Adobe asked me to be a part of their logo Remix Project creating a sculpture to live permanently in their corporate headquarters in San Jose, California. To celebrate the spirit of creativity within their community, they've invited a broad mix of creatives to reinterpret their logo. I've been creating a series of sculptures over the years entitled Spaceship Earth which pulls from the idea of our planet as personified in Epcot Center. There is something interesting to me in the way Earth has been represented in a theme park for children, built completely of past future technology out of nonorganic / man made materials. As a result, I have been creating my own versions and selecting specific materials because they are organic, basic and universally available. With the intention of elevating these basic building blocks to create something more beautiful and complex.
Upper Playground has created a new line of apparel and products via their Citrus Report blog and asked me to develop my own series of graphics. The 100% Pima cotton shirts & spandex leggings are printed first then cut and assembled, which allows for unique designs to be made. The entire collection is available for purchase here.
These are some illustrations and some screens of exploratory UI for a mobile app for Android and iOS, which is now a deprecated project and the work never launched. The app was to control a smart thermostat and had a very visual UI which needed to account and meet accessibility standards while also illustrating four main states and varying weather conditions outside the home. Each state was given a unique shape and a corresponding unique shaped UI icon for use in the app. Each of the four states (awake, away, home, and sleep) is illustrated with all the variable weather conditions.
Medium is one of the latest creations from the prolific Ev Williams (creator of Blogger and co-founder of Twitter). They recently relocated to a larger office in downtown San Francisco and asked me to create this permanent Spaceship Earth sculpture in their offices. The piece is approximately 25 feet long and 15 feet tall and is made of various woods, canvas and rope.
I designed this 5 color, screen printed poster for the Portland based housewares brand, Schoolhouse Electric as a limited edition for their spring collection. It is available for purchase through their site with the option of having them frame it as well.
Upper Playground has created a new line of apparel and products via their Citrus Report blog and asked me to develop my own series of graphics. The 100% Pima cotton shirts are printed first then cut and assembled, which allows for unique designs to be made. The graphics I designed for this season are inspired by geometry and modern sculpture and each graphic comes in two color ways and some are also available as laptop sleeves. The entire collection is available for purchase here.
I created a 20 foot tall permanent Spaceship Earth sculpture for M2 Cafe in Chicago's West Loop, entitled Ai-Iro which in Japanese means "indigo color." The piece includes hand dyed indigo fabric from Lookout & Wonderland who acquire their indigo from Japan and dye all their fabrics in Los Angeles. The sculpture was constructed in Chicago over at the Artpentry studio, from; cedar fence post, molding, and blue climbing rope, and was constructed on site.
In the spring of 2011 I began working at Google as an Art Director managing a team of designers. Our focus was updating a cohesive visual design style across platforms / Google products as well as documenting and defining what that style was to be. After 18 months of work, and thousands of icons and logos, we created the Google Visual Asset Guideline. The guideline defines our visual design, and provides the assets / information needed in order to create any visuals for Google products or marketing collateral.
Art Director / team manager: Christopher Bettig
Senior Graphic Designer / project lead: Roger Oddone
I designed a series of holiday cards for Viva La Card, a premium card company that focuses on well produced and environmentally conscious cards made in the Midwest, USA.
To date, I've designed several holiday cards, and a father's and mother's day card. You can view and order my cards directly from Viva La Card here.
Milk & Honey Contemporary Art in California is a book by Justin Van Hoy published by Ammo. It features work from a variety of artists who call California home, including myself as well as the work of: Ed Ruscha, Steven Harrington, Richard Colman, Barry McGeee, Sage Vaughn, Megan Whitmarsh, Florencio Zavala, Ashley Snow Macomber, Andrew Shoultz, RETNA, Ed Templeton, Souther Salazar, Cleon Peterson and others.
Justin was interviewed by Todd Oldham for MTV House of Style about the book, which you can watch here.
