As most of you know, Barcamp is an annual “unconference” that is held in many cities across the US each year.
Each Barcamp event is independently organized, and Grain & Mortar happens to play a large role in planning Omaha’s annual event. Each year, we select a local designer to take on the t-shirt design. For 2013, we chose Joe Sparano, a local designer and educator at Creighton University. Today, we have a guest post from Joe about this year’s unique shirts, and the idea and concepts behind it. Enjoy!
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In designing the website, Grain & Mortar had made many of the t-shirt decisions already: the message (everybody’s weird, everybody’s welcome), the concept (aliens & monsters), the colors (green & purple), and the eyeballs (one).
And then together, we added some t-shirt specific limitations: it should glow in the dark, and it should be the kind of minimal shirt that designers like me and Eric would actually wear.
So the problem was: reconcile those limitations with two goals I chose myself: (1) that the shirt should reinforce the 4 speaking categories, and (2) that each attendee (in all their weirdness) could choose the category featured on their shirt.
And so the solution (like the problem) was inside the website Grain & Mortar had already designed: constellations.
The starry sky is minimal on its own, but the hidden symbols allow attendees to customize the shirt — with their favorite category, the bonus alien, or (in a few cases) entirely uncharted constellations. And the fabric pens we provided are washable, so the shirts are both minimal and customizable over and over again.
Thanks to Grain & Mortar for trusting me with their (one-eyed alien) baby! If you have a Barcamp shirt and would like to customize it again, download the star charts here.
- Joe Sparano
Grain & Mortar is always excited to participate in the events our local AIGA chapter puts together.
AIGA’s The Show 22, Nebraska’s biggest design competition, took place on Saturday night. As always, we are proud to see such amazing work from local designers, and humbled to be included on the wall next to them. Our team took home five awards, including work done for Postwire, Summer Tomato, Campus Connect, and Don & Millie’s. If you weren’t able to attend on Saturday, you can still view the exhibit until Friday, November 15, at the Kaneko gallery.
Thanks to everyone at AIGA for putting on another amazing event for Nebraska designers!
We have always admired Bryan Findell’s work, and are happy to announce his addition to the Grain & Mortar team on Oct. 15.
Bryan, a seasoned motion designer and animator, will allow Grain & Mortar to offer motion design and animation to our clients on a larger scale. Welcome, Bryan! And stay tuned this fall for the unveiling of some great work.
The team over at Campus Connect reached out to us with nothing but a name,
in need of an identity for their company. Since Campus Connect provides colleges and universities with advanced off-campus residential networks (ResNet), our goal was to create a mark that was energetic, youthful, and innovative.
The approved concept with two interlocking ‘C’s symbolizes the connection between the campus quad and the student’s place of residence. It also resembles two screens, representing technology. With a nod to the parent company’s logo, we designed it with rounded corners and a 3d perspective.
Grain & Mortar was featured in HOW Magazine!
Not only are we HOW’s “Designer Spotlight” for July, but our work for Barcamp Omaha 2012 was featured on page 65 as an “Outstanding Consumer” website in the HOW Interactive Design Awards. We are beyond excited for the recognition, and are honored to be included in such a great publication.