For those designers fortunate enough to be attending this year’s HOW Design Live event in San Francisco, there is a Nap for That! As a veteran HOW conference attendee, I can assure the noobs, that I’m not kidding. And to prove it I designed a custom Nap for That tee just for this year’s conference. … Read more HOW or knowHOW, there’s a Nap for That!
As I was working on my Agent Danger! piece for a gallery’s call for entries, I got hit with the flu. As I was recovering and working feverishly (almost literally!) to complete that image, I reached a point where I was getting frustrated with AD. I took a break and for whatever reason, I began … Read more New Work: kyrie eleison
I’ve had the concept of Agent Danger! in my head since my college days. The concept was simple: a futuristic Blade Runner/Secret Agent main character that solved gritty and strange mysteries. I would tell the stories in comic book style, but not using the traditional comic book dimensions. For the 2013 version, I decided to … Read more New Work: Agent Danger!
My friend Nathan TR Shaw asked if I could help him with his CD cover and record label. He wanted the best possible presentation possible for the release of his first album. I’ve always wanted to work on an album cover, so naturally, I accepted. He and his wife already had a good vision and … Read more Jumping Duck Records/Time Flies CD Cover
Over the summer, I decided to join DVAC (Dayton Visual Arts Center) as an outlet for the mounting collection of personal work I’ve been doing. I joined just in time for the annual member’s show. This year’s theme was No Borders, so my Dream Pig image seemed a natural fit. After a successful show (it … Read more My original art for sale at DVAC’s Art to Buy!
Not long after Apple began it’s “There’s an app for that” advertising campaign, I was inspired to begin my Nap for That t-shirt line not only in jest, but also because I’m serious about napping. Just ask any of my friends, it’s true. While the clean and simple typography was easy to work with, it … Read more Nap for That Rebranded!
I was flipping through my Pantone book the other day when I had this epiphany: designers don’t “do” regular math, but they do have to do a different kind of math. Working with color is very challenging and getting consistent color whether it is in print or on the web is one of the most … Read more Designer Math
The last time I redesign my website was 2008, and I had been meaning to update the design since about 2010, but client projects and a very full schedule have kept it on my to-do list until this year. While not a complete redesign of the site structure, I have changed a lot. My new … Read more Refreshing My Website!
Yesterday, we had 80+ mile per hour winds blow through our area and knocked out power to about 90,000 people. While my work lost power, I was fortunate to have power at my house. As I was talking with a neighbor about the situation he mentioned the abbreviation “woe” that he saw on a store … Read more WithOut electricity
I was talking to a friend the other about design related things. Somehow the conversation turned to type and I remarked to her that “free fonts are like a $20 hooker. You never know what you’re going to get.” She laughed and said, “that would be a great t-shirt.” So I made it into a … Read more Free Fonts
Designers fell in love with Helvetica when it was first introduced, and that love has not subsided over the years. A clean and elegant font, it works well under a variety of conditions. It only seemed natural to pay tribute to one of the all-time favorite fonts in the world with a tongue-in-cheek verison of … Read more Designers do it in Helvetica.
My dad, Harry O. Nawroth, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in the final years of his life. He lost his fight last year on this date at the age of 83. Some days he had good days, some days not so good. But deep down inside, my dad was in there. I’m glad that he’s … Read more Forget Me (not)
I’m having fun with a new series of posters that I developed at the end of 2011 and 2012 that started with Dream Pig and Give Peas A Chance. I love the simple iconography and type combined with a single, strong color for a quick, compelling story. I’ve tried to keep the feeling light and airy throughout. I … Read more Life Sucks Then You Fly
I’m having fun with a new series of posters that I developed at the end of 2011 and 2012 that started with Dream Pig and Give Peas A Chance. I love the simple iconography and type combined with a single, strong color for a quick, compelling story. I’ve tried to keep the feeling light and … Read more Don’t Give Me That Sheep
Girl Scout Cookies are a yearly tradition as we transition from winter to spring. This year, as I was munching my way through a box of Thin Mints, I had a brainstorm: why not do a poster that celebrates the awesomeness of these addictive little cookies with the tagline, “Resistance is futile.” I chatted with … Read more Resistance is Futile