Chronicles is a repository of my personal illustrations, collaborative projects, 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 2019

Land of Guns and Bullets.
Too many shootings this weekend. Stars on our flag look like bullet holes when extruded.

 


October 2019

Union Media Identity Mark Exploration
Though the new identity has not launched for Union Media. I am able to show the explorations – the good, the bad and the ugly. These are the marks that didn’t make the cut, but ultimately lead to the final mark (coming out in 2020).

At the forefront of this project a clear direction was established through a phased process – discovery, research, interviews, development of brand messaging, brand architecture, (re)naming, and journey mapping. Ending with the creation of a wordmark, logomark and brand guidelines.

 



“Michael (owner of mkn design) was a patient and professional guide through our brand discovery journey. We learned a lot about who we are as a company and the end result while surprising was totally what we were looking for. None of this would have happened without him and for that we are very grateful.”

Ryan Montgomery – COO and Partner at ClickFunnels



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October 2019

Black Cat
Gearing up for Halloween.

 


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October 2019

Fruit Exploration
Illustrative exploration on fruit shapes, color, arrangements and simple animations.

1. Fruit Assortment
2. Freshly Squeezed
3. Fruit Bowl

 


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October 2019

Historic Fountain Association Logo
A logo from long ago that never was published.

 


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September 2019

NBA Season (2019)
Who’s ready for basketball?

 


September 2019

Walking Objects Series
Everything’s better when adding human characteristics to objects.

1. Espresso Fix
2. Happy House
3. Boxed Water
4. ?

 


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September 2019

Tiger Lilly
Dynamic stripes and sharp edges (FYI, it’s not a mistake, I intentionally spelt Lilly with two L’s instead of one).

 


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September 2019

Labor Day
Happy Labor Day. Honoring the early and current laborers who forge(d) our nation.

 


August 2019

Beacon
Simple digital map logo that symbolizes range.

 


August 2019

Hand Exploration
These illustrations were explorations of hand location/position while holding a phone. It felt boring with nothing on the screens, so I added Space Invaders and Apple logo.

 


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August 2019

Notre Dame De Paris
Symmetry with proper spacing.

 


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August 2019

Lilly
Bold hand styled lettering with a kick.

 


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August 2019

The Mayflower
Strong vertical and horizontal lines mixed with quartered circles.

 


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August 2019

King Kong
Kong, king of the apes

 


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August 2019

Friendly Hi
Simplified face merged with a speech bubble.

 


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July 2019

America Unraveling
America has had many defining moments, and will continue to. My observation expressed visually is that our country is spiraling – we are polarized along lines of politics, class and race. Yet, this can also be a time for great change, renewal of passions and possibilities!

Though the idea of this illustration is somber, it also provides hope – through the interweaving and connection of stripes twisting, linking, joining with each other.

 


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July 2019

Buddy Lee
Our family dog iconified. Buddy is a Norwegian Elkhound, one of the oldest breeds of dog that accompanied vikings.

 


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July 2019

Iconic Bob Ross
“We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” - Bob Ross

 


July 2019

Bear Love
Bear with a whole lot’a love.