Archive for the ‘Graphic Design’ Category
Holly Lewittas & Barbara Hinske are both great writers, and MonkeyC clients. Both authors commissioned us with their book covers and WordPress theme design. Both authors also write about doggies, recounting the creatures mysterious adventures. I had such a great time working on these projects, it was a lot of fun composing the illustrations. I designed both book covers for the “Spunky Series” and the author site SpunkyMysteryBooks.com, and the cover and site for “Coming to Rosemont”, BarbaraHinske.com.
Author Kurt Kamm’s new book is coming out soon. A prolific author, Kurt writes firefighters mystery novels. His latest book “Hazardous Material” explores the world of a HazMat Specialist with Los Angeles County Fire Department, and his battles with pain killer addiction and motorcycle gangs. At MonkeyC (MonkeyCMedia.com), we designed the HazMat book cover, laid down the interior of the book, re-worked the website design, and created collateral printed material for the marketing campaign. Here are a few samples of the cover spread and site. Visit the author’s website KurtKamm.com, check out all his books, they are awesome! J Frizza
I had a lot of fun putting together the cover for “Bottom-Up & Top-Down Innovation,” a new book by local author Joseph Stein, (MonkeyCMedia client). This edition combines two books into one. The author presents ideas on how to create innovative environments and improve performance in companies. I composed the cover in Illustrator; the “arrows” frame holding both titles was easy to craft using the new shape-builder tool. J frizza
Another amazing project done for Monkey C! Author Paul H. Magid trusted us with the cover design of his new book Lifting the Wheel of Karma. In addition, we customized a Word Press theme for the new site promoting the book (PaulHMagid.com). The book tells the story of “A tormented Boy [who] Embarks on a Profound Journey of Extraordinary Healing and Enlightenment.” This is Paul’s first novel, great story —touching and insightful! J Frizza
The beginning of this year has been busy. Here are four new covers I designed for MonkeyCMedia clients, authors Cipriani, Rocker, Lamb, and Little (Art Direction: Jeniffer Thompson). The books range from fiction and essays, to a thriller and a novel. At Monkey C we do it all! For the first three books, I also designed the custom WordPress sites … Check them out! J Frizza
Faceless, Belo Cipriani. BlindAMemoir.com
Punishment, Linda Rocker. LindaRocker.com
Karma’s Law, Kristi Lamb. KristiLamb.com
Magnificent Redemption, Marc Little. MarcLittleWrites.com
I’ve been working a lot the past few months, but also hiking every time a get the chance. Here is a piece based on a recent hiking trip to Corte Madera, an amazing and peaceful place in the back hills of San Diego. The drawing was done by hand, the colors and textures are resolved digitally. J Frizza
Happy New Year! 2011 was a busy one at Monkey C Media. Here are a few author WordPress sites I designed for MCM clients during the past year [Art Direction: Jeniffer Thompson]. Click on the links to visit the sites. Cheers! J Frizza
Another awesome job completed at MonkeyCmedia. One of our favorite clients, Malibu author Kurt Kamm, hired us (again!) to design the cover of his new book “Code Blood.” His latest title is a murder mystery thriller with an unusual plot: emergency medicine, the science of stem cell research and the world of body parts dealers!
In addition, he also commissioned us to redesign his website to feature the new book. Not to be missed, the site’s impressive firefighting photo collection … check it out! Visit www.KurtKamm.com. J Frizza
Below: “Code Blood” cover (front and back) and new website.
It was a pleasure working with Dr. David Fox on the design of his new book “Comfort, Healing, and Joy.” The project done for the MonkeyCMedia.com client [Jeniffer Thompson, Art Director] included the design of the book front and back covers, and a custom WordPress blog design. The result is a beautiful cover and site, complementing the uplifting message of the project.
