It was time. I never had a lot of that to devote to making a website. Between client work and my lack of html/css knowledge it was never easy. Anything I made just looked juvenile and simple (and not the good kind of minimalistic simple).
I wanted something a little gritty that melded earthy with mechanical. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of gear and cranks working together, which is how I something feel about the design process. It’s me, the client, the printer (sometimes 8 people the client reports to) all cogging together to make a great piece that works for everyone. So I harkened back to one of my favorite school projects:
This was a logo I designed for the fictitious Crank Coffee Shop. Along with a full service menu (below), I used a steampunk silhouette theme with gears, cranks and pipesteams sticking out of this ship-like blob.
So, this took care of the mechanical nature of my quest, but not the natural, earthy part. I drew from the branches of my logo to add an earthy/real world feel to it. This is the “enter here” drawing I finally went with:
The borders at the top of the pages on this site are another variation of the gears and branches. I had a lot of fun with this design; it was something a bit different from I normally get to do.