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PresidentialMonsters.com

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This project was a case where I did not create the artwork or graphic design for the actual product, but still used my design and illustration tools to create a unified presentation that complimented and showcased the work.

Presidential Monsters are an amazing line of action figures from Heroes In Action toys. Creator Mark Huckabone sought out top tier fantasy artists to design and illustrate the unusual combination of classic monsters with iconic political figures. The art was fantastic, the toys are incredible, and the website needed to match. The WordPress site was built by customizing the Clean Retina theme, a responsive theme that looks and works great on all devices.

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I wanted to showcase the stunning visual art and give an immediate sense of the breadth of characters HIA had created while at the same time making it easy to find which one you wanted and buy it. A simple 4×4 grid of all 16 characters lined up on the front page was unsatisfying and static(and a little crowded!). I instead imagined a Hall of Portraits in the haunted White House and presented the 4 series of characters on a scrolling slider.

The deadline for this project was the San Diego Comic-Con and while the team was on the ground at the convention I was handling their social media, posting to Facebook and Twitter. It was great fun and exactly what I love to do.


JFACommunications and The Matchmaking Maven

The-Matchmaking-Maven---Online-Dating-Profiles-_-Communication-&-Dating-Coaching-_-Matchmaking-Support-1Designing websites and marketing materials for your wife isn’t as easy as it might sound, particularly when she’s got an editor’s attention to detail and the high aesthetic standards of an artist.

In working on branding Julie Feinstein Adams Communications we were going in circles trying to find the right look and tone until I pulled a calendar down off of her wall.

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The public-domain images from 19th century French advertising posters so perfectly exemplified her style, taste and spirit they were a natural fit for her branding. “Writer Girl” as we call her later inspired the effusive mascot for Julie’s dating business the Matchmaking Maven.


The Mego Museum

This is an assortment of marketing projects for the Mego Museum. The Museum is a website I started in 1996 and has become one of the most popular vintage toy sites on the web. In addition to the overall site design and branding I designed over 90 trading cards of photographed action figures combined with digitally painted backgrounds. In 2011 we produced and sold our own action figures, The Mego Museum Super Collector and Brick Mantooth, spokesmodel for our brother-site Plaidstallions.com. I am currently working on a major update of the site.