You can check out the new website and read more about Dr. Fox’s book at www.ComfortHealingandJoy.com. J Frizza
Here is the brand new menu I re-designed for Brian Imoto’s facial and waxing services at Model Call Salon in San Diego. The new treatment list is clean and simple, sophisticated and cool. The background Jasmine pattern is my own adaptation of an old traditional Japanese motif, suggesting notions of aromatherapy, nature, and youth. The final piece will be printed in black ink on a heavy-weight textured paper. J Frizza
These past few weeks I’ve been busy designing a book cover and Word Press customization for MonkeyCMedia.com client Belo Cipriani. The San Francisco based author is launching a memoir recounting the details of how he became blind, and following the challenges of living with the new disability. The compelling book is coming out in April. The site is up and running, take a look: www.blindamemoir.com
Another satisfied customer at Monkey C! “Short Stories by D.V. Glenn” is the latest blog customization I designed for L.A. author D.V. Glenn. The blog is a striking and hip platform to promote his new book “The Girl with Two Left Breasts.” The design was conceived to match Glenn’s unusual and innovative writing. The book is getting amazing reviews and praise. Check it out … www.dvglennstories.com
The holidays are here, and I’m using my free time to work on some personal projects. I’m sharing today a detail of a pattern I created recently, inspired by the colors of fall and Oriental rugs. I am grateful for the opportunity to work on illustrations, design and art with amazing clients, and also have the time for my own art. Each project is a challenge and a source of satisfaction… I love what I do. Happy Thanksgiving! J Frizza
Another successful WordPress customization and book cover design completed for Monkey C Media client, author and artist Peter John Lucking. The new website is an online portal to promote the new book “Santa & The Little Teddy Bear.” The tale, in words and intricate illustrations, narrate the world wide adventure of a cute teddy bear, who becomes Santa’s helper during an unforgettable Christmas night. The book, a perfect Christmas gift, will be out for sale soon. Visit the site at www.BilbosAdventures.com. J Frizza
Here is a detail of a large piece I’m working on. “Dreamer” is a digital collage with drawings and patterns, still in the works. However, I’ve gotten to a point where I really like the piece, yet is not finished at all. I’m torn, because I love the freshness of the casual and hurried composition, and I don’t want to loose that feeling. Technology though, allows me to record and save every stage of the process… I love computers! J Frizza
At Monkey C Media, we just finished launching a website promoting a new book by author Walter Green. The book titled “This Is the Moment!” is published by Hay House, and available at your favorite online bookstore. The custom WordPress site features the author’s friendly smile, welcoming everyone to share with him an extraordinary account of gratitude. Working on Walter’s website design was a pleasure, the end result speaks for itself. Check it out: www.ThisIstheMoment.com J frizza
Southern California is beautiful. Even at this time of economic uncertainty and transition, the neighborhood is an abundant source of inspiration. The dramatic ‘Foreclosure,’ ‘Bank Owned,’ and ‘Sale’ signs stand solemn in perfectly manicured and trimmed yards, in front of ghostly empty houses. This American dream has become a nightmare for some. The vacation weather, the quintessential California palm tree, the perfectly cleaned street seam out of place in such sad scenario. Though change is good, the organic urban web still regenerates and thrives. Here is another digital ‘impression’ of my neighborhood. J Frizza
Blisswear, a local boutique, hired me to illustrate the new home page of the upcoming online store. The site is still under construction, though you can take a look at the illustration and overall design at www.blisswear.com.
From the concept drawing to the finish home page, the images below narrate the creative process… J Frizza
My summer was busy, teaching an Adobe Illustrator Class at Platt College, San Diego. Working with the students on posters, maps, and book covers was a lot of fun. Our weekly project critique was my favorite exercise. At the end of the module, the student’s feedback was positive and encouraging. In one more week, I’ll be teaching the class again. I’m exited!
Here is one of the exercises from the summer class, a poster using several Illustrator tools … all in vectors, all good. J Frizza
I just finished another project for Monkey C Media (art direction: Jeniffer Thompson.) I completed a book cover and designed a custom Word Press site for authors Drs. Roya and Joel Herskowitz. The book is an interesting and useful health guide to swallowing. The basic bodily function is explored in details, possible swallowing complications are addressed in length. J Frizza
Visit Joel and Roya’s site at www.swallowsafely.com.
