When a colleague returned from a conference in Hawaii (back in 2019), he excitedly showed me a poster designed for another observatory – done in a style reminiscent of the WPA produced National Park posters. I was familiar with both the style, and the poster in question, and had been working on a few WPA-inspired versions for our own observatory as a side project. With the added interest from my colleague, I stepped up my efforts, producing two poster designs in quick succession (and plans to produce more).
The design for the Green Bank Telescope was completed first, but work had been started on the design for the 140foot Telescope back in 2018.
During the build up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Green Bank Observatory, I created a number of collateral pieces for the event. These two poster designs were used to draw attention to our history – depicting the original Tatel 85-1 telescope that took some of the first observations at Green Bank. The artwork was created in Adobe Illustrator CC.
This image was created using a large-format image of the Milky Way galaxy (photo by S. Brunier, sergebrunier.com/) upon which an illustration of the expanding clouds was created in Photoshop.
Artists statement: “Creating an image of something which is not exactly visible to the naked eye is intrinsically difficult, and there was much back-and-forth between myself and the research scientists on how these clouds may be best represented. The end result is quite satisfying, although I would love to see what this REALLY looks like, some day.” P. Vosteen
For the past 4+ years, Jacob’s Ladder, Inc. has been hosting an oyster tasting to raise funds for the Summer enrichment Camp. Each tasting generally nets around $8000 to $10,000 for the organization, and recent years have had the benefit of corporate sponsorships to underwrite some of the costs. I have designed the invitations each year. The invitations were created to resemble old oyster can labels, using typography and images common to that genre. Designs for 2012 and 2013 were repeats (with altered dates) of the 2011 and 2014 designs.
The 2015 (above) and 2016 (below) versions are color variations. 2017 will require another completely new design – stay tuned!
While I have been working for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College since November, 2011, I have also been working on a new identity for them almost daily … learning what would work, what the school was all about, what the “life-beat” of the school really was. Finally it all came to a happy conclusion in a logotype and icon that can give a nod to the heritage of the school while keeping a clean look and feel that should last into the future.
Here is the old logo:
And here is the new logo:
Logo design is not new to me, but this was my first shot at a College logo, and I am rather happy with how it turned out. I also created the Branding Guidelines and secondary logo (below), so this should get a fair bit of exposure in the future.
During a lull in our church service on 9/11/11, I doodled a quick sketch of the following design. I was thinking specifically of my friend, Ricky Blood, who lost his life that September day, ten years ago, in the World Trade Center.
A poster/table-top display created for a conference. This piece incorporates two well-known Western European landmarks over a background “sea of faces” to get viewers to engage in more than just tourism while on travel in Europe.
In addition to designing the poster and the use of recognizable landmarks, I also coined the phrase “look beyond the landmarks” to be used with many different silhouetted landmark images in subsequent designs.
A modern retelling of the Coppelia story – set in Manhattan and adding hip-hop and jazz numbers – the West End Academy version of this ballet required a poster with a little of the old and a little of the new … and a little nod to the Godfather film series. Created in Adobe Illustrator CS3 with freehand vector art (no stock art).