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Photography by Hilary Bovay
I am an artist, designer & musician from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010, I received my BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, with a focus on Game Design in the T.I.M.E. - Digital Arts major.
As a child, I would often draw on any surface I could take with me, memorize whatever Led Zeppelin songs my dad had on repeat, and save money only for video games. As an adult, I am still doing most of the above, but I also work around the greater Cleveland area as a web & mobile application designer, specializing in front-end, responsive and user-experience design. The rest of the time, you can find me listening to Father John Misty or making ice cream.
In addition, I am an avid lover of music, and have written, recorded, produced and performed with The Commonwealth since founding the band with my brother, Nicholas, and longtime friend, Patrick Burke, in 2009.
Throughout the year, I will occassionally contribute an illustration to coincide with an upcoming article for A List Apart's ongoing series, which, "explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices." The goal of each illustration is to provide a visual metaphor for the core concepts of an essay, as well as introduce each topic with something that is immediate, thoughtful & playful.
The Commonwealth are a local band from North Collinwood, Ohio, performing live and producing our own albums in the greater Cleveland area since 2011. To coincide with the release of our second full-length album, Urban Soul, I felt it was time to create our own official website.
The website's design serves multiple goals and audiences at once by answering our most frequently asked questions: when and where our next shows are, instant streams of all our albums via Bandcamp, and contact information for show and press inquiries.
Although we had a strong vision for the cover art, its spirit, subject matter and composition, we couldn't have done it without the help of photographer Hilary Bovay. Hilary did a stellar job capturing the images that make up the front, back and inside fold to the physical album, with the cover now serving as the centerpiece of our website's header.
You can view more stills of the final product, as well as learn more about the intent and process behind the artwork, at Hilary Bovay's website.
St. Vitus Church is a Roman Catholic parish in Cleveland, OH with a rich Slovenian cultural background. The parish was looking to expand their website by incorporating its history, culture, and more user friendly ways to keep its parishioners up to date on parish life & events.
With the help of Hilary Bovay's wonderful photography, I was able to provide St. Vitus Parish with a stronger visual layout, organize large amounts of content into distinct sections, and enable the staff to author news postings themselves through their first content management system.
Following the launch of their new website, SparkBase was looking for a unique way to convey many of their goals and milestones. It needed to be very visual, but also web-friendly and to tell a story.
To achieve this, I created an illustrated history of SparkBase's growth and mission. This project afforded me the opportunity to synthesize mobile-first web design techniques with inline typography and vector illustrations, all informed by SparkBase's look and feel. The end result is a series of lossless compositions that are engaging and informative, due to their interactive and narrative qualities.
I got in touch with Josh Augustine (former PC Gamer editor, now a game designer on Everquest) with one of the above posters attached in an email, asking him if PC Gamer would be interested in running a short series of them. Being a big fan of MMO's himself and me feeling nostalgic about the earlier days of World of Warcraft, Josh and I worked together to get them into their August 2011 issue as lossless high resolution images that readers could freely print as their own 11"x17" posters. PC Gamer ran an interview alongside a preview of the posters, which was later republished on their website after the magazine hit shelves and can be read here.
Upon rewatching Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, I was compelled by a number of visual motifs throughout the animated film that I missed at a younger age. So, I designed a poster to reflect a number of them: Haku and his transformation, flight and the element of wind, the existence of two worlds and the disconnect between them, and the disappearance of people over time.
Although the majority of the poster is a printed vector graphic, I composed it to leave room for the title of the movie, which I painted directly onto the poster with red ink in its native Japanese title.
There's only a few of these posters out there, but I do have extra prints in stock, waiting to be painted onto. If you'd like one, please feel free to contact me about it.
The past few months have been invaluable to me as a web designer, mostly because of the volume of useful tools and libraries I've come across. Equally important is the creativity I'm finding in many websites today, which encourages me to reconsider how I make my own and for what purpose they serve.
One small step in that learning process is rebuilding this place with a couple of the resources I'm referencing above: Brackets, a web editing tool, and Skeleton, a responsive site template to build off of. Both are free and really well built, and although they do take some experience with front end web development to feel comfortable with, they're powerful and efficient tools worth checking out.
Andrew Kuhar © 2016