In the fall of 2011 I was approached to work on a redesign project for Simple Simon’s, as well as Cheezie’s pizza. What an honor to work for a great family, one of the largest Tulsa-based franchises, and …duh! pizza! We (myself, Trisha Salas and Angie Hammond) put together a great website design as well as a great mobile site design. One of the things that made this project unique was that we were able to build a mobile site based on wordpress, so that the client only has to update the site once, and their main + mobile sites are both kept up to date.
It was great, great fun to redesign the Tulseys website for 2011. The first year of the event was 2008, and the even has gotten bigger and better ever since. This time the City of Tulsa agreed to be the presenting sponsor, and we put a ton of time and effort in to social media, as well as connecting the Tulseys website to the rest of Global Entrepreneurship Week via social media, and showcasing past winners.
You wouldn’t think that doing print design work for a manufacturing company would be exciting. You’d be wrong. Working with IRISS on a complete overhaul of their marketing materials was fascinating, and very intense. IRISS is a manufacturing company that has offices all over the globe. We had to work with them on things like translating their brochures and the instruction manuals for their products in to Chinese, working with printing vendors to make sure that their materials met the paper size and format standards in Europe and Latin America…
I learned so very much on these projects, and they renewed my love for print.
This was quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had building a website. I was given almost complete creative freedom, with the direction that the site needed to reflect the personality of the group — edgy, not always clean and polished, but hard-working, resourceful and an awesomely fun team to work with.
Naturally I went steampunk.
With random blueprints that load with every page transition, animation using jQuery instead of flash and some cool CSS techniques, this was also one of the most technically complex websites I’ve ever done. The fact that I pulled it all off using wordpress made me especially proud.
Serving on the board of Fab Lab Tulsa is a dream come true. The organization combines so many of my passions (science, education, community building) and I get to work with some of the best folks in the city, on arguably the most exciting thing to happen to this area of the country since the discovery of oil.
Affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa houses a diverse collection of state-of-the-art equipment and computers into one workspace as a community center for innovation, entrepreneurship, and STEM education.
My favorite play of all time. …so imagine the honor and thrill to have the opportunity to create the poster, postcards, and social media marketing graphics for the Tulsa production. Awesome! It was a blast. This was done for my friends at the Actor’s Company of Tulsa. Check out what they’ve got going on, and do yourself a favor & go see one of their upcoming plays. You can thank me later.
Inspired by dual blog posts in the summer of 2011 by Jesse Boudiette and Blake Ewing, a small group gathered together in the offices of Cubic in downtown Tulsa to find out how to stop talking about what Tulsa is lacking, and instead celebrate the great things we have. …maybe even come up with some new ideas of what can be.
We collaborated with Cubic to create the logo and branding message: “What are you adding?”, and then the team here at Auryn Creative was let loose to produce imagery on twitter, facebook, the website, event invites…the WORKS! It’s a designer’s dream to be involved w/ the process from day 1, and this was certainly one of the best projects I worked on all year.
Good photography is GOLD when working on building a new website. A set of good photos can set the tone, mood, colors, and bring out the best in that company or organization you want to showcase. Most small business owners are very camera-shy and feel that putting their own picture up on a website is somehow vein or self-centered.
On the contrary. A good-quality photo of the owner of the company gives customers a feeling that they can trust the business, and it brings out the personality of that company. Shane Bevel provided the photos for the site, and it practically built itself.
This project was another collaboration with Mandy Vavrinak. We needed to come up with a logo for the conference center, which is also home to all of Glenpool’s city offices. So we basically needed to create a variation on the city’s logo. I like logos for buildings / places that draw out some characteristic of the architecture of that place, so I chose to stylize the large glass window on the building for the logo.
What a fun project this was! Personal-assistant / personal errand service websites tend to be very dry, plain, and not have much personality. This was a chance to turn that completely around and create a brand that was fun, and that made people smile. It was also super-great to work with Mandy Vavrinak on this. She’s awesome to work with, she’s got great ideas and is just about the best PR professional I know.
This website was created for my landlord. :) From their website: The Collaboratorium is a private not-for-profit corporation operating a non-traditional entrepreneurial resource center designed to provide hands-on business coaching, education, discounted space, networking, and access to the specific resources that grow startups and businesses that make Tulsa a unique and exceptional place to live and work.
…I’m honored to be a part of that. It’s a great place to work & be creative, and the perfect environment to be hatching new ideas, and helping other startups.
Every once in a while, you put a ton of time and energy in to a project that just doesn’t get off the ground. Such is the risk of working with startups. But I liked the results on this one so much that I wanted to show it off anyway.
I must confess I’ve never had a White Castle burger. a) I’ve never spent any time on the east coast… There’s a White Castle in Wichita, KS but I’ve never been there either. and b) I don’t eat beef …but this was a really fun project and there’s some elements of the design that I’m proud of so there we go.
I created this for my friends @ Mule film, for their film project Green Country Red Dirt, w/ videography by the excellent folks behind Sunday Town productions. Check this out, support the project in any way you can; it’s really awesome and these stories need to be told.
I like to think that I somehow got more fit, working on this website design. …no, sorry I can’t fool myself. But at least I can say that I was able to capture the spirit of Andy’s Driven Performance Training gym in Austin, TX.
I met Cindy in the spring/summer of 2009 when she was in the middle of working on her first book, Girlfriends 2.0 We talked about her experiences and what she wanted to communicate through her book, her website, her speaking & consulting, and how to present that all through the things that would be out there in the public representing her –
- her business card
- social media presence
- trade show & speaking materials, etc.
We worked with her book designer to match-up that look and feel, as well, with everything else I was going to be working on. And that all turned out great for that time period. In 2011, Cindy came to me with a brand new challenge: Keep the essence of her logo / branding, but create a new look for the website that would allow her to expand beyond her book to the new services she would offer under her concept of SOCIALVENTION. So this is a website that I designed, and then re-designed. Pretty interesting challenge, and I think it turned out well.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." --Mark Twain