Graphic designer, cartoonist, comic book illustrator, and creative director Sherwin Schwartzrock once called Spokane home. He even collected a regular paycheck from helveticka while he was here. In fact, we’re pretty sure that’s what ultimately led to all those national awards. Or maybe it was his unique ability to connect brand strategy with imagery to create powerful tools in a visually engaged marketplace. Either way, Sherwin combines a finely honed drawing ability with design sensitivity, enabling him to work smarter — and get to the solution faster — with intelligence and wit.
It was the siren song of Constructivism that lured Portland designer Greg Holly away from his fine art studies and toward the applied arts – a decision that, his painting instructor will tell you, was better for everyone. Greg has nevertheless enjoyed a long and productive career in design, a highlight of which included the mentoring of an upstart student from SFCC by the name of CK Anderson. Greg’s work, under the nom de guerre Acme Graphic Design, has been represented in a number of design annuals, including Graphis Posters, Graphis Packaging, the AIGA Annual and Print Magazine. His clients include Stash Tea, Yamamotoyama of America, and Kombucha Wonderdrink.
Seattle illustrator and designer Don Baker has a clean and sophisticated style that communicates in engaging, upbeat, and intuitive ways. A list of his clients reads like a who’s-who of major brands, and includes Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Hasbro, CBS, Nabisco, McGraw Hill, Starbucks, and AT&T Wireless. His work has been featured in trade magazines like Communication Arts, Print, How, Electronic Design, The Society of Illustrators, and Art Buyer, while his subculture DIY art zine Eulipian is part of a permanent mail art archival exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Don is a 1979 graduate of Spokane Falls Community College’s graphic design program.