Uber technologies was seeking a mural for an event they were hosting for their drivers. The event was a driver appreciation day and it was held at Bengies Drive-In Movie Theatre in Middle River, MD. Uber held these events in different cities under the brand "Uber Drive-In".
The mural wall is located on the side of the concession area and is 25' x 8'. The phrase they wanted to use was the tagline for the events they were hosting. Uber's art department sent over a mood board with 1950s scripts and other type. "Now Playing on your Schedule" was brought to life by using the brand colors for the event.
Dope Dough is a new pizza restaurant coming to Ellicott City, Maryland. They focused the past two years on developing their dough recipe. Their Neapolitan Style pizza shop wanted a logo that appealed to the college and late night market. Their pizza is delicious and this shop has upped the late night slice game.
The Greenmount West Community Association was looking for a way to spruce up the workout room of their community center, so they inquired about a mural for the space. During the preliminary discussions and the discovery phase, we found that members of the community were unofficially calling the workout space the “Get Active” room. It was an easy decision to make the name official.
The lettering for the phrase was intended to be motivating and uplifting. The mural is roughly 12 feet long and was painted with 1 Shot black paint.
B’More SUP was looking for a way to engage with their audience more. After talk with us we found a mural was an appropriate solution. The mural is on their rental shack where people hang out after their rentals, classes, and training programs.
We decided to bring “Paddle More Be More” to life. It is a slogan they have been using but rather than using their logo for the mural we went with the slogan that their customers can see themselves in and want to share. The mural has boasted their social media presence since being painted.
This is a Lettering piece for the Brew Letters project featuring Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale. The beer made it’s debut at the 1994 Punkin Chunkin event and has been made ever since. It’s brewed with pumpkin meat, brown sugar, and spices. When the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.
The composition of the piece was inspired by Dogfish Head's unique approach to brewing. Using a circle to fill the cartouche piece with organic forms brought the lettering and beer together.
The Greenmount West Community Association inquired about a mural for the reopening of their community center. The space had a complete makeover and needed that last finishing touch to complete the renovation. After sitting down with their team and discussing multiple ideas, we eventually decided upon the phrase "Unity in Diversity".
The wall is 11’ x 6.5’ and the mural was completed with 1 Shot paint. It's located in the heart of the community center, so the mural needed to be something inspiring and uplifting that would bring people together. The community center has since begun using the area for all of their community meetings as a result of how the mural transformed the space.
Animated Lettering Pice for Assateague Island National Seashore.
Here you will see a Lettering piece for the Brew Letters project featuring 21st Amendment’s Back in Black IPA. Inspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, 21st Amendment rebelled against the British style IPA with Back in Black. The beer is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected.
This was a logo signature design for Spotfin Creative. Spotfin is a Baltimore-based Web Design Agency that specializes in crafting custom WordPress sites. They were seeking a logo that was personable and different than what most agencies use.
Spotfin is another name for the lionfish. Before picking up a pencil or working on the computer, I looked at how the lionfish and web agency could connect.
The curved baseline is inspired by how the lionfish glides through the water. A flowing brush style emulates the fins of the fish. The characters’ terminals are angles that resemble fish fin tips.
The client was thrilled with the logo. From the beginning they sought a more natural and loose solution (rather than the elegant approach of most agencies). By choosing this approach, they now stand out in their market.
Back in August of 2017, Mike took a Lettering workshop with Ryan Hamrick in Washington, DC. Ryan was in DC on his Curves Ahead tour, for which he packed up his family for 40 days to travel across the United States. On this tour he taught lettering workshops in 15 different cities.
The workshop was filled with presentations, Q&As, and many live demos. Ryan was extremely insightful and dropped many knowledge bombs. Feeling inspired from the night of lettering, Mike created this piece using many of the techniques picked up from Ryan Hamrick that night. Ryan is a master of curves and scripts. This piece is a tribute to his lettering style with a focus on cartouche lettering.
This is a Lettering piece for the Brew Letters project featuring Southern Tier's 2X Smash IPA. The 2X Smash IPA from Southern Tier is one dank double IPA. Brewed with only Mosaic hops and a special pale malt, this beer has tropical citrus notes and is very bitter. If double IPAs are your thing, this one is suitable for year-round enjoyment.
Southern Tier's can design is very structured. All of their cans use this same design system. The spencerian script of "Dank" was chosen to complement their clean design system.
