Category Archives: Design Portfolio

Magazine Spread: Holiday Gifts

Back in my 1-year stint at New Age Retailer magazine, I got to do a layout now and again. This is one of them, a radical departure from my regular rock band/music industry stuff.


Kung Fu Tournament Poster

Back when I was krazy for kung fu, I threw together this photo. I looked to old 70’s Karate/Kung Fu magazines for inspiration/theft. Note matchie-matchie ad that compliments this poster, likely to run in What’s Up! or the Bellingham Herald.

Note Johnny Cage shadow kick.





Fright Night Poster

I don’t know that this ever saw the light of day until now. The big image is scanned from a MONSTER film trade journal I got at an estate sale. The rest are from a book on monster makeup that I had when I was a a kid, lost, and then found again at a book sale at the Bellingham Public Library. All press type set by hand.

IIRC, there was a miscommunication and someone else’s poster got printed/hung.


Creative Space Poster

The only show I ever put on, I was a nervous wreck. Tons of underage drinking going on in the street outside the venue—the oldest brick building in the state.

The bull is lifted from a liquor advert from an old Playboy mag, but what’s really interesting about this one to me is how well that freebie font called whatchamajig works with it.


New Age Retailer Ads

While it wasn’t my common charge, I was tasked with designing an ad or two at New Age Retailer. No industry gets more use out of glowy, cloudy Photoshop layer effects.



Roller Derby Poster

I did a few of these f0r the Bellingham Roller Betties back in the day, but I don’t even remember doing this one. But I must have, it was on my hard drive. Looks like some of the usual suspects. I think the gal doing the punching was a stock photo of a female boxer that I found, with the eyes of a black metal musician and the mouth of The Joker, but turned upside down to look completely horrible.


What’s Up Cover featuring Idiot Pilot

This came about just as Idiot Pilot landed their song on the soundtrack to the first Transfomers movie. Well, no, not the animated movie, the Michael Bay movie. I remember it being odd that I had to work through their manager in LA to get to their record rep at wherever even though they probably lived like a block from me. Not a swipe against them or anything, these guys are the nicest guys ever and earned their success.

People either liked or hated this cover, and I overheard a few conversations about how lame it was that What’s Up! went the “Teen Heartthrob” route  on this one.

The unnerving fact is that I lifted the basic layout from an adult DVD jacket. 



Halloween at the 3B

This may have been my most ambitious poster. Main image is a scan from a book I had as a kid on monster makeup, type is all press type arranged by hand and scanned in. It was then arranged in InDesign, printed to transparency separations at Kinko’s, two screens were burned from the transparencies by Michelle, and final poster was silkscreened by hand in my Bellingham apartment.

Haloween night