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A Blog

  1. The Bureau is Back, Stateside

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    The last month has seen cobwebs forming on the Bureau blog, but with good reason. After spending the last two and a half years in Denmark being indoctrinated in minimalistic design, I have moved back to my roots – Oregon. Portland to be exact, a mecca of creatives and a familiar stomping ground. A transatlantic move takes time, effort, and more time, so I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling in August with business HQ reestablished on the west coast.

    Since my last update from abroad, I was able to add a few more notches to my belt of design experiences…

    1. Attended a Dribbble meetup where I pitched my Lemonade Stand for Restaurant Day.
    2. Met the various founders of Forge, and attended their inaugural design event.
    3. Went to a few more museums here, here, here and here.
    4. Found further companionship in the form of officemates at the shared space Hjernestorm and finally at WhoMadeId.
    5. Increased my Danish client roster manifold, including an illustration for an akvavit bottle, rebrand of an interior design group, branding and packaging for a new alarm system product, and branding for modular housing concept company.

    I feel I’ve left Denmark rich with experiences, and while there are many things I will miss about the tiny country of vikings, it’s good to be back stateside. Now I’m looking forward to reconnecting with the designers and makers here. And eating lots of burritos.

  2. Animal Twist Icons

    Having worked on several Danish clients and projects over the last few years, each experience has consistently reminded me of the Scandinavian preference for simplicity. It surprises me every time and if pressed to describe the process on my work it would be something like this – step one: design something as stripped down as possible, step two: strip it down 50% more. Then you have probably achieved Danish minimalism.

    To keep this skill sharp, I decided to practice it on a series of animal icons that (for the most part) employ just lines and twists with a slight shadow to emphasize the two elements. I’m sure it’s still 25% “over the top” if you asked a Dane-off-the-street, but I quite like the effect.

    Here are 4 icons each for water, land, air, and small things from the animal world.

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  3. This Happened

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    Welcome my daughter, Nova, born May 3rd 2014. Calligraphy by my friend Christa. Expect that Bureau will be less regular in blog activity for a bit as the new project for the moment is motherhood.

  4. Pair of Owls

    Every once in a while I challenge myself to a handmade project. This time it was a pair of owls based on some earlier drawings and inspired by Sarah Goldschadt’s miniature owls. These owls are the supersize version with the addition of floppy wings that are great for playing peekaboo.

    Who who…

    Who who...

    Click here for Sarah’s mini-owlie tutorial.

  5. Penguin Explains the Universe

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    Penguins are funny little creatures, but like most things nature makes, penguins have some hidden talents. According to the experts, “the light front and dark back coloration of classic penguin plumage is called countershading and it provides superb camouflage from above and below to protect penguins in the water”.

  6. Photos from Danmark (feat. the Nordic Lands), Issue IIIX

    Regal sewer covering design in Oslo, Norway.

    Regal sewer covering design in Oslo, Norway.

    Street art survives the winter in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Street art survives the winter in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Bringing visibility to sustainable transportation methods in Malmø, Sweden.

    Bringing visibility to sustainable transportation methods in Malmø, Sweden.

    Painted advertising on a building facade in Malmø, Sweden.

    Painted advertising on a building facade in Malmø, Sweden.

    Time to dust off the morning ride in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Time to dust off the morning ride in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Dusk and a windmill in the Mols area of Denmark. Wait, who am I trying to kid? It’s winter in Denmark – this photo was taking practically in the middle of the day!

    Dusk and a windmill in the Mols area of Denmark.