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Forged with the same precision one uses in building a newly minted LEGO®, quick and with reckless abandon. His engine purrs with a low hum of facetiousness, driven by a need to see all of the ‘cool shit’ in the world. This trash-man, who churns on a diet of bitter-chocolate confectioneries and coffee-flavored liquids is but a humble hand in the dark-arts of Commercial Graphic Visual-Communication™.

 

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Jack Bloom is a Seattle based designer, illustrator, and hermit. ½ of Locals Only.

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Creative/Art Direction, Illustration, Typography, and Brand Development.

 

jack@jackbloom.com

 

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DRUGS Typeface

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Typography

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Designer

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Self-initiated project.

I wanted my first foray in type design to be different and thematic. I chose to create a typeface based on the dollar and frame it with the failed war on drugs.

I built the typeface out of actual dollars, photographed each letter, then processed that in illustrator. The challenge here was being consistent with form and the pattern created by the texture of the bill. You can cop the typeface here.

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Splunk President's Club 2020

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Art Deco, Illustration, Poster

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Designer, Illustrator

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Splunk produces software for searching, monitoring, and analyzing machine-generated big data via a Web-style interface.

Every year Splunk takes their employees on a huge trip. For this event they had me create illustrations that played off of their cruise adventure.

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Rick and Morty

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Uncategorized

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Coca-Cola

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Apparel, Environmental, Global, Retail

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Designer, Illustrator

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Coca-Cola Global Retail is dedicated to bringing Coke to apparel, flatware, and more. They partner with big names like Kitsch, Moleksine, LEGO, and others for uniquely Coke branded products.

Fresh out of college in 2010, I joined Coke as a designer. I was tasked with creating unique style-guides for retail partners to produce a range of goods. This was some of my favorite work to be a part of.

For the unveiling of Coke’s new Heritage glass one of my patterns was used as a backdrop for the event. Pretty rad!

One of the larger projects I worked on was a style-guide called Coke Americana. It was used to produce a number of items. This bag especially embodies the spirit of that program, fusing the vintage ‘badges’ with an amazing color-way combo.

The history of Coke is deep, especially when it comes to the iconic bottle design. So it was a great privileged to design a program that featured that history.

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MASS collective

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Branding, Makerspace, Startup

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Board Member, Creative Director, Designer, Pipelayer

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Started in 2011, MASS collective begin its life as an empty 20,000 square foot building and became an incredible maker-space.

As creative director I develop an identity to match the company’s intentions of being a full-fledged maker-space, education facility, and art/event space.

MASS is acronym for Math, Art, Science, and Social, it offers everyone from painters to welders a space to see their ideas come to fruition.

We hosted a number of events in Atlanta. One of the highlights was demonstrating a Tesla Coil we built for a Halloween festival.

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Guardian of the Night

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Uncategorized

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Ladie's Night

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Apparel, Branding, Comedy

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Art Director, Illustrator

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Joel, Brian, and Zach created Ladie's Night out of a need for something new in the realm of comedy in Atlanta.

One of the biggest comedy nights in Atlanta is Ladie’s Night. It’s a hilarious time with short films and live standup. Branding it was a fun undertaking, allowing me to go crazy and really dig into something funny and strange. (Yes, it’s Ladie’s)

The three founders of Ladie’s Night are equally funny and exceptionally creative. They also did me a solid by mimicking my illustration for their photo-shoot.

T.J. Miller next to my work was something I never would have expected.

We produced a number of posters for different shows. This was one of my favorites. 1940’s era cartoon style has always been an influence on my work.

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Nightcrawler

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Uncategorized

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Bellhops

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Branding, Illustration, Interactive, Social, Startup

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Art Director, Designer, Illustrator

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Originally Campus Bellhops, a small team looking to modernize the moving experience with college student muscle. Today they're Bellhop, and spread all over the United States.

When I was among the few hired at Bellhops to bring the company from an incubator to a 100+ team my goal was to give them a memorable identity.

My favorite piece of Bellhops memorabilia was this rickshaw we designed.

I made a number of gifs for the mobile app, this little fella was the best.

