I decided to start off the new year by sharing some design process work. Liam Wade is a badass mixologist from Brooklyn. His company caters creative craft cocktails and eats for special events. He is also working on a line of spirits and bitters (package design in the works!). Right now we’re finalizing the logo and working on the web design for the cocktail catering company.
We wanted something very minimal, masculine and urban. This client came prepared with lots of inspiration photos, illustrations and logos that represent his brand in some way or another. This was great because I knew right away that we were on the same page aesthetically and the project was a great fit. After some research I pulled some more inspiration and we decided on a general art direction. The logo concepts above are a result of all our creative digging.
This project really is a fun one with lots of build out pieces. I’ll be sure to share more as things move along!
The moodboard above is a reject from a branding project I’m currently working on. Although the project took a different creative direction, I kept coming back to this board. Ive been rethinking my brand and how I might apply it to a few personal projects I have in the works and then it struck me—this feeling right here, this is it. Cool muted tones paired with modern typography, minimal design and natural elements, this is it.
It’s amazing to see how my style has evolved over the past few year. Part of what makes a great designer is their ability to pick up on the nuances of different design genres, jump between design styles depending on a client’s business objectives, and create really great things that work out in the wild. With that said, it’s also really easy to get lost in your appreciation for many design styles which can leave you wondering: how do I define my personal aesthetic and do I even have one? With all the visual stimulation we’re exposed to on Instagram, Pinterest and elsewhere—talk about inspiration overload—it’s not uncommon to feel a little lost once and a while especially when you’re trying to grow a body of work that reflects you and the projects you want to attract. That’s not to say it’s all black and white. Your style can most certainly be fluid and evolve as you grow and experiment. It’s a process and you only get there by doing.
Sometimes after a few great projects and some pretty amazing clients an aesthetic/style/feeling just sticks with you and you can’t wait to build something that is just so you. Just maybe that’s where I am.