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My grandpa was the original Ron Swanson.

I believe your grandpa was actually the original bearded Conan O’Brien.

Last day at this job. No more driving.

Enjoy my beard.

It’s official. The beard is back. I love you people.

You can’t super tell from this, “I just woke up with matted hair and beard” picture, but my beard is getting huge.


I’m so fucking sick of everything and everyone. I wish we all had our own little planets we could go to where no one could bother us.



The craft beer culture in Wisconsin is a beautiful thing. Beer isn’t just something you drink here, it’s an art form. An art form that you experience with nearly all of your senses; from taste to feel, from look to smell, each beer provides a unique experience. These experiences are mostly made by the taste of the beer, but an equal part of this experience is the artwork wrapping these crafted libations. These labels are just as much a part of the beer as the hops and malts used to brew them. They turn what would be a boring drab liquor store shopping venture into a virtual art gallery tour of beautifully designed and crafted beer to browse.

It is this culture and experience that inspired an event I participated in this last week. AIGA Wisconsin hosts what’s called the Home Brewed Beer and Label design competition. This event pairs a craft beer artist with a graphic design artist and allows them to create and pair their talents to make a beer “experience” for attendees to vote on;  A fantastic event concept, one that I knew I wanted to be part of.

I had the pleasure of partnering with my brother-in-law Matt Polzin (who brews an exquisite english style barley wine) to create what we have called “Old Ranger Brock”. We chose to highlight two qualities of his barley wine. The first being the fact that it was aged using whiskey flavored oak wood chips, and second being that it was brewed in Wisconsin. I decided to create a fictional character that embodied these attributes. The result is the badger known as “Old Ranger Brock”. “Brock” being an old English word for badger, was a natural name for our mascot seeing as how this is an english style barley wine brewed in Wisconsin. The “Old Ranger” moniker was given to parallel the oak wood chip aging process.

The artwork/logo on this label was designed to be bold and powerful, representing the high alcohol content of the beer. In the same vein, the badger (brock) was illustrated in pen and ink to look mysterious and intense complimenting the bold “Feature Film” styled typography to create an intense and assertive mood; again, to emphasize the strong flavor of this 11% ALC volume barley wine.

As it turns out, the final product was good enough for 1st place at this years annual event. I knew this beer/label concept was strong enough to stand up well against any possible competitor, but I think I speak on behalf of Matt and myself when I say we were honored to be selected as this years Home Brewed Beer/Design champs; especially considering the bevy of extremely talented designers and brewers competing.

Shout out to AIGA Wisconsin, and Brenner Brewing company for hosting and organizing. We will certainly see you again!

Proud of bablerdesign! I sure do know some talented people.


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Dearest tumblr, the people of reddit have decided to draw my wife and I. Please enjoy.


A unique project and opportunity was given to me a couple months back. I was asked to create a 30 second advertisement to be use to promote a then upcoming (now released) super water known as Übr. Übr is naturally enhanced purified water with high pH levels helping rid the body and bloodstream of acidic waste, and electrolytes to hydrate and help the body recover from intense performance and exercise (Pretty good stuff as far as water is concerned definitely give it a try).

The obstacles I was having to hurdle in order to complete this project were intimidating. Firstly I was limited by a deadline of about one week to concept and complete. Secondly, and more importantly, I had no background in video production or Adobe After Effects and had to self teach myself the process. So, naturally I ventured out to the ever resourceful web to learn me some knowledge on the subject. It was a daunting task to put it mildly. However, it surprisingly transitioned into a very fun and exciting learning experience, one that I am rather thrilled, and better off to have had.

The concept is pretty simple, but with a short time frame and limited knowledge of the software, I knew I wasn’t going to make anything that’s beautifully animated or overly complex anyway. Simplicity actually lends itself well to this particular brand, which worked to my advantage. The brand identity consists of heavy amounts of white space, spots of royal and skye blue, and clean basic san serif typography (as seen on the label).

This in mind I created the ad you see above. A brief, direct, and effective ad designed to cause the consumer to use their imagination by asking them to question… what if?

My friend bablerdesign is pretty stinking good.

Tumblr. I got super married.

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