- My name is Brandon. I'm a graphic maker. This site is full of samples of work that have been approved over the years, mostly graphic tees and logos, etc. You can read a little more about me on the profile page , see what I'm working on at Dribbble, and follow me on Twitter to keep up with daily happenings.
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I watched the documentary Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight last night. I’m a sucker for these types of documentaries. In graphic design, there are very few films that we can watch about our craft, so when the chance comes up to watch other people talk about what we do everyday, well – I love to indulge. (by the way, AppleTV with Netflix is life-changing.)
Now I normally hate to hear people over-talk design. I’d rather them just get to work. But Milton is one of the few designers who I believe have the wisdom and career to know what they’re talking about. If you’re gonna listen to anyone go on and on about god-knows-what, this is your guy. Check it out.
I was thinking about Milton Glaser a lot, as I continued thinking about the film. While I respect the amount of work the man has done, I can’t help thinking – Is Milton Glaser the reason the 70s and 80s we’re so corny? Is he solely responsible for some of the design of that era that makes us cringe today? I feel like his style sits around in brass frames, getting bleached by the son, making you realize that the dentist’s office you’re sitting in is horribly outdated. It’s a matter of taste, for sure, but I cannot help but to feel like his style may be everything that I hate about that era? Or is our work of today going to be hated by designers of the future? Why do we love the design work of the fifties, but then stark to gag when we start moving into the popular art of the 70s and 80s? Was Milton Glaser the end of nostalgic, timeless design?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please comment.
So with this new site and blog, I’ve been racking my brain about what I’d like to post. I do want to keep the posts on this blog very frequent. My favorite blogs are those that have very frequent posts, which keep me coming back. I’ll attempt to do the same here.
I worked on shirt graphics for Cat Stevens this past Thursday. The Fillmore poster style was noted as an aesthetic. I always find that I go about doing this Fillmore style in different ways each time it comes up. Sometimes it’s about only drawing the basic shape that the letter sits in, and adding interior lines to define the letter. This is the basic idea behind the popular Mojo font, and the fonts similar to it.
I’d prefer to not use an existing font, for a couple reasons. First, the font is recognizable, and looks less organic. Second, moving these fonts into the shape that you want is more trouble than what it’s worth. There’s been so many times I’ve been moving things around for an hour in Illustrator, when I realize I could have just sketched something original, and had it traced by now. Working in merch, with tight deadlines, I’ve learned to not waste time.
Instead, I simply sketched the letters on paper. This way, each letter could have it’s own identity. The drawback, is that sometimes you can just fail at this altogether. I think the key is to keep the pencil moving, and allowing lines to move through the whole piece. The top of a T could also line up with the middle of an E. Allow every letter to relate to the others.
Next, scan it in. I use Image Capture for my scans now, as opposed to Photoshop plug-ins that I’ve used before. I take the image straight into Illustrator. I put the image, at a 40% opacity, on the top layer. I then use the Pen tool, with No Fill and a Red Stroke, and get to outlining the layers.
As many have probably learned, the key to the Pen tool is to limit the number of points. The more points you have, the more jagged your lines could be. The bezier can create beautiful curves, so let it do it’s thing. Keep re-doing each line until you get it right.
I purchased the Wacom Cintiq 12WX a few months ago, and I love it. This type of project is one of the many things it’s perfect for. Using a pen, as opposed to clicking a mouse, allows me to connect a little more with each shape. I may do a full review of the Cintiq later on.
So now I add a fill, and remove the stroke. I may use the Warp tool a bit, here and there, to fix tiny imperfections. Then I am left with my final vector.
Now I bring the logo into Photoshop. After getting all of the lines and corners perfect, I’m going to smooth out all of the details I worked so hard on! I usually put the white logo on a black background, merge the layers, Gaussian Blur it, crank the contrast, select the white with the Magic Wand, and fill it again on a new later. This time, I split it into two colors. I usually try to keep the number of colors down, as the majority of my work is for shirt graphics, and each color costs someone more money. I add Layer Masks to the shapes, put a little texture in there, and that’s that.
The next time I do a graphic like this, I may do it differently. It’s neat for me to try different ways. I do think this was the quickest way that I’ve done this sort of thing so far.
Now, let’s just hope
Cat Stevens Yusuf Islam likes it as well!
Please leave a comment, and I’ll reply quickly.
Ok folks. Here is the site. It’s been a LONG time coming.
I created a psd for this bad boy back in February of 2008. Yup. Over three years ago. I’ve always had this idea of what a designer’s site should be, and some were similar to what I thought, but I can now say that this site IS what I thought a designers site should be. I’m very proud of the final product.
