I am an illustrator living in New England. I post daily drawings here Monday-Friday. For more information, including selected clients, awards, and shows, check out my bio. I've got prints etc for sale online here and here. Check 'em out and buy tons of stuff!
So… this is very last minute, but… tonight I will be one of the vendors at the CADC Pop Up Shop at Nora Cupcakes in Middletown, CT. I’ll have shirts, prints, book, zines and more. Come by if you are in the area!
I was dissapointed to see the new logo design for the Connecticut Whale. A friend and fellow CT designer, Rich Hollant, perfectly expressed my thoughts:
A mark can be a galvanizing force for a franchise, but it has to encapsulate the essence of that franchise in order to be useful. The Hartford Whalers mark was a stroke of brilliance and as iconic as that red umbrella: it was specific, in that the “W” and “H” worked in perfect harmony and could not be replicated by any team—it only works with the W + H. The new mark approach can work with just about any letter with an open central counter (it’s unclear why the whale would be jumping through the hoop like an Orca—which it isn’t… it’s a blue whale, which is too large for that level of lift and is largely a North Pacific marine mammal. The Connecticut State animal is the Sperm Whale. It looks nothing like this one). The new logo has a touch of whimsy, like the Mighty Ducks, however, the Ducks logo was incredibly clear, memorable and full of personality: (google it!). The current logo comes across as homespun, local, and not committed to a robust merchandising program. The original Cummings & Good logo was created by a bonefide Legend of Connecticut design with a keen sense of how to create a mark that endures, is extendable and considered. Brand and identity design is a very specific discipline. The Whale logo would benefit from a reconsideration by branding experts to get much more mileage out of the mark.
I recently designed some business cards for my friend and amazing cinematographer, Mark Golembeski. He basically left the art direction up to me and this is what I came up with. I’m pleased with the results and Mark loves them too. There’s nothing better than a happy client!
After starting his career as a graphic designer at award-winning studios in New England, Chris accidentally became an illustrator. He’s pretty happy about that. This strange transformation was a result of his daily drawing project that he started in late 2007, in fact he’s still posting a new drawing every day.
Chris holds degrees in Visual Communication Design and Art History from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Illustration. He has been the recipient of Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Excellence Awards, Judge’s Awards and the Spirit of Creativity Award from the Connecticut Art Director’s Club as well as BoNE awards from the AIGA and a Silver Award from Gaphis. In addition his work has been published in numerous books and publications including Print Magazine and Communication Arts. His client list includes; Converse, Nike, Chronicle Publishing, Boston Magazine, McDonalds, Scholastic, Harvard Business School Publishing, Warner Music Group, Republic Records.