Client: Doug Human Photography
Disciplines: Branding, Identity Development, Print Collateral, Signage, Creative Direction
Doug Human is one of Chicago's most exciting commercial photographers working today. His images evoke beauty, simplicity and magic. Doug has an amazing eye for detail and I am honored that he chose me to create his new branding and promotional campaign. He is always a blast to work with and is open to trying new things for his brand.
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Naming, Tagline, Photography, Illustration, Print Collateral, Web/Digital design
The structuring and organization of mission-critical data is vital to the success of a business. How does a data problem-solver stand out in a sea of competitors? We designed a vibrant brand that radiates an original identity in connecting with a tech-based audience.
Joinery has three main service pillars: migrate, integrate and report. The background abstract graphics help communicate these core services within the complex world of data management and analysis.
Client: Full Spectrum
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Packaging, Signage, Environmental Graphics, Fashion Design
Full Spectrum is a small beauty boutique the specializes in anti-aging and age defying services. They asked us to re-design the shops identity! We created a new identity which is used across all print collateral, packaging and signage.
We especially love the new letter pressed business cards printed by mamas-sauce. They have a hologram foil stamp which changes colors with light and on top of that, some amazing edge painting to give them that extra flair.
Disciplines: Illustration, Poster, Retail Signage, Web Marketing, Apparel, Packaging, Branding, Social Media, Digital
We’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with redbox on their creative journey to re-brand their company. Check out some samples of the new work. You may have seen them on your travels around the country or at a kiosk near you and online.
Client: Art For Health
Disciplines: Branding, Print Collateral, Illustration, Typography, Digital, Social, Website, Photography
Wow! We designed this event five years in a row and it keeps getting more and more fun to re-brand each year. Since it's the 5th year of doing this, we decided to concentrate on the number "5" and take it to a more abstract graphic level.
With this theme, we created invites which have a pretty great die-cut, program book, silk screened posters and even some swag buttons.
We used 3 different metallic papers to give this project the shimmer it deserves. Our designs helped Art For Health raise over 75K this year and we can't wait to work on this project again next year.
Disciplines: Photography, Copywriting, Website
Vequity is a Real Estate investment company who is helping develop areas where we shop around Chicago. The assignment was to shoot images of people and retail environments within different Chicago neighborhoods. This project allowed us to photograph all the imagery for the web and printed materials.
Client: Park Community Church
Disciplines: Branding, Signage, Way-Finding, Typography,
When Park Community Church moved into a brand new loft building near the old Cabrini Green housing projects, they never got around to finishing the buildings interior and exterior signage. I got the opportunity to design the signage within the building. We wanted the design to have a contemporary look and feel which still fit right in with the current interior of the loft building. I got to play around with all kinds of materials and had some fun with typography to make it easier for guests to navigate their way around the building. Signage was manufactured and printed by Poblacki & Vision. Definitely one of my favorite projects to date.
A graphic print inspired by the Colorado sunset and my love of typography. Here is a silkscreened poster and a screened shirt with the design. You can purchase prints and shirts here.
I included my original sketch for a bit of behind the scenes.
Client: Eloquent Arrow
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Identity System, Photography, Website
Specializing in writing, editing and brand strategy, The Eloquent Arrow collaborates with businesses, agencies and designers in developing clear and memorable marketing content. We created a fresh identity including new logo, website, photography, letterhead, note cards, business cards and return-address stickers for the firm.
AIM, CAPTURE, EXPRESS and CONNECT form the core of The Eloquent Arrow’s current brand image and promise. Flowed throughout the new marketing, the four words are handwritten by the owner to give them a distinctively personal look and feel.
Client: Corfu Foods
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Identity System, Photography, Brochure, Sell Sheets, Tagline, Website
Corfu Foods began in the spring of 1970 with a focused desire: to offer delicious family food to a local market ready for consistency. This tradition still thrives today with a fresh brand look and voice.
Mhdezign collaborated with diverse artists to create a new, contemporary company brand including a logo, a tagline, a website and vibrant supporting materials. Corfu's current identity also features all-new photography that captures the color and spirit of its modern brand character.
Disciplines: Illustration, Poster, Hand Illustrated Typography
Disciplines: Branding, Photography, Direct-Mail, Packaging, Illustration, Icons, Typography
After 10 years of leading my own design studio, I developed a campaign to express my view of the creative-marketing process as an inspired journey with a purpose. I wanted the effort to communicate both method and invention in achieving a marketing goal.
