Kailua Gallery is a fine art gallery and the studio space of Ruth Sorensen. It features emerging and established artists. The gallery space functions as an active open studio for classes, private parties, popup retail space and art exhibitions.
Hollis J Jewelry
Logo, Visual Identity, Photography
Hollis J. creates beautiful one of a kind pieces inspired by the handpicked treasures she has collected over time. All pieces are handmade in her studio in Kailua, Hawaii. Her work is a mix of beachy, bold, unique, and organic every day wear that can easily be dressed up or down.
Rogue Wave Toys is an eco friendly business based in Hawaii, that provides biodegradable, plastic-free beach toys. They are on a mission to make our oceans plastic free, reduce use of fossil fuels, create better products with better materials, and make conventional plastic obsolete.
The final logomark represents the duality of our human hand in today’s environmental climate. While our fingerprints provide evidence that our hands created the problem, they can also solve it. It holds us accountable and represents Rogue Wave’s origin story and mission to “make things better” (official slogan), one wave at a time.
Two20 Consulting is a boutique communications and marketing firm based in Hawaii. Their name is inspired by the Hawaiian art of wayfinding navigation, which uses a star compass of approximately 220 (Two20) stars to navigate and sail across the ocean. They were looking for simple and straightforward logo that would sum up their world wide client base. Two20’s slogan is “We Know the Way,” so a compass came to mind. The middle hump of the W in “TWO” lended itself perfectly to house a stylized version of the north facing arrow on a compass. The teal accent stripes are reminiscent of sails in the wind -from a double hull canoe to a full rigged ship.
Jill Vitamin is an artist, educator, and Ashtanga yoga practitioner from Richmond, Virginia. Jill’s leggings bridge the gap between athletic apparel and everyday fashion. Whether it’s dreaming Buddha or a blooming lotus, her funky designs feature whimsical motifs with an eastern edge. Inspired by Jill’s artwork and signature, I wanted to create a hand-lettered logo that was legible, while incorporating a bit flourish and texture.
This is a commissioned t-shirt design for Twin Islands, a clothing company located in Kailua, Hawaii. Popoia is a small island off the coast of Kailua Beach (popularly known as Flat Island). The lifeguard tower illustration is inspired by the two towers located on Kailua Beach.
Barge Hops Brewing Co. started as a commissioned metal sign, that turned into full branding for a potential micro-microbrewery. The client is a fan of craft beer, and the captain of their backyard “party barge,” a glorified floating dock with a motor. The illustration depicts the barge, complete with tiki torches, a flag and life preserver ring. A muted, monochromatic color palette and bold text give the sign an old vintage feel. Can you spot the hidden “670″ in the water reflection? The number holds special significance to the client.
Logo, Visual Identity
Trident Management is a property management business that provides expert, reliable, discreet management and concierge services to valued, prestigious clients.
The final logo incorporates a minimalist trident mark, a deep navy blue with silver leaf accenting, and a traditional Baskerville typeface to embody an established, exclusive and high-end visual identity.
Liberty & Aloha
T-Shirt Design, Signage
I was commissioned by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce to design a t-shirt and banner for the 70th Annual 4th of July parade in Kailua, Hawaii. The theme for the shirt was "Kū'oko'a a me Aloha" (Liberty and Aloha).
Client: Kailua Chamber of Commerce
Hi Lites Salon
Logo, Business Cards, Signage
HI-Lites Salon is a one-stop shop for haircuts, balayage, ombre, smoothing treatments, blow outs and more, located in Kailua, Hawaii. Salon owner, Jenne requested that her logo feature a sunrise over the Mokulua islands, a local landmark in Kailua that holds a special place in her heart. I balanced the silhouette of the islands over a pair of shears to communicate the hair salon element. The handle of the shears doubles as a rising sun between the islands. (Jenne has adopted the sun icon as a portrait of herself, with crazy hair and her high energy!) Her business cards serve double duty as appointment cards for her clients.
I was commissioned by the Richmond Restaurant Group to paint murals and signage for East Coast Provisions (a.k.a. Coast), a seafood restaurant in Carytown, Richmond, Virginia. I created a logo and signage for Cedar Pointe Oyster Company (the farm from which the restaurant gets its oysters), as a decorative focal point in the downstairs dining room. I am not responsible for Coast’s visual identity or branding, but I was asked to paint the logo on two separate signs to hang in and outside of the building. Inspired by vintage gas station signage, all three signs were hand-lettered and painted on metal, with added rust texture. In addition to the signage, I was asked to paint white text on the interior brick walls of the restaurant. The owners wanted a “ghost sign” appearance, so the letters are oversized, abruptly cropped, whitewashed and distressed to look like they had been painted on the walls long before the restaurant was opened. All together they read the name of the restaurant (East Coast Provisions), as well as the word Oyster along the downstairs bar wall.