HDS x BandWagon 2012 – Savannah, GA

Yes, the rumors are true… Halftone Def will be live in person at the Second Annual Band Wagon Poster Show & Record Fair in Savannah GA March 3rd & 4th. And no, after seeing the heavy ass lineup of print makers that will be in attendance we are sure that there were no rumors about us being there, haha. But, in the event you feel like donating to us instead of the homeless guy out back, we will at least give you a poster in exchange! That’s right, aside from the having some of our latest posters up for sale, we have also reprinted a couple of favorites in some rare color variations that if all goes well, will only be available at bandwagon. Unless we don’t sell any of them in which I will be outback with homeless Johnny trying to edge him out for the best spot on the curb. Heck, we might even play a game or two of “Try To Move Me Bro!” where we get asked to leave because we are stinking up the place in which case I will refuse to move.

This year is gonna be amazing, seriously… Aesthetic Apparatus (who?), Draplin and his big ole north western yapper, Methane, Us & Them, Carolina Combo The Half & Half, Fellow Florida boys Lure & Two Arms, Bandito, Dwitt, Burlesque, Morning Breath (No Fn Way), I mean c’mon. This is just getting ridiculous. Anywho, props to the bandwagon peeps for putting this together, we can’t wait to get up there!

One more thing, if you see Grease at our booth/cage be ready to duck, he will throw poop at you! -TRON!

Visit attendbandwagon.com to learn more about the event and times and other important show stuff!

One Hot Minute With Grease… Interview!

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Conor O’Driscoll (designer, writer and Mac nerd from Cork, Ireland) of OneMinuteWith.com recently sat down with Grease (aka Kendrick Kidd for a quick interview about design and life as a monkey in general.

So grab yourself a banana and swing on over for a quick minute and check it out! – TRON
Ps. If you got 5 minutes to spare, make sure you check out Mikey Burton & Draplin’s interviews as well!

The Ampersand Collection X GREASE / HDS


A couple of months ago, Grease Himself was asked to be a part of Hi55’s Ampersand Collection. As big fans of the work those guys have put out, HDS jumped at the chance to be a part of this first rad collection along side this talented cast of designers Ryan Brinkerhoff, Riley Cran, Scott Hill, Anthony Lane, Drew Melton, Chris Sandlin, Sergey Shapiro, and Michael Tabie.

After much doing, Ross Moody of 55 hi’s has just released The Ampersand Collection. Ten, 9×9 original screen prints of ampersands from Ten different designers around the globe. Limited Quantities Available.

Big thanks to Ross for putting the project together & for hand screening all the prints! It’s a huge task to take on, but the result is looking impressive! If you haven’t already, please take a few seconds out of your day to check out the project… and if you’re feeling sassy, pick up a pack or two of the limited addition prints!

Freedom of Speechles Print – Occupy / SOPA

We designed this poster a little while back for a political themed art show we did here in Jacksonville during the 2008 election called “Partisan The Sea“. The idea behind the poster was to remind people of our first amendment right in the long large wake of the 911 tragedies. To not feel silenced out of fear of prosecution or just fear in general. I was lucky enough that none of my grandfathers died fighting for that right but a lot of others did, and we can never forget that. It is one of the founding principles that make this country great.

We originally only made 25 prints for the show and I had no plans of ever printing a second edition of these but due to recent events we just had to. After watching all of the Occupy footage of non-violent protesters being pepper sprayed and the current Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) issue, we felt that a reminder never hurts. The 2nd ed. is printed with dark grey instead of dark blue and is an edition of 50. The prints will be in our online store here in the next couple of days for pretty cheap and we are also going to give some away via twitter @halftonedef so stay tuned. Freedom of Speech is one of our most valuable assets as Americans and we can never ever forget that or let them take it away. – TRON “Freedom Ain’t Free” BURGUNDY

:: UPDATE :: Starting today, simply re-tweet our message and between now and Friday the 20th we’ll pick 5 winners at random to be announced on Monday January the 23rd. HELL YEAH AMERICA!!!

Evernote x Halftone Def – Austin Project


So back in August, we received an awesome email from Evernote about doing a graphic for their soon to be Austin Texas office. We were excited to say the least, because not only do we use their awesome product, but also because they are blowing up right now. I mean, The App Hall Of Fame, NY Times Top Ten Must Have Apps, Best Mobile App from TechCrunch, Mashable and The Webby’s… Come on!

The Project was to create an illustration that encompassed their logo with things from in and around Austin that could be used on a shirt, poster, business card, or signage. So the overall idea had to be pretty flexible yet recognizable. Now we aren’t the first ones to make a logo out of smaller illustrations but the idea just seamed to work for this. And lucky for us, we have a few close friends who were able to give us the super inside scoop about awesome things in Austin that only people who live there know about (Thanks Clif!). We like to think this illustration could become a sort of insider map for people visiting Austin, haha.

