About these digital illustrations: I like to keep myself sharp, as such I indulge my many interests and preoccupations here via my design work. Here is my every growing collection of images for imaginary dream clients. From the Tour de France to the United Federation of Planets (my name maybe Kirk but I look like Picard ;) to being Saul Bass's apprentice these images are pure indulgence of the geekiest kind, enjoy!
Project Description: Design a line of glockenspiels ;)
Background Information: Not much of a gun person, but there was something really fun about this project. I tried to make a realistic looking metal effect here. I patterned my gun after the Austrian Glock 9 millimeter and added some of my own touches including the scoped version. According to Wikipedia, "The Glock pistol, sometimes referred to by the manufacturer as a Glock "Safe Action" Pistol or colloquially as a Glock, is a series of polymer-framed, short recoil-operated, locked-breech semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H., located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria."
Client:The Spirit of The Radio
Project Description: Design a line of vintage transistor radios
Background Information: I have long been fascinated with technology / electronics, and while moving some years back I discovered my first transistor radio from my childhood. It was a classic Panasonic circa 1957, no doubt my father's at one point. Here I tried to re-imagine my own version of the radio. The logo is decidedly kitschy as was my intention. I discovered a fun type font on dafont.com that inspired my solution.
Client:OKI Data America: The Retrobots Collection
Project Description: Design a line of vintage robots
Background Information: This initially started off as a preliminary proposal for a client (OKI Data America) and ended up being something else. I really love vintage robots that look decidedly analogue, or maybe something from the atomic age. I am particularly proud of the way they seem to have a personality of sorts.
Client:Citroen Auto Group
Project Description: Design poster series to celebrate the Citroen Avant.
Background Information: The Traction Avant, French for "front wheel drive", was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933 / early 1934. While not the first production front wheel drive car (Alvis built the 1928 FWD in the UK, Cord produced the L29 from 1929 to 1932 in the United States and DKW the F1 in 1931 in Germany) it was the world's first front-wheel drive steel unitary body frame production car. Along with DKW's 1930s models, the Traction successfully pioneered front-wheel drive on the European mass car market. For more click here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_Traction_Avant)
I really love vintage cars, many are works of art in their own right. Citroen has been a favorite of mine for quite some. When I first visited Paris I rode in a vintage one that the driver was using as a cab. I felt like I was transported instantly into 1930's France every time I stepped into that car. The driver himself would show up every day for our daily tour in vintage garb, a nice touch. As we sped about the city, between the many beautiful sites of Paris, I would sit there and groove on the all of the little details. Très magnifique!
Client:Tour de France
Project Description: Design poster series for the Tour de France.
Background Information:As a kid bike riding became my way of traveling and seeing the world. I would ride for miles and miles, it became an obsession really. It was around 1982 or so that I discovered the Tour de France, I thought I had really found some kindred spirits here. Here are some images of vintage posters re-imagined for Tour de France which I first saw in the early 80's, yikes!
Project Description: Design poster series for a vintage air show.
Background Information:Similar to my love of old cars I also love anything related to old prop planes and aviation. I have been to few airshows in my time and I always think they could do better with the graphics, specifically the posters. There is such a rich history of aviation graphics. This particular image was a labor of love as I spent weeks researching early bi-plane schematics and trying to distill it down to a simplified graphic.
Client:Retro Haus Films
Project Description: Design poster series inspired by Saul Bass for the film "This Is The Edge"
Background Information: I am a film nerd, I always thought that if I could have an alternate life it would either be as a successful jazz drummer or an art director for movies. Saul Bass was first and foremost a graphic designer but he is perhaps best know for his moving titles sequences in film. His style worked so well with famed director Alfred Hitchcock (his most well known client / partnership) as well as many others. You can easily see how Bass's graphics would influence the way Hitchcock would construct the beginning titles (think North by North West here). His unique approach has influenced countless modern designers including myself. In the logo for Retro Haus Films (also fictitious) note how I used the famous hand from Bass's The Man With The Golden Arm poster circa 1955.
Client:United Federation of Planets
Project Description: Design poster series inspired by Star Trek
Background Information: Growing up with a name like Kirk you are bound to be called "captain" now and again, even though I am bald and look more like Picard. In any case not fun after the millionth time I assure you. Still being compared to anything Star Trek can't be all bad, right?! Here is a series of posters inspired by Star Trek, Engage! ;)