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Oh Brother Brand™ Fall Line

This past week I launched the fall line for Oh Brother Brand™. Inspired by the great outdoors, I created 5 different garments using a fall-ish color scheme. From the design to the printing to the sewing of the tags, I was able to do it all by hand. The only thing I had help with was burning the screens for screen printing the garments. I had a local screen printer (Orchard Street Press) here in Milwaukee help me out with that. The whole process of creating these pieces all on my own was a great experience. A long…but great experience. The printing was hard for me, because I was printing AND drying the shirts with a heat gun simultaneously. Trying to print and dry was crazy, because I didn’t want the ink to dry on the screen before I was done drying the garments. Pretty ridiculous. Because of how time-consuming it is, I most-likely won’t do another round of garments on my own. I will send out for the next line of products. It’s really cool to see something come to life from an idea, sketch, design, screen, print, then onto people’s backs. It makes you appreciate the hard work it takes to make something with your own hands, especially when you decide to DIY your own line. I’m grateful to have family and friends in the area, so I can text them a few days before and ask if they would like to be in a photo shoot. My cousins Jesse and Cheyanne Smith helped me out with modeling the new line, along with my good friend Jermaine...

Maker Market

Come Visit us at Maker Market! We will be slingin’ shirts & rollin’ posters all day, this Sunday September 7th, from 10am to 4pm. We have been invited to be at the last Maker Market of the season and we couldn’t be more excited! The event will take place in the parking lot of the Bay View Colectivo Coffee here in Milwaukee. If you aren’t familiar with Maker Market, it’s basically a gathering of local makers that set up shop and sell the things they make. It’s an art, craft and maker fair that comes together the first Sunday of every month between May and September. Visit the Maker Market Facebook page to learn more of who will be there and any other info you may like to know. See you...

Aaron Draplin at Hamilton Shareholder Meeting

This weekend has been eye-opening for me for two reasons. First, saying goodbye to one of my best friends who is being deployed overseas to Afghanistan. The next time I will see him will be in a year from now when he stands up in my wedding. Scary stuff. Second, meeting Aaron Draplin at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Draplin had spoke in Milwaukee a few months ago and I was unable to go at the time, so I was pretty bummed. Then this past week I’m sitting on my couch scrolling through Instagram and see that he’s headed to my hometown on the car ferry. After searching the internet, I found out he was speaking at Hamilton. I was stoked. I’ve been following Draplin’s work for quite some time now and it’s always been inspiring for me, so I was excited to see him speak. I felt like I could really connect with his experiences. Some more than others. We both grew up in the midwest from smaller towns skateboarding in the summers and snowboarding in the winters. We seemed to have some of the same experiences with clients and having a hard time saying no or even charging too low for work. I felt like, here is someone I really look up to as a designer that is very successful and comes from similar experiences that I’m facing or have faced in the past. And I kept thinking; “I can be where he is some day if I keep working hard”. I think every designer, at some point, tells themselves that they would like to...

New Branding

Ever so often I get the itch to better improve my personal branding. This time I wanted something that better reflected my work.

OBB Freedom Sale

Shoot some fireworks, enjoy family, friends and this amazing offer for 25% off your entire order online at www.ohbrotherbrand.com.

Oh Brother Brand™ Lookbook

A few weeks ago we shot the first line of product for Oh Brother Brand™. The shoot went great and we couldn’t be more proud of how the photos turned out thanks to Joey & Katie Bauer. They did an incredible job shooting and editing the photos. Check out the rest of the photos at...

May Wallpaper Download

Each month I come up with a new type treatment for the name of that month. This month I decided to change it up a bit and use photography and some more organic typography. Click the download button to take you to the download page.

April Wallpaper Download

Each month in the year 2014, I come up with a new typographic treatment to the name of each month. These are now available as wallpapers for all devices. Download wallpapers here...

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

For Christmas, my girlfriend bought us both tickets to a workshop at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. I was stoked. The workshop was from 9AM to 5PM last Saturday. The first couple hours, we toured the museum and learned about the history behind everything in the museum. Right before lunch, we watched our instructor give us a tutorial on how to print using the wood type, then we were left to try it out on our own. I couldn’t pre-plan a design before we went to the workshop, because I had no idea what kind of capabilities we would have as well as limitations. Experimenting was really fun. Kerning the lettering was probably the most challenging/fun for me, because you have to use spacers or “furniture” to space it out. I thought it would be a really long day, since it was from 9AM to 5PM, but it turned out that we were actually running out of time! It was a ton of fun and I definitely recommend anyone to check it out even if it’s just for a tour. You don’t even have to be interested in typography, really. It’s a great place to learn about the history of Hamilton. Check out the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum here > Here are some photos from the...