In the news: www.metrowestdailynews.com/lifestyle/health/
At Monkey C Media, we are giving the final touches to the Ultimate Practice Builder’s new blog. These past months I’ve been working on a new corporate identity for Dr. David Zahaluk’s website, book, and services. I designed the new Ultimate Practice Builder’s logo and the new flashy portal. The site is looking pretty sharp! J Frizza
“Wholeness in Living – Viviendo en la Totalidad” is a lovely blog customization I’ve designed for author Mayte Picco-Kline (Monkey C Media client.) Her book of poems and watercolors is a soothing breeze of fresh air full of positive energy. Visit the site and find some words of inspiration. J Frizza
Author Kurt Kamm hired Monkey C Media to develop a website to promote his book “One Foot In The Black.” I designed the blog to match the dramatic book cover. Visit the site at www.kurtkamm.com and take a look at the amazing photographs posted by the author. Kurt is an active blogger, his book is excellent! J Frizza
Read Local San Diego (www.sandiego.readlocal.org/) is one of the most elaborate blog customization we’ve done at Monkey C. The portal is powered by a Word Press blog, with a log-in module for subscribers. I had a lot of fun coming up with the background, frame, and banners. Read Local San Diego is a new forum for local South California authors to connect and mingle. Stop by and support our local authors! J Frizza
www.divinebetrayal.com has been one of my favorite projects this year at Monkey C. Author Graceann Deters trusted us with the promotion of her remarkable memoir “Divine Betrayal.” The book recounts the author’s life as a young girl, daughter of a missionary man working in Brazil. Designing the website and print collateral was a pleasure indeed; Graceann’s old photographs and story are a mind-blowing archive replete with vivid memories. J Frizza
At Monkey C Media we just finished another fantastic Word Press Blog customization. This new blog site is home to Norris van den Berg’s new book “The Waterman,” a historical fiction novel set in the time of the American Civil war. Check it out: www.norrisvandenberg.com. The book’s theme gave me the opportunity to include patterns, script fonts and art in the design … the overall look of the site came together nicely. J Frizza
My talented sister Dea, a film maker based in Barcelona, Spain, created and produced a fabulous documentary that follows the restoration of a Rhinoceros’ head. She put me in charge of all the graphic aspects of the project: Titles, credits, posters, DVD cover and some of the drawings and photographs featured in the film. The final movie is amazing! It won awards and has been featured in film festivals. Take a look at the trailer …
The “3 Aces” book trailer for author Richard Ide is another video I created for Monkey C Media [Art Director: Jeniffer Thompson.] The clip is a fun trailer for Richard’s book “3 Aces,” about a truck driver’s adventures on the road to find hope and love.
For the same Monkey C client, I also designed a custom Word Press blog to promote the book online. Check it out: www.3acesthenovel.com
Author Leo Kim was so happy with the first book trailer we did for him, that he hired Monkey C again to make a sequel. I had a great time putting this videos together! Here it is, “Healing the Rift” book trailer part 2 … J Frizza
“Healing the Rift” is one of the first book trailers I created for Monkey C Media [Art Director: Jeniffer Thompson] client, author Leo Kim. Leo describes his book as “a bridge over the gap between science and spirituality.” The book marketing campaign has been a total success!
Have you ever thought about starting a home-based baking business? Now you can! All the information you need to know is in Quincella Geiger’s new book “Bringing Home the Baking.”
“www.Bringing Home the Baking.com” is yet another custom Word Press site design I’ve done for Monkey C Media [Art Director: Jeniffer Thompson.] At MCM, our oven is full of delicious designs! J Frizza
“www.Fusion Economics.com” is a handsome new customized Word Press site I recently finished designing for a Monkey C Media client [Art Director: Jeniffer Thompson.] The site is a useful platform to promote Switzerland based author Randy Charles Epping’s book, and showcase his TV appearances.
The book “Fusion Economics,” a guide ‘to survive and thrive in the new global marketplace,’ has been translated in several languages and received a lot of media attention. It is indeed, a handy manual to understand the state of the economy these days. J Frizza
Need a handyman? My friend Markus and wife Genevieve are setting up a new company dedicated to help anyone in need of repairs around the house. They hired me to come up with the logo for such enterprise. In return for the art, Markus came and fixed the broken kitchen window… I love bartering!
Check out their website: HubbytotheRescue.com … and contact them if you need something done. Markus is the man for the job!
“Aguara” is the name of the native Paraguayan red fox. Aguara is a word in Guarani, the native language of Paraguay, that literally means fox. Aguara is also the name of my sister’s new venture, dedicated to promote and export native crafts from Paraguay, including pottery, textiles and such. She asked me to come up with a logo to suit the endeavor. And here it is! The playful logo is a cute memorable emblem, combining the concepts of the fox and the native pottery… What do you think? JF
Here is the menu I created for Brian Imoto’s facial and waxing treatments. Brian wanted a design that reflected his Japanese heritage, something simple and classy. I digitally combined several Japanese patterns to compose long vertical landscapes, one side suggesting rain on flowers, and a waterfall flowing on the reverse side. The menu is printed on a handsome jade green card stock Japanese paper… they look awesome! JF
The complete book promotion campaign for “Family Plots,” Monkey C Media [Art Director: Jeniffer Thompson] client Mary Patrick Kavanaugh included the design of two custom Word Press sites. Check them out!
The official “Family Plots” site: My Dream Is Dead but I’m Not
Mary Patrick Kavanaugh’s Blog: Crap into Compost