I designed and constructed a 30 foot tall permanent Spaceship Earth sculpture in the J Crew shop right in the heart of Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The piece is right in the entryway of the store and is visible while outside in the plaza. It is made from a variety of woods (poplar, pine, cedar & mahogany), molding & rope.
J Crew did a nice post about it on their blog.
Trineo Editions was a publisher of small art books and zines based in Spain. They published a black and white, 24 page zine I designed in an edition of 150. The zine featured original, new collages & graphics about why I love living in California.
I created a series of illustrations of famous landmarks for Google Maps April Fools jokes in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, we created 8 Bit Maps which featured 8 bit Nintendo style graphics and in 2013 we created Paper Maps which was done in a pirate treasure style. On a side note, I created illustrations both years for Eagle Rock in Los Angeles to mark my home and the Eames house in honor of my favorite designers.
Both projects were creative directed by friend, Alex Griendling.
Vannen Watches released a holiday themed, limited edition wrist watch that I designed which also featured an extra set of straps that you can swap out and wear the rest of the year. I also designed and screen printed a two color mini print as the backdrop to the packaging.
From 2000 - 2007 I managed a team of designers and artist who created the interiors / shopping experiences inside existing and new Urban Outfitters stores in North America. I designed the interiors, displays and fixtures which were updated seasonally as well for special events / collaborations as well as permanent installations as part of new stores.
I redesigned logos for the Google AdSense family of products to be used in product as well as in marketing materials. I also created a series of illustrations for the landing, about and help pages, as well as through the warm welcome screens.
Google AdSense is a free, simple way for website publishers of all sizes to earn money by displaying targeted Google ads on their websites.
Candystore Collective was a boutique in San Francisco which featured a 30 foot Spaceship Earth sculpture I designed & constructed of fencing post, an old bed frame, rope and random pieces of molding.
Over the course of several years I continually designed graphics for 2k by Gingham, a Japanese T-shirt line.
They invited me to create a Spaceship Earth sculpture in the lobby / entrance to their downtown San Francisco office space. The piece is approximately 40 feet long and 14 feet tall and is made of various woods, canvas and rope. The installation is called “Cygnus X-1” which is a binary star, which turns out is really a star and a black hole. The installation is built around doorways which represent the black hole and the piece itself is the star.
Juxtapoz Handmade is part of a series of books curated by Juxtapoz Magazine featuring a variety of artists, in this case, focusing on handmade work. The book was curated by Saelee Oh and is available for purchase here.
Puma opened flag ship stores in North America featuring window installations I designed and installed. This installation is in Chicago, Illinois and is a permanent feature of the store. The piece was made from CNC machined wood of one of the several illustrations I made for them.
I designed a series of patterns that were printed on pillows which were sold in all North American Urban Outfitters stores. I also designed some leaf patterns used on bowls and glassware.
My dad and I created a series of wood figures which I then screen printed, each with a unique pattern, for various art exhibitions.
I created a few illustrations for the Google homepage / Google Search, including a Doodle for Alfredo Volpi and an LGBT illustration in 2011 and 2012 which displayed throughout pride month.
In preparation for the release of the film, Where The Wild Things Are by Spike Jones in 2009, I worked with a team from Urban Outfitters to design and recreate elements of the film as a pop up shop inside the Urban Outfitters Space 1520 in Los Angeles. We worked closely with Warner Brothers, the films distributers, as well as the director in order to recreate the CGI effects of the film in a real life, shop-able experience.
These are a sampling of some of the posters I have designed. The posters here were created for art exhibitions, events at Google (Beach Boys, Yves Behar*, Mission Bicycle), one for Anthem Magazine, and one for Early Griffin Press.
*The Yves Behar poster was a collaboration with Jefferson Cheng.
RVCA & This Los Angeles invited me to create a Spaceship Earth sculpture in the windows of the RVCA San Francisco store right on the corner of Haight & Ashbury streets. The piece, entitled California Sunrise, was on display for the months of April through September, 2012. The installation / sculpture was made from a variety of wood, molding, rope, canvas & succulents.
