Posted in Welcome with tags on September 18, 2008 by Brian

Welcome to the Relic Design Studio blogfolio. Having spent my entire career working as a production artist and graphic designer for ad agencies and on “the client side,” I’m now happily working independently — and without the commute! I specialize in a variety of collateral materials including brochures, posters, fliers and direct mail, as well as stationery packages, newsletters, annual reports, signage and advertising. I’m also a skilled illustrator capable of producing high-quality custom artwork and logos. I’m posting my work as a blogfolio in order to showcase how it develops, morphs and progresses over time — like all creative ventures inevitably do. So please come back often to see what’s new, and click on the posts for a larger view. If you have a project you’re interested in having me work on, please contact me at relicdesignstudio (at) comcast (dot) net

Thanks for your interest in Relic Design Studio.


Green Report

Posted in Brochures, Collateral with tags on July 28, 2009 by Brian


An annual report of sorts. Greenprint Denver is an initiative within the city helping coordinate and implement positive environmental practices. Essentially, the design of the brochure is meant to be modern yet accessible, conveying all past, present and upcoming plans for the city’s overall environmental health. I was glad to have worked on such an important program.

SOTC Invitation

Posted in Collateral on July 28, 2009 by Brian

State of the City

Here is the printed program as well as the e-invites for the Mayor’s State of the City address. Since the location was held in a park that has Greek columns, it was only appropriate to replicate the stately feel of the place as well as using tried and true government symbolism. Basic and effective.

Streecats Logo

Posted in Apparel, Logos with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2009 by Brian

Streetcats Logo

I had lots of fun with this one. I know next to nothing about cars, but I like a lot of the art and attitude amongst the motorhead- greaser- kustom kulture crowd. My client needed a logo for his merry crew of gearheads. You can find them rolling in Golden, CO and beyond at Roddin’ the Rockies and the Golden Super Cruise. Bring the fam!

Love Paul Shirt Design

Posted in Apparel with tags , , on January 21, 2009 by Brian


This is a draft version of a t-shirt design that I recently did for Love Paul Clothing. I didn’t use any clip art, and all design elements were done by hand. I used an existing font as a reference point and also based the girl’s image on a silent movie actress that I thought would fit perfectly with the Nouveau-toned design. I dulled down the colors and distressed the design to be intended on a light-color shirt.

Holiday Party invitation

Posted in Collateral on December 16, 2008 by Brian

redline 08 invite

This was an e-invitation for a holiday party hosted by a prominent Denver official and his wife. I was really happy to work on this, as the design they wanted needed a red theme and was to be held at RedLine, an artist’s workspace and gallery. I think the design was a success and was very simple and direct, echoing the host space’s own marketing material as well as the invitation’s purpose.

Saarinen logo and stationery package

Posted in Logos, Stationery with tags , on November 6, 2008 by Brian


This was a stationery package for Saarinen Landscape Architecture. The client needed a new identity, letterhead, business card, invoice and a sign. Being that they are designers themselves and have an acute sense of proportion and an overall design sense, made this job especially fun, yet challenging. I think that the final mark turned out really well, with an absolute Spartan-like quality to the lettering in the mark as well as conveying a sense of what they do via the coloring and suggestion of a hill.


Posted in Logos on November 6, 2008 by Brian


I thought with this post I might explain a little about my work regarding logos. I usually do some preliminary work such as reviewing a client’s current logo, their competition, if they have an existing color pallete, and what mediums it will be used in. Depending on the situation, I generally work up around 10 or more ideas with a pencil & paper. Given time constraints, I might just scan in my sketches and enumerate each one, asking my client to visualize some colors and proper fonts. I prefer to work up a handful of vector-based logos so there can be changes made quickly and the ideas are more concise.

Presented here are some marks that I’m fairly certain never made it out of the shop for daily use. Included are versions for a medical scanning company, a band, a garage and some fishing lures. I made them all an annoying magenta so you can view them. As an aside, I use magenta as a working color tool for warnings, die lines, etc. while designing.