This is a Lettering piece for the Brew Letters project featuring the Resurrection Ale from The Brewer's Art. The seven percent solution is a full-bodied yet easy to drink abbey brown ale that is their flagship beer. This beer is surprisingly smooth for how much of a kick it has!
The lettering was driven from the sense of royalty that the beer's packaging portrays. The golden script of "Resurrection" flows elegantly above the can.
The Co_Lab workspace opened their bookstore and wanted a more welcoming chalkboard design than what they used for their soft opening. Using the same phrase, Mike used his iPad pro and Procreate app to assemble the hierarchy.
Once completed, he projected the design on the chalkboard and used Versa chalk markers to bring it to life. If you are ever in the Old Goucher area, come check out their wonderful curation of art, architecture, and design books!
With the rise of mobile, video consumption has reached new levels. This infographic was used as a sales support material for the sales team at NTENT. The infographic covers what brands and advertisers need to take into consideration when putting out video content in a mobile world.
This is a Lettering piece for the Brew Letters project featuring Ballast Point's Habanero Sculpin. This beer has a kick! Ballast Point took their original Sculpin IPA and added Habanero Peppers. This version is citrusy, but kicks out the floral heat of habaneros. This beer is not for those who don't enjoy spicy things.
Here is a Lettering piece for the Brew Letters project featuring Green Flash’s Soul Style IPA. This is a great summer beer, highly drinkable, and very refreshing. This single IPA by Green Flash Brewery combines Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade hops for a full spectrum of flavor. Pick one up and ride the wave!
Check out this Lettering piece for the Brew Letters project featuring the Tell Tale IPA from Raven Beer. Inspired by a wonderful night at Annabel Lee Tavern in Baltimore, Mike wanted to embrace the spirt of Edgar Allan Poe. The Tell Tale IPA is an well-balanced American IPA that focuses its flavor profile on the malt. If you are a fan of Poe, I highly recommend checking the beer and the bar!
In this post we are going to explore the world of the Bezier. Mike walks you through his process, from taking a sketch to vectorizing it in Adobe Illustrator using the pen tool.
The Activ Browser Tips page was built to help new users of the browser learn how to navigate it. With a focus on mobile, this website was built with animated GIFS to guide users through some key functions of the browser.
Haus of Letterers (an international lettering collective) wanted to start making collaborative work. After some discussion the theme of the first collaboration was "Discover". The group eventually assigned each chosen member a letter. Mike was given the "O" and created the illustration for the Discover theme.
Goodtype hosts a weekly challenge for lettering artists called Goodtype Tuesday. "Mindfulness" was Mike's submission for the 2018 New Year's Resolution theme. During 2017 Mike gave mindfulness meditation a try, and wishes to push his practice in 2018. Meditation has helped him stay calm, focused, and intentional. Showcasing this lettering piece is a way to encourage everyone to give meditation a shot and to go into it with an open mind. Feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions on how to get started!
A funny phrase turned into a personal project. This is a Lettering piece for the Haus of Letterers holiday collaboration.
Charitable Fans is an organization created to raise money for the NFL’s Crucial Catch charity to help prevent cancer. The goal was for the founder to attend a game at every NFL Stadium while raising money for a cause. By donating money and following on social media, donors have a chance to go to Super Bowl LIII on 2/3/2019 in Atlanta.
With the average attention span continuously decreasing, NTENT realized that they needed to get into the world of video to display their offerings. We started with their main offering (the NTENT Browser) and created a script for the video. The video is a quick overview of NTENT's browser and search functionality for mobile operators.
UVidi is a video syndication platform. Their team needed a sleek kit to promote their new platform. The Media Kit includes a set of promotional materials that provide an informational overview of the platform’s offerings. This kit was distributed to members of the media, potential partners, and investors. It was also used for promotional purposes.
Artwork from travels to Creative South 2018. The script was a great exercise. This conference is highly recommended to any creative.
NTENT is a world leader in semantic search and natural language processing technologies. With a growing company and new technologies being developed, a website refresh was in order.
When they realized that they needed to revamp their website, we started by looking at their existing brand guidelines. We decided to update colors and brand elements and use these decisions to guide the website refresh.
The NTENT Media Kit includes a set of promotional materials that provide an informational overview of the company’s offerings. This kit was distributed to members of the media, potential partners, and investors. It was also used for promotional purposes.
The NTENT sales team needed a presentation for their in-person meetings. This particular presentation focuses on NTENT's content marketing solutions specifically geared towards B2B partners. The sales team presents using Powerpoint, and given the limitations of the program the main challenge was to design something that looked great but also could be easily edited by sales team members.