Spitfire Wheels Apparel Design by Grease!

Grease just recently finished up a project with the nice folks over at Deluxe, for Spitfire Wheels. “Can’t tell you how stoked I am to be working on a brand that I grew up with. It’s the kind of design nugget I’ve clamber for. Big thanks to Andy Pitts for the opportunity… always great to work with talented people on cool projects” – Grease Keep an eye out for this puppy, and more in the spring of 2013. Hope you enjoy. – TRON!

LUCERO Florida Tour Poster by TRON!

For most people, getting to do one poster for one of you favorite bands would be enough for a lifetime. And we thought it would be too, but when we heard Lucero’s new album “Women & Work” and saw they were coming back for another Florida run… well, we just couldn’t resist. The new album is so amazing, we were blown away when we found out that we were asked to do a poster for the whole Florida Tour, not just one date. And after listening to the album with commentary from frontman Ben Nichols and getting a little more info about each track, I quickly grabbed a pencil and paper and a poster Idea was born.

On the title track, Ben says “One Shot of Women… One Shot of Work” referring to shots of some kind of delicious liquor. Well, we just modified that a bit and thought Dueling Pistols might convey that same idea in a little more southern fashion. Balancing your Women and Work while traveling great distances across America between both can feel a lot like a good ole fashion gun fight at times. And back then when it wasn’t working out (it never does) and neither side would concede, someone usually ended up on a wanted poster.

Much Thanks to Bart for making this happen and if your at one theses Floria Show Dates, make sure and pick one up as they are going to be a limited run that probably won’t last through the tour. If they do, we will have some up on our store as well! Stay tuned for some printed previews and if you can’t wait for us to post them here you can follow us on instagram/halftonedef for live updates and shenanigans! – TRON

The Everywhere Project – Tampa

Here’s a fun one Grease just finished up for Adrian Walsh’s Everywhere Project. Adrian has rounded up a heap of rad designers to spotlight different areas around the globe via luggage tags. If you haven’t taken a look yet, we definitely recommend checking out the site. Lot’s of great stuff up there already, and still many tags left to come. Big thanks to Adrian for for putting together such a fun collective, and for letting Grease have a crack at the Tampa tag!

On a side note, when Adrian is not taking time out to organize rad collectives, he is knocking out some pretty damn impressive design work. After you’re done checking out the Everywhere Project, swing over to Adrian’s personal site & be ready to be impressed. Solid work. – TRON

Visit been-everywhere.com to see some rad luggage tag design by some seriously talented designers!

Don’t Panic Magazine – Poster Pack

Grease recently had the chance to do a bit of work for the Don’t Panic Magazine poster pack a while back.
“I had a heap ton of fun working on the project, but i’m not sure if the piece ever made it to the press. Either way, I love working in one color and it was completely worth the exercise.” – Grease (kendrick kidd)

If you happen to live in the UK & see this puppy floating around, please hit us up. We will gladly pay shipping if you can send a few copies our way! – TRON!

Springing The Blue’s – Pick Of Destiny!

So we recently got asked to make a t-shirt design that was for a local blues festival with the info in the shape of a guitar pick… which we did. But as it turns out, when it looks this nice on an actual pick you just gotta make it happen. We will keep you posted on where you might possibly be able to get your chord picking fingers on one of these sweet hand lettered, slap yo momma blue, picks of destiny! – TRON

Visit www.springingtheblues.com for more info, festival lineups, and performance schedules.

Grease steps into the TYPE FIGHT ring!

:: DECISION UPDATE::
In possibly the closest fight ever, Kendrick squeaks past Mike to win by THREE votes, 363 to 360.

FIGHT… FIGHT… a type and a type! If the left W don’t win we all jump in. Haha. There’s nothing like a good ole school yard brawl to get the adrenaline flowin. Halftone Def’s very own Grease E. Monkey, aka Kendrick Kidd, aka THE BANANA HAMMER just squared off against a very fierce Mike Rogers in this weeks typography bout over at TYPEFIGHT.COM. This is gonna be a serious battle as Grease went with the “Float like a butterfly sting like bee” whimsical W that is full of tendrils, texture and flare. But his competitor Mike is coming with a bold as can be, one hit, one punch, hay maker swing that could land him the win or take him out early if he misses his swing because Grease is fast as lightning and his appose-able thumbs pack an extra punch. Although from the looks of it, I think Mr Rogers might be fighting a little on the dirty side taking an half-toned page straight out of our playbook and sending a hit right below the belt!

So take a time out and go to your corner and visit www.typefight.com to vote for Grease or I’m coming to your house to dump this bucket of mouth guard spit from Grease’s corner all over your head. – TRON

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!

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

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

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