Brothers Vilgalys Spirits is a company based in Durham, NC that I've been involved with since it was merely an idea on a napkin. Together with the owner, Rim Vilgalys, we conceptualized a brand that would frame-up the story of the Vilgalys family, highlighting its Lithuanian heritage. It's main product is Krupnikas, a traditional Lithuanian style of spiced honey liqueur. The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Co. Krupnikas is distributed in bars and ABC stores throughout East coast, and online at Federal Spirits.
All the illustrations and typography were generated using hand carved pine woodblocks that were printed on a Vandercook Universal letterpress and scanned to create authentic textures.
A selection of some of my favorite logos from the past few years.
Here is a sampling of some illustration projects I have completed, through my work at Tether and for personal fulfillment. I like to play around with different mediums. Shown here are pieces that I have hand drawn, letterpressed, and digitally illustrated. I draw inspiration from the works by William Morris and early American folk artists.
Gatorade Endurance is a line of hydration and sports nutrition products specifically tailored to endurance athletes. Together with a team, we were tasked to design a new line of packaging design that would fit within the Gatorade brand and reflect the energy of an endurance athlete. The project included package design, branding, and experience design for on-course signage and equipment.
Client: Gatorade Studio: Tether Inc. Art Director: Daniel Petrzelka Production Designer: Kyle Fuson
A selection of some posters I've designed for various music events, including Sasquatch! Music Festival, Decibel Festival and Blissfest. I have explored many different methods for producing my poster designs, from screen printing to letterpress and even hand drawn! I enjoy thinking about the design with relief printmaking in mind; the limitations of the medium boost my creativity. I hope to do add more hand made/hand printed posters, like the Shakey Graves poster, in the future.
League of Captains
The League of Captains was a summer limited edition Gatorade bottle series to highlight the summers top football athletes. In collabortion with DC Comics, we came up with a series of compositions for the selected atheltes. We sketched out some suggested poses for the athletes and the artists at DC Comics illustrated them.
After the compositions for the athletes were decided, we went to work hand lettering super-hero-like titles for each athlete. Evan McDonald and myself designed and illustrated the custom typography for each. You can see my process from sketch to final vector art in the Big Easy title.
Client: Gatorade + DC Comics Studio: Tether Inc. Art Director: Daniel Petrzelka Designers: James Stipes, Evan McDonald, Meg O'Brien Production Designer: Kyle Fuson
This is a poster I designed for a musician called Shakey Graves for the Sasquatch Poster Show. After sketching out the design, I carved the entire poster out of a piece of linoleum and printed it on my Showcard proofing press at home. The whole process took about 4 days. The poster was featured in the 2014 Sasquatch Poster Show at the Piranha Shop in Seattle.
The Book Is Dead, Long Live the Book!
"The Book is Dead: Long Live the Book!" was an exhibition shown in the Allred Gallery featuring books from the special collections library at NC State University. The book I highlighted for the rare books exhibition is titled "Die Schmetterlinge Europas" published in Stuttgart, Germany in 1910. For this exhibition, I was able to be a part of all the steps for designing an exhibition from title wall to labeling systems to pedestal design. The hanging shelf system was conceptualized, designed and built by me and three other design students at the College of Design for the Allred Gallery. The hovering plexiglass panels I used to highlight certain aspects of the rare book being displayed underneath.
The installation was realized for a graphic design project at the NC State University College of Design, under the supervision of Prof. Katie Meaney.