Tim, we initially met in 2007 when I interviewed you for Design Inspiration, tell us a little about what you've been up to since then and what you're up to these days.
I've continued to do logos, icons and branding work for national clients through other agencies and design firms. I've also had the opportunity to put those skills to use for some personal clients, one of which was a logo and sticker concepts for a young band out of Portland named Redcast. I've never been approached to do any music or band related work, so I jumped at the opportunity. The band members were heavily influenced by the music of their parents growing up, pop and rock from the '60s and '70s, thus they described their genre as "Indie Pop Rock". I was fortunate to have that work featured in the Design: Logo book by Paul Howalt and Von Glitschka. Speaking of Von and Paul, I did a logo for the collective design group comprised of those two, Sherwin Schwartzrock, Ty Wilkins and myself called "Brand Champ". The original name for the group was "Slobberknocker". It did not test well, especially with women.
Like many in our field, I've experienced a downturn in the number of clients and projects over the past few years. Though both discouraging and challenging, it has given me the opportunity to pursue some different types of work as well as some self-directed projects that have been on the back burner for quite a while. One of those being event branding. I've always loved old cars, and have owned more than a few over the years, so branding a car show was a natural. The Hillbilly Nationals Rod & Custom car show has been a lot of fun to work on. I've not only designed the logo for the event, but screen printed the T-shirts for the shows as well.
Being trained in the pre-digital era, I've found myself longing to do more hands on work and re-visit some of the more traditional processes. Silk screen was a no-brainer. I used to screen my own t-shirts in high school, and have been inspired for years by the great screen print poster and apparel design that's been happening. That has led to creating the brand "TIM-O-TEE" for my shirt designs. I've got quite a few themed lines in the works, but only a few shirts available at the moment (see the link below). I lost my Boston Terrier this past year, which has since inspired me to create a BOSTON TERRIER brand. The first shirts feature an icon of my dog "Mojo".
The other traditional process that I love is letterpress. I've produced a few letterpress coasters featuring some of my logos. I'm currently in the process of restoring a small press that I acquired over the summer.
I'm currently working on my home state plate (Ohio) for the State Plates Project, so keep an eye out for it on the web site http://stateplatesproject.com