Constellation Supply Co. is the long-time dream of a former colleague at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Evan Dohrmann. Their first product, "The Little Dripper", is a pour over dripper, designed and crafted by ceramicists domestically in the USA. I had the honor of working with Evan to develop the identity and help them launch their Kickstarter campaign. If you are looking to support a great company in its infancy, check out their Kickstarter. The project was recently elevated to Staff Pick Status!
Designed to simplify the pour over brewing process, The Little Dripper uses any commercially available paper filter, and is more forgiving in its general brew parameters. It's simple, beautiful, a joy to use, has a super cool name, makes great coffee without over-complication, looks great on your counter top when its not making coffee, is made in AMERICA!!!!!, and if taken care of, will last a lifetime.
I wish them the best of luck in their funding mission, and can't wait to continue working with them as their brand continues to grow.
in addition, if you are wanting a silk screened glow in the dark constellation poster or mission control logo patch, they are now available as prizes through the Kickstarter campaign, donate here.
Im currently working on a great project with a former Stumptown Coffee colleague, we will be launching on Kickstarter over the next month. One of the prizes will be these classy screen printed "Constellation Chart" posters I designed with HEAVY inspiration from a favorite childhood book, complete with glow in the dark ink (tentatively). Great for studios, office spaces, sewing rooms, bed-rooms, the discerning man's man-cave, elementary school classrooms, garages, or pretty much any wall for that matter. If (when) the Kickstarter is a roaring success, I may decide to offer up another run for sale on this site.
I recently wrapped a full rebrand for the wonderful owners, Micha and Jennifer Cameron-Lattek, at Street 14 Coffee in Astoria, Oregon. One of the most beautiful and unique small towns on the Oregon Coast (or anywhere for that matter), Astoria is best known to outsiders as the place where “Goonies“ was filmed. I had the opportunity to spend several weekends in Astoria with Micha and Jennifer, getting to dig into the history of the town; I was taken back by its richness of place. Astoria still maintains a very direct link to it's earlier history of first inhabitants, fur traders, maritime traders, fishing, and early 20th century progress. We decided to offer some history lessons of our own and embrace the earlier days of St. 14, which served as the ferry terminal for HWY 101 from 1921-1966, when the Astoria–Megler Bridge was opened. This bridge helped complete U.S. Route 101 and linked Astoria with Washington on the opposite shore of the Columbia. Tapping into the roots of Astoria and their location, seemed like a perfect solution, and offered a wealth of historical reference.
Currently Street 14, offers one of the best coffee experiences on the Oregon North Coast. Their rebrand to a Cafe serves to usher in a full menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; utilizing fresh, local ingredients from the regions best farmers and producers. I couldn't be happier for them, and wish them the best of luck as they become one of the premier food destinations on the coast. If you ever visit Oregon or Astoria, be sure to put this place on your list of destinations to explore.
Stay tuned for more work as the project unfolds!
After some quick hashtag searching online, it's very easy to see what happens to the world when everybody has a camera attached to a tiny computer in their hand. Now place, in the other free hand, a highly caffeinated, delicious, beverage, all contained in an attractive package. Combine the two and you have an insane amount of people taking photos of hands holding Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee. Some are beautiful... most are just a document of, "Hey World, look what I found". Even though I've been a graphic designer for over 10 years now, I've got to say its an odd, yet very flattering feeling, to see something that once lived inside my head, being held in so many people's hands. If anything, I think its a testament to how interconnected our world has become, and how fast everything moves. This wasn't even a possibility 5 years ago.
Playing around with some type for a friend.
This will hopefully be the first of many posts about new projects, completed work, general happenings, rants, raves, plus all the crap you typically see on blogs, so if you happen to be reading this, first and foremost, thank you. I hope you find something here that resonates with you on some level.
I worked for Stumptown Coffee Roasters for almost 4 years as Creative Director, Art Director, Designer, social media manager, IT helper, and in several other loosely defined roles. It was without a doubt, the most challenging working experience I've ever had. I started just months before Stumptown was purchased by private equity partner TSG, in spring of 2011. We worked out of a tiny house behind the original Division St. café, all essential HQ functions were crammed into every crevice of that house, along with 5-7 dogs. Over the next few years the company exploded in growth, and we moved to industrial SE Portland, into the current HQ.
I feel very fortunate to have been a fly on the wall during that period (especially for a company with such cryptic communications to outsiders), and to have experienced what its like to work for a company (so closely tied to the community), as it's acquired by PE, and witness those changes, for good and bad. It's not something many people get to be a part of. Not to mention, you throw the general "anti" attitudes towards large capital, prevalent in Portland, and you have a recipe for "WTF?!" on a daily basis.
I'm also very fortunate to have been able to contribute in a such a direct way to the Stumptown's growth. I think firstly, it needs to be said that Duane, OMFGco., and other early "Stumptowners" laid the groundwork for what people recognize as the "Stumptown" aesthetic. I had a role in helping expand that visual dialogue into new product lines, like Cold Brew, brew gear, camp coffee, new café identities, etc. However, the thing that made Stumptown so unique early on, was the fact, nobody else was really doing what they were doing. Today, coffee culture and the aesthetic launched by Stumptown, has been co-opted, and used a guide post of differentiation in the market. For example, I suspect James Freeman of Blue Bottle probably looked at Stumptown and chose to pursue the exact opposite direction for his brand, in terms of visual identity and creating brand DNA. Cue 2015, and there are thousands of independent roasters, distinguishing their brands in relation to what was established by these pioneering companies. Literally, a dime a dozen...
Which leads us to Cold Brew. Cold Brew was launched weeks before I came on board to help lead the design efforts in 2011. Brewed originally with help from a craft distillery in SE PDX, this stuff was crude, unfiltered, and probably a cousin in chemical makeup to an elicit street drug... a true work in progress. But it took off and never looked back. As the product expanded, the first iteration of the Stubby showed its limitations in readability, and its difficulty to expand into a cohesive product line. In Fall 2013, Cold Brew with milk was conceived as an experiment, and I spearheaded the design efforts to create what I called
"a chocolate milk carton for adults". It needed to look like Stumptown, even though the product was definitely at risk for being perceived as "off brand". Luckily, the product turned out to be delicious, and was embraced by customers, old and new alike, due to thoughtful and restrained used of color and type. In the Summer of 2014, I decided to part ways with Stumptown, in order to start my own design business, and work outside SCR on a full rebrand and update of Cold Brew. The following work is the result of those efforts, culminating in probably my favorite of all the CB products, Cold Brew Nitro in a can.