Proximity Magazine


Our son Davis is featured in Proximity Magazine. Check out his amazing talent in this photo essay. Thank you Aunt Towles for all of your encouragement and love!


a story of slavery

I am floored at how often I get to work on projects in which I believe wholeheartedly. The Whitney Plantation project came from a local Denver woman who saw some of my Vela designs. She is from Louisiana. Her father bought the plantation years ago with the dream of making it an homage to slave children. The site has commissioned, life-size bronze statues standing hauntingly across the grounds. The Field of Angels lists the names of all known children who died, frequently using only first name. My client sent me pictures for inspiration and I had chills as I looked through them. I love that I can be a part of such an important place.


The last design is what they liked best.


whitney brand boards r1-look 1

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whitney brand boards r1-look 5

whitney brand boards r2-2

whitney brand board final v1


prenatal vitamin ads

I recently had the opportunity to work with some fantastic people in Chicago on ads for prenatal vitamins. In the first briefing, I told them that the job was custom fit for me. They wanted to see vintage, modern and storybook style layouts. The art director was so organized, with mood boards and color choices. It was so much fun!

bayer prenatal stork 2 v3

Above is the final ad that the client chose. You can see the other vintage and modern layouts below.

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the wine goddess

While in Chicago, T and I worked with Rick. Within the first few weeks of our job, he announced that I needed to be friends with his wife. And he was right. The first time I met Diana Hamann she compared our wine to Dolly Parton. She is hysterical, real and a great mom. She is also an incredible expert on wine. After working in for she ventured out on her own, working as a sommelier and teacher in Chicago. She opened The WIne Goddess in Evanston, IL in late 2012. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to revamp her logo.

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I loved the image of Venus as the goddess, but did not love that it begged to always be in the upper left hand corner. Below was my original presentation to Diana.

wine goddess logo page


The new round “seal” can be placed anywhere. And the type works well with so many of their materials.

wg material for blog

We miss seeing the Hamanns, but are so thankful for that fateful introduction. And if you are ever in Chicago, you MUST stop by the store. If you are worried about your kids being bored, there is a train table to keep them occupied while you imbibe.