by Kirk Wallace
Kirk Wallace, trzown | Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer, Boston Massachusetts
Cmrcl. Illustration / Design studio of Kirk! Wallace & Sküllboy
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Blog

As an illustrator and graphic designer, I'm able to do what I love for a living. That doesn't mean I'm content, satisfied, or even happy with a lot of what I do. I am creating this blog to share some insight that hopefully both you and I can learn from about my experiences in the world of designing for a financial and emotional living.

Catch up Week 2

The past few weeks have been busy and I thought I'd share what I've been working on while also documenting for myself. I'm going to try to do this every month at least (maybe 2 weeks) to keep in touch with the amount of notable work I'm producing! These are the projects that sometimes aren't fully portfolio worthy but always full effort and still telling a story.

White Paper Cover

At Wagepoint, we created a 10-15 page White Paper on how to treat your employees as people and not robots. Something I think a lot of businesses (especially in certain industries) suffer from.

I worked on a lot of illustrations for it, most challengingly the cover seen here which illustrates a sort of ideal workplace that encompasses a lot of the elements that we included as critical points to pay attention to when running a business. Including dogs.

Interview

I had the opportunity to chat with some friendly folks at Print Express UK about some cool stuff. I tried to talk about some unique stuff and some things hopefully not everyone else is chatting about. That would be boring.

Email Design

System emails are something we deal with all the time with SaaS. When we can, we use Mailchimp for all our template needs but sometimes with system emails we can't be so lucky. So in this case I've designed a simple but versatile template for our emails from Wagepoint.

Prez Poster

Diving into a totally uncomfortable technique with a heavily photo based design, I created a gig poster for Prez Powerz which I know now is a while ago (like i said im going to try to keep these bi monthly in the future). It's fun to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while and see how your normal routine has changed the way you design out of the box. Lots of photos, curves, and textures here!

Richie Tree

The stunning Richie Stewart spoke at Creative Mornings a while back and I was asked to help with some promo graphics for the even. With his talk on heritage, I thought a punked out tree with a subtle zelda touch would do the trick. I think he dug it.

Luna Designs

I don't know the proper term for giving style guides other than trickle down design. As things pick up and start getting faster paced at Wagepoint, I need to find the best places for my time. That being said, designing ever page of an app in photoshop and shipping it off is not working, so I've started designing ui packs and general guidelines and letting them trick down to cover 80% of the apps needs. From there I will go back in and finish up the small / particular issues.

Headshot illustrations

More employees means more illustrations and business cards! Two new people joined our team yay! Meet em.

Stickers

Sometimes things seem like a good idea to print on sticky vinyl sheets. These are going in any prints you order from the shop while they last, so go get ordering!

Style Exploration

Some of you may have seen me working on these style explorations the past few weeks. I've been feeling the nervousness of getting trapped in any sort of style and not being able to rise up to more serious storytelling. For me, my favorite stuff to draw is inherently cute but naturally I want to be able to create different moods and tones in my illustration so I've been trying to intentionally do some different stuff and new workflows to stay versatile. I'll continue to do this

Infographic

Wicked fast turnaround here (one day) but it came out pretty cool. A infographic with some facts about payroll, featuring a whole bunch of fun simple illustrations. 

See you in two or four weeks! I think two. Hope you enjoy seeing the stuff that isn't always super dribbble / portfolio worthy but still solves problems and furthers my abilities.