Above are examples of original logos and graphics I’ve created for various projects. Projects include t-shirts, stickers, posters, album releases, and web. Many were created as high-res raster graphics prior to my understanding of the vector formats I use now. All were actually reproduced and distributed, and some are being used as official trademarks.
When I was a kid I used to love rock & roll artwork. I used to obsess over it in fact. I still do to a certain extent, but it’s fair to say I missed out on significant portions of my education while doodling band logos in class. New book covers were a blank slate ready to be branded and binders were littered with original graphics and fonts. My favorites were always the Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, and Epic Records logos. I would free-hand them until they were perfect. To what end I don’t know, but the eye I developed came in handy when I started working digitally and promoting my own projects.
I used to view these designs as the password into some sort of “secret club”, and it was thrilling. As an adolescent, they represented what I thought I was about, and I think that a common element of effective branding. I of course grew up to realize that these designs were slick marketing tactics, but my enthusiasm still grew. So much in fact that, until I fell in love with music creation, I was planning on being a graphic designer despite everything my art teachers told me about the industry. I still love branding my projects with logos and designs, and I take pride in seeing them reproduced on final products.