Ed Brandt

Palimpsest Exhibit Catalogue

April 9, 2017
Palimpsest Exhibit Catalogue Photo

First, a big thanks to everyone who attended my opening. I’ll forever be grateful for all the support, kind words, and well wishes. Some of you have inquired about the exhibit catalogue. Below is a link to a PDF file if you’d like to download a digital copy. For those looking to obtain a printed book, I’ve also included a link to Blurb where it can be purchased. Finally, stay tuned for some exciting gallery news.

Palimpsest

March 17, 2017
Palimpsest Exhibit Install Photo

Three years sure can go by fast, and now I’m only weeks away from fulfilling a goal set many years ago. On April 4 I will give a talk defending my thesis, and on April 7 will hold an opening reception for the thesis exhibit. If all goes well, come May I will graduate with an MFA degree. Below is information pertaining to the talk and show. And, as soon as it’s published, I will include a link to the exhibit catalogue. I hope to see everyone at the event.

Logo Design Primer

May 29, 2014
Logo Design Primer Blog Image

As a followup to my digital graphics primer I’ve written a second, this one about logo design. The content drawn from my experience as a graphic designer and, more recently, as an instructor. These primers are designed to be short, direct, and informative, acting as concise overviews. The content is not new, there are plenty of books, blogs, and other resources on these topics. My goal in writing these is to disseminate information into a format that can be quickly read and easily absorbed by anyone at any experience level. They are by no means comprehensive manuals, rather they are references that serve as a foundation for further investigation.

With this new primer, it is my hope that readers will gain an understanding of basic principles and concepts of logo design. As fun and fulfilling as they can be daunting, logos play an important roll in how we identify, relate to, and absorb information. Information summed up in, at most, a graphic and a few words.

Download the Logo Design Primer (PDF)

Digital Graphics Primer

January 10, 2014
Digital Graphics Primer Blog Image

As a graphic designer, one of the hardest things for me to convey to clients is the importance of getting ahold of assets in their correct file format. Vector, raster, EPS, JPEG, TIFF, PNG ... what does it all mean? Seriously, I’m not trying to be a pain in the ass. I do this not just for my sake, everyone should maintain a good library of their digital assets. And, I thinks it’s the designers job to provide all appropriate file types upfront. Personally, I provide a logo design in all the commonly requested formats upon job completion. One, it’s just good practice. Two, I receive a lot less calls requesting art. I hate lots of needless phone calls.

Truth be told, there is a lot to remember, the alphabet soup of acronyms and initialisms seems second only to the military. So to clear things up I’ve created a digital graphics primer. If you’re interested in a basic overview of digital graphic file types, or would like something to reference from time to time, click the link below to download the file. And, happy geeky reading.

Download the Digital Graphics Primer (PDF)

My First Published Anything

January 10, 2013
Logopond book cover Logopond book page spread with logo

Any designer would love to see something they’ve created published. Well, I finally received my chance. For a while I used a website named Logopond. It acts as an inspirational and peer feedback site for designers. Whether your working on a client project or just hashing out something conceptual, it’s a great place to show your work and get constructive criticism. Users have the ability to vote on logos they like, if your logo gets enough votes it becomes a showcase design.

That was the case with one of my logos. It was designed for a personal chef with a very unique service. The business is called “Old Stove Gourmet”. It was well received for it’s unique illustrative styling and whimsical feel. My account is no longer active but a link still exists to the selected design.

Logopond published their first logo inspiration book, a collection of logos that have been showcased on their site. I just received my copy and am sharing a few images. Thanks Dana for the design opportunity, and thanks to everyone out there in Logopondland for your appreciation.