The Fox Is Black did a nice feature about it.
I designed some shoes and matching T-shirts for the skateboard brand Circa. I designed the graphics, fabrics, color palette etc. for the shoes as well as the graphics for the Ts. The shirt graphics match the embroidered labels on the shoes as well as graphics printed on the shoe insoles.
Threadless is a US Midwest based t-shirt company where users submit designs to be voted on for production. For a time they featured a line called Threadless Select, a premium artist line curated by Dustin Hostetler aka UPSO, for which I created this graphic.
I made an illustration about a dragon being bummed that he was banished from a kingdom for the coloring book “Outside The Lines” by Souris Hong-Porretta. The book features illustrations from a wide collection of artists including Keith Haring.
The inspiration for my illustration was this episode of Flight of the Conchords.
The book is available for purchase here.
I redesigned the Google Analytics logo for desktop as well as for Android. With the release of the new icon, I created a series of illustrations based on the icon for social media pages / banners as well as for the app listing in the Google Play store.
The icon was also animated by an external agency (i.e. not me) for use as an intro or sign off within promotional and informational videos on Analytics YouTube channel.
Google Analytics generates detailed statistics about a website's traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales. It's the most widely used website statistics service.
I designed the logo for Range, a fashion forecasting company based in California who focus on sportswear, outdoor gear, art and events. I also art directed the design of their blog.
Poketo did a nice little interview with me which you can read here.
The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood asked me to create an installation which would be on display for a month behind the reception desk of their lobby. The installation was on view from the 15 February – 15 March, 2011 and featured a wooden sculpture and a series of hand painted and printed flags.
They also did a small interview with me on their blog, which you can read here.
Brand Spaces by Gestalten Press is a book about creative retail design and features my work for J Crew.
The book is available for purchase directly from the publisher here.
During the summer of 2010 I had a solo exhibition at Analogue Books in Edinburgh, Scotland. I created a variety of collages, prints, wood figures and a flag / bunting ceiling installation for the show.
The video was created by friend, David Galletly.
I designed wooden figures inspired by one of my favorite movies, The Royal Tenenbaums, and more specifically the character of Richie Tenenbaum. The original pieces I created were latex and hand drawn on wood, but the final versions were manufactured by Grove who laser etched the wood figures in an edition of 200.
I was asked to do a small window installation and pop up shop at the Museum of Contemporary Art store which was inside a building by Frank Gehry in Santa Monica, California. The installation / shop, entitled The Very Living, was up for 2 months and featured: a series of drawings, T shirts, signed edition of prints, button packs and belt buckles.
I designed a pattern that was flock printed onto fabric and used for a Converse All Star shoe. The shoe was released globally during the holiday season.
This is the second zine I designed for Edinburgh's Analogue Books. I created this as a companion piece to my solo exhibition in their gallery during the summer of 2010. The booklet featured colored paper digital prints along with: die cut pages, screen printed elements, rubber stamped images, sewn spines as well as all being signed and numbered.
I was featured in the book O2, published in China which features an interview as well as some of my fine art and pattern work.
I've designed three holiday greeting cards for Artists to Watch which were sold in REI & Urban Outfitters stores in North America.
I've designed a variety of T-shirt graphics for Blood is the New Black for several years which were sold in stores in Europe and North America.
I designed a pair of album covers for Big Piney Records, Colorado based label focused on experimental / electronic music. I designed the LP and digital format artwork for Tincrickets / Burnt Cabin's second record which is available on iTunes, as well their 3rd LP, Trakshindo, which is also available on iTunes.
I created two posters for Little Paper Planes as part of their Big Exclusives series of prints which measure at 36 inches by 36 inches.
I redesigned the icon for Google Affiliate Network to be used in product as well as in marketing materials. The icon is designed to be pixel perfect and on pixel grid in order for maximum clarity on any resolution monitor.
