Editorial/Spot Illustration

Spot illustrations for Life Reimagined, an initiative by AARP to support people looking to explore new career possibilities.

Milwaukee Magazine

Editorial Illustration

Spike Press worked with Milwaukee Magazine on the cover for their Best of 2012 issue. The cover, as well as the interior content was designed to be entirely interactive with a mobile device.

Dragon Brush

iPad & iPhone app

Spike Press and longtime friend Andy Hullinger partnered with the talented folks at Small Planet Digital on this interactive children's book app.

Based on a traditional Chinese folk tale, Dragon Brush tells the story of Bing-Wen, a young artist who is given a magic brush that brings his paintings to life.

Also had some help from my good friends in The National, with Matt Berninger supplying the narration and Aaron and Bryce Dessner contributing the theme song.

See a preview at

“ of the top book apps in iTunes.”
—USA Today

“With its distinctive look, a great drawing element…a moral that values cleverness over power, [this] app is...rare and magical.”
—Kirkus Starred Review

“The story has all my favorite things: waterfalls, magical dragons, and the sound of my own voice.”
—Matt Berninger

Acquity Group
& Li-Ning


Spike Press worked closely with Acquity Group, bringing a rich, storytelling component to key attributes of Li-Ning, China’s top domestic sportswear brand, as they enter the U.S. market. Applications range from pattern and texture to typographic integration on a wide range of media.


Holiday Card Illustration

Nothing says Happy Holidays like birds wearing human clothes half-buried in a snow drift!

Nanamee & Spike Press

Vector Illustrations

Spike Press is happy to be offering original vector illustrations through Nanamee - curated and backed by the good folks from YouWorkForThem.

This first set asks the question "What if the BBC had made a TV movie in 1973 that sought to capitalize on both the science fiction and burgeoning glam rock genres?" Or something to that effect.

Detchi, Inc.


Sunny day real estate.

Public Radio

2012 Calendar Illustration

Spike Press was asked to contribute
to the 2012 calendar, contrasting an NPR listener from 1970 (the year
it first went on the air) with what
a listener might look like in the
year 2170.

Team Coco

Swag Illustration

Spike Press worked with the extremely talented Concepcion Studios on illustrations for everyone's favorite architecturally-coiffed funnyman, Conan O'Brien.

Get yours today!

Washington Post

Editorial Illustration

Illustration done to accompany an article addressing the current state of band names.

Little Silver

T-shirt Design

A couple of shirt designs for Brooklyn's own Little Silver -
give them a listen!

Guitar Center

In-store Signage &
Ad Illustrations

Spike Press worked with Guitar Center on illustrations for in-store signage as well as for ads in Vintage Guitar and Premier Guitar magazines.

Chicago Magazine

40th Anniversary Issue Cover Illustration

Chicago Magazine asked Spike Press and 5 other designers to create covers for their December 2010 “40 Reasons to Love Chicago” issue, and in the end selected Spike Press. Thanks and congratulations to Chicago Magazine!

Also the epicenter of an international design scandal!

The National

LP Insert Triptych

These posters are included with the limited-edition releases of The National's first three records on colored vinyl.

The National

T-shirt Design

This “Waterlogged” t-shirt was bundled with a poster for the release of The National's acclaimed album, High Violet. Grab them both from The National Shop.

The design was also adapted for use as a stage backdrop for their 2011 European summer tour dates.

Gato Negro Films

Elektra Luxx One Sheet

Spike Press worked with writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez on the one sheet for the 2010 SXSW premiere of his film, Elektra Luxx.

Joint Juice

Animation Illustrations

Spike Press worked with San Francisco-based Eleven, Inc. on short animations for the joint lubricant Joint Juice.

Type Tee

T-shirt Design

Another entry in the Threadless Type Tees series. Grab one here.

The Boring Store

Website Illustration

Supplying all of Chicago's secret
agent needs, The Boring Store raises money for the Dave Eggers-founded 826CHI, which helps 6- to 18-year-old students develop creative writing skills. Spike Press jumped at the chance to work on this project, not only to support 826CHI's worthy cause, but also because the site is based on illustrations done for The Boring Store by the one and only Chris Ware.

Additional design and sharp typography by the estimable
Ryan Sievert.

Written by the loquacious
Jim Korakis

Animated & developed by the talented Tom Miller and Patrick Filler.

Kitsune Noir

Desktop Wallpaper

Spike Press' entry in the venerable Desktop Wallpaper Project from the great Kitsune Noir - bookmark for a daily shot of the best art, design, music and film.

Go grab your very own now!

Domani Studios

Wall Mural

When interactive ass-kickers
Domani Studios opened their Chicago office, they had it all: exposed brick loft, Guitar Hero, fridge stocked with microbrews, and a giant glaringly blank wall. To remedy this Spike
Press was asked to design a 14'x12' mural that reflected the unique Domani sensibility as well as their new location. The final design was printed and hung using custom wallpaper.

Type Tees

T-shirt Design

A couple of designs for the Threadless Type Tees series. Go grab them here and here.

Kids Foot Locker

In-Store Posters

To promote Nike Shox Turbo shoes, Spike Press worked with Vehicle SF to come up with 40"x64", double-sided, double-barrelled, action-packed posters for Kids Foot Locker stores nationwide.

Illustration Corporation

Logo Development

Logo for Chicago-based
illustration collective.

Faesthetic Magazine


11"x17" illustration for the UFO-themed 9th issue of Faestheic.

Body by Milk

Poster Illustration

Spike Press worked with Draft FCB
to develop posters that were hung in public high schools nationwide to hype a music download promotion.

Chicago Reader

Cover Illustration

Cover for the Chicago Reader's
2007 Fall Books Special. A not-so-distant cousin to the Bookworm
from the 60s Batman TV show?

Pippi Longstocking


To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Astrid Lindgren, the author of the Pippi Longstocking series of books, Spike Press was asked to contribute an illustration to an international exhibit of children's art and literature held in Cagliari, Italy.

Self-Charmed Man

CD Booklet Illustration

Chicago band May or May Not
asked Spike Press to illustrate a
song from their debut album, A Kalidescope of Egos.

Lionhead Studios

Website Illustrations

Lionhead Studios of Fable fame asked Spike Press to produce a series of illustrations for their website, incorporating their logo and emphasizing the unique storytelling and adventure aspects of their games.

Lumpen Times

Cover Illustration

Spike Press


72"x30" vinyl banner

Spike Press

Desktop Wallpaper