DeskMate Logo #2 Final Versions


Not too long ago, I posted 3 different, working templates for a new DeskMate logo I had been designing for my wife’s Virtual Assistant business, and now I get to show off the final versions that were born from those collages.  After slimming down all of the choices I had created, we both agreed that this version – with the more blocky, serif font and stylized envelope/letter “M” – captured the essence of what DeskMate was all about.  The colors we decided upon were taken from the color palette we had already finalized with her last website icons that were created, keeping the same light blue and gold from those pieces, and implementing solid black wherever appropriate.

The reason for multiple “final” versions of this logo was so she could use them amongst different backgrounds, websites, etc.  Even though this might look simple (which is is), I am proud of this design.  I have had my hand in several projects before, but none that called for subtlety over flare, and I was thrilled to be able to stretch myself to be able to create something that is both easy to look at, but has a double-meaning hiding in plain sight.  I hope she is able to use these logos as much as possible, and that it helps her business garner even more clients in the near future!

DDnD – Unsung Saviors v1.0 Showcase


In my quest to better myself and the many sites I’m a part of, I have been diligently working on overhauling my original online portfolio, updating it with all of the wonderful experiences I’ve been a part of and/or have worked on.  I hadn’t really done anything to it since I graduated in the summer of 2017, and felt it needed a bit of a face-lift.

The video above is one of the portfolio pieces I made specifically for the Game Development part of the site, conveying one of the many games I’ve had the chance to work on and create from scratch.

Enjoy the video, and look out for even more coming soon, including the link to the new and revamped Ronin Yeti Designs Portfolio!

DeskMate Logo #2 Templates


I have much confidence in my wife, and in any endeavor she puts her mind and little heart to, so I thought I would keep helping her with her VA side business as much as I could.  I had already created some icons to encompass the feel of her business, a simple logo that went along with other icons I had created, and then I animated said icons so that they could be used as an interface for the homepage of her newly-created website.  So now, using an initial idea that Aeowen had given me, we wanted to create a newer logo, a simple yet effective one that could be used for both printed and digital means.

The three different collages of images above are the steps I took in reiterating her idea into reality.  The first collage had to do with the centerpiece of the logo, transforming the letter “M” into a envelope (which had been used on the first icons I made for her) using negative space in a clever way.  As you can see, I created several versions of the stylized “M”, and eventually showed them to my wife, in which she decided on a few of them to be experimented with for the next step.

The second phase of this project had me implementing the actual name of her business – “DeskMate” – alongside some of the different “M’s” I had created, prior.  I attempted to create 5 different versions of this logo, at this point, making sure the two different fonts we had chosen went along with the “M’s” that was agreed upon.  Eventually, after taking a look at what I had done, she ended up boiling her choices down to two somewhat different styles, and then I created 5 variants of each, hoping to capture the look and feeling that was in her head within at least one of them.

We have, at this point, already figured out which ones out of the last collage above seemed the best of the best, and I will be posting about them in the near future!

Mortimer’s Mansion v1.0 Showcase


In my quest to better myself and the many sites I’m a part of, I have been diligently working on overhauling my original online portfolio, updating it with all of the wonderful experiences I’ve been a part of and/or have worked on.  I hadn’t really done anything to it since I graduated in the summer of 2017, and felt it needed a bit of a face-lift.

The video above is one of the portfolio pieces I made specifically for the Game Development part of the site, conveying one of the many games I’ve had the chance to work on and create from scratch.

Enjoy the video, and look out for even more coming soon, including the link to the new and revamped Ronin Yeti Designs Portfolio!

Karl Marx/RUN DMC Parody Sticker

The 3-lettered version
The 4-lettered version

The two images seen above is another designed piece from the KFTC brand that I have been collaborating on with one of my current clients.  Considering the theme of this brand is crassness and boldness (whether they are blatant or somewhat hidden in meaning), my client wanted to stick with the monochrome theme that is well known within crass artwork, but also add a splash of effective color (kind of like the “Socialism or Extinction” bumper sticker I’ve done for him, prior).

RUN DMC is one of the most popular Hip Hop groups ever to come out of North America, and spoke against injustices of the state and those employed by it (among other topics of interest to myself and my client).  Karl Marx was also against certain powers that be and their corrupting ideologies, and I assume my client saw this connection and the idea for this sticker arose from that.  Many iterations were created until the final versions above came to be, mostly because we didn’t want to have to buy rights to the RUN DMC font (which is basically a variation of Franklin Gothic Heavy), and wanted the font to be perfect, to give off that same feeling as RUN DMC does to the psyche of those that know of them.  The other big problem we faced was choosing whether or not we wanted to use the name Karl Marx in its entirety, or slim it down to 3 letters each to better resemble the original design.  We couldn’t determine which version would be the most effective, so I decided to just go ahead and create both, and we could figure it out in the near future.

