Last year, I designed a collection of goggles for Smith Optics, a premium brand of goggles, sunglasses and helmets. Each of the styles feature my collage-based art and male, female and unisex models will be available for purchase in 2011.
Back in 2008, I had a solo art show at Portland agency Nemo HQ. Later, we did a big Smith trending presentation and one of the art directors pitched ‘Nubby Art’ as a concept. Amazingly enough, they liked the idea and moved forward. I had already sold the artwork that was later sublimated onto the straps but I always do high resolution scans of every piece I produce.
The goggle straps feature Smith branding set in Avant Garde which is quite fitting since this concept was presented under the avant garde trending theme.
Besides the goggles, a helmet was also produced in both black and white. The helmet graphics tend to be more minimal so that they can be worn as a set with the corresponding goggles.
You can see the pairing of my goggles and helmet in one of the catalog spreads.
The Smith team did a great job of finalizing all the details and keeping the collages true to their original form. I was surprised at how clean the sublimated imagery on the straps came out.
I could have never imagined that artwork I produced would eventually pop up on a line of snowboard goggles. For the record, I’ve never snowboarded but now I really don’t have an excuse! Thanks to both Smith and Nemo for making this collaboration possible.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been working closely with Star to freshen up Nubbytwiglet.com. After nearly 3 years and close to 1,000 posts, it was time to implement a slight face lift. Besides the obvious changes including a Twitter feed and a wider center column, I thought I’d point out a few new additions.
After three years of blogging, the archives have become overloaded and it’s easy to overlook some of the great content that’s been posted in the past. To help alleviate this, a section of my all-time favorite articles called Resources has been added to the top navigation. This is still a work in progress and the lists will grow as I have a chance to comb through the archives further.
There is now a dedicated section in the top navigation specifically for advertising. All paid ad space has been upgraded to a skyscraper format (160 x 600 pixels) and will be more visible since it has been relocated to the top left sidebar.
One of my favorite changes is the Graphic Design section. To make more room for showcasing projects, I had Star remove the sidebars. The width of nearly 900 pixels has allowed me to spread out and enlarge much of my work. This is also still a work in progress as I reformat and add more projects over the next few weeks.
A big thank you goes out to everyone who has stuck around for the last three years and generously offered feedback and support. It’s very much appreciated. Cheers to three more years!
*Illustration by vectortrash
Welcome to a very brief Week in Pictures â€“ I’ve had a crazy busy week and between the nonstop rain, running from agency to agency and trying to wrap my head around two look books, three media kits, countless logos and a pile of email, picture snappin’ has suffered. That’s life sometimes!
Cities Bag in Black
I’ve had the natural colored American Apparel Cities bag for years and use it for everythingÂ including hauling laundry, toting my laptop and carrying necessities on the plane. this week, when I realized that a black one was in existence, I had to pick it up.
For some reason, kitchen tables are ridiculously expensive. We needed a new table for our little mirrored dining area off the back of the kitchen and I had the idea to buy a desktop and legs from IKEA instead â€“ it’s still the right height and works great. The chairs are Tulip reproductions I scored off Ebay.
These were my first-ever pair of Dries van Notens. For some reason, I barely wore them for the last year but have rediscovered their coolness. THe red isn’t too bright and somehow manages to go with everything. And, they actually look better with age!
Viva La Rock!
Joey’s art show featuring portraits of rock stars is quickly approaching so I designed some postcards for him with a cute little logo. If time permits, I’d love to pull together a poster design as well.
Enjoy your weekend!
Drawing by Leonardo Solaas
â€¢ Does your portfolio have to be fancy?
â€¢ An honest and heartfelt letter from Michael Jackson, circa 1988.
â€¢ I would love to try out letterpress at home.
â€¢ Before You Were Hot showcases embarrassing childhood photos but the best part is that you get to see what the ugly ducklings look like now!
â€¢ What do you think about the new Facebook Like buttons? Are they right or wrong for your site?
â€¢ Fashionista has just compiled its list of the most influential personal style bloggers.
â€¢ Someone really hates Kenny G.
â€¢ Marks & Spencer is celebrating its 125 year anniversary with perhaps some of the cutest packaging ever:
I haven’t been buying many new clothes lately but when I spotted the Quail Florette Bomber in the latest Urban Outfitters catalog, I had to have it. In the spring and summer, I tend to trade in a lot of my black layers for grays and whites and this coat is the perfect weight for Portland’s intermittent drizzly and overcast weather this time of year. Since I got it last week, I’ve worn it every day â€“Â I love avant garde clothing, but also want it to be easy to throw on and go, which this is.
Up until now, I knew nothing about Q U A I L â€“ but Urban Outfitters says that it was “founded in 2008 by Los Angeles-native Michelle Williams” and “is devoted to classic silhouettes and playful textures.”
Why the Title Float?
When I was wearing this jacket the other day around two guys, they both decided that it reminded them of a “float in a parade.” I totally get the resemblance!
What I Wore
Florette Bomber, Quail
Gray and white tanks, F21
Shredded gray jeans, F21
Avant Garde necklace, Plastique (etsy)
Heels, Dries van Noten
Watch, Nixon P Series