Eight years ago I designed the above artwork titled “Lighten Up (A New Perspective)” with Pixelmator.
I had lots of creative energy my Freshmen year in college. I didn’t need a reason to create. I created for the sake of creating. Being creative made me happy. I loved creating and sharing my work on Facebook.
The above artwork was created from a random photo I took in two bathroom mirrors. I held a lightbulb just to hold something unusual.
The original photo was nothing special, but a few months later I felt artsy; I decided to deconstruct the photo by distorting its hues and blend different versions together several times. The result is what I consider to be my personal masterpiece. I’m not sure I’ll ever create something as intricate or time-consuming like this again.
When scrolling on a high resolution screen the light bulb shimmers. This was achived by accident. Nothing about this work was planned. I simply listened to TobyMac’s “Showstopper” song on repeat while applying random effects to the image repeatedly until I though the artwork was done.
The photo would appear in The Best of College Photography of 2010 and would serve as the logo for Paleolithic Films for several years.
A lot of my work never sees the light of day, until now. I’ve decided that terabytes of files must be published so that the world can know what I’ve worked on.
The San Pedro Font was designed for the Alamo City Golf Trail during my tenure as their Online Marketing Manager. The font was developed after spending a week testing 11 different concepts and pursuing this one through 53 variations.
This is the first font I have made from scratch. I made all of the letters from one shape. My love of Futura and western 1950s flare might come out in my work.
The lines show my spacing and alignment logic. They are the rules that govern the consistency of every letter.
The font is 100% original and hopefully equally as unique. It can stand alone in any color with any background combination. It looks really good in Chrome with a black background.
Because I felt the logo needed to feel more like a logo and less like a font, I removed the flare in this variation and modeled the design after the existing Alamo City Golf Trail branding.
Since this was my first time designing a font from scratch, I decided to brush up on font history. I read scores of articles. Learned the deeper meaning of why font creators chose certain styles.
The History of Typography