To convey the campaign’s core concepts (PLAN – EXPLORE – FOCUS – ARRIVE), I designed custom lettering from materials and landscapes I encountered during a trip to California. Original icons and messaging then followed to reinforce the central themes.
The cards each feature original photography and hand-drawn typography. They also serve as both individual pieces for mailing and a complete set for handing out. This campaign drew from the best of what I’ve learned and imagined as a marketer along the way. I hope it continues to excite others as well.
View more photos from the California adventure.
Client: Art For Health
Disciplines: Branding, Photography, Book, Illustration, Typography, Poster, T-Shirt Design
This is the 4th year in a row where we've had the opportunity to work side by side with RUSH Hospital on the Art For Health Benefit. Each year we try to do something completely different to re-brand the event. This year we chose words "stART, pARTicipate, heART, pARTnership" which represent what the event stands for. This gave us the foundation for the new campaign and set the tone for the event.
Along with the usual marketing collateral, we designed a program book, some screen printed T-Shirts and a poster which were sold at the event. The benefit raised $75K in 2014 and over $150K to date. We are extremely proud and honored to work with such amazing artists and healthcare providers who make this event possible. Check out the process of Marek Hosek's artwork for the event.
Client: M Block
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Identity System
Mblock facilities hold anything from Keurig coffee machines to Crate & Barrel vases nationwide. We gave this 100 year old logistics center a brand new logo and stationary to go with it. We picked a beautiful natural recycled paper that reminded us of cardboard boxes that this center is filled with from top to bottom and embossed the M on the logo for fun. Be sure to check out our blog on how the identity of the company transformed over the last decade.
Client: Brian Wetzstein
Disciplines: Branding, Identity System, Brochure, Website
We had the pleasure of re-branding the identity for an amazing food photographer, Brian Wetzstein! The messaging in combination with his great photographs are a play on what he brings to the table and the great flavors of the food he shoots. The colors are picked fresh right off the plates.
Disciplines: Logo, Identity, Trademarks, Icons
Your logo is your distinctive brand or company mark. It should represent who you are, what you do and how you're different - all in a compact symbol that engages. Here are several logos & marks we've created to help clients attract their audiences and separate from the status quo.
Client: Olympia Foods
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Identity System, Photography, Brochure, Poster, Tagline
Olympia Foods is a well known, Chicago-based food company that specializes in Greek products manufacturing. The company *had an existing identity that was developed in the early ‘60s; it was time to give them a new look for today’s marketplace. We developed a new identity and collateral pieces (which they use throughout their new brand.) We worked closely with Brian Wetzstein on the photography.
Client: Sagent Pharmaceuticals
Disciplines: Illustration, Packaging, Branding, Print Collateral
Sagent Pharmaceuticals hired us to create their product packaging. Sagent is dedicated to creating labeling that stands out and clearly identifies the drug name and strength with the intention of preventing medical errors. We have designed over 100 different products which all stand apart from each other. You can see most of them here!
Client: Podmajersky, Inc.
Disciplines: Branding, Photography, Signage, Copywriting
Podmajersky, Inc. is a third generation, family owned business dedicated to building the Chicago Arts District as an exciting new urban community. The scope of the project was to create signage which speaks to creative professionals who want to rent spaces in the building and also be an art piece for the community.
Client: Rush University Medical Center
Disciplines: Photography, Environmental Graphics, Fine Art
Rush University Internists commissioned our own, Marek Hosek and Brian Wetzstein to create art & signage that would embody the spirit of our great city. This collection was created out of a love and appreciation of Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods and the people that inhabit them. The images and signage are printed on various materials such as plexiglass, metal and mylar and is showcased throughout the RUI clinic. We also created a walkway of columns which breaks up the space and has various messaging to connect with the clinics patients who enter and leave each day. Look at more Chicago photographs.
Client: Art For Health
Disciplines: Branding, Photography, Book, Packaging
This stunning set of art books, featuring the photographs of Marek Hosek, Brian Wetzstein and Sebastian Kowalski, was designed for the Art For Health Benefit. Each artist accompanied a different Rush medical team to a different region where a health clinic was set-up. The books come inside a clever case which is printed on Neenah Epic Black double-thick cover paper. The books themselves are printed on Neenah Astrobright and Solar white papers. To donate to the cause, go here. All the paper was donated by Neenah.
