project archive + news

New logo & website launched for Beale Street Studios

I recently worked with Memphis-based creative/production company Beale Street Studios to completely update their logo system…and from there to create a modern, fresh & mobile-friendly portfolio websiteto show off their work.

The site is easy to update and built on WordPress, and the logo system below includes some few designs that weren’t selected for the final product.

Beale Street Studios - logo design

Our new office in the news

The office/studio that I share with Sarah Rossi Photography in Midtown Memphis’ Cooper Young is getting some really nice press, thanks to the press release written by Bart Shannon at Beale Street Studios.


Check out the (really flattering!) story at Choose901:



…and another one in the Memphis Business Journal:


Video editing & animation for Acacia TV promo spot

More motion graphics and video editing… we just wrapped this one up yesterday:


A small but fun-to-work-on video for Acacia TV, in collaboration again with my buddies at Baker+Hill.

NEWS!: Just launched the new version of


Customized responsive WordPress site for renowned product designers BlueMap

I’m happy to announce the launch of the brand new, 2nd version of, a modernization and complete redesign since the first version we produced together 10 years ago. In the coming week or two we’ll be fleshing it out a bit more, but this simplified version was launched to coincide with CES 2015 and the unveiling of the BlueMap-designed TYPO2 keyboards for the iPhone 6 and iPad Air.

Some ongoing logo exploration for a longtime client/partner

I’m currently working on a new logo for these guys. Can’t use them all for the final one so inevitably some of the ones you like fall to the wayside…

Beale Street Studios - logo design development

A few photos from the Rock & Soul Museums’ 2014 ceremony

I’m honored to have created the video presentations for the 2014 inductees of the Memphis Music Hall Of Fame. Just like last year, it was a bit hectic…but in the end it was all worth it.

The post-Alex Chilton incarnation of Big Star, performing in front of graphics I created for the event:
Big Star

The incredible Sam Moore of Stax Records’ Sam & Dave, who dampened every eye in the house when he coaxed the legendary Ann Peebles into singing along with her husband, Hi Records’ Don Bryant:
Sam Moore of Stax and Sam & Dave

….and B.J. Friggin’ Thomas!
B.J. Thomas!

And an amazing performance by Stax Records’ William Bell and rapper Al Kapone:
William Bell of Stax Records & Al Kapone

Motion graphics for upcoming documentary feature

A creative motion graphics concept for an upcoming documentary feature, along with some additional alternate graphic looks. This has been a fun one to work on!

Some alternate graphic looks, to establish look & feel for the film…

Ruled paper:

Carved into a school desk:


Graph paper:

And finally…crumpled paper:

FROM THE ARCHIVE: music video for Willie Heath Neal

Music video I created for Chicken Ranch Records from DIY footage of the band. Decidedly low-fi, in keeping with the rawness of both musical style & source video.

A smattering of recent work, from motion to interactive to print

A collection of recent work. Some of these show concept work that wasn’t used in the final project, some are ongoing, and some are just sleeping for the moment.

Represented below are an upcoming documentary feature, an indie movie short, a couple of websites ( and and screen graphics for ESPN.

  • Motion graphics for upcoming documentary feature
  • ESPN set graphics (motion graphics)
  • ESPN set graphics (motion graphics)
  • ESPN set graphics (motion graphics)
  • ESPN set graphics (motion graphics)
  • ESPN set graphics (motion graphics)
  • ESPN set graphics (motion graphics)
  • Concept for movie poster/DVD cover
  • Concept for indie movie poster
  • Concept for indie movie poster
  • Concept for indie movie poster
  • Concept for indie movie poster
  • Website concept
  • Website concept
  • Website concept
  • website design (ongoing)
  • website design (ongoing)

NEWS: Relevant Roasters website launched

Relevant Roasters website design & buildI’m thrilled to have just launched a responsive single-page website for Memphis-based coffee gurus Relevant Roasters. The photography that really helps to pull the site together is by Sarah Rossi.

The site is built to grow with the company, and in the coming few weeks we’ll be adding a full line of products complete with an online store.

Relevant Roasters packaging shots

RelevantRoasters-SRossi-44The first batch of bags for Relevant Roasters is in. I’m really happy with the way they turned out and I’m hopeful that they’ll work really well for Memphis’s new craft coffee company.

As always, thanks to Sarah for the photos.



Meet my brand new cards of business

BrandonBellBCard-noedited-8Thanks to Sarah Rossi Photography for the photos of my brand spankin’ new business cards.

Note the new address, and please stop by the office anytime you’re in Cooper Young & want to catch up (or just want a card)!



Logo & packaging design complete, website design beginning!

Relevant Roasters : logo designI’m really excited to have wrapped up logo & packaging design for Memphis-based craft coffee Relevant Roasters.

We’ll have bags to show soon, and we’re plowing full speed ahead on website design now.

More & more WordPress!

Fourteenth Century Lighting : Responsive Home Page redesignA redesigned & rebuilt Home Page (the rest of the site just uses the new header) for Fourteenth Colony Lighting. The new landing page is fully responsive and totally modernized, and gives the client flexibility that they never had before.

GCD Interiors : placeholder siteA quick & simple single-page placeholder for GCD Interiors. While they gather materials and plan for a more thorough website, this placeholder serves up everything that potential customers need to know.

Look for a full site to come soon!

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Random House website


Random House : Teens At Random website
Random House approached me to re-design and build the outdated teen-focused division of their site. This dynamic backend-driven site aimed to:

  • Become more contemporary and fun;
  • Interface seamlessly with existing backend systems;
  • Deliver an enormous amount of catalog content in a fluid and entertaining way.


It’s several years old at this point, but it’s worth a visit as it’s still up & working for Random House.

Visit the Website >>