HandEyeStudio is a small one-person studio in Olympia (technically, it’s Tumwater), Washington. After a start in advertising during my early twenties, I moved out west to attend The Evergreen State College. Twenty-four years later, I find myself settled in this charming, rainy capital city at the tip of the Puget Sound.
“Old School” is the way I was taught by my dad and art teachers. There were no computers. Everything I created required my X-Acto knife and Rapidograph pens. I learned to become an artist first. Design was through study and trial and error. There were no templates. I had to learn skill and precision. I am grateful for the experience.
“Go by eye!” my father would expound. He would cringe at the grid and rulers available to me in Adobe Illustrator and, yet, marvel at the Bézier curve tool. His words still ring through my ears. It has become a sort of mantra.
I am “old school” with a new school computer. I strive for simple and elegant designs. I am inspired by the works of Milton Glaser and Paul Rand and continue to seek inspiration in this ever-changing world. My goal is to create simple, functional designs that inspire my clients. They appreciate the ability to work with an actual person who is both timely and responsive to their needs… and I expect the same.
Milton Glaser once said that design is the ability to communicate clearly by whatever means one can control or master. I like that. Simple.
Don’t try to be original. Just try to be good. – Paul Rand