Blake Hazard is one half of the band The Submarines, and for her second solo record, she asked me to create all the artwork for the release. I created a series of collages with some drawn elements for both the LP and the first single from the record, "Before The Ice." Inside the LP there are two inserts which serve as small posters with a drawing on one side as well as the lyrics to her songs. Finally, I also created a series of proper posters to promote the release of the record as well as some concert posters.
I designed a series of posters for YouTube Music for their space at SXSW. The posters were used in the YouTube venue and were used to promote the performances throughout the week. The artists I designed posters for include: Jamie XX, Aurora, Blood Orange, Chairlift, The Range & Banners. I also creative directed 8 other designers creating the remainder of the posters, and the video showcases all of the work.
Schoolhouse Electric invited me back for another season to design two posters for spring 2016. The two prints are both screen printed in Portland and the designs are based on stone sculpture pieces. They are available for purchase here.
Adobe asked me to be a part of their logo Remix Project creating a sculpture to live permanently in their corporate headquarters in San Jose, California. To celebrate the spirit of creativity within their community, they've invited a broad mix of creatives to reinterpret their logo. I've been creating a series of sculptures over the years entitled Spaceship Earth which pulls from the idea of our planet as personified in Epcot Center. There is something interesting to me in the way Earth has been represented in a theme park for children, built completely of past future technology out of nonorganic / man made materials. As a result, I have been creating my own versions and selecting specific materials because they are organic, basic and universally available. With the intention of elevating these basic building blocks to create something more beautiful and complex.
Upper Playground has created a new line of apparel and products via their Citrus Report blog and asked me to develop my own series of graphics. The 100% Pima cotton shirts & spandex leggings are printed first then cut and assembled, which allows for unique designs to be made. The entire collection is available for purchase here.
These are some illustrations and some screens of exploratory UI for a mobile app for Android and iOS, which is now a deprecated project and the work never launched. The app was to control a smart thermostat and had a very visual UI which needed to account and meet accessibility standards while also illustrating four main states and varying weather conditions outside the home. Each state was given a unique shape and a corresponding unique shaped UI icon for use in the app. Each of the four states (awake, away, home, and sleep) is illustrated with all the variable weather conditions.
Medium is one of the latest creations from the prolific Ev Williams (creator of Blogger and co-founder of Twitter). They recently relocated to a larger office in downtown San Francisco and asked me to create this permanent Spaceship Earth sculpture in their offices. The piece is approximately 25 feet long and 15 feet tall and is made of various woods, canvas and rope.
Upper Playground has created a new line of apparel and products via their Citrus Report blog and asked me to develop my own series of graphics. The 100% Pima cotton shirts are printed first then cut and assembled, which allows for unique designs to be made. The graphics I designed for this season are inspired by geometry and modern sculpture and each graphic comes in two color ways and some are also available as laptop sleeves. The entire collection is available for purchase here.
I designed this 5 color, screen printed poster for the Portland based housewares brand, Schoolhouse Electric as a limited edition for their spring collection. It is available for purchase through their site with the option of having them frame it as well.
In the spring of 2011 I began working at Google as an Art Director managing a team of designers. Our focus was updating a cohesive visual design style across platforms / Google products as well as documenting and defining what that style was to be. After 18 months of work, and thousands of icons and logos, we created the Google Visual Asset Guideline. The guideline defines our visual design, and provides the assets / information needed in order to create any visuals for Google products or marketing collateral.
Art Director / team manager: Christopher Bettig
Senior Graphic Designer / project lead: Roger Oddone
I created a 20 foot tall permanent Spaceship Earth sculpture for M2 Cafe in Chicago's West Loop, entitled Ai-Iro which in Japanese means "indigo color." The piece includes hand dyed indigo fabric from Lookout & Wonderland who acquire their indigo from Japan and dye all their fabrics in Los Angeles. The sculpture was constructed in Chicago over at the Artpentry studio, from; cedar fence post, molding, and blue climbing rope, and was constructed on site.
