New Work | 12.07.2016 Graham Reynolds Website

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CLIENT: Graham Reynolds
MEDIUM: Responsive Website Redesign; WordPress back-end; hand-drawn logo
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Redesign of Graham Reynold's website, which needed to to serve as a hub for all his social media feeds, tour dates, new material releases, and all the many many projects he is working on at any given time.

Website for Graham Reynolds designed by Five and Four

Is there an artist more important to Austin than Graham Reynolds?  Only Richard Linklater ranks up there in my book.  The way I measure their importance is not just the impact their work has on the city, but also the others they lift up with them.  As one of my heroes, Ava DuVernay, says “If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.”   Graham is generous with his talents, and his talents are generous. He is a composer, a band-leader, and plays a multitude of instruments.  He likes destroying them.  Designing his website was an honor.

Graham had very specific ideas about how the site should function.  He recommended a flow similar to a news or sports page, which makes a lot of sense as it needed to be a hub for all his social media feeds, and all the wide ranging work he creates for film, theatre, television, and dance.  He loves the work of Saul Bass, whose influence you can see on every page in the shapes we created and the typography throughout. We needed news items and tour dates to be easily accessed.  We also needed to make it function as a press kit and media inquiry delivery system, and with all that going on, it needed to be cool.  He didn’t tell me that.  But he’s so cool, if his site wasn’t cool, I would consider myself an abject failure.  Thankfully, I think we succeeded.

This site was one of my last projects of 2016.  This year has been so hard in so many ways, but I have been so very lucky to have such incredible clients.  I want to thank all of you for trusting me with your business which, like this one, is sometimes an extension of yourself.  It humbles me, and I will always be grateful.

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Design element for Graham Reynolds Website




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Austin | 06.23.2016 Salvage Vanguard Theater: Poster Design

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CLIENT: Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Trouble Puppet Theatre Company, Glass Half Full Theatre, Physical Plant Theatre
MEDIUM: Posters and marketing collateral
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Posters for various productions performed at Salvage Vanguard Theatre

If you are an actor that does theatre in Austin, you’ve probably performed at Salvage Vanguard Theatre.  The old warehouse space on Manor Road has been producing and hosting shows since 2006.  Austin treasure and frequent champion of art and artists, Wayne Alan Brenner, wrote a love letter in this week’s Austin Chronicle to the space that is losing its lease, like so many other beloved Austin cultural institutions, at the end of the month.

Austin Chronicle Cover

I got caught in a mess of feelings this morning reading it.  So many important moments happened there, including one of the best nights of my life.   Brenner was sweet enough to mention me in the article, which speaks more to his generosity than to my contributions at the theater, but I have posted a series of some of my favorite posters I did for different companies that performed in the space, and I spent all day looking at old photos of performances there and getting all misty-eyed.  Thank you for everything, SVT.  Can’t wait to see what’s next.

Brenner Quote on Jennymarie Jemison

Salvage Vanguard Theatre on SVT


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New Work | 06.01.2016 Wine Label Design Contest Best in Show 2016, Austin & San Antonio

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CLIENT: self-promotion
MEDIUM: print
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Wine Label design for Clampitt Paper Company



I don’t usually enter design contests.  I actually can’t remember ever entering one, other than the Arkansas state fair art contests I used to enter my paintings in as a child.  Mostly they were paintings of ducks.  I was weird.

So it took a little encouraging from Jessica, my enthusiastic rep at Clampitt Paper, to convince me to enter their wine label design contest.   “C’mon, you could win a trip for two to Sonoma, California!  Your label would be printed on 600 bottles of wine!”  I think before the second sentence I had started day-dreaming about it.   So, I spent a little time re-purposing a design that had only been used on a wedding invitation suite which I was always very sad had the misfortune to be coupled with royal purple.  I called it “Kiss Register Red,” which is an inside joke about color printing, describing when areas of color that touch without any overlap on the edges. Assumes perfect registration. – a kiss.  But it also sounds romantic. RIGHT? I WAS GONNA WIN THIS THING!

The harder job was trying to find a way to print it on black paper.   That actually turned out to be the big prize in all this effort, because, spoiler alert, I didn’t win the trip to Sonoma.  The label did get Best in Show in the Austin and San Antonio contest, but lost ultimately in Dallas last weekend at a lovely event on White Rock Lake.

But back to the printing!  Thanks again to Jessica, I discovered the HP Indigo 5500  press at Capital Printing, which can print white ink, and had the  greatest experience with the folks there.  The company president, Brad, gave me a tour, and took a personal interest in my little project.  Zack, in production, explained they could print a few passes of white ink under my design which would allow me to print the gold and silver on top.  This may not seem like a big deal, but believe me, it IS.  So many cost-reducing, production possibilities for my clients! Plus, Brad basically gave me faith in humans again.  They even donated their work, as they are very supportive of Austin artists.  So, I just want to thank them here, for all they did for me.  Even though ultimately, I should have maybe stuck to ducks.  I did always win at the state fair.

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