Google Affiliate Network is a performance marketing agency that provides paid search, natural search, social, display, affiliate and mobile marketing solutions to a variety of Fortune 500 and smaller clients.
After a trip to India, I self published this small book of photos of murals during the week of Diwali in Udaipur, India. The book is 64 full color pages, and was published in an edition of 200.
Some illustrations and icons I made for Google were featured in the Behance book entitled Super Modified The Behance Book of Creative Work.
I did some graphics for Little Warrior, a line of clothing for toddlers and babies.
I made some T-shirt graphics for Converse for spring 2013 using some of their phrases and color palettes for their seasonal guide.
Design Box Collective released a series of artist designed products in themed batches of mystery products to subscribers. No two boxes were the same in theme, artist involvement or product. I designed promotional materials for the original box whose them was 'sky,' including a postcard and screen printed poster.
I worked on a series of UI icons for some of the levels of navigation of Google Earth. The icons are seen at between 15-21 pixels, and are designed to be pixel perfect and on pixel grid for optimal viewing even on non-retina displays. The versions seen here have been greatly enlarged for easier viewing.
N+1 Dimensional Illustration published by China's Artpower Publishing features my work for Puma, Grove and Urban Outfitters as the book covers illustration as seen on 3D products.
The book is available to purchase directly from the publisher here.
I redesigned the icon for Google Street View to be used in marketing materials as well as for Android. The icon is designed to be pixel perfect and on pixel grid in order for maximum clarity on any resolution monitor.
With Google Maps Street View, you can explore the world at street level. See popular landmarks, check out places you want to visit in your hometown or far away, and take a virtual trip around the world.
Bodega was a curated collection of large scale, eco-friendly, layered die-cut vinyl art editions. The concept was to make the art of emerging and established artists alike, affordable and available to the public. Each piece was delivered as a complete package for the consumer and included ready-to-apply art piece and tools for installation.
I did a series of T-shirt graphics for Carhartt WIP in Japan, as well as some more shirts and accessories for the Europe branch of the company.
I redesigned the icon for Google Mobile Ads Showcase to be used in product, on Android, as well as in marketing materials. The icon is designed to be pixel perfect and on pixel grid in order for maximum clarity on any resolution monitor. I also created an illustration for the product as promotion in the Google Play store.
The Mobile Ads Showcase App lets you demonstrate Google’s mobile ad formats, from simple text ads to interactive mobile rich media. Discover and learn possibilities of mobile HTML5 ads by interacting with industry-leading examples in the Gallery.
The 'genericmanifesto' was a pop-up concept shop for The Generic Man that took place at Urban Outfitters Space 1520 in Hollywood, California from June 6 to July 10 2009. I worked with a team from Urban Outfitters as well as the founders of the brand in developing and constructing the installation. The shop was constructed mostly of cardboard, referencing the packaging as well as showcasing the aesthetic and simplicity of the brand.
I created this graphic for Space is the Place which asked artists to give their interpretation of Outer space. My pages feature a moon and a light display as time and space bend while travelling through a worm hole.
I created a signed and numbered edition of flags / bunting for Tiny Showcase as well as a limited edition rubber stamp of my mountain snowflake graphic. The flags are all watercolored, screen printed, cut & sewn by me in an edition of 50.
I redesigned the Google Help product / app icon which is also used as a UI icon within products for quick access to in app help. The icon is designed to be pixel perfect and on pixel grid in order for maximum clarity on any resolution monitor.
I designed some graphics for the Paris based Oh! The Box T-shirt line.
My button designs were featured in the book, Badge Button Pin by Gavin Lucas and published by Lawrence King Publishers.
I redesigned the icon for Google Cloud Print to be used in product, on Android, within third party products as well as in marketing materials. The icon is designed to be pixel perfect and on pixel grid in order for maximum clarity on any resolution monitor.
Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.
I've designed a variety of graphics over the years for Grove's various product lines, including: iPhone cases, iPad cases, Moleskine sketch book covers, as well as hanging wall art.