Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Wilson Allen Design
Kimber Creek Ltd. Identity Specialized in refurbishing 1920s-30s MG sports cars
Sunday, April 26, 2020 Wilson Allen Design
Book Workers Conference Event Branding for the Guild of Book Workers annual Standards of Excellence conference in Atlanta Georgia
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Wilson Allen Design
The idea of Gather Over grew from a need for connection, dialog, and sense of community and to support makers and artists within those communities. Contributing works and meals helped to spark discussion and I calligraphed quotes selected by Macey Ley and Ramie Little relating to the topic of 'judgment'. The pamphlet was designed in collaboration with Ciel Rodriguez who printed it on a Vandercook Letterpress. The diverse letterforms creating the word Judgment relate to the diverse group of people who will eat and discuss with each other at the dinner.
Friday, October 26, 2018 Wilson Allen Design
Book design for SAIC Intermediate Typography class. This was the Final Project titled, ""The Wyeths: Andrew and Jamie." My instructor was Mark Stammers.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Wilson Allen Design
A poster created for a hypothetical Architecture Lecture lecture series at SAIC for an Intermediate Typography class taught by Mark Stammers.
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Wilson Allen Design
This piece is a collaborative work with Eli Hamilton and Ciel Rodriguez. The three of us were all students in Cathie Ruggie-Saunders advanced letterpress class and when we discovered that each of us grew up near Atlanta Georgia decided that we had to make something out of it. The work involves graphic elements and handset type on curves to talk about how the state and those in it impacted our growth and eventually led us to Chicago.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 Wilson Allen Design
Hand Atlas uses text from Gray’s Anatomy formed into images creating layers of the human hand. It starts with the Surface anatomy, then Veins; Fasciae and Muscle; and Bones. By making the image out of text it makes a new relationships between the form and content.
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Wilson Allen Design
Them Bones is a series of letterpress printed illustration based on the spiritual song written by James Weldon Johnson written in the early 1900s. The skeleton is based on the Albinus scientific illustration from the 1700s. The first page begins with only the first line of the song inked at the "foot bone." Each page has another piece of the print inked ending at "the head bone." Because letterpress printing creates an impression into the paper you can feel the entire print on each page even when it is not inked.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Wilson Allen Calligraphy
"Only a Few Words Today, and that too with Pencil" is an illustration of a letter written by the classical composer Beethoven to a lover who has never been identified. Available from the store as a greeting card and as a 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" Giclée print
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Wilson Allen Illustration
"Seaside Nights" is an oil painting commissioned by Forrestt Newkirk as part of the decoration for a Homeschool prom. It is available from my store as a greeting card and 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" Giclée
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Wilson Allen Illustration
Welcome to Darkmoor is the title of a stop motion animated film made by my brother Harrison Allen. I helped by using my calligraphy to make the town sign.
Monday, June 16, 2014 Wilson Allen Calligraphy
"Be Batman" was originally designed as a graduation gift for my friend, Stuart Dover. After it was seen in my portfolio, I made a version for a priest as a notecard. The priest was looking for something that was more hip for writing letters of encouragement and thanks to young people in the church youth group. Available as a notecard from my store.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Wilson Allen Calligraphy
I created this calligraphically illustrated boat for my godfather Kevin's memorial as a way to give him the Viking Burial he always wanted.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 Wilson Allen Illustration
“Everyman: Everymachine” was my T-shirt design for a manufacturing appreciation week contest in which I participated while I was in high school. The Roosevelt quote conveys the idea that the strength of industry comes from its workers. The head formed from gears is meant to have an everyman quality. The profile references one of the men watching the speaker in Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech (based on a Roosevelt speech). I liked the idea that this tied the three things together.
Sunday, June 10, 2012 Wilson Allen Illustration
"The Darkest Shade of White" was originally an illustration for a novel by Stuart Dover of the same name. It is available from my store as a notecard or as an 11" x 14" or 16" x 20" Giclée Print.