IAPHC Award for Design

Gold Award

Graphic Design is my 2nd career. My 1st was music. I traveled all around the US and Europe playing music on stage and in the studio. I loved it. Every day was a crazy new adventure and learning experience. Then I met my wife. And overnight I wasn’t so excited to take off for 6 weeks at a time.

That’s when I decided to pursue my other passion. Design. I had been designing for years, for the bands I played in. My college roommate, EMO was a graphic design major and I loved watching him weld photoshop like a digital extension of his imagination. So I started asking questions and eventually art directing. Luckily for me, he loved music and was eager to help the bands I played in create their collateral and when you’re in an independent band there is a ton of collateral. We designed everything from press kits to 7-inch vinyl album covers. And it was awesome. We even got an honorable mention in AP magazine when one of my groups was being reviewed.

So a few years later, I’m working in a digital publishing company and another old creative friend walked in the door and said we should work together again. That was Greg Waterman. Greg was another friend who loved music and always helped me out when he could with his amazing, award-winning photography. And one project into that new career I won my 1st design award for a photobook of Greg’s work.

Now that I think about it, this post is more about Emo and Greg than it is about me. My network of creatives is amazing and something I will never take for granted. Thanks, guys.

Here are some highlights of that book…

Watermann Flyer