Ruby Member Services Illustrations


I’ve had the pleasure of working on many projects with the Happiest Company in Portland*, Ruby Receptionists, and the last project was no exception. This project focused on creating illustration assets for their member services, or internal member-facing interface. Whether it is keeping track of calls, making custom availability settings, or managing contacts and data, Ruby and her accomplices are there to help every step of the way. Working from wireframes, I fleshed out the visuals needed to “Rubify” the web interface. Here are just a few outtakes from the project:

*title awarded by me, but I’m sure many would agree

Receptionist at desk with tools of the trade: computer, phone, rolodex, coffee.

A series of large circular icons were created in a consistent style for reinforcing the tools being used. Mixing old visuals such as adding machines, retro clocks, will return signs and real live calendars adds a fun twist to using the online functions. The project scope included everything from tiny navigational icons to almost full screen illustrations, with over 30 assets created in total.

retro office icons

Even virtual receptionists need their beauty sleep, so a bonus round of icons for indicating it was “after hours” was made. A cocktail glass option didn’t make the cut, but I believe that Ruby might just have a little fun on Fridays after answering your phones all week.

retro after hours badges

Umpqua Postcard Series: Wonderland


“Wonderland” is one of six postcards illustrated for Umpqua Bank with a Pacific Northwest theme. Derived from the old blue and yellow Oregon license plates that carried the slogan “Pacific Wonderland”, this interpretation came straight from the many childhood hours I spent with my dad in his 1979 red Dodge, traversing the roads of Central Oregon’s sunshiny plains.

hand lettering for Umpqua postcard series - Wonderland

Olympia Provisions Introduces Landrauchschinken


Feel free to grab and ice pack and sprain your tongue on that mouthful. I was once told that speaking Danish (my second language) was like talking with your mouth full of marbles, and that if it didn’t hurt just a little then you weren’t doing it right. The Swiss must have been visiting Scandinavia when they came up with this moniker for Swiss Country Ham. Good thing you can order meat from the internet in complete silence, so if you like a cured pig loin soaked in burnt sugar and flavored with juniper and rosemary delivered straight to your doorstep with no intervention by the pronunciation police, then you’re in luck.

Oh, here’s the little promo image I put together for Olympia Provisions social channels to promote their new product.
Say it with me…LOND – RAUK – SHEEN – KIN.

Vintage etched illustration of a pig for Olympia Provisions Landrauchschinken launch. It's Swiss Country Ham!

Olympia Provisions Inserts


Olympia Provisions, of famed salamis and several restaurants in Portland, has several meat-of-the-month clubs. You heard it right! Salamis, sausages, pâté and pickles* all get the white glove treatment and can be delivered straight to your doorstep or gullet, whichever is closest to the mailman.

For each club the Bureau was tasked with designing informational brochures so members knew (for example) exactly what was in their salami, how best to serve it, what kind of romantic dates salami likes best, and revealing once and for all what that white stuff on the outside of a salami is (protective edible house flora that has a reputation that precedes it).

Unsure of what to get your sweetie for Valentines to tell them they are that special someone? Say it with meat.

collateral inserts for Olympia Provisions' club of the months - salami of the month, sausage of the month, pate of the month and pickle of the month

*Not technically a meat.

Umpqua Postcard Series: New Growth, Old Growth


set of three postcards and envelope for Umpqua Bank - blaze new trails, onward, and old growth new growth

Here is the first half of six postcard illustrations I created for Umpqua Bank. A total of six cards were designed so smaller sets could be mixed and matched and handed out at events including the Portland Business Journal Luncheon and the Seattle Design Series. A sponsor-focused envelope was paired with them to emphasize that the cards were created specifically for the young and forward moving audiences they would be distributed in.

old growth, new growth: illustration of tree rings and topography

Testing: New Hearts


Here are some tests I have been working on for a group art show at Land Gallery happening February 10th titled 69 Love Songs. The show pays tribute to the Magnetic Fields album 69 Love songs with artists each interpreting a song. My song is “I Think I Need a New Heart”, and I’ve been working on tiny heart packaging (think cigarette package size) using painted wooden blocks and 2 colors of liquid paint Markal markers. It’s definitely a medium with limitations, which has been fun to work with.

new-heart-tests-1

new-heart-tests-2

Umpqua Postcard Series: Onward


Here is the second in a series of postcard illustrations I created for Umpqua Bank. A total of six cards were designed so smaller sets could be mixed and matched and handed out at events including the Portland Business Journal Luncheon and the Seattle Design Series. A sponsor-focused envelope was paired with them to emphasize that the cards were created specifically for the young and forward moving audiences they would be distributed in.

This one was particularly fun because I tapped into my roots growing up in rural Central Oregon for a cornucopia of western style lettering. Yes, I rode horses. Yes, most radio stations played country music. Yes, I imagined I might have been Laura Ingalls Wilder in another life. Onward you intrepid pioneer!

onward hand lettering in western style

umpqua bank postcard envelope design

Umpqua Postcard Series: Blaze New Trails


blaze new trails: illustration of a beaver, bear and coyote in a canoe, sailing along a nightcap

Here is the first in a series of postcard illustrations I created for Umpqua Bank. A set of 6 cards were created so smaller sets could be mixed and matched, to be handed out at events including the Portland Business Journal Luncheon and the Seattle Design Series.

A sponsor-focused envelope was paired with them to emphasize that the cards were created specifically for the young and forward moving audiences they would be distributed in. The creative brief was open, with the theme of “Pacific Northwest” guiding each card’s content – coming up: Wonderland, Old Growth/New Growth, Cascadia, Onward, and some foliage.