I just wrapped up some cover art for a good friends Connecticut based band. Lion’s Memorial Pool defines themselves as “an acid-country speed metal collaborative with dashes of Final Fantasy fight music”, and I think that about sums it up! You can listen to their cosmic folk undertone on soundcloud, and if you live in Connecticut or New York you can come out and see them May 20th at Plan B in Simsbury or on May 21st at the Brooklyn Infringement Festival. So come out and see them, buy their CD, buy them shots, give them your number!
Category Archives: Personal Work
During my 4 years at Central Connecticut State University I was privileged to take part in Central Design. Central Design was a portfolio based program that allowed CCSU students who were in the Department of Design to take part in an in house Design studio. This program was run by the head of the design department, and participants were chosen by portfolio review. When I was selected my first semester of my Senior year as the Art Director I was completely overhelmed and excited. It was an amazing semester where I learned a lot about working with clients and other designers. It was also a semester where I built very good ties between some of these clients.
One of those clients being the CSUS system. The Connecticut State University System is built up of Eastern, Western, Southern, and Central State University to bring a tie together through the state school systems. In this tie I worked with Bernard Kavaler and my fellow designers to develop a 100 page booklet celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the CSU System. The book was put together and printed in a month. It was an amazing feat that we all took on together and I thank every person who was involved in this project. Bernard, Susan, Steve, Jenna, and others. The book was unveiled at the exact 25 year anniversary and every person who saw the booklet was proud of what and where the CSU came from.
Recently, I was contact by a columnist at CSUS about my position at TracyLocke. I attended a State school and am still working in the current state of Connecticut. The CSU System and the State capitol wanted to celebrate the Alumni who attended a state school and are still currently working in the state. The article has been written and is displayed on their website and I am grateful for being involved in it. My picture is also being displayed at the state capitol until March 15th highlighting this accomplishment.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date? What are you proud of and would like to share to the blogosphere?
Remember back in November I mentioned working with an amazing Illustrator, Jacqueline Pytyck, on a tattoo design? Remember me also mentioning that she would be sending the shirt we worked through together with to Threadless? Well, it got chosen! How amazing is that! You can view, and purchase, Freya’s Hair on Threadless now. I just wanted to give a thank you to Jacqueline for all the work she did with me personally, on my tattoo, and on the tshirt. It looks amazing and I can’t wait to see more of her work.
It’s back to Tumblr I go! I’ve had a Tumblr for about a year now. I started it to save all the images on line that I couldn’t save on my computer. Since starting my new job eight months ago, I just stopped using it. Why?! Tumblr is one of the best things out there to save all of those lovely photos and share them with others. Why would I give up such a lovely gift from the internet? Thank you for tumblr, sweet sweet Internet. I will slowly be moving all of my saved filed in my “Inspiration” folder over to my new tumblr. Prepared to be bombed with photos of pugs, sweet treats, color palattes, interior design, and pretty girls.
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One of the things that I love most about my family is that they stand behind me in all of my choices that I make. The most important one being which road I chose in college, graphic design. My mother was a graphic designer for many years before she started having little Eckert babies. The artistic gene was somewhere in there and in high school, I found it. To be honest, I had always thought I wanted to be a veterinarian. While art was always a passion of mine, I never thought that I could turn it in to a profession. When I hit high school I was taking too many art classes that by my junior year I had run out and had to start making up classes of my own. I started with fine arts, and quickly realized I couldn’t even draw a perfect circle. I tried interior and fashion design, and then realized I didn’t have the fashion sense I needed. I tried jewelry and sculpture and photography and then, graphic design. My teacher, Mr. Lequire, really pushed me towards design. Maybe he saw something in me. But from the day I sat down and taught myself how to mask in Photoshop while he was teaching the others how to resize photos, I knew I had found my calling. I would go in early, and be in his classroom through lunch, and just work on whatever assignments he threw at me. I wish I knew his number or email because I would thank him for helping me find out what I wanted to do with my life. Design is truly a passion of mine and has for almost 10 years now, and I couldn’t think of anything better to do for the rest of my life.
But I digress, so going back to how my family stands behind me, they like to use me for this thing called designing that I do. My Dad works for a food distributor and recently wanted me to create a logo for him. He said simply, make up a farm, and make me a logo. Why is my family so easy to work with? I know it won’t be like this forever but sheesh, I’m loving it. I have to give credit to my Mother for thinking up the name. She recently went back to school for her Bachelors in Design since she currently has her Associates, and I’m so proud of her! So thanks for the name Mom.