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Doggy Dogg

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Apparel, Environmental, Food, Hot Dogs

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Creative Director, Sign Painter

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A now defunct establishment, Doggy Dogg was the best hot dog in the Atl. Their 404 was an instant classic, they will be missed.

Branding the hottest hot-dog spot in Atlanta was at the top of my list of things to accomplish in life.

My team and I at UTÖKA spent many late nights painting their restaurant and Doggy Dogg’s hot-dog cart, but the results were pretty rewarding.

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The Witcher

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Uncategorized

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DOOM

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Uncategorized

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The Last Guardian

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Poster, Video Games

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Illustrator

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This was a self-initiated project to demonstrate my admiration for The Last Guardian by Fumito Ueda.

Fumito Ueda’s work has held my attention since ICO hit the scene. I wanted to do a triptych poster series to show my love for his entry on the PS4.

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STFU Typeface

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Blackletter, Experimental, Fantasy, Typography

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Designer

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A self-initiated project.

I’m a huge fan of Blackletter typefaces. I especially love Fraktur. So for STFU I wanted to play with the idea of modernizing that style and turning it into a display-face.

The intention with my typeface was to take the glpyhs derived from handwritten letter-forms and create a system of reusable parts.

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UTÖKA

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Advertising, Apparel, Branding, Environmental, Illustration, Social

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Art Director

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Artistic Image and Artemis Creative were two studios that worked under one roof. I helped modernize the two companies under one identity.

Around 2016 I had the awesome opportunity to rebrand a design studio. Together we came up with a fresh identity that helped focus their efforts. It was a real fun time.

Making the new studio’s brand standards adaptable was a key to its success. Elements from the visual language were carried into the new space by introducing colors and patterns to the interior. It’s exciting to see my work carried on after the project was completed!

One of my favorite projects at the studio was starting a monthly t-shirt contest.

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Lunar Wireless

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Mobile, Phone, Social, Startup

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Designer, Illustrator

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Now known as Sweet Phone, Lunar Wireless offered a very reasonable phone plan for people who utilized very little data.

I never thought I’d be working for a mobile carrier, but things happen? Lunar was a great exercise in illustrating for a unique company.

Lunar’s social media presence was key to their success, so we capitalized on that by producing daily illustrations. Each had a different value proposition that compelled users to make the switch.

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Pyramids

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Uncategorized

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SERVALL

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Blockchain, Branding, Mobile, Startup

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Art Director, Designer, Illustrator

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Consensys: Host and sponsor of a 2017 Blockchain Hackathon in North Carolina. I was part of a team to compete.

One of the most intense and exciting things I’ve done as a designer was compete in a 48 hour Blockchain Hackathon. My team ended up winning by two points, I like to believe it was our brand that gave us the edge.

Our app concept was to combine the functionality of Venmo with the blockchain and market it to the charity world in an effort to cut down on misused funds. We were able to build a functioning prototype and strong brand.

My favorite aspect of the project was developing a consistent illustration style that I could work with quickly to communicate big concepts around the blockchain.

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S is for Samurai

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Uncategorized

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AIGA Poster Competition

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Art Deco, Books, Movies, Music, Poster

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Designer, Illustrator

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AIGA's Atlanta chapter holds a yearly poster show. I was invited to participate three years in a row.

For three years in a row I participated in AIGA’s poster show. I really enjoyed developing imagery for the different themes.

2016, Music: Spoon, The Beast and Dragon Adored.

2017, Movies: The Talented Mr. Ripley.

2019, Books: 1984

(Won Judge’s Choice)

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The Cloak of Blinding Levitation

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Uncategorized

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The Visual Recipe

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Advertising, Art Deco, Branding, Cocktails, Food

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Art Director, Designer

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While at UTÖKA I started an experimental project centered around classic food and drink recipes.

I love food so getting to do an experiment in that realm was a ton of fun. The ultimate goal of the project was a recipe blog with rich content.

We developed a library of icons to represent recipe ingredients and steps.

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Mashup DJ

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Branding, Interactive, Mobile, Music, Startup

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Designer

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Developed by Mowgli LLC, Mashup DJ was set to be a network for those who love to create music and share it with everyone.

One of the coolest products I worked on fused social media and music creation into one space.