Project Maze v0.0.3 Showcase


In my quest to better myself and the many sites I’m a part of, I have been diligently working on overhauling my original online portfolio, updating it with all of the wonderful experiences I’ve been a part of and/or have worked on.  I hadn’t really done anything to it since I graduated in the summer of 2017, and felt it needed a bit of a face-lift.

The video above is one of the portfolio pieces I made specifically for the Game Development part of the site, conveying one of the many games I’ve had the chance to work on and create from scratch.

Enjoy the video, and look out for even more coming soon, including the link to the new and revamped Ronin Yeti Designs Portfolio!

KFTC Lamb Banter Sticker

A sticker for the KFTC brand

I have been creating pieces for the KFTC brand for over a year now, and I feel I am finally getting the hang of dealing with clients, and being able to successfully transcribe their projects from mere ideas to fleshed-out realities.  As per usual, when it comes to this specific brand, I was tasked with yet another “in your face” logo/sticker, one that hopes to get people to question the silly things they have done their entire lives: like eating the flesh and bodies of decaying animal carcasses, even though we have more than enough resources to create foods that don’t need to be taken from other living beings.

Considering I do not have Adobe Illustrator anymore (for now), I had to fool around in Photoshop, trying to figure out how to vectorize my images and words.  After a few failed attempts, I believe I have found the correct techniques that should allow me to vectorize raster images, so the point of having Illustrator might become moot (considering I used it, more often that not, for printed pieces – which always needs to be vectorized).  This was probably one of the easiest KFTC brand pieces I’ve created to date, mostly because I have done this sort of thing before, and it mostly consisted of taking an already created stencil image of a lamb, and putting it into Photoshop, cleaning up stray pixels and the like.

Sol Mates v1.5 Showcase


In my quest to better myself and the many sites I’m a part of, I have been diligently working on overhauling my original online portfolio, updating it with all of the wonderful experiences I’ve been a part of and/or have worked on.  I hadn’t really done anything to it since I graduated in the summer of 2017, and felt it needed a bit of a face-lift.

The video above is one of the portfolio pieces I made specifically for the Game Development part of the site, conveying one of the many games I’ve had the chance to work on and create from scratch.

Enjoy the video, and look out for even more coming soon, including the link to the new and revamped Ronin Yeti Designs Portfolio!

Report Cover AI Graphics


2017 was a big year for both myself and my wife, both of us working towards our careers, trying to assess our place in this town and how we can possibly make extra money doing what we want to do.  With that being said, this year of 2018 is looking to be even better, us both having multiple clients in our respective fields – expanding our experiences and knowledge – and we are determined to keep up the momentum we have created.  Even though both of our projected careers are a bit different from one another, we are compelled to help one another succeed!

What you see above was my attempt at helping my wife, yet again.  She was tasked by one of her clients to write a white research paper to summarize the history of artificial intelligence, and to weigh the pros and cons of implementing such an amazing technology into other mediums and uses.  Like with most papers of that kind, she also had to have some custom graphics donning some of the pages (like bar graphs and other images), so she came to me hoping I would be able to come up with something simple and impactful for the front page of her report.  I did some menial research into how AI is perceived through the lens of us humans, and decided to go through with recreating a consistent design I kept seeing through my searches: an artificial brain, of sorts.

Once I created several different styles, I stuck with one of them, and then decided to create different variations of what I, and my wife, had deemed to be appropriate.  The three different iterations you see above are the best of the best I had created, and we eventually decided upon the graphic farthest to the right (the one with the pinky, squishy brain, compared to the more mechanical and/or colorful versions).  I love helping clients create magic, but I cherish helping my love even more so; we are in this together, and we shall pierce the heavens with our endeavors!

SPAce v1.5 Showcase


In my quest to better myself and the many sites I’m a part of, I have been diligently working on overhauling my original online portfolio, updating it with all of the wonderful experiences I’ve been a part of and/or have worked on.  I hadn’t really done anything to it since I graduated in the summer of 2017, and felt it needed a bit of a face-lift.

The video above is one of the portfolio pieces I made specifically for the Game Development part of the site, conveying one of the many games I’ve had the chance to work on and create from scratch.

Enjoy the video, and look out for even more coming soon, including the link to the new and revamped Ronin Yeti Designs Portfolio!