Come Together Right Now

Pacific Northwest artists, musicians and citizens come together in a spirit of solidarity for the support of sustainable community practices and perspectives.

Featuring the music of The Swinging Nettles, Clem Floyd, Levi Burkle, The Nasty Left and The Kettle (c’est moi,) this event promises a feast for the ears, eyes, mind and spirit.

Presented by the dedicated humans at SoundCitizens.Org, with special thanks to Curtis Leonard for his passion and effort. Naturally, design by Zimmermann Studio. Peace.

Words, Unplugged.

Posted by on Feb 2, 2007 in Design, Graphic Design, photography, poster, Typography | No Comments

I like big books and I cannot lie.

So, please enjoy this poster which I recently completed for the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair, the premier Pacific Northwest rare book event.

More personally, my latest read -> The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, by Alan Watts. Highly recommend. A presentation of profound Eastern perspectives interpreted brilliantly for the Western mind. For getting on with the business of enjoying life, y’all.

Showdown: Pixel vs. Vector

Posted by on Jan 26, 2007 in Commercial, Graphic Design, Vectors | No Comments

When San Diego advertising agency Matthews Evans Albertazzi commissioned Zimmermann Studio to design a graphic badge for their premium golf brand client, Odyssey, one of the stipulations was the need for the image to reproduce at large sizes for banners and trade shows. I opted to first design the badge in Photoshop for its versatility with Bevel and Emboss effects, then take the approved design into Illustrator to create a scalable version composed entirely of vectors. Generally, Blended shapes were created and layered using either Screen mode for highlights and Multiply for shadows. Many, many points later, the vector twin was complete. The split graphic here shows the Photoshop version on the left and the Illustrator version on the right.

A word of caution, however, for those who venture down this path: while the final Illustrator file is a fraction of the size of the Photoshop file, you may find your older, single processor machines choking on the heavy calculations required of vectors this complex. And don’t attempt this without a sharp monitor and comfortable task chair.

Special thanks to Mark Albertazzi and John Meyer at MEA for their deft creative direction and kind support.

Complex Vectors and Delicious Pies

Posted by on Sep 6, 2006 in Graphic Design, Packaging, Pattern, Vectors | No Comments

While I ponder the notion of “blog post worthiness” and “profundity”, please enjoy these lovely patterns designed in conjunction with Brainsaw for Marie Callender’s Restaurants. Each pie server and flatware piece was first manually traced, then scanned and re-drawn with custom design interpretations using Adobe Illustrator. Bezier curve training for the Jedi.