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Skull Globe in Space

Skull Globe in Space

One skill you're going to want from your graphic designer is advanced compositing ability in photoshop. I made this image 8/4/22 by compositing three separate images... of a human skull, the earth and a nice background of the milky way. I wanted to make the earth look like a skull... I suppose something like this could be used in an editorial on climate change, etc.

Pizza Restaurant Logo

Pizza Restaurant Logo

This is for a fake pizza restaurant. I redesigned a Rosati's Pizza menu (because I didn't like it), and decided to create a fake restaurant name and logo. I borrowed a vector illustration of a pizza chef and altered him to help create this logo. Incidentally, I named the chef "Salvador Pizzani."

Pizza Restaurant Menu Redesign

Pizza Restaurant Menu Redesign

I never cared for the very dark, dreary menu designs seen in the popular pizza chains. So I redesigned a Rosati's menu using a fake pizza shop (and designed the logo using a stock illustration). I will post the entire menu redesign as a side-by-side with the original, shortly.

Pizza Restaurant Menu (front)

Pizza Restaurant Menu (front)

This is for a fake pizza restaurant. I redesigned the Rosati's Pizza chain menu, because I don't like their dark & dreary reddish-brown, jam-packed/crowded menus. My design brings more white space, organization and COLOR for a more inviting feel.

Pizza Restaurant Menu (back)

Pizza Restaurant Menu (back)

This is for a fake pizza restaurant. I redesigned the Rosati's Pizza chain menu, because I don't like their dark & dreary reddish-brown, jam-packed/crowded menus. My design brings more white space, organization and COLOR for a more inviting feel.

Cadillac Sales Letter

Cadillac Sales Letter

As a designer at Aronson Ad Agency in Schaumburg, IL I get to design numerous ads for print and web. This was a sales letter for Cadillac that was designed to Cadillac's strict standards so a particular dealership can receive "co-op" funding for their ad campaigns.

Car Dealership E-Blast Ad

Car Dealership E-Blast Ad

Working for an ad agency, I designed this E-Blast Ad featuring Toyotas.

Toyota/Scion Ad

Toyota/Scion Ad

Working for a suburban ad agency, I had the opportunity to build many car ads for local dealerships.

Jeep Cherokee Ad

Jeep Cherokee Ad

Working for a suburban ad agency, I had the opportunity to build many car ads for local dealerships.

Tequila Ad for Restaurant

Tequila Ad for Restaurant

Designed this digital ad for Cesar's Killer Margaritas in Chicago. They're promoting this premium tequila for their signature drinks.

Niles Park Dist. Summer Camp Catalog

Niles Park Dist. Summer Camp Catalog

I designed the summer camp catalog for Niles, IL Park District. This is the front cover design.

Niles Park Dist. Camp Catalog

Niles Park Dist. Camp Catalog

This is one of the interior page spreads for the 2018 Summer Camp catalog I designed for the Niles, IL Park District.

Quick Communication Board - School & Home

Quick Communication Board - School & Home

I designed this quick-communication board for nonverbal children with autism, using a symbol library that I had commissioned from a commercial illustrator. This is a print product sold by Aurora Symbols, LLC, intended for use in schools and homes where nonverbal children may have need of communication aids.

Quick Communication Board-medical

Quick Communication Board-medical

I designed this quick-communication board for nonverbal children with autism, using a symbol library that I had commissioned from a commercial illustrator. This is a print product sold by Aurora Symbols, LLC, intended for use in doctors' offices where nonverbal children may have need of communication aids.

Break Through Communication Barriers!

Break Through Communication Barriers!

This is one of hundreds of ads I created for Aurora Symbols, LLC for their InstaGram account. This particular ad was for promoting their communication Boards (SymBoards) that hang like posters on the wall. As Aurora Symbols didn't have the budget for photoshoots, I had to make use of extensive photoshop compositing, working with stock photography purchased from Shutterstock.

Autistic Girl Using Avatalker

Autistic Girl Using Avatalker

This is one of hundreds of ads I created for Aurora Symbols, LLC for their InstaGram account. This particular ad was for promoting their communication app (Avatalker AAC) along with their communication wall charts, called SymBoards.

SymBoards-classroom

SymBoards-classroom

This is one of hundreds of ads I created for Aurora Symbols, LLC for their InstaGram account. This particular ad was for promoting their communication Boards (SymBoards) that hang like posters on the wall. As Aurora Symbols didn't have the budget for photoshoots, I had to make use of extensive photoshop compositing, working with stock photography purchased from Shutterstock. This boy you see actually had chalk in his hand and there was no chart on the chalkboard.

Idea-expression Meme for Avatalker

Idea-expression Meme for Avatalker

This is one of hundreds of ads I created for Aurora Symbols, LLC for their InstaGram account. This particular ad was for promoting their ipad app Avatalker AAC. As Aurora Symbols didn't have the budget for photoshoots, I had to make use of extensive photoshop compositing, working with stock photography purchased from Shutterstock. This cute kid with the big glasses was using a blank-screened ipad, where I composited a screen-cap from Avatalker AAC.

