Like many younger designers, I fell in love with type early on. For a couple of years, I would look for any excuse to create a custom face. The reality is, quality custom type is very very hard. And the extreme level of detail and time it takes to create one is pretty daunting. So I'll leave that to pros like Eric Olson and Hoefler & Frere-Jones. I've since moved on to other aspects of design to devote my attention to but I'll still crank out some custom type on a poster or two when I get the chance.
The Portland Pinball Map App
Some friends of mine put together the comprehensive Portland Pinball Map — a list of pretty much every machine, their condition, and location in the bars and restaurants of Portland, OR.
I watched the Sesame Street Pinball video about 12 times and went to work. And that is how I started slipping down the app route.
Does The World Need Another Typeface Made of Slime? The resounding answer: YES. And you can download it here.
Tasty Type Treatments
I Sing The Body Electric
A little zine of I Sing The Body Electric made comparing Walt Whitman's original 1855 version with the 1891-92 version a la type treatments. I also created a custom typeface based on Akziednz Grotesque. download it here or email me and we'll trade a real copy via mail.
My Friend Scott is a software engineer. He said to me, "Drew I need an identify." And then he let me make whatever I wanted. So I thought of him contemplating a million lines of code. And at the same time I thought of these old IBM punch cards (from a computer the size of a house) my grandpa had in his basement. So this is what happened.
(Kissing Nemo's Ass)
This will probably go down as the biggest ass-kiss way of getting my foot in the door at an agency. After meeting with them I sent them a new logo. An edible logo. Chris told me: "you ass-kiss with the best of them," And I am proud. It did lead to a bunch of cool projects while I was in portland so I guess it worked.