Chronicles is a repository of my personal illustrations, collaborative projects, inspiration, curiosity, and worthwhile studies deposited here for visitors to enjoy and experience.

 

Please Note:
All illustrations and photographs are copyrighted under mkn design, do not reproduce without expressed written consent. If you would like to license or purchase any illustration from this blog, please contact me via e-mail.

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October 2017

Russian Wolfhound
I created this simple line illustration a few years ago. Found it this morning while searching for another project.

 


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October 2017

Architectural Styles Poster
Architectural Styles Poster. I finished printing this poster print for some recent customers. These illustrations were created from a former project with Nook Real Estate. If you are interested in purchasing please e-mail me: michael@mkn-design.com

 


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October 2017

Eagle Medallion
Morning drawing exercise using simple shapes.

 


October 2017

Hopscotch Co.
What's better then playing hopscotch?



October 2017

Illohus Mark
Brand mark for a future illustration studio.

 


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September 2017

Cunning Wolf
Simplification illustration in my downtime this morning.

 


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September 2017

Red Headed Finch & Nest
One hour study and simplification process on this bird.

 


September 2017

Weekend Work
Fun exploration with word and letter forms this weekend.

 


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September 2017

Fultonwood Type Foundary Illustrative Story
Worked alongside of Fultonwood Type Foundary to produce this illustration about their process and remembrance of traditional design tools which will be emulated in the style of fonts they design.

 


September 2017

Biscuit Club
Friends, tea and some biscuits to dunk.

 


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September 2017

Citizen Project at UICA
During ArtPrize this fall, our limited addition American screen printed flag posters will be sold and on display at the UICA. The two posters shown in this photo are: 'Thirteen Stripes, Fifty Stars' by Michael Nÿkamp (Top). Color Wave by Jody Williams (Bottom).

Learn more about the Citizen Project via Rapid Growth article.

 


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September 2017

Pandas and Rainbows
A cross between a Care Bear and a Panda. These 2 logo marks were made several years ago for a P&R, a group of independent designers.

 


September 2017

Edgewood Bakery Logo
I recently completed this logo for Edgewood Bakery–a bakery that carefully curates a mix of American classics and European-inspired desserts. The client's requirements for the logo exploration was that it be: simple, convey desserts, provide a European/American feel with a modern esthetic. Take a look by clicking on the link provided.

 


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September 2017

Kindness Is Magic
Kindness Is Magic (it needs to be mentioned twice). Let’s start each day with this important reminder. Stickers coming soon... maybe a t-shirt as well.

 


September 2017

Old City Hall Mark
This illustration was commissioned by Thesis for the new identity of City Hall in St. Joseph, Michigan.

 


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September 2017

Postal Mark
Updated postal mark from the history books.

 


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August 2017

Tree In Hand
Preservation and protection of America's national forests mark

 


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August 2017

AIGA Detroit
Big thank you to AIGA Detroit for featuring me and my work on their website and future e-newsletter. I hope to make it down soon.

 


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August 2017

Stand Up!
Stand up! Shout out love, not hate. Together, let’s use or hands to unite not separate (the shapes represent humanity collectively working to unite for peace).

“If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention” – Heather Heyer

 


August 2017

Depths of Despair
“The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.” ―Thomas Carlyle.