Christmas Break 2013

Christmas break was very relaxing. It was my first time staying in Wisconsin for Christmas in about 10 years. It was filled with lots of snow, beer, food, and fun. I even skied for my very first time, which lead to a few miles in the woods along the lake. Yes, the legs were sore after that. We went up to Manitowoc for the break, where my girlfriend and I are from. I decided to bring my camera to mess around with on some down time. Here’s some photos of the...

Thankful

This post is a tad late, but it’s never too late to be thankful, especially around the holidays being around family and friends. It’s been a great year. Way better than the previous year. I finally feel like I am comfortable where I’m at in my life. I’m just going with the flow of things and it feels awesome. Feeling pretty grateful. Family is everything and if your friends are true friends, then they are family too. Don’t forget to spend as much time as you can with them during the holidays. I’m glad I was able to spend some time with my immediate family around thanksgiving. We will probably be doing a lot of FaceTime this year (they live in Florida and I live in Wisconsin). For almost 10 years, I’ve spent Christmas in either Georgia at my Aunt’s and Uncle’s place or in Florida at my family’s house. This is the first year in about 10 years that I get to spend Christmas in Wisconsin…where there’s SNOW! I mean I obviously live here in Wisconsin and see snow most of the year, but there is nothing that compares to spending Christmas and new years in a snowy environment. Hopefully I’ll be doing a lot of sledding! Well, hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! Stay...

City & Colour

A few nights ago my lady and I went to see City & Colour at the Pabst here in Milwaukee. I bought tickets months ago the minute they went on sale…literally. I’ve been a fan of Dallas Green since his last band, Alexisonfire. (If you’ve never heard of them, check out the song “This Could Be Anywhere In The World” on the album “Crisis”.) He has such a distinct, classic voice that I will probably never get sick of hearing. I love that you can put your own meaning behind his lyrics so you can relate to his message a little more. After the last song he played, the band was called back for an encore. The coolest part of the night was when he announced his last song, “Two Coins”, in which he said was written in the very basement of the Pabst venue we were at. Check out his new album “The Hurry And The...

Work In Progress | New Clothing Brand

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new clothing brand. It’s been a lot of trial and error, scraping things I don’t end up liking, bringing those scrapped pieces back into the mix and reworking them, etc. If you didn’t already know, I owned a clothing brand called Silence the City Clothing. I started it with a friend back in college out of boredom. We didn’t know what we were doing and both of us soon grew out of it and lost interest. Now that I have 4 years of running a clothing line under my belt, I feel that I can use that experience to create something better, more cohesive and have a story behind it. I’ve been experimenting with the handmade look lately and the only way to really do that is to actually do it by hand. I’ve been loving the results. A few of the pieces that will be released in the new brand have been created using linocut block printing, pen and ink, stamps and even sharpie markers. I’m only used to working on the computer, so this is a big change for me. I’m so excited to release everything and show you all what I’ve been working...

Fall Is Here

This past weekend I was able to go up north to Door County, Wisconsin. My girlfriend’s good friends, Cali & Blair got married. The weather wasn’t so great, but it was still a fun time. The ceremony took place right on the bay inside the Alpine resort due to the rain. The reception was in a big barn, called Fishstock and everything was decorated rustic, including the picture frames and hand-painted palettes. They had a birch wood theme going, which was pretty cool. A live polka band played on the stage and they served a pig roast and fish boil. It was just a really good vibe all-around. I even met two other graphic designers, but because of the open bar and free Octoberfest beer, I forgot their names. Luckily, I was able to pass on my business card to them both. Maybe they’ll get in contact with me one day. It was a really beautiful wedding and I definitely took some inspiration from their wedding to possibly include in my own one day! Congrats Cali and Blair! Anyways, we totally forgot to take pictures at the wedding, but the next day was gorgeous outside. We stuck around, watched part of the Packer game and drove around looking at the changing leaves. Door County in October rules. Fall is for sure my favorite time of...