Cat-vertising for Pabst

Cat-vertising for Pabst

Cats featured in beer ads!?! We’ll, it happened. I came across these vintage advertising cards for Pabst Blue Ribbon while doing research at the Milwaukee Historical Society....

United Adworkers Membership Chalkboard Art

This project was a collaboration between 4 of us when I used to work at BVK. It was done for a competition for our local ad club, the United Adworkers. After concepting and designing, we used inspiration from Dana Tanamachi and turned our design into a chalk creation. “Adworkers has always maintained their identity of being honest, hardworking, and true. We’ve designed a membership card that not only represents these characteristics, but utilized each of them in the actual creation process. We honestly think our idea is awesome. It took a lot of hard work, and beers, to chalk the design. And we truly enjoyed making this project from start to finish. Adworkers is about bringing the advertising community together, so it’s fitting that collaboration between all of us made this membership card design possible.” Art Directors: Clara Meinen, Kelsey Barnowsky, Casey Christian. Copywriter: Stephanie Goldner Photography: Nick Collura Inspired by Dana Tanamachi                  ...
Crane Collaboration

Crane Collaboration

I’m excited to collaborate with Tom Chiarella at Crane Family Vineyards to brand their Reserve portfolio of wines. Oh and the view wasn’t bad...
1940’s Signage

1940’s Signage

I think Stanley Hainsworth said it best, ” In order for brands to recapture their spirit, they almost always go back to their core….” For Wenthe-Davisdon Engineering Co. identity refresh, their original building signage was the perfect...
New York OOH Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

New York OOH Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

It’s pretty awesome when you are walking the streets of a busy city like New York and come across work you know the creative team behind it. Also their choice in headline is pretty #sweet too. #BVK...
Caribbean Travel + Life

Caribbean Travel + Life

Suriname also received a wonderful write up in Caribbean Travel + Life. Congrats Ultra Violet on the great...
Suriname Photoshoot

Suriname Photoshoot

Sometimes works can feel like you’re climbing a mountain. In this case, it’s part of a shot list....
G-Man

G-Man

Or better known as Gordon Lopez. He’s the winemaker behind G&G Private Reserve Wines. If you have not tried his wine yet you must! G&G Zinfandel is out-of-this-world amazing and so is the price. We decided to talk business today over a barrel tasting. I highly recommend it sometime....
Remote Office in Napa Valley

Remote Office in Napa Valley

One of the many benefits to having clients in Napa Valley. Really, who wouldn’t want an office view like this. From Frisinger Family Vineyard’s. New label to launch in Spring...
Harvest

Harvest

Check out this farm girl getting up before the sun rise to experience my first harvest with Grant Long...
Suriname

Suriname

A quick weekend trip to the country of Suriname in South America to talk with them about their North American tourism campaign. Here are a few highlights....
The Letter That Started It All

The Letter That Started It All

A few years back, a dear friend at Kohnke Hanneken passed this inspirational letter by Russell Davies along to me. At the time I don’t know what my colleague was trying to tell me, but years later this letter confirms the many reasons why I love advertising and what I do.   “Advertising is still the best training you’ll ever get for most of the things you might dream of doing. It’s like a gateway drug for interesting jobs; a never-ending, always-changing training scheme. You’re constantly moving from one client, one problem, one opportunity, to another. No project ever lasts that long, you rarely do exactly the same thing twice and you bump into all sorts of other experts, industries and professions. Which means ad people have the best collections of odd and arcane jargon you’ll ever come across, picked up from various clients. But all this flitting from one thing to another isn’t just pointless dilettantism, you’re building up a tremendous body experience; expertise in some broader creative endeavor. You learn how to work with talented artists and monstrous egos. You’re obliged to consider what everyone  in the country might want and what a few CEO’s and cabinet ministers might want. You get good at explaining the complicated and the intangible to the unwilling and ill-informed. You come to understand the peculiar and different demands of images and words, briefs and ideas, traffic and production. You find out when to brainstorm, whether to workshop and how to take things to the next level. And, eventually, at some point, most advertising people take these ineffable, unteachable skills and go and...

Inspiration Log

It’s the sweet, simple things in life that matter most and within this inspiration log you can get a glimpse at what makes me tick. From what I’m currently working on, to the many things from around the world that inspire me to be a better person and...