see the first cover at the bottom of this post. But the organization liked the first issue so much that with a little coaxing from the editor, they decided to take it public and secure national distribution. I redesigned it before the second issue and they’ve been publishing ever since. The magazine continues... Read The Rest →

Mean Magazine

2009 saw the end of Mean magazine. Officially Mean is on hiatus, but it’s unlikely that the print version will be resurrected any time soon. Mean and the creative vision of publisher, Kashy Khaledi, lives on in music video projects Cinemash with Microsoft and Supervideo on MTV.com. Here I’ve posted some spreads from the last four years. Editors were Andy Hunter, Sorina Diaconescu and Mya Stark. I hope fans of Mean enjoy some of these pages. Around the same time that Mean was winding down, I started art directing two... Read The Rest →

LA Weekly, Last Pages

No job I’ve held has been as influential on me and my career as the eight years I spent as art director of LA Weekly. The crazy deadlines, the diverse subject matter and the constant collaboration with staff and contributors — some of the most gifted in their fields — was a crucible for my ideas about graphic design in a practical context. This post is a sort of random collection of a fraction of the pages we produced in my last couple years at the paper. I believe the... Read The Rest →

LA Weekly 2003 Comics Issue

I’m proud to say that for the last three years I was at LA Weekly we probably had the best alt-comics coverage of any major periodical in the country. This is the third comic issue I produced for LA Weekly. Once a year, the editors would take a break (except for the poor news people) and they’d turn the whole mess over to me to put together. With the help of people such as Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics, Peggy Burns at Drawn & Quarterly, the good folks at Meltdown and Golden... Read The Rest →

LA Weekly Drug Issue

Way back in 2001, the editorial staff of LA Weekly decided to create a special issue dedicated entirely to the topic of nonprescription drugs. I always looked forward to special issues, particularly when I had plenty of warning and a decent budget. Working with then-associate art director, Dana Collins, we began to assign full-page pieces to some of the best image makers we knew. I pushed the whole thing in an almanac/American vernacular direction that let us pack the type in readably, while opening up plenty of art space —... Read The Rest →

LA Weekly

In design school, I cut my teeth at the local paper, The Daily Collegian. I was art director there for a couple years. Really I wanted to be an illustrator, but I learned that my illustration sucked and I was actually a better designer and manager. It all sort of worked out. I loved the frenzy of putting out the news, and I liked having my own office, but I swore after graduating and moving to Los Angeles that I would not work for another newspaper. This, of course, lead... Read The Rest →

Posters

All designers love to make posters. Sadly, I haven’t really done that many. Here are a few, some pretty old, one (Lollapalooza) never even made it to press because the year I was doing the Lollapalooza graphics they canceled all of the shows. I think I jinxed them. These are in no particular order. Hopefully I’ll have some new ones to add soon. Posters are one of the few design jobs that I’ll actually do for below my normal rate. If the subject is really cool, I might even do... Read The Rest →

CD Packaging

CD packages are fun to design, like tiny books in a plastic shell. I haven’t done that many. All of them have been for indie labels. I’ve heard nightmare stories about high-strung musicians, but most of the artists I’ve worked with have seemed quite sane and cooperative. I should probably quit while I’m ahead. - – – – – – - - – – – – – - THE SOURCE - – – – – – - This CD doesn’t have a jewel case because it was made to go... Read The Rest →

Miscellany

This is a catch-all post. I used to have a page for corporate identity, a page for advertising and marketing, and a page for web. But I don’t really want to do that kind of work except on special occasions. There’s a little bit of all of that below, fun stuff that I had samples of. I’m trying to stay busy just doing books and print publications – kind of like working to save endangered species. But if you have a project that you’d like to try to talk me... Read The Rest →

Photography

The images on this page are from my occasional photo assignments in L.A. For personal work, check out my Pinterest boards: Film cameras » • Japan » • Pasadena CA » • Shibuya Taxis » - – - A shot of the Hollywood subway station which ran in L.A. Weekly. It was also chosen for American Photography 17. - – – – – – - Superman on Hollywood and Highland. - – – – – – - I did an interview with comic artiste Tony Millionaire, and also shot him in his studio.... Read The Rest →

Illustration

For Mean magazine. - – – – – – - I mostly illustrate for publications that I’m art directing. Not always, but usually. If you’re looking for a fantastic illustrator, feel free to email me. I know several and would be glad to put you in touch. I enjoy illustrating, though, so if you see anything here you like, drop a line. - – – – – – - Director Chris Nolan for Mean. Kinda hard to see the fine-line stuff on the web. This illustration relied heavily on the... Read The Rest →

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