These are a sampling of some of the posters I have designed. The posters here were created for art exhibitions, events at Google (Beach Boys, Yves Behar*, Mission Bicycle), one for Anthem Magazine, and one for Early Griffin Press.
*The Yves Behar poster was a collaboration with Jefferson Cheng.
I designed a series of holiday cards for Viva La Card, a premium card company that focuses on well produced and environmentally conscious cards made in the Midwest, USA.
To date, I've designed several holiday cards, and a father's and mother's day card. You can view and order my cards directly from Viva La Card here.
Milk & Honey Contemporary Art in California is a book by Justin Van Hoy published by Ammo. It features work from a variety of artists who call California home, including myself as well as the work of: Ed Ruscha, Steven Harrington, Richard Colman, Barry McGeee, Sage Vaughn, Megan Whitmarsh, Florencio Zavala, Ashley Snow Macomber, Andrew Shoultz, RETNA, Ed Templeton, Souther Salazar, Cleon Peterson and others.
Justin was interviewed by Todd Oldham for MTV House of Style about the book, which you can watch here.
I designed and constructed a 30 foot tall permanent Spaceship Earth sculpture in the J Crew shop right in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The piece is right in the entryway of the store and is visible while outside in the plaza. It is made from a variety of woods (poplar, pine, cedar & mahogany), molding & rope.
J Crew did a nice post about it on their blog.
Trineo Editions was a publisher of small art books and zines based in Spain. They published a black and white, 24 page zine I designed in an edition of 150. The zine featured original, new collages & graphics about why I love living in California.
I created a series of illustrations of famous landmarks for Google Maps April Fools jokes in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, we created 8 Bit Maps which featured 8 bit Nintendo style graphics and in 2013 we created Paper Maps which was done in a pirate treasure style. On a side note, I created illustrations both years for Eagle Rock in Los Angeles to mark my home and the Eames house in honor of my favorite designers.
Both projects were creative directed by friend, Alex Griendling.
Vannen Watches released a holiday themed, limited edition wrist watch that I designed which also featured an extra set of straps that you can swap out and wear the rest of the year. I also designed and screen printed a two color mini print as the backdrop to the packaging.
From 2000 - 2007 I managed a team of designers and artist who created the interiors / shopping experiences inside existing and new Urban Outfitters stores in North America. I designed the interiors, displays and fixtures which were updated seasonally as well for special events / collaborations as well as permanent installations as part of new stores.
I redesigned logos for the Google AdSense family of products to be used in product as well as in marketing materials. I also created a series of illustrations for the landing, about and help pages, as well as through the warm welcome screens.
Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites.
Candystore Collective was a boutique in San Francisco which featured a 30 foot Spaceship Earth sculpture I designed & constructed of fencing post, an old bed frame, rope and random pieces of molding.
Over the course of several years I continually designed graphics for 2k by Gingham, a Japanese T-shirt line.
They invited me to create a Spaceship Earth sculpture in the lobby / entrance to their downtown San Francisco office space. The piece is approximately 40 feet long and 14 feet tall and is made of various woods, canvas and rope. The installation is called “Cygnus X-1” which is a binary star, which turns out is really a star and a black hole. The installation is built around doorways which represent the black hole and the piece itself is the star.
Juxtapoz Handmade is part of a series of books curated by Juxtapoz Magazine featuring a variety of artists, in this case, focusing on handmade work. The book was curated by Saelee Oh and is available for purchase here.
Puma opened flag ship stores in North America featuring window installations I designed and installed. This installation is in Chicago, Illinois and is a permanent feature of the store. The piece was made from CNC machined wood of one of the several illustrations I made for them.
I created a few illustrations for the Google homepage / Google Search, including a Doodle for Alfredo Volpi and an LGBT illustration in 2011 and 2012 which displayed throughout pride month.
