Bassett & Brush Design Studio

Full Service Design Studio

When I started at Bassett & Brush Design Studio, the month after graduation from Easter Washington University with a BA degree in Graphic Communication, Bassett & Brush consisted of the Owner/Designer Scott, Senior Designer (by a couple weeks) Jacy, and myself as Designer and Prepress Checker (AKA. The Groomer). I was lucky enough to get to work on a plethora of different projects at Bassett & Brush. It started out mainly as audio and video design elements but as the word got out the opportunity to design a lot of different cool things like Logos, Catalogs, Newsletters, hanging items for retail, software packaging, and much more.

In the 3 years I worked for Scott, we moved out of Scott’s daylight basement into offices, doubled and then tripled our client base, added several more designers, and office staff. I was the researcher and maintainer of the office hardware, the network (anyone remember AppleTalk?), and computers in the office.

Catalogs

I designed or worked on the production of several product catalogs. Most notably and not easy to photograph are several catalogs containing staggered pages differentiating the different sections of products. VERY COOL!

Catalog cover design for a software and audio production studio
Catalog cover design for a software and audio production studio

Software Packaging

I have a large number of different designs of software packing that I can show in person. I was able to design using Corel photography and prepress check these and many like them.

Educational software bundle package design containing a flap for a front cover
Educational software bundle package design in portrait layout containing a flap for a front cover
4 color software packaging design with a partial front flap and two different foils (one under the ink for a reflective effect), supporting print materials for in the box, and the screen printed CD imprints
4 color software packaging design with a partial front flap and two different foils (one under the ink for a reflective effect), supporting print materials for in the box, and the screen printed CD imprints

CD and DVD Packaging

Tray card, CD booklet, and CD imprint design for an audio CD set
Tray card, CD booklet, and CD imprint design for an audio CD set
Tray card, CD booklet, and CD imprint design for an audio CD set
Tray card, CD booklet, and CD imprint design for an audio CD set

VHS Packaging

VHS tape slipcase box design
VHS tape slipcase box design
VHS tape slipcase box design
VHS tape slipcase box design

Labels and Other Packaging

I was able to product this line of new wine labels with another great designer (Jacy from MT). I also worked on several product hang tag designs.

Wine label production for Knipprath Cellars in 4 color and a foil. Art was created and provided by the owners.
Wine label production for Knipprath Cellars in 4 color and a foil. Art was created and provided by the owners.

Newsletters

Spokane Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter done with a 2 color master reprinted on monthly with new content in black only cutting costs long term
Spokane Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter done with a 2 color master reprinted on monthly with new content in black only cutting costs long term

Logo Design and Taglines

I was the designer of the Topics line of products which launched a company name change. Along the way I was able to develop taglines like “Setting the pace for the new century” from the info in the ‘Pace Report’ and being printed in the ‘New Century’ newsletter.

Logo Design for a line of software offered at Costco, Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot. This logo lead to the renaming of the Counter Top Software to Topics Entertainment.
Logo Design for a line of software offered at Costco, Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot. This logo lead to the renaming of the Counter Top Software to Topics Entertainment.

Graphic Designer and Prepress Technician (July 1995 – Aug 1998)

  • Created designs for software packaging, CD/DVD, and cassette packaging and screen prints
  • Designed catalog covers
  • Designed logos and developed taglines
  • Updated local monthly Newsletters (articles and images)
  • Prepress checked all designs from all the B&BDS designers manually for output to film for 4 color, foil, Pantone specific layers, and coatings
  • Created prepress postscript files of all required layers for all prepress checked designs coming out of the studio
  • Backed up and filed all design materials used in my projects while at Bassett & Brush
  • Maintained and updated computers and the network