Poster design

The following is a selection of my poster designs from the past year or two. I really like making these things by means other than a computer, and you'll see plenty of that here. Included are notes for each poster, along with print specs and tools used.

This is not a comprehensive portfolio, just some of my favorite poster work. To checkout a miscellany of recent work, click here. If you'd like to see additional work or discuss your own project, get in touch


This poster was created for the 5th annual Bigger Picture Show, a poster exhibition and silent auction benefiting the Indy Film Fest. I was assigned the french new-wave classic Hiroshima Mon Amour, which deals with the juxtaposition of love/memory and the Hiroshima bombing. A great movie all-around.

Made with brush, ink, photography and computer.

PRINT: archival inkjet, two-color

SIZE: 24"x36" 

DATE: 05.2014



One of my favorite clients has been the Indiana Repertory Theater. Working for a great theater is a designer's dream, and I'm excited to continue the relationship.

I created this poster/identity for IRT's production of The Mountaintop, a fictionalized account of MLK's last night on earth. Set entirely in room 306 at the Lorraine Hotel, there's a ghostly, metaphysical element to the story, and the situation forces King to confront his own vices.

Made with photography, copy machine and computer.

PRINT: archival inkjet, four-color

SIZE: 24"x36" 

DATE: 09.2013



This badboy was a giveaway piece for the launch of our recent rebrand for The Tamale Place. Much of the work revolved around the tongue-in-cheek messaging we developed...essentially taking ubiquitous phrases and altering the intent. Here, the arrow and tamale are modifiers.

Made with brush, ink, paint marker, brush marker, felt-tip pen, crayon and computer.

PRINT: silkscreen, two-color

SIZE: 30"x20" 

DATE: 05.2013 

images used with permission: Tactic, ©2013




A poster for the Indianapolis Repertory Theater. The play was an unconventional Holocaust piece, and featured a small cast alongside filmed conversations with Holocaust survivors.

Due to timing and a few other chance circumstances, this one was never used. Either way, I feel it's worth sharing. Plus I printed a few myself.

Made with marker, scissors, paper, photography, and computer.

PRINT: archival inkjet, four-color

SIZE: 24"x36"

DATE: 12.2013



Another poster for the Indiana Repertory Theater, this time for Arthur Miller's The Crucible. The design plays on a literal translation of the title, the theocratic aspect of Salem culture and the general dissent of a hysterical community.

For the artwork, I cut the elements from paper, manipulated the pieces with pushpins, and photographed the results, including shadows. Made with scissors, paper, photography, paint marker and computer.

PRINT: silkscreen, three-color

SIZE: 25"x38" 

DATE: 07.2013



A large part of the Tamale Place rebrand was designing the interior of the restaurant. Capitalizing on the same tongue-in-check approach mentioned above, we set-out to make some large, prominent signage highlighting the tasty offerings at TTP. Why not a poster?

Made with brush, ink, paint marker, photography and computer. Printed on plywood.

PRINT: flatbed inkjet, five-color

SIZE: 46"x30" 

DATE: 06.2013

images used with permission: Tactic, ©2013



This was a self-initiated poster for the 2012 Presidential Election. The goal was to highlight the questionable Romney/Ryan stance on women's rights, specifically rape and abortion. The copy was taken directly from a quote by Paul Ryan, suggesting rape as 'just another form of conception.' Sometimes an ugly topic requires an ugly poster.

Made with brush marker, felt-tip pen, copy machine and computer.

PRINT: silkscreen, one-color

SIZE: 28"x40" 

DATE:  10.2012



We've had the pleasure of designing the identity for the Penrod Arts Fair three times. For 2012, the theme was color, motion and 'mashup.' This final poster in the advertising lineup served as a perfect culmination of all three.

For the production, I was especially interested in layering, and each color was overprinted on top of another. Made with brush, ink and computer.

PRINT: silkscreen, four-color

SIZE: 34"x22.375" 

DATE: 08.2012

images used with permission: Tactic, ©2013

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