We developed an ipad and web-app version. The product was a ton of fun use. Mashup DJ basically allowed you to combine two songs of your choosing by placing various elements from the songs (vocals, guitar, drums, etc.) on a timeline.

The product integrated with Facebook allowing users to share their tracks. We designed this widget to bring new users to the platform.

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TOME

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Branding, Packaging, Video Games

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Designer, Illustrator

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A friend of mine wanted to add a bit of zest to an arcade cabinet he was restoring for a local barcade in Chattanooga.

I love off-beat projects, and this was definitely one of them. I’m a huge gamer, so on a certain level this was a perfect fit. Branding an arcade cabinet was a great exercise!

I really enjoy pixel art, so getting to combine that medium with branding was a really interesting concept. It lead to a bunch of little discoveries.

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Gundam Ez-8

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Uncategorized

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Onsight Fitness

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Branding, Environmental, Fitness, Startup

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Art Director, Designer

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A Chattanooga personal training facility founded in 2017, it provides a great experience for people looking to reconnect with their physical health.

I’m always excited to see friends start new businesses, especially in small towns. When the founder came to me with his project I was more than happy to provide brand standards and a system that could grow with his business.

The brand guidelines I provided allowed the team to adapt to any application. The visual language afforded Onsight the opportunity to brand every element of their facility.

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19MD81

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Uncategorized

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Keep It Secret Keep It Safe

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Environmental, Signage

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Designer, Illustrator

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Atlanta City Council: Old Fourth Ward approached me to design a poster for a local campaign to encourage visitors to keep their valuables safe in the neighborhood.

My favorite neighborhood in Atlanta is Old Fourth Ward. I lived there for a number of years. I’m glad they approached me to design this campaign, it was a joy to work on.

Whenever I see my work with sticker-bombs and graffiti I’m always excited; it starts to take on a whole new life.

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Vinyl Moon: Vol. #025

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Music, Packaging, Startup, Subscription Service, Vinyl

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Designer, Illustrator

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Vinyl Moon is a monthly record subscription service. The brand commissions artists to create artwork for each album around a theme of the music recorded on the vinyl.

Music is a powerful tool in conjuring imagery. For #025’s playlist I opted to dig into the world of the occult, visually.

Adding a spot-varnish to the outside sleeve really helped the design come to life.

“Jack Bloom is hard to nail down. His style is chameleonic, moving effortlessly from modern polish to retro cartoon to whimsical satire, to name just a few examples. Yet his work all features a common thread of, not exactly minimalism, but a sort of clean elegance. Everything seems deliberate, layers of meaning working beneath other layers that merge together in the pursuit of greater significance. His art and design imbues extra significance to this month’s Vinyl Moon record.”

 

Brandon of Vinyl Moon

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Throw & Co.

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Blankets, Textiles

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Designer, Illustrator

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Throw & Co. is run by Trevor Basset. He's brought a collection together to provide the world with the best designed and illustrated blankets one can buy. End of story.

Illustrating for blankets is one thing I never thought I’d do, but here we are. These blankets are soft, sexy, and oh so cool. Get one now before they’re gone.

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Bartkira

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Uncategorized

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Notch8 Gallery

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Art Gallery, Branding, Environmental

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Designer

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Sharon Dennehy and Miya Bailey started Notch 8 Gallery in the heart of Atlanta for local artists to have a space to feature their work. Exhibitions are typically group shows.

Notch8 is an exciting gallery that shows some of the best talent in Atlanta.

I designed a ton of postcards for the exhibitions. We often had themes around each show so there was never a standard design, which ended up turning each card into a little piece of art.

One of the more exciting parts of designing for the gallery is developing the entrance-wall. Each artist and show has a unique identity which I attempt to cater to.

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The Son

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Uncategorized

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The Hood

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Apparel, Baseball, Environmental, Sports

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Creative Director, Illustrator, Interactive Designer

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A baseball training facility run by Jay Hood. This project was completed while working at UTÖKA.

Providing brand standards for a baseball training facility was an interesting challenge. It required insight into a world I was not familiar with, but held plenty of richness in content and history. Illustrating a ton of rats for Jay was probably the best part of the project.