Client: Block 37
Disciplines: Illustration, Poster, Typography
These posters will be displayed in kiosks within the shopping area. The concept behind the design is to communicate words which evoke different actions of costumers who come to visit. The words are visible from afar, but as they get closer, we created different icons which appear as they move towards the poster. Each icon represents a different item or emotion which costumers may purchase or feel while inside the mall.
Client: The Pampered Chef
Disciplines: Photography, Book
The Pampered Chef has been catering to household chefs around the world for many years. When they asked us come up with some designs for their newest cookbooks, we jumped at the opportunity. Here are some of the different designs we created. Each design has its own unique feature*. For example, we utilized QR codes to bridge the gap between print and web, making shopping for ingredients an easy task. We even developed a tab-system for chefs to conveniently bookmark their favorite recipes. Be sure to check out the phenomenal food photography by Brian Wetzstein.
Client: Paterno Wines
Disciplines: Branding, Illustration, Packaging
Paterno Wines approached us to design a wine label for a brand new Zinfandel out of California. Given the name “Blackeye Zin” we went with a boxing theme. Once we tried it, we knew exactly why they called it that. Man is it good!
Disciplines: Branding, Illustration, Hand Lettering, Packaging, Poster, Greeting Cards
A set of cards & posters which were created to celebrate individuality. Each card represents a different season and has hand illustrated typography and artwork. The message is to be yourself and once you are, you will see why (BE YOU, SEE WHY). Each card also has a list of attractions to do for that particular season. You can send these cards as a set or as individual inspirational cards to say Thank You or Happy Birthday.
Disciplines: Illustration, Announcement, Typography
When my daughter was born, I wanted to create a birth announcement with a personality just like hers - one that radiates inner and outer beauty. The front of the announcement features an elegant photo taken when she was two weeks old by the talented Josh Dreyfus. The back presents a typographical illustration and fun facts about her birth. The printing uses a digital process including gold ink. A set of silk scarves were created based on the initial designs in three different colors.
Disciplines: Branding, Invitations, brochure, Marketing Materials
The Alter Group is one of the country's leading commercial real estate firms, The Alter Group has created some of the most significant business facilities. Here is a glimpse of the work we did for them over the years.
Client: Alzheimer's Association
Disciplines: Print Collateral
Every once in a while I get a project which is not only a pleasure to work on, but also can actually make a difference in people's lives. I worked closely with c:change to create a caregivers notebook for Alzheimer's Association.
This book will be used by people taking care of the sick. We created easy to use color tabs, thought about pocket folders within each section to store documents and formatted the book to be oversized for easy usage. Let's face it, the more organized the caregiver is, the better care they can offer their loved ones. This disease not only effects the sick, but also effects the surrounding caregivers as well. We hope this notebook can make that process a little bit easier.
Client: Club Kiddo
Disciplines: Branding, Illustration, Logo
Club Kiddo is a new fun way to teach kids how to earn points when they do good deeds around the house and in their lives. It teaches children the value of what it’s like to work hard for the things they want in life and makes them disciplined at the same time. Kids do choirs in exchange for Club Kiddo points which they use to purchase what they want! Here is the logo, Club Kiddo Currency and Illustrations which are used throughout the guide book.
Client: Center for Wine Origins
Disciplines: Poster, Photography, Hand Lettering
A poster created to celebrate different wine regions in California. Here is the process and the final product with hand illustrated names for each region. The poster has been printed on 20×30 canvas and exhibited at the Schilling Studio Gallery as a part of Telluride Wine Festival.
Client: Cole Taylor Bank
Disciplines: Art Direction, Concept Development
I was hired by a Chicago Creative agency to develop a concept for Cole Taylor Bank's new branding brochure. The idea behind the concept is "be a banking specialist". The imagery and graphics have kind of a "Private eye or James Bond" approach.
Disciplines: Hand Lettering, Illustration, Photography,
This is a self-promo company poster we created for our clients and friends. Everything in it was designed, photographed and hand illustrated by us. If you want one, just let us know and we’ll be happy to place one in the mail for you.
Client: Rush University Medical Center
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Environmental Design, Poster, Fine Art
We had the great pleasure to brand this years Art For Health Benefit for the 3rd year in a row. It featured artwork from Haiti and Dominican Republic which was auctioned off to raise money for the Global Health Program at Rush. We came up with a brand new logo, signage, video, print materials and had a blast with creating the evenings environment.
