spirited work

ruachhaaretzposter-small.jpgI’ve been doing onworking design work – posters, brochures, ads, and website for Ruach Ha’Aretz, a Jewish Renewal organization, and now Aleph’s mobile retreat center, which coordinates a week-long retreat that happens every two years somewhere in the western U.S., this year in eagle-crest resort, in Oregon.

We’ve been developing the Ruach Ha’Aretz look over the past decade or so, and it’s been alot of fun working with the wide variety of material.

“Ruach Ha’Aretz” is hebrew for “spirit of the earth.”


These folks are keeping me busy, as they’ve got all kinds of interesting programs in process, more added all the time.

To the right is the brochure for the upcoming retreat.

Below is the new Sage-ing brochure, barely on the presses… The Sage-ing program helps to learn about about one’s own Soul’s journey and how to guide others with their process. 

blissa heartspace


For a while now I’ve been planning a Blissa Heartspace line of greeting cards. Animated, printed, computer-generated, hand-drawn, everything. Hokey, hokey, hokey. Love, love, love. Frills and hearts and cutesiness.
So stay tuned for news from Blissaville.


abbywords.jpgAbby is a wonderful copywriter and came to me with a desire for a striking and simple website design. She has beautiful material to work with, and it was fun in this collaborative effort to come up with this colorful design for home and drill-down pages.

What a pleasure to work with such beautiful and inspiring material!

graphic artists guild

The San Francisco chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild seems to be on hiatus, but a while back, it was fun to be involved with them, organizing tax-related events for designers, attending their informative networking lunches, etc. Designing this card, with Bill Russell’s illustration was especially fun.

community program guide

strawberry program guide
I designed these program guides for Strawberry Rec Center. The work included designing the covers, creating new templates for layout of programs, as well as print production.

That’s me in the front of the canoe – can you tell?

welcome to my blog

I’m going to use this blog to post recent design work, and to learn how to use a blog.

Such as this email signature:


call-from-the-narrows3.jpg… created as part of a marketing material package to go with a CD design and brochure for MiriamsCyberWell.com. This has been a fun project graphically speaking, as I’ve been working with a wealth of material based around Miriam’s gorgeous songs and moving melodies.

I’ve been doing lots of work for Jewish organizations lately – a wide variety of work involving Jewish Renewal, a conservative synagogue, and creating packaging for educational CD’s and DVD’s for awe-inspiring Rabbi Gershon Winkler at walkingstick.org. It’s been fun and fulfilling, to say the least.

A brochure describing a past shamanic trip to Israel… for walkingstick.org:

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… and a website for Congregation Kol Shofar. This has been an ongoing labor of love. And it will be an ongoing project – it will be interesting to see how it gets added to and changed now that we’re working with a dynamic site, meant to evolve as new needs and ideas come up.

logos and bizcards – location, location, location

I particularly enjoy the design challenge involved with logos and business cards. Representing the essence of a company in a small and eye-catching image is a fun challenge. It’s a wonderful feeling when you know you’ve nailed the perfect graphic, and of course, when when the client agrees! And a business card is like a miniature poster. I’ve had lots of fun with a wide variety of logos for businesses, individuals, and miscellaneous organizations.

For example….

tuomasoct07c.jpgFinnish-English translation services… a simple and effective message.

… and this business, focused on selling IBM computers, wanting to show a bridge to bridge graphic – for its inherent symbolism as well as geographic imagery showing location in the San Francisco bay area.



animated greeting cards, aka fun with flash

I enjoy creating animated greeting cards using Flash, for example,
this Rosh Hashana card.

and this Chanukah card….

and this, an attempt at vehicle beautification, but I couldn’t convince David Donohue, the owner of this bio-diesel-run van to let me paint the bare white walls with these bright flowers.null



accidental patterns

stuff-happensThis happened while I was scanning some logo sketches;  somehow the scan got stretched in photoshop. I think I’ll keep it for some future project – a banner background, wrapping paper, tallis textile pattern, ribbon, quien sabe?