Sneak peek at some new letterpress business cards for Odin’s Vintage Vault

Sneak peek at some new letterpress business cards for Odin’s Vintage Vault

Bandito Design Co. was approached by Thor Espresso Bar to create a few items for their boutique coffee shop. They wanted a shirt to represent their tagline of “Powered by Thor” and they wanted to expand their product line to accommodate a bottled “cold brew” coffee.

THE GIG POSTER GRAVEYARD
When a band emails you, big or small, and they like your style enough to ask you to design a poster for their next gig/tour, it feels pretty good. I’ve had the privilege of making merch for bands like Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst, David Bazan, Panic at the Disco, Rocky Votolato, The Felice Brothers, and more.
Sometimes, I get carried away and stray from my normal “you get three options to choose from” and go overboard with five or six concepts for a band to choose from. Often, it works out to my benefit with the band picking two, or one now and one later, or even “wow! let’s print all five as a set for the next tour!”, which really only happened once. This method, however, results in a good amount of unused designs.
What you see here are some of my favorite poster designs that have been gathering dust on the cutting room floor. The actual band names have been changed to protect the innocent.
If you know a band that might be interested in some hand-me-down designs, let me know. One band’s trash could be another band’s treasure!

THE GIG POSTER GRAVEYARD

When a band emails you, big or small, and they like your style enough to ask you to design a poster for their next gig/tour, it feels pretty good. I’ve had the privilege of making merch for bands like Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst, David Bazan, Panic at the Disco, Rocky Votolato, The Felice Brothers, and more.

Sometimes, I get carried away and stray from my normal “you get three options to choose from” and go overboard with five or six concepts for a band to choose from. Often, it works out to my benefit with the band picking two, or one now and one later, or even “wow! let’s print all five as a set for the next tour!”, which really only happened once. This method, however, results in a good amount of unused designs.

What you see here are some of my favorite poster designs that have been gathering dust on the cutting room floor. The actual band names have been changed to protect the innocent.

If you know a band that might be interested in some hand-me-down designs, let me know. One band’s trash could be another band’s treasure!

BANDITODESIGNCO.COM: FACELIFT/REBIRTH

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From left to right, Bandito homepage V2 built with Index Exhibit in 2010, Bandito homepage V3 built with Squarespace in 2014. Not pictured: Bandito hompage V1 built with broken twigs and saliva in 2009.

Back when Bandito Design Co. started in 2009, website creation was a little… different. I had just graduated from arts school where my Graphic Design major required me to take three “web design” classes. I suppose the web world was in flux at that moment because all I learned to do was build websites with TABLES and FLASH. I still have action script nightmares. IF THIS, THEN WHAT?!?!

The very first Bandito site was all custom built in Dreamweaver and used an Etsy shop. I even managed to toss some sloppy javascript in there. This was fine, because I only had about three posters to talk about, no blog, and an external shop. This “short bus” of a website was up and running, and boy was I proud. I am happy to say there is no current record of this site.

A year later, I heard about Index Exhibit. All the new graduating seniors from CCAD were building their portfolio sites with this, so I had to pick up my game. I fumbled my way through creating a very simple site with six pages, an embedded Tumblr feed (fancy), and still had an external shop (Big Cartel). This worked, and it stayed this way for a good while, but I yearned for a website that had everything in one place.

After making a few small event websites for work using Squarespace, I realized how much things have changed for the non-developer. I could make decent looking websites, easily, and fast. So I decided to see what a new Bandito site would look like. (look for yourself)

Well, Squarespace let me import all my old blog posts from Tumblr, import all product images and information from Big Cartel, and keep everything in one place. The usability of the website editor also really impressed me. Everything was really straight-forward and if I couldn’t figure it out, there was an answer from the SS community somewhere online. (I did get some help embedding a Dribbble feed into the homepage from Rogie)

In summation: The times are a changin’, I can officially say “back in my day” while referring to the internet, and I somehow managed to cobble together a website I am proud of with my limited knowledge of internets.

Sneak peek of an artist series of prints I contributed to. Mama’s Sauce can really lay it down!

I became the Creative Manager of the new Grand Rapids Downtown Market last October. One of my first projects was the creation of a full collateral system. I finally got a chance to take some pics of the final product and I couldn’t be happier.

The pieces: large envelope, pocket folder, 16 business cards, #10 envelope, letterhead, shopping list notepads, gift certificates.

The details: All on Cougar Smooth stock, the backs of all 16 business cards fit together, custom pocket folder die, the gift certificates have dimensional printing.

I’m very proud to announce my girlfriend’s new business venture: Odin’s Vintage Vault. She has always been an avid collector of vintage goods, but now she is using her huntin’ skills to pay the bills!

If you are a fan of oddities, kitsch, or mid-century modern, take a peek into Odin’s Vintage Vault!

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All videogame-themed posters are on sale in the Bandito shop.

Where else can you get all evolutions of the original 3 starter Pokemon for 18 bucks?

Use the promocode POSTERLOVE and get 50% off your entire order from the shop for the rest of V-Day! Show your walls some love!

Use the promocode POSTERLOVE and get 50% off your entire order from the shop for the rest of V-Day! Show your walls some love!

New print in the shop!

The Once and Future King
Size - 9”x 24”
Colors - white, medium blue, dark blue 
Screen printed on 100 lb Kraft Construction French paper 
Limited edition of 50 
Created for a fairy tale themed gallery show. 
Inspired by The Sword in the Stone.

Finished up my tribute to Mighty Max. Watch all the glorious episodes here.

I made an Oblivion poster for fun. It was my favorite movie of 2013. Loved the art direction, the vehicle design, the motion graphics, the soundtrack, and the classic sci-fi plot.