I wanted to share a little client design work this week. I’ve been excited to work on a few new projects this year for the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and one is the design suite for the annual Downtown Block Party. The event serves as the kick-off the Fall football season and includes a pep rally, so we wanted it to have a bit of a “fan” feel. It was fun to use a photo of the Mississippi State University cheerleaders I had taken at a previous block party and convert it to a more “posterized” look similar to the New South Weekends campaign. [It was also kind of fun to sneak a little hot pink in with the typical maroon around here :)]
Enjoy! And, if you’re in the Starkville area, I hope to see you at Downtown Block Party this Friday night!
No, watercolor painting is ALL I’ve been doing this summer! I thought it might be good to share some of the client work that has recently launched. This is my fourth year to have the opportunity to design the New South Weekends design suite for the Starkville Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Fall series centers around annual Friday evening events held during Mississippi State University home game weekends.
This year, I wanted to design something that had a very “college football” look, but also a little edgy to follow some of the flavor of the Starkville brand we’ve established. I went on a search for vintage football imagery for inspiration – very fun. I ended up taking an illustration from a 1938 Amhearst College football program that I found in the public domain, and giving it a more maroon (go Dawgs!) and modern feel. Here’s a look at the vintage illustration and a couple of the 2014 New South Weekends pieces. I hope to see you in Starkville this Fall for some of the great events!
[1938 Amherst College Football Program]
[2014 New South Weekends Poster - Starkville, MS]
[Mobile Site Graphics]
We’re getting into farmer’s market season, and I’ve been very excited to work with Starkville Main Street to produce graphics and this poster for the Starkville Community Market. It was particularly fun this year because we decided to use watercolor imagery. I was able to do some hand-painted lettering and watercolor sketches of produce to use for the pieces. If you’re in the Starkville area, I hope you’ll stop by opening day for the Market this Saturday. I know it will be fun! Meanwhile, I thought I would share a few of the process illustrations for this year’s graphics. I started with a quick mock-up pencil sketch for the arrangement of the poster before painting various sketches of fruits and vegetables. For the lettering, I began with light pencil guides and very sketchy graphite letter structures on the largest elements and mostly freehand strokes on the other words. Through the wonder of Photoshop, I’ve been able to use the paintings in different variations and arrangements.
I’m very pleased to share that one of my photographs has been accepted for the Best of Botanicals exhibition opening on May 22 at PHOTO, a fine art photography gallery in Oakland, California. The national juried exhibition will benefit the San Francisco Botanical Garden. It will be on display until July 12, so if you’re in the San Francisco/Oakland area I’m totally jealous! I hope you’ll visit the gallery and tell me all about the beautiful botanical imagery.
“Winter Fencerow” ~ Haley Montgomery
Happy Monday! Today I thought I would share some recent graphics created for a brand new event in
Starkville — the King Cotton Crawfish Boil. I had a good time with this little mudbug! The event is going to be a fun one and it benefits the Starkville Main Street Association. So if you’re in the Starkville area, be sure to get your advance tickets for April 26!
If you’ve followed Small Pond Graphics on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll recall seeing some of these watercolor images. I had a great time experimenting with them over our spring break trip to the farm a few weeks ago. I’m offering some Easter card designs this year that can be personalized. If you are interested in placing an order, just email me the information listed on the images.
This little white bunny was a favorite with the Facebook commenters, and I love it as all-season sweetness for girls and boys. Below are several personalized calling card designs. Let me know what you think. I’d love to create some for your little bunny!
Today, I’m excited to share that one of my photographs was accepted in the Insta-Artist exhibit currently on display at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Dowell, Maryland. The exhibit features 142 amazing digital photographs — all taken and edited with smart phone apps — and I am honored to have this shot included in the show. The exhibit was juried by Ryan Hill of the Smithsonian Institute’s Hirshhorn Museum and will be on display through June 1 in the Annmarie
main gallery. I haven’t been able to travel to see it, but if you’re in the Maryland area, the Annmarie Center looks amazing. You can view all the exhibit photos online in this Facebook Album. Prepare to say Wow!
Taken with Hipstamatic iPhone App
In late February, I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for the Mississippi School Public Relations Association (MSPRA) annual “Nuts & Bolts” conference. It was very inspiring to me to meet public relations professionals from around the state who are telling the story of public education in their communities. They are a smart and creative bunch!
I presented two interactive sessions on the basics of graphic design and branding. I thought I would share some of the presentation slides to start off the week. The Graphic Design 101 session was catered toward non-designers and included tips, tools and examples the conference-goers could use to create more effective print and digital pieces. The branding session included some basics of the concepts of branding and group exercises to help attendees come up with new ways to talk about their school districts. It was fun getting to meet these professionals and witness the creativity they use every day.
The conference was in Jackson, MS, and the team put me up in a beautiful historic hotel. I’ll share some photo views of the surroundings later this week along with some of my impromptu walk through Downtown Jackson after the conference. Have a great Monday!
I’m not exactly sure why I decided to call these the “Gentleman’s Set” except that they have a decidedly non-girlie slant, and I love the simple black imagery. These block printed designs are new in the print shop, featuring black ink on oatmeal recycled French Speckletone paper — one of my favorites. I’ll be adding several new designs printed on these 4 x 6″ cards.
Bicycle | Chair | Thumbtack | Spectacles
By the way, you may have noticed a change in the print shop. When I started the shop, I named it “The Frogkisser” because I sometimes call myself a frog kisser for hire. However, over the holiday break as I was thinking through the business, I decided the extra name and graphics were a little too much to manage. I wanted to simplify and bring everything into sharper focus. [Yes, even marketing professionals need to re-evaluate, re-tool and refresh!] So, this January, I’ve re-imagined the print shop as “Small Pond Graphics Hand-Drawn” which allowed me to simplify my vocabulary and graphics a bit and bring more consistency to my different creative endeavors. I hope you’ll check back often as I add new designs and prints!