As with anything, it’s a work in progress. There are elements that I will be tweaking along the way. One of my major concerns is the slow page loads when moving through the work. There are some very technical issues that I’m still working through. So please, be patient, it’ll all show up. There’s a ton of stuff in there.
This site is freaking loaded with work. It’s overloaded. I know. I may try and thin it down. Stuff might be getting buried in the back.
I’m sure you’ll start flipping around the whole thing, but the long and short of it is:
•The main page shows recent work, and the blog – Which I will try very hard to keep up with. I need your comments! I will keep posting if I know people are listening!
•The work page is the bulk of the site. It’s got a ton of pieces in there. It’s mostly merch designs, but it also has some logos, a few layouts, and small number of posters. You can get in there and flip through by clicking the arrow, clicking either side of the image, or by using the arrow keys. I recommend using the arrow keys.
•You can also search by client in the Work Page search bar.
•The about page is dumb. I’ll think of some better stuff to write in there. Maybe you’ll be entertained by my lack of interesting content. Give me crap in the comments if you have to, I can handle it.
•Ok, get on with it. Shoot me some comments on what you think of the site. Tell all your friends, shoot links on Twitter, tell your mom, Facebook that ish. Whatever you gotta do to spread the good news, do it! I’ll love you forever.
•Welcome to brandonrike.com
This site is not officially ready. Before I do the proper launch of this site. I still have a few loose ends to tie up. These include:
- Work on the slow page loads in the Work Area.
- Mock and upload as many approved logos as I can remember/find.
- Sort out the image size for the about page.
- Get a new Twitter plug in. One that doesn’t say “Twitter Down” over half the time.
- Mock and upload as many music packaging/covers as I can think of.
- Decide whether the main page shows Most Recent work or Random.
- Officially launch the site.
If you have been on this site yet. Thank you. Keep it under wraps until I get it all ready. Thank you.
…bear with me.
Very excited to be included in Jeff Finley’s new book, titled Thread’s Not Dead: The Designer’s Guide To The Apparel Industry. The book will be released digitally on April 19th. He asked me a few questions, a while back, and I cannot wait to see how it all turned out, or if I just made myself sound like a fool. We’ll find out April 19th. Get involved.
Wow. What a job. Loading this website up with content is proving to be quite a task. Thanks to my man, Luke, actually uploading all of this stuff is instant. The tedious part, however, is hunkering down inside Photoshop, File Place…, finding an approved design from who knows when, placing it on the tee, changing the background color, Save As…, blah blah blah. Doing that for every single piece is taking a while.
I hope to launch this site soon, but I realize there will be a ton more work to add after that. My concern, however, is that there is just too much stuff and there, and no one may ever make it through what’s already there — let alone the additional stuff that I’ll add soon. It won’t be long until there are 1000+ pieces on this site.
But I know you folks judge these books by their covers, so I intend on sucking it up and regularly making blog posts, to sit here and greet you on the front page. That way, I become one of your new favorite sites, right?
Anyway, sit tight. I’ll have it all ready soon enough.
So this is the new site. It’s been a long time coming. I created the psds for this site in June of 2008. Since then, it’s been finalizing and simplifying everything about the site. I wanted the final product to appear small, simple, and easy.
I definitely achieved what I wanted with my site. I really wanted to make it work how I expected portfolio sites to work. You want to get in, see the new stuff, and get out. For first timers, you may want to see everything during your visit. I hope that I’ve accommodated for everyone.
A few pointers to get started. This is the blog area. Where I will try to frequently post. The Work Area is the true meat of the site. Inside the work area you can:
- Click each Thumbnail for a Detail View.
- Use the Search Bar to find work for specific Client/Artist
- Use the Search Bar as a Client List
- Flip through pieces by clicking the Right or Left of the Work Image.
- OR Flip through pieces by clicking the Right or Left Arrow.
- OR Flip through pieces by using the Right or Left arrow keys on your keyboard.
I’ve done my best to make it easy for you too see all of the work quickly. I hope you enjoy it.
I am extremely grateful for all of the people that helped me put this thing together. After I created the psd. I gave it to Joshua Mauldin, who cut it up and turned it into proper webpages. Ryan Gilette then created a WordPress backend, so that I could manage all of my content. And finally, my man Luke Hertert did a backend overhaul that is going to make things so easy on me, as well as did all of the little annoying touch-ups that I requested. With these three dudes, I was finally able to have the site I’ve always wanted. I hope you dig it.