Minnesota Vikings
Channel Partners Capital
Dunn Brothers Coffee
American Academy of Neurology
Zombie Boardshop


As a designer I develop images, type, and composition to represent the ideas you want to communicate. I convey the necessary information in combination with the appropriate mood and emotion.

I am a designer because I believe that there is a natural order to things. I believe chaos is a state of transition and it only takes a good mind to organize and express. I am an artist because I believe that every story, every message is an expression of art. It is important. It matters. Always hire an artist to create.

In other words; I really dork out on this kind of stuff. My work reflects this obsession focus in art and design.


Simply stated, the design process is my approach for breaking down a large project into manageable parts. My process is simple, fluid and is modified by the demands of the project--if the process becomes too rigid, the project explodes; if the process becomes too loose, the project wanders.

This is the basic structure of my process:

  1. Definition Phase: Specifics and Creative Brief
  2. Definition Phase: Research and Brainstorming
  3. Definition Phase: Creative Pitch
  4. Creation Phase: Design and Refine
  5. Creation Phase: Project Pitch
  6. Feedback Phase: Revisions
  7. Delivery Phase: Delivery


I would assume that it would be no surprise that a designer is an artist. Really, artist and designer are (or should be) one in the same. My artwork has a specific driving force behind it; science fiction. I am a loose and painterly scifi artist capturing an imperfect future human reality. I am driven because science is sexy and the future is exciting.


Other things I am willing to disclose the following about myself: I unabashedly drink a ton of coffee, black--Black as sin. I believe space exploration is the only solution to our species survival. I'm really allergic to cats. I ride a bicycle and run often because I refuse to let asthma beat me. I believe Art Cars are far better than expensive cars. I read all sci-fi. And will eagerly discuss anything about a utopian or dystopian future. Everyone should make art.


I create for a better world. I believe in the future, people, and the products and services that will bring us there.

I am Doug Forbes, a graphic designer and artist in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. I live at home with my wife and children. There I work on my old house, mow the lawn, shovel the snow, and dance with my wife and kids--all things blissfully domestic. I work out of a studio in my home, where I create the majority of my work. It is the typical studio with progressing projects organized in piles of priority, paintings waiting for the “ah-ha!”, and a lava lamp.

I have worked as a graphic designer for eighteen plus years, focusing predominantly in finance, medical, and start-up companies. These projects range from mutant transportation parade (art cars) to Alzheimer’s awareness campaign; ‘doing good’ work. I believe in the 'doing good' for the weight on my spirit and the future of my children.