Client: Le Ninja
Disciplines: Branding, Logo Development, Identity System, Website, Photography, Multimedia
An identity for a new clothing brand which is 100% made in the U.S. Not many of those left! When they came to us with this project, we jumped right to it. We had the client hand write the brand name and it turned out to be a huge part of the overall branding. Along with the logo, we shot all the photography and design a web store for them. Be Le Ninja!
Disciplines: Photography, Packaging
CD packaging for my band! And a shirt!
Client: Art For Health
Disciplines: Photography, Book, Packaging, Hand Lettering
An oversized 13“x 19″ hand painted, two sided photo book we designed for Art For Health Benefit! Each book cover is a giclée on canvas and hand painted. The inside of the books are printed from our friends at Vision Graphics and hand bound by United Bindery, Chicago. The Haiti part of the book is photographed by Brian Wetzstein and the D.R. side by Marek Hosek. This was truly a labour of love! Check out the process of putting these bad boys together here.
Client: Art For Health
Disciplines: Branding, Photography, Book, Illustration, Typography, Hand Lettering, Poster
Art for Haiti 2012, like last year, was a labor of love. We created a custom, block-like typeface to symbolize the re-building in Haiti. The identity we created was utilized in everything from invites and posters to canvas bags and home-made cookies. Together, we helped raise $32,000.00 for the Global Health Relief Fund. The money will be used to send medical staff to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It was a pleasure to be part of this inspirational project!
Client: The Alter Group
Disciplines: Photography, Brochure, Logo
New identity, brochure and photography were created for an office building to help lease out the 85,000sf space in suburban Chicago.
Client: Phoenix Therapy
Disciplines: Branding, Illustration, Brochure, Copywriting, Website
Phoenix Therapy Services located in the heart of Chicago brings peace of mind and a sense of lasting achievement to families with children confronting autism, a speech or language disorder, sensory-integration impairment or a learning disability. We’ve created this brochure to help promote their services, we had fun with this colorful project.
Client: Miami Heat Arena
Disciplines: Photography, Retail, Signage
This was definitely one of my dream jobs. I got hired to go down to Miami beach and shoot images for a weekend to create different collages which would be installed as light boxes at the Miami Heat VIP lounge. I don't have many images of the lounge, but here are the collages and the light boxes in production at the printer.
Client: PK Construction
Disciplines: Branding, Stationery, Website, tagline
A new identity for a Chicago based construction company who specializes in commercial projects. We created classy stationery printed on Neenah linen paper and a website to match the new look and feel.
Client: Call To Action
Disciplines: Photography, Annual Report, Brochure
Call To Action is a Catholic movement working for equality and justice in the church and society. This year we’ve been asked to create their annual report: a 2-color booklet with a very limited budget. The client had the idea of “A New Life, New Church”. We came up with a concept where dots coming together create images of people who are the body of the organization and church.
Client: Art For Health
Disciplines: Photography, Book, Packaging, Copywriting
We designed a twenty-page, bound photo book showcasing the spirit of the people Marek captured while in Haiti. The books were sold at the benefit and are still available. All proceeds go to The Global Health Fund.
Disciplines: Packaging, Illustration
We surprised our clients with some personalized gift packages. They included a rare wine from California hand wrapped in personalized labels and a corresponding ceramic coaster to match each design.
Disciplines: Branding, Photography, Hand Lettering, Poster,Signage, Video
In 2010 I accompanied a group of medical doctors on a trip over to Haiti. It was the first time I ever saw such poverty and heartache in person. When I returned back home, I decided to put on a benefit to raise money so we can send more medical teams over to Haiti and help out students who cannot afford to go on their own. Not only did I get to fully brand and develop the show, but I also got to show my photography which I shot while out there.
I set a goal of $10,000 for this benefit and we raised over $30,000 and have been doing this show every year since. Each time we send different artists with the medical teams to capture what is happening out there. After, we sell the artwork to raise money.
Here is some of the branding I did for the benefit and a few images from the show. We even wrote a song and shot a music video for the first one. All the paper is Neenah Environment and the identity is my wife's handwriting.
Disciplines: Logo, Branding, Packaging
A new identity for a Chicago Advertising firm. The logo mark connects the four partners while the colors reflect their different personalities. The overall brand identity shows different emotions throughout which CCFC always strives to convey in their work. It’s all about the people!