archive for the ‘work’ category

Obligatory teaser screenshot

October 4th, 2010

Don’t you hate it when a video game designer releases a screenshot with zero context? Yeah, me too.

P.S. It’s a little zoomed in, because pixels are beautiful.

SUPER Robot: The Video Game

August 20th, 2010

I’ve decided to upgrade the graphics of the Robot Video Game to something more akin to the Super Nintendo. I’ve always liked the SNES better (I still maintain that “Secret of Mana” is the best video game ever made) and its got a prettier color palette. Thanks to Army of Trolls for the inspiration!

A bloody good play

August 2nd, 2010

I saw Titus Andronicus this weekend at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and I was a little disturbed. I guess all that hard work desensitizing myself to violence just hasn’t paid off.

Fear Beer

June 5th, 2010

Labels for beers that don’t exist, but should. In the immortal words of one Homer Simpson, “Beer good.”

Robots & Space: They Just Go Together

May 4th, 2010

Here’s an illustration I just did for the Help/Systems homepage:

Robot: The Video Game

May 1st, 2010

Here is a screenshot from my upcoming Flash game “Batch Job Scheduler” starring the Help/Systems mascot.

Robot running in all his 8-bit glory.

Ellingson Classic Cars Redesign

May 1st, 2010

For the Ellingson Classic Cars website I’m currently redesigning, I’m going for a 50’s-60’s retro feel, appealing to the Baby-Boomer customer base.

Here are a few illustrations of the website’s mascot, a typical “spokes-cartoon” that was popular in advertising at that time.

This would go at the bottom of every car listing page.

This one would go on the homepage header.

I would use this one on the 404 page.

Alternate History Travel Posters

April 19th, 2010

What if…

Los Angeles Bay Aquatic Tours

…Los Angeles fell into the sea? Or…

read on….


March 22nd, 2010

I thought I would share a couple of screenprints I’ve been working on. All I gotta to do now is, you know, learn how to screenprint….

as/400 burger!!!!!!!1

November 4th, 2009

Filed under weird stuff I’ve done at Help/Systems is this illustration I did today for a blog post on how the IBM AS/400 data server “is a standard in the computing world, sort of like a hamburger in the world of American food.” The idea at first was to just Fotoshop a picture of one of these servers in between two buns, but the image is so crazy, it really had to be an illustration.

as/400 burger!!!!!

Still looks better than English food. The post can be seen here: IBM Power Systems: Serving Millions of Satisfied Customers

my tribute to George Ham

March 18th, 2009

A few months ago, I did an ad for SEQUEL, one of our software products. With a blank canvas to work with, and the vague concept of evoking a sense of speed (hence the headline “Fast, effective business planning”) I did something I’d been wanting to do for a while: a racing poster by George Ham. I’ve been a fan for a long time, enjoying his portrayals of speed, danger, and far-off locales. My ad is really closer to his later work from the 70’s, with the crisper, less painterly lines, but for me, it’s really a salute to his entire catalog.


The guy doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. With all the money makes off of him, he should for sure have one.

superusers assemble!

December 19th, 2008

Greetings, true believers! (Good lord I hope that isn’t copyrighted) For a few months Help/Systems had been pushing the concept of the “Superuser,” which is a user role for one of our products, SEQUEL ViewPoint. We already had a magazine ad establishing the superhero team concept, each hero representing different things you could do with ViewPoint. The time was right to take the concept further. In my mind, there was only one direction to go, and that direction was the legendary Avengers #4.

With the help of local illustrator Betsy Leplatt, I set out to make Stan Lee and Jack Kirby proud. After all, what good are iconic comic covers if they can’t be parodied with B2B direct mail pieces? Betsy drew the characters in pitch-perfect Kirby style, and I layed it all out and did a lot of hand-lettering, including the actual “SuperUsers” title and the “Do you have what it takes…” sub-head.

An homage Silver Age comics

Even the “Comics Code” stamp in the top right corner is parodied, reading “Approved for the IBM System i” (the system ViewPoint runs on) instead. A lot of love went into this, and I really hope our customers appreciated it.

who’s honoring me now?

October 29th, 2008

How is genius recognized? How do we measure the immeasurable contributions to society? That question was answered when my Robot/ALERT mailer took a statue at the 2008 Printimage Excellence Awards, which I think is totally like the Oscars of print award shows. In fact, I think they should call it the “Printys” or something with an “e” sound at the end.

Anyway, the award was actually presented to the shop that printed it, The MPX Group. They won 2nd place in the category of Foil Stamping, Die Cutting, Embossing. OK, its not like Best Picture, but its at least Best Supporting Actor. And it would be during the televised broadcast, not the crappy, token taped portion, and maybe presented by somebody like Paul Giamatti.

read on….