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

THOUGHTS ON DESIGN

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.

THOUGHTS ON PROCESS

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

SKILLS

MY ARTWORK

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.

ARTWORK

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.

MAKE ART. BE AWESOME.

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.