Last night Dylan, who is also a photographer for the Collegian, came to me with a design request for a flyer for a skate film that some of his friends filmed, directed and starred in. Dylan stopped by my dorm and with a few photos he provided and we put together this poster in about an hour. Not the best design of my life but it is rearing the end of the semester and my brain is start to shut down, with digital art and schoolwork…
Last year around this time a good friend Levi Patrick passed away in a car accident coming back from California. He was a beloved man by everyone he knew. Levi’s football number was 41 and he always drew this interesting fish on his hand during class. Most of the football players at Lewis-Palmer were extremely close to Levi, and after he passed many of them had tattoos done in his honor. Most were a combination of his football number and the Levi fish. Not all of Levi’s friends got that variation of tattoo though. Many of his church buddys had a wide variety of tattoos including Superman and guitars. Levi’s dad even has a whole sleeve that includes Spongebob and master-chief from Halo. I didn’t get a tattoo, but this is my way of honoring Levi Patrick. It took a few months to compile all of the photos, and we are still missing quite a few. I trashed about 5 designs before I settled on this combination of tattoos and photos of Levi. Yesterday, me and a few of the football players went to the Patricks house to drop of the poster design. What was supposed to be a 5 minutes drop-off turned into a 6 hour chat filled with laughs and a seemingly endless supply of food. Every time we told Mrs. Patrick we should probably leave, she would just bring us more food. It was wonderful being reminded how vibrant the Patrick family has always been. It has been just over one year since the accident and i hope this poster will ensure the Levi won’t ever be forgotten. Remember Levi, be like Jesus. Miss you buddy.
So I was recently approached by the Chief Designer at The Rock Mountain Collegian, Alexandra Sieh, and asked to come up with a cover design for something here at Colorado State University known as Ram Talk. This is the student’s way of getting their opinions told anonymously by texting it into us daily. Then the best and most clever of the day are published in the paper for everyone to see. Most of these moments are “F-You” moments, hence the middle finger on the back cover. Anyway, Ram Talk has gathered quite an amount of fame over the years and we at The Collegian have decided to publish a book with all of the best quotes from the year.
This design was built from the ground up. The middle-finger models a shot of my roommate. And with the help of my Photo Editor, Sam Noblett, we shot the two peeps on the front cover with a ringflash in the studio (last minute I should add). After hours of work, and indecisiveness, this is the final front/back cover design for the Ram Talk book (Front cover is the right image). It should be ready to go in tangible form before school gets out! This cover was quite an adventure and took a lot of consideration, especially the middle-finger dilemma. Ultimately, we loved the connection to Ram Talk too much to leave it out. Enjoy!