Full page magazine ad

Full page magazine ad

This was a magazine ad I designed for my Avatalker AAC app. This ad ran in a few editions of Autism File magazine.

War Fighting Domain!

War Fighting Domain!

I've designed a bunch of t-shirts for SpaceForceOutfitters.com Some are pro Trump, some anti-Trump, all in fun. Also did some images for the sake of fun sci-fi.

Laser Satellite Technician

Laser Satellite Technician

I've designed a bunch of t-shirts for SpaceForceOutfitters.com All in fun.

Space Force Lunar Rescue

Space Force Lunar Rescue

Join the U.S. Space Force's elite Lunar Rescue Squadron and save stranded astronauts from certain doom! -- Did this T-shirt design for Space Force Outfitters.

Space Force Test Squadron!

Space Force Test Squadron!

Pilot Cadets! Join the U.S. Space Force's elite Air & Space Test Squadron! - T-shirt I designed for Space Force Outfitters

"Hope Comes in Pieces" book cover

"Hope Comes in Pieces" book cover

Designed this e-book cover for author Terra Smith. It's a biographical accounting of how she recovered her daughter from autism. The book published in fall of 2015.

Training Gems Corporate Logo

Training Gems Corporate Logo

In collaboration with the client and my agency management, I designed this corporate logo for a company that coaches management for food manufacturing companies.

Northern Illinois Boat Show Postcard

Northern Illinois Boat Show Postcard

Designed this postcard for the 2018 Northern Illinois Boat Show. 6x11 (I stacked the front and back sides into one image)

Relish Chicago Menu (inside)

Relish Chicago Menu (inside)

Spent about 5 hours on this little menu flyer for a friend's restaurant. They had no art resources, so we purchased some stock photography... and the logo had to be rebuilt from a scan.

Chicago Relish Menu (outside)

Chicago Relish Menu (outside)

Spent about 5 hours on this little menu flyer for a friend's restaurant in Chicago. This is the outside front and back cover. I wanted a shot from the interior of the restaurant, but the only one available was a low-resolution pic from Yelp. I blew it up and blurred it for the front cover. You'd never know I didn't have the original photo...

Inbound Marketing Infograph

Inbound Marketing Infograph

Designed this infograph (chopped up from its original vertical format) for Tag Marketing Agency's blog site. It was my job to translate various facts and statistics to a visual format easy to digest for casual readers.

Manufacturers' News Product Catalog

Manufacturers' News Product Catalog

From 1999 to 2012 I was charged with producing and designing MNI's full product catalog (discontinued after 2012). My boss liked to jam a LOT of copy into a small space. He wasn't a fan of white space. I suppose you could call that horror vacui. What you see here is the compromise between design and inclusion. :-)

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy

This is a poster I did for an event hosted by the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy. It was designed to resemble an old-fashioned political poster. It was a pleasure to meet the VIPs at this event!

Web Banner for Energy Bars

Web Banner for Energy Bars

Designed this banner speculatively for a holistic health food website. I used free (watermarked) images from a stock photography website.

Indigo_Halloween

Indigo_Halloween

Designed this event poster for a Seniors residence. A few were made for their facility and mounted on foam core.

Vaccine Whistleblower dust jacket

Vaccine Whistleblower dust jacket

Design for a hardcover book dust jacket I did recently for Skyhorse Publishing in New York. Fun project! I happen to know the author as well as the man who originally interviewed the CDC researcher who has just been granted whistleblower status.

Documentary tour promo

Documentary tour promo

Designed this eblast ad for an independent documentary screening in Miami, Florida. I didn't have the film's logo, so I rebuilt it by finding the original font they used.

Film Strip Composite

Film Strip Composite

In 2006 I directed and produced an interview between author David Kirby and Katie Wright (daughter of Bob & Suzanne Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks). I did this photoshop filmstrip composite as an advertisement for our film.

Recovery International Annual Report

Recovery International Annual Report

Designed a 12-page booklet for Recovery International's annual report. This is the front and back cover.

Devil on my shoulder

Devil on my shoulder

An example of a photoshop composite I did for a magazine article I wrote. I commissioned a photographer to shoot me so I could assemble this. Photography by Tanayia Koonce Photography, Chicago.

Jackson who??

Jackson who??

An example of my photoshop skills. I converted a photograph of me into a sketch and composited it onto this $20 bill.

Craftsman Training Pocketguide

Craftsman Training Pocketguide

In 1998 I designed this pocket training guide for Sears' Craftsman Ratchet & Tape measure returns & allowances. This is just the front cover.

PRINT & DIGITAL DESIGN & MISC. GRAPHICS

 

I've been doing print design since 1993 for a variety of publishers, ad agencies and freelance clients.

 

This gallery showcases a few pieces I have done.

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