28 December 2010

How to Create a Sh*tty Brand

by David Brier of DBD International, previously featured for his Botanical Bakery work on Identity Designed.

13 December 2010

Commercial Break

In the spirit of the Holidays, take a look of some of the best new and old holiday commercials.

Planters: "Holiday Party"

Coke: "Polar Bear Sledding"

Nike "MVP Christmas"

AT&T: Go Phone Christmas Gingerbread Commercial

I hope you enjoy!

05 December 2010

Just for Laughs

These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today.

20 November 2010

Purse Auction Flyer

14 November 2010

Commercial Break

While others tend to flip through them I marvel at them wondering how genius or ridiculous some are. Windows Phone 7 has a new Campaign out based around the idea of how the phone stops life. (which for my generation may be true). Check it out subtle comedy at its finest.

Really? Commercial - Windows Phone 7 from Diego Contreras on Vimeo.

Group CD: Mark Taylor

CD: Jay Russell
ACD: Mitch Bennet
AD: Diego Contreras, David Deroma, Brian Lambert
CW: Emily Smeraldo, Ryan Rabb, Chad Lynch

08 October 2010

Guerrilla Art

I have always been a huge fan of Guerrilla Art. It is my favorite form of Advertising just due to is unexpectedness from the consumer. Here is a direct approach to stop speeding created by the Elm Grove Police. Let me know what you think.

Advertising Agency: Cramer-Krasselt, Milwaukee
Creative Director: Chris Jacobs
Art Director: Brian Steinseifer
Writer: Jim Jodie

07 October 2010

Logo Design Options (Set 1)

Trying to create a logo for myself. Here are 2 that I have created thus far. More to come in due time. Hopefully I will have one set in stone in the next week.

25 August 2010

Crab & Splash T-Shirt Design



I was asked by The Fellaz to create a t-shirt design for the Crab and Splash Festival which was held August 14, 2010. I was more than excited and this was my first real attempt at a t-shirt design. I must admit this was one of the funniest things I have ever done. It was a lot of trials and errors to get it ready for press but it was a learning experience and to see the t-shirt on so many people was definitely worth it! I hope you enjoy.

DJ Quicksilva


28 July 2010

Commercial Break

In advertising we stumble through many commercials...Some great some ok and some where we just turn the channel because we don't even have a clue what they are trying to sell. The other day I stumbled across this commercial for Toyota called "Swagger Wagon." I think it's clever but at the same time it plays on that dreaded "My mom/dad is trying to be cool" feeling. All in all Toyota is clearly trying to do something to bring themselves back to the attention of the consumer. (Can you blame them?) During a time when the the economy is still fighting its way back to normal, you can always win people over with a good laugh.

Let me know what you think..

Swagger Wagon from toyota sienna on Vimeo.

18 July 2010

Happy Meal Turned Digital...

So I stopped at a McDonald's
a few days ago and decided to order a Happy Meal. (Yes, I am an adult ordering a Happy Meal.) Once I got my meal a sense of nostalgia came over me. I found myself in curiousity of which toy I had received and then me searching for a pen to do the games that usually wrap the outside of the box. So with pen in hand I was ready and then i noticed it... in disbelief of what I was being asked to do by such a monumental staple of my youth and in society...the Happy Meal instead of asking me to find Ronald or finish the sentence it had asked me to "Play On-line." I am very aware of how technology is forever changing and is a huge part of society but does all areas need to conform? McDonald's usually prides themself on a classic burger never changed never altered... you know... 2 all beef paties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun...so why not the same for the Happy Meal?

13 July 2010

Crab & Splash Flyer and Tix

Here is one of the first attempt at the flyer design. The clients wanted more color as well as a way to depict a "splashy" water feel.

After taking all the critiques this is what was created and approved.

Ticket Design for the Crab & Splash Festival


28 June 2010

Magazine "the Logical Path"

Magazine Cover for "the Logical Path" & a sneak preview of inside.

27 June 2010

Mood Music: Flyer

1st Attempt. The client loved the music tree but wanted to have more of a night time feel.

2nd Attempt: The client liked the change from white to black but wanted less of an abstract feel but loved the placement of the text.

Final Flyer: The Client was very satisfied about the final design and layout.

Skate Flyer

04 May 2010

Political Blog Banner

I recently created a Blog Banner for a client who is heavy into politics. I hope you enjoy!

Also, check out his blog alholmes.wordpress.com great insight.

Fun with Scrabble

14 March 2010

1st Attempt at Retouching

Lately my business partner DeAan Pridgeon has been teaching me the art of "Re-Touching" so here is my 1st attempt..... Enjoy!!!

Please leave feedback!!!

T.E.A.M Magazine

Created for T.E.A.M Magazine...

My Business Cards

Here are some old business cards I did... Check them out....

19 January 2010

Quick Pen Tool Exercise

I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could draw myself in under an hour with the pen tool (illustrator CS4) and this is what I did!

17 January 2010

Logo for Charm City Aggies

While in school you always seem to find where you fit in. It could be based on sports, personalities, ethnicity, or just location. I had the honor of creating a logo for an organization called "Charm City Aggies." It based on the location of students from Baltimore, Maryland.

Here are a few ides I came up with:

After a view revisions and a talk with the client we came up with the new logo for Charm City Aggies.

Exploring Typography

While in graduate school i came to have a new found love for Typography. Every where I go I compare it to each other and I try to use it and execute it as best as I can in my projects. Recently, I designed some invites to a friends baby shower and decided to use only type for the picture.

The theme was the Mad Hatter Tea Party!