UPDATE 2: Getting closer to a final layout.
UPDATE: Watched the first couple lessons and had fun just working on ideas. I still want to develop a more hand drawn feel. As I look at my sketches I automatically imagine where I will drop in fonts once I get going on the computer. It's hard to disconnect from that .
I have also been exposed to so many great layout ideas just by viewing others mood boards. Being exposed to so may other folks aesthetic has been very educational.
For 13 years I have owned Pulse Tattoo Supply. The brand has given me a unique opportunity to develop my design skills in a host of different areas.
From product design, packaging, promotional, photography, catalog, and web, I have been the one-stop designer for everything.
The focus of our company is to produce the best quality products. We do that by staying small, staying in touch and holding on to an uncompromising set of principals.
Creating tools for artists can be challenging business because you can never half step a project where design is involved. We are selling a product to artists who do graphic design on people's skin, for a living. You can't fake it with them.
One of the things that I want the brand to become more focused on is the fact that we have always produced an American made product with all American sourced materials. That has always mattered to us but we haven't pushed that in our advertising or branding.
I thought this class would be a great opportunity to try my hand at a different style, move out of my comfort zone and really create some authentic hand made logos to promote our unique American product.
After watching Jon's first video I put together some things that moved me for my project. I really loved the hand made tags he had made for his products. I have always subscribed to the same idea that making something by hand on the cheap is important to your product. I have always given out buttons and stickers, but I really like the idea of a hand made button on a hand stamped, hand made tag. I think it conveys a lot of info, if you care that much about making a cool tag, how much did you sweat the details of the actual product - a lot.