In preparation for the release of the film, Where The Wild Things Are by Spike Jones in 2009, I worked with a team from Urban Outfitters to design and recreate elements of the film as a pop up shop inside the Urban Outfitters Space 1520 in Los Angeles. We worked closely with Warner Brothers, the films distributers, as well as the director in order to recreate the CGI effects of the film in a real life, shop-able experience.
I did a series of T-shirt graphics for Carhartt WIP in Japan, as well as some more shirts and accessories for the Europe branch of the company.
RVCA & This Los Angeles invited me to create a Spaceship Earth sculpture in the windows of the RVCA San Francisco store right on the corner of Haight & Ashbury streets. The piece, entitled California Sunrise, was on display for the months of April through September, 2012. The installation / sculpture was made from a variety of wood, molding, rope, canvas & succulents.
The Fox Is Black did a nice feature about it.
I designed some shoes and matching T-shirts for the skateboard brand Circa. I designed the graphics, fabrics, color palette etc. for the shoes as well as the graphics for the Ts. The shirt graphics match the embroidered labels on the shoes as well as graphics printed on the shoe insoles.
Threadless is a US Midwest based t-shirt company where users submit designs to be voted on for production. For a time they featured a line called Threadless Select, a premium artist line curated by Dustin Hostetler aka UPSO, for which I created this graphic.
I designed the logo for Range, a fashion forecasting company based in California who focus on sportswear, outdoor gear, art and events. I also art directed the design of their blog.
I redesigned the Google Analytics logo for desktop as well as for Android. With the release of the new icon, I created a series of illustrations based on the icon for social media pages / banners as well as for the app listing in the Google Play store.
Google Analytics generates detailed statistics about a website's traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales. It's the most widely used website statistics service.
The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood asked me to create an installation which would be on display for a month behind the reception desk of their lobby. The installation was on view from the 15 February – 15 March, 2011 and featured a wooden sculpture and a series of hand painted and printed flags.
They also did a small interview with me on their blog, which you can read here.
Brand Spaces by Gestalten Press is a book about creative retail design and features my work for J Crew.
The book is available for purchase directly from the publisher here.
During the summer of 2010 I had a solo exhibition at Analogue Books in Edinburgh, Scotland. I created a variety of collages, prints, wood figures and a flag / bunting ceiling installation for the show.
The video was created by friend, David Galletly.
I designed a pattern that was flock printed onto fabric and used for a Converse All Star shoe. The shoe was released globally during the holiday season.
This is the second zine I designed for Edinburgh's Analogue Books. I created this as a companion piece to my solo exhibition in their gallery during the summer of 2010. The booklet featured colored paper digital prints along with: die cut pages, screen printed elements, rubber stamped images, sewn spines as well as all being signed and numbered.
I've designed a variety of T-shirt graphics for Blood is the New Black for several years which were sold in stores in Europe and North America.
I've designed three holiday greeting cards for Artists to Watch which were sold in REI & Urban Outfitters stores in North America.
I designed a pair of album covers for Big Piney Records, Colorado based label focused on experimental / electronic music. I designed the LP and digital format artwork for Tincrickets / Burnt Cabin's second record which is available on iTunes, as well their 3rd LP, Trakshindo, which is also available on iTunes.
I created two posters for Little Paper Planes as part of their Big Exclusives series of prints which measure at 36 inches by 36 inches.
After a trip to India, I self published this small book of photos of murals during the week of Diwali in Udaipur, India. The book is 64 full color pages, and was published in an edition of 200.
I made some T-shirt graphics for Converse for spring 2013 using some of their phrases and color palettes for their seasonal guide.
Design Box Collective released a series of artist designed products in themed batches of mystery products to subscribers. No two boxes were the same in theme, artist involvement or product. I designed promotional materials for the original box whose them was 'sky,' including a postcard and screen printed poster.
I designed some graphics for the Paris based Oh! The Box T-shirt line.