Texas is a big state full of small towns. Those small towns have high schools with football teams, and it’s no secret that things can get pretty darn serious. Food, shelter, freedom and football are all they need to get by, and it’s as simple as that, really…until you step into a Southeast Texas stadium […]Read more "Indian Spirit: PNG Poster"
KINGWOOD, Texas. The city of kings. The royal route north of Houston. A prince of a town. Castle City just north of Clutch City. These are all the failed taglines that didn’t make the cut for the city in northeast Houston, Kingwood. *See below for more commentary and click the image thumbnails & closeups to view […]Read more "Vintage City Poster – Kingwood, Texas"
North of Houston, there lies a popular suburb that is often confused for Houston proper. It’s full of wealth, windy roads, endless traffic, increasing crime, and a breeding ground for famous folks. What’s not to love? *Scroll below to view the images and click to view larger. See below for more commentary. Spring, Texas is […]Read more "Vintage City Poster – Spring, Texas"
Prepare yourself for a huge bargain…my golf clubs are for sale. For Free. How’s that for a classified ad? After an exhaustive garage-cleaning recently, my wife put this $0 price tag on my left-hand Tommy Armour 845s – a set of irons. She wanted to simply get rid of “the shiny things that I don’t […]Read more "For Sale: Used, Left-Handed Self-Esteem (aka Golf Clubs)"
Vacation destinations can be deceiving. The bright lights and cool, splashing water of New Braunfels may get the attention of family fun-seekers for the bulk of the day, but when the sun sets, the party moves “further on up the road” to GRUENE. (*See below for more commentary and click the images to view larger) […]Read more "Vintage City Poster – It’s Easy Being Gruene"
Old Baldy. The Blue Hole. Purgatory…….These words don’t exactly make their way to the front cover of a tourism brochure, but when you find out they’re part of the glorious Hill Country of Texas, they suddenly sound romantic and adventurous. And that’s exactly what you’ll find when you Whisk Away on a Whim in Whistling, […]Read more "Vintage City Poster – Whistling, Wistful, Wonderous Wimberly, Texas"
When you think of Greek mythology or the birth of the original hamburger, you don’t really think of East Texas. Throw in a major fiddle festival and a best-of-class freshwater fisheries center, and you might not be quite as surprised. These things and more are found in the city of Athens, Texas. (*See below for […]Read more "Vintage City Poster – Athens, Texas. Fit for the Gods"
Beer and wine labels, logos, seals and packaging have always intrigued me. There’s a story, a scene, a flavor and an audience in all of it to capture with shape, line and color. This year I’ve been fortunate to design two items on my bucket list – first, a film festival poster (Boomtown) and now a […]Read more "Logo Design of Neches Brewing Company"
Have you ever fed a deer? From your front lawn? While neighbors drove up and down the street? You can do that in Canyon Lake, Texas. Have you ever hopped on a water ski wearing cowboy boots, OP shorts and a smile? You can do that in Canyon Lake, Texas. How about fish, dive, swim, […]Read more "Vintage Texas City Posters – Canyon Lake"
Texas City gets the shaft. In my opinion, of course. It’s the hard working support town for Galveston and Houston. This town does the hard work, stores the tough stuff, and Galveston gets all the girls. Well, that’s what I tell myself. On the coast and in your hearts, see below for the image and […]Read more "LaRue Vintage Texas Poster – Galveston’s Brother: Texas City"
Schertz, Texas is a slice. A slice of heaven, of hill country, of German influence and smoked pork ribs, a slice of San Antonio, and a slice of about three or four other towns…? As more people want to live in San Antonio, more people want to come home to Schertz. (See below for more commentary […]Read more "Vintage Poster – 48: I’ll Be Schertz. You Be Skins!"
I’ve said it before that Robert Rauschenberg is my favorite artist. The collage style, pop art – meets – photography and mixed media, the bold colors, flawed edges with natural lines, and use of type really grabbed me early on and I couldn’t quite let go. Some of my favorite pieces of his are promotional […]Read more "Film Festival Poster Design Goes Boom"
A while back, I had the pleasure of working with a friend for some promotional posters for the Lamar University Writing Center. See below for more info and click the images to view larger… Lamar students can go to the Writing Center for support from peers & professionals for their assignments. Whether it’s a short-term […]Read more "Write Good. Or Gooder."
I was born in Port Arthur, Texas. And while it can never be compared to the likes of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas or Corpus, there was a period of time where it was sort of a bustling town with innovation and great influence. It still has a big impact today regarding refineries and so forth, […]Read more "Vintage Poster – 47: Fragrant & Melodic Port Arthur, Texas"
My spectacular friend at work recently got married. She had a spectacular destination wedding on the sandy shores of Honah Lee…or somewhere near there. She had a spectacular idea to do fun things for the guests at her wedding reception that they would actually use, perhaps even after the wedding. Sort of a party favor […]Read more "Wedding Party Fun"
Clear Lake – is it a town or is it a community? Is it Houston or is it a part of Houston? Depends on who you ask. If you ask people who reside there, it’s Clear Lake. If you ask Houstonians, they claim it’s Houston. A town so nice it’s defined as an “area.” That […]Read more "Vintage Posters – Pt. 46: Clear Lake – Houston"
Lubbock, Texas has all the swirling winds of change. The town has developed more than just cotton and Buddy Holly, but those are certainly still some of the attractive aspects of the town and the history here. This poster has some of this in Lubbock – The Mighty Wind of Texas since 1890. *Scroll below […]Read more "Vintage Poster #45 – Lubbock"
If you travel east from Humble and Atascocita, past Huffman and over the river and through the woods on FM 1960, you notice that things start to slow down. Almost to a pace that only armadillos know. A place where vintage has a very current definition. *Click the image to view larger & scroll down […]Read more "Vintage Posters 44. – Spend a Week One Day in Dayton, Tx"
Pearland, Texas is south of Houston and a fast-growing, high-class, hurricane-historic town with a sweet story of …wait for it….fruit. Pears, oranges, figs, cantaloupes, and you name it. Click the images to view larger, and scroll below for more info. I can’t say that I’ve spent much time in Pearland, but the little that I […]Read more "Vintage Poster #43 – Magritte in Pearland"
Warren, Texas is a delightfully buggy, muggy country town north of Kountze, Texas and just south of Woodville. Why so buggy and muggy? It’s situated in the thick of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Technically, Kountze is more of a “home” to the national forest I suppose, but the wildlife is just as wild in […]Read more "Vintage Poster #42: Warren, Texas"
Hutto sits on the eastern outskirts of Austin, and looks like a vintage town. The history of Hutto is quite interesting with hippos, churches, railroads and more. This Hutto poster is a mix of a storybook look and Fiddler on the Roof. It’s a hippo playing a fiddle on the rooftop of a hut. Get […]Read more "Vintage Poster #41: Hutto, Tx"
Jacksonville, Texas is a pleasant, piney woods town with a sweet, juicy, ripe claim to fame. Did you know that the tomato capital of the world is in Jacksonville? Did you know the biggest bowl of salsa was mixed up in Jacksonville? Mmm…Salsa! Did you know that the stars at night are big and bright, […]Read more "Vintage Poster – 40: Jacksonville, Texas"