retro design

  • Retro Design in a Modern Layout

    Crescent Palms Motel websiteI've just published a new website for the Crescent Palms Motel located off Broad Street on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The property has a ton of rich history which you can read about on the site, so if you're ever in the neighborhood, drive by and check it out. You can also view photo galleries of the newly renovated property and the original Mason's Motel.

    I designed the original site in 2008 and it served them well for seven years. Like the original, the updated site features a vintage sixties layout using architectural elements and colors from the renovated motel. Other graphic assets include an animated neon sign graphic, a large panning photo slider, and a nice retro headline font. The vintage design is wrapped in a modern layout that features a sticky header, mobile only nav buttons, and integrations for Tripadvisor and Expedia content.

    Check it out here.

  • Should I stay or should I go now?

    Hostettler label

    Mystery caller says "Meet me in the Quarter. I got an interesting job for ya."

    I love being a graphic designer in New Orleans—you never know what the next job will entail. Last year, I got a mysterious call from someone needing help. The call went something like this:

    Me: I Design, this is Matt.

    Mystery client: I need graphics help. 

    Me: Okay, I can probably help you. What exactly do you need?

    Mystery client: I can't explain it, I need to show you. Can you meet me in the French Quarter?

  • Star Wars Propaganda Posters

    WWII propaganda posters really stoked the emotions. The U.S. produced almost 200,000 different poster designs during the war and many of the styles still influence poster design today.

    For an interesting twist on the U.S. propaganda poster, check out these Star Wars Propaganda Postersdesigned by illustrator Russell Walks.