Michelle Clark Graphic Design


Big Time Watching

Without a doubt this is one of my favorite commericals of all time. This is a spot on Adult Swim that I’ve been seeing for the last few weeks. I love the simple yet artistic and rendition of 1970’s television. So good it’s almost creepy.

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#6 Book Cover
The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. Design by me.

Photo by me

Photo by me

A conceptual cover proposal for the book The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan.

For this design, I emulated a Chinese motif by using a red and yellow color palette along with a background textured with Chinese characters and an elegant serif font. The cover image focusses on one of the main charcters, Kwan who has “yin eyes” meaning she can see ghosts. My approach to this design reflects the tone of the novel; mysterious, slightly sinister,
reflective, historical, and romantic.



#5 – Fiera Chocolate project
Fiera Chocolate products and packaging design

Fiera Chocolate products and packaging design

This project is the conceptualization, creation, branding, and promotion of a fictitious cocoa company from Mexico that is also a part of the World Cocoa Foundation and practices ecological and sustainable cacao farming.

The first phase of this project included creating a name, logo, company profile, and designing product packaging for three sample chocolate products.

Click to see the entire book on Issuu

Click to see the entire book on Issuu

The second phase involved creating a 26 page booklet with information about Fiera Chocolate, their products, the country of origin (Mexico), the World Cocoa Foundation, and my creative process including logo creation, color palettes, and mood boards.



A Somewhat Coordinated Kitchen

Photo by me

Photo by me

I enjoy collecting things, not that its a time consuming hobby of mine, but I do like finding obscure items that appeal to my tastes specifically. My Alice in Wonderland kitchen items collection is one of those instances. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has always been one of my favorite books and films since I was little. I even got a chance to be in an Alice in Wonderland play – I was the caterpillar.

My mom started the figurine obsession when she found me the coolest cookie jar in the world somewhere online. I will never sell or get rid of it. After that I found these salt and pepper shakers, yes that’s what those are and I use them every day. The Drink Me bottle holds my salt and the mushroom Nibble holds the pepper. Don’t be fooled into thinking these are my only figurines. I have many Alice items sprinkled throughout my little apartment. I also have an Alice teapot, a stuffed Cheshire cat, little stash boxes, Alice art posters (2 in my living room), coloring book featuring illustrations from the original story, a t-shirt and hoodie. and Cheshire and Alice figurines in my windowsill hiding in the ivy. And sometimes I wonder how I accumulate so much stuff….



Local Artist: Sarah Cosman
Image credit Sarah Cosman

Image credit Sarah Cosman

I first saw Sarah Cosman’s work just this last Thursday during the First Thursday art walk in the Pearl District here in Portland. I’ve mentioned Last Thursday, and First Thursday is very similar in theory, except that instead of having streets lined with art and community canvases, you get to walk inside a myriad of more prestigious art galleries downtown and partake in some wine and cheese tasting (yum!).

This artist’s work caught my attention right away. Her art is heavily influenced by celestial subject matter, form, and color. Her cosmos paintings swirl and twirl in some of my favorite hues of blue, purple, and green. She also does portraits of a more surreal, exaggerated reality or dream state style, and some abstract works as well. Her abstract paintings are very beautiful and methodical, as if each color, line, and shape was placed with a purpose. Check out the work she has posted on her website. Some of the gallery links don’t work, but you can see her famous Cosmos paintings as well as her abstract work. If you get a chance, check her out every first Thursday of the month at 634 NW Flanders #238.



Dragon Rouge

Dragon Rouge logo

I don’t normally click on ads that sit on blogs or websites (unless they’re somewhere I know is credible or relevant) but Dragon Rouge pulled me in with their awesome logo design and I had to click and find out more. Of course the design of their site kept me interested – simple and easy to use with a great color palette (lots of purples and reds, my favorite!) As it turns out, Dragon Rouge is a marketing team with six notable locations around the world, including New York, Paris, London, and Hamburg. They specialize in brand strategy with a focus on design and innovation. I was having fun just browsing the site. I was able to see who they worked for, the projects themselves and several small details of those projects, learn about their team and their principles that drive the work they produce. The site has some great photography and I love their use of organic designs and color throughout. This is one inspiring site that pulled me in and kept me interested from start to finish.