OPND _ Zine
Looking for a new personal interest design outlet, I began creating a series of zines based on themes and aesthetics appealing to me. The series focuses on ideas about space, patterns, typographic forms, and sometimes writing. They’ve influenced my client work and opened up an opportunity to collaborate on a dream project with Gretel in New York.
Hexagon Society Skateboards
Skateboarding has had a huge impact on my life for the past 30 years. Even though my body can’t handle it anow, I still love it, so I started my own skateboard company. A central aspect of skateboarding is exploring the architecture around you, and brutalist architecture makes for the perfect playground.
Black Birds 2016
My love of illustrating birds continues in this series based on simple geometric shapes and a grid.
Grids, Type, and others
I have always loved two things about design: order and typography. In most of my work there is an underlying grid, whether or not it’s obvious. And sometimes I just make things without thinking about it.
Birds of Minnesota
Birds of Minnesota is a personal illustration project. I challenged myself to edit and distill down the defining characteristics of each bird down to the absolute minimum without losing the essence of that bird.
A new symbol for the #1 streaming service
Netflix is synonymous with video streaming so it’s inherently linked to the devices that can stream their content. But the Netflix logo doesn’t easily adapt to an app icon. I was asked by Gretel New York to help design and define what an icon could look like within the existing Netflix branding. We treated it as a tool to help users quickly find the Netflix app and get back to streaming.
do. the human doing
A fully connected experience to help one man get healthier
Unfortunately, health insurance companies aren’t known for helping people. But do. is different (a part of Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota). It’s hard to help people lose weight through a TV commercial or even a TV show, so we decided to humanize losing weight by putting it all out in the open. Literally. We put one obese man, living inside a glass box at Mall of America for 30 days and mall guests were encouraged to interact and give “the human doing” support to lose weight over the 30 days.
The Everyday Collection by Target
Groceries + Fashion
Target is known for low prices and high fashion. Previously, when it came to groceries they only talked about prices, just like everyone else. To set Target apart we brought fashion to groceries in a way that only Target can.
Advance Auto Parts
Reinventing a brand to cut through the clutter
The last place an antsy car guy wants to be is inside a store waiting behind someone who needs help changing their windshield wipers. Sadly, Advance Auto Parts was spending more time helping the occasional guest, the novice, than the guys who love being under the hood of a car, their repeat customers. They needed to create a brand that reached these repeat customers in a way that spoke directly to them, with honestly, and free of BS. This design system relies on as few elements as possible to cut through the clutter.
Proving how amazing children really are
All children, not just sick, have something inside them that makes them more amazing than adults could ever be. They’re honest, compassionate, and will fight like hell no matter the challenge. Have you ever seen an adult fall off a bike dozens of times without giving up? No. Children’s Minnesota needed a way to prove their reverence for children and their profound affects on the staff and the business.
Using technology to relaunch a brand
Launching a new exercise water in an already crowded market seems impossible. With little to talk about legally, Propel needed to create a brand experience that grabbed peoples attention and set them apart from the competition. Using a motion-heavy WebGl site design, Propel was able to give new customers an experience like no one else in the category.
Box Tops for Education
Digital experiences for school to use and share
Box Tops for Education allows schools to earn extra money for the things they need. To celebrate and promote Box Tops, customizable videos were created using a stop motion message to educate parents about the program.
To celebrate the funds that had been paid out through the program, Box Tops sent a high school marching band through a grocery store to rally people around the cause.
Everything design for the world’s biggest brand
I’ve designed for product launches, window displays, and various other campaigns for the world’s most respected brand. Unfortunately, they request work not be shown on this website.
An iconic poster for an iconic event
After discovering my personal project “Birds of Minnesota,” I was asked by Askov Finlayson, a high-end indy boutique, and The Bachelor Farmer, a nationally recognized farm-to-fork restaurant, to design the promotional material for their annual Scandinavian crayfish celebration called Kraftskiva!. I used my minimalist illustration style to depict the crayfish and selected a fresh and interesting color palette for them the use across the campaign.
Using simplicity to sell an agency
An advertising agency’s website isn’t for advertising people, it’s for the clients who buy it. To speak to this audience mono needed to change not only their front-end experience, but their back-end experience as well to reach potential clients faster and smarter. The website is fully responsive and can be updated by anyone at a moments notice.
A digital experience for the fun of it
Work should be fun so once a year mono creates a project to celebrate the creative spirit they strive to embody. monotunes was created as a fun, interactive experience with each employee illustrated as an 8-bit character. When clicked on, each avatar animates and plays a unique sound. The site gave people a mashup of noise and entertaining animation. Tweets were also sent to reveal easter eggs hidden in the site that brought up even more ridiculous animations.
Harvard Business School
A smart brand needs a smart partner
Harvard Business School has undergone their biggest curriculum change in over a century. To help promote this shift to perspective students, we created a documentary film covering this change and its impact on students and staff. Additional projects for HBS include digital campaigns, experiential events, and large-scale print projects. Unfortunately, they request work not be shown on this website.