Even though the idea seemed pretty simple, the execution however was not. This thing basically has over 20 different logo’s in it. But the Evernote guys were awesome all the way thought the whole project and we can’t wait to work with them again! From concept to execution, we had a blast. So next time your in the Austin TX area give them a shout or stop by the office, I hear they are hiring! – TRON & GREASE

To Resolve Project – Love What You Have

Grease was recently asked to be a part of yet another collective recently called TO RESOLVE PROJECT, which basically encourages designers to create a resolution for the new year as an iPhone background. You can learn more about it here. Grease’s piece titled “Love What You Have” is a great one to go with If you want to get an early start on your resolution for 2012 . Especially around this time of year with all the holiday greed, …er I mean cheer. We ( a collective we of all designers) like to complain a lot. From photoshop to invoices. Grease says “There’s so many things I would like to resolve post 2011, but for me, this resolution stood out more than the others. If I can can manage this in 2012, it should be a successful year.” Well said old chap! Lets all start this year with being happy with what we love and already have. (except posters)

When you have a moment, check out the other To Resolve Project submissions organized & collected by Chris Streger. Big thanks thanks brother putting together another wicked rad collective. – TRON & GREASE

Featured in THE BEST OF 2011 on FPO

We just got word from our good friend @averagejim that we got featured among THE BEST OF 2011 Part One on FPO for Grease and I’s personal business cards that they featured earlier this year. Needless to say we are super stoked! These cards were a long time in the making, and we are so proud of how they turned out. Jackie over at 42pressed.com did such a wonderful job of printing them and walking us through one of our first letter press experiences. We love these cards so much, it’s actually kinda hard to let em go. Each one of them feels like a tiny little print and we stamp everyone with care! Thanks so much to everyone who has given us compliments on these over the last year, making your own business cards is one of the toughest things a designer can do. If you are gonna be at attendbandwagon.com in Savannah this coming March, stop by our booth and get one, it’s gonna be a freakin blast. – Thanks TRON!

And special thanks to Armin at FPO for featuring us once again, “These Cards Don’t Let Up” made us laugh & feel super awesome at the same time!

Click here to see the many other wonderful pieces & designers featured in Part One as well!

HogWaller Mud Bog Logo & Tee Design


Well, If we have learned anything in this life so far… it’s that you win some and you lose some. But it’s not so much the wins that make you better as it is how you deal with the losses. We have always fallen on the “Lemonade out of lemons” side of things here at Halftone Def and it has made us better for it. This project didn’t end up going quite as planned, even though it almost did. A friend approached me about doing a “Nationals Event” shirt for this local mudbog, but every bit of artwork they had was taped together clip art and was completely un-useable. And since this place is in my hometown, I figured I would give a little back and make them a two-fer. I offered to design a “Nationals” shirt that had a new illustration on it that they could use as a future logo. Well, right up until the day it was to be printed everything was a go until one member decided he didn’t like and it all come to a screeching halt the day before the event.

The shirts never got printed and the logo never got used but I was super proud of it so I’m posting it anyway. And hey, If you own a Mudbog and need a logo for it… Here’s proof we can do it! -TRON

Always Summer 2011 Poster Show Recap

I apologize in the delay of posting this but we just had so much to talk about with this one it took me a while to wrangle it all up! The 2011 AIGA Always Summer Poster Show & MixTape was a big one for us this year for many reasons. First of all, I strong armed Grease into actually doing a poster for it, My poster idea had a little more meaning behind than just a song, and most of all one of my favorite designers / brother from a long lost mother – Aaron Draplin was coming to give his “Tall Tales From A Large Man” presentation the night before. How Freakin Awesome!

We didn’t actually get to screen our posters this year for the event but we got something just a little bit better… We got to eat several fine meals with Mr Draplin, School him on the do’s and dont’s of Southern Sweet Tea, and after a Long Saturday of Junking in the River City, we argued over the best kind of gold bond you should use when you find yourself in sweaty & humid situation. Thanks so much to Karen Kurycki and Patrick Carter for making that happen.

Draplin was everything you would expect from the videos we have all seen on the internet, And a whole lot more kind than his rugged bearded exterior would lead you to believe. And definitely more full of hugs than you would expect! You should have seen us hug it out when I first met him, it was like two bears tied up in a wrestling match. It was great to spend time with great mind who shares such a passion for design of things from our past. And it probaby won’t be the last time we cross paths. The Worlds Longest Yard Sale Happens Every Year! If you haven’t gotten a chance to see his presentation, do it! It was as refreshing as a bottled coke from an ice chest on a hot summer day and definitely bullshit free!

Ok, enough talk. Go check out the pics from the show & weekend at these fine links and go buy some American Made DDC products already, we’ve sweat tested em! – TRON

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