Logo design | Sirana Partners

Sirana Partners is a New York based commercial real estate investment and advisory firm in the process of opening its doors for business.  Below, the logo I designed for the firm, as well as a web banner designed for the impending launch of their web site (Coming Soon).

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Hugo Awards Logo Contest

So in case you’re unawares, the World Science Fiction Society is holding a contest to design the official logo for The Hugo Award.  In there own words:

“Although the rocket atop the Hugo Award has been one of the most visible signs of excellence in science fiction and fantasy for more than fifty years, there has never been an official logo to designate works as Hugo Award nominees or winners. The World Science Fiction Society now aims to change that by soliciting designs for such a logo, with the winning design to be the official logo suitable for use in the publishing and film/television industries.”

I probably would have jumped at the opportunity regardless of the circumstances, but when I saw that two of my favorite people, Neil Gaiman and Irene Gallo, are on the Judging Panel, it became an opportunity I couldn’t ignore.  You can learn more about the contest here, and find the submission guidelines here.

The deadline for entries passed on May 31st, and as we eagerly await the judges’ decision, you can view my submission below.


Web Banner Design

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Recently completed this graphic for a Health Literacy Lab.  They’re currently re-designing their web site and this banner will be featured in the site’s header.  We went through a few variations on the text.  The graphic at top is the one the client ultimately chose, while below are a couple of other variations.

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more marital designs

This is the final wedding-related post, I promise. Below are the front cover and inside of a program I created for my wedding last month. I used a graphic version of the wax seals we had used for the invitations and a gatefold layout. All the design work is by yours truly.

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So, in case you missed it, as of September 6th 2008, I am a married man. Thank you, thank you. Please hold your applause.

Previously in this space I’ve shown off some of the design work I did for our “Save the Date” mailers, including the nifty ‘Z’-Tree that became an emblem of our wedding, and a symbol I continue to use in the design of this web site (hint: top left).

In the mad rush, however, I neglected to feature the actual invitations for the wedding, which were designed and constructed by Linda Pasca, a flexible and versatile designer based on the east end of Long Island.  You can check out her work at Pen & Paper Calligraphy Design. Linda was eager to ensure our invites had a personal touch, and I feel she was able to seamlessly incorporate my designs into her own artistic vision.  So if you’re reading, Linda, thanks so much!

Below is the invitation’s outer envelope.  My wife and I wax sealed each envelope by hand using a custom wax stamp made by Wax-Works.com.

The Stamp:

Linda provided some beautiful calligraphy, as you can see from the front of the invite.  Yes, we’re invited to our own wedding.

The inside of the invitation is where my own design work features most prominently.  Our ‘Z’-Tree emblazons the slightly opaque vellum sheet that overlays the invite.  On the border of the invitation is a vine design that I created in keeping with the look and feel of our Tree.

Vellum up:

Vellum down: