The JEB Blog gives the back story on our creative projects of illustration and graphic design.

Tuesday
Nov052013

Wimsey Cove Gallery, West Annapolis's Artist reception for Joe Barsin

Join Joe Barsin this Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm, 11/10/13, and view his exhibit at Wimsey Cove of West Annapolis. The show is will run for 3 months and includes his new release: "Snowy Annapolis Holiday" and "Citizen Terrapin". Wine and 'crabby' refreshments available.

Wimsey Cove Maps & Art
103 Annapolis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
phone: 443-995-8978 

Wimsey Cove Gallery exhibit of Joe Barsin's work

Tuesday
Oct152013

Snowy Annapolis Holiday illustration for AAACCC Event

The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Holiday Mixer on November 14th. They are continuing their tradition of working with JEB Design in developing their invitation, reply card, flyer and envelopes. This is a wonderful event which will be held at the festively decorated, Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville. To celebrate, Joe Barsin created a new piece, "Snowy Annapolis Holiday," and is looking forward to producing and donating a large canvas wall art of the illustration for the silent auction.

We will have some other products later in the near future. If interested in purchasing Holiday cards, ornaments and prints featuring "Snowy Annapolis Holiday," please follow this link to our online store.

For graphic design work, visit JEB Design.

Monday
Oct142013

The Terrapin has been released! New print by Joe Barsin.

Citizen Terrapin

A tribute to the famous College Park citizen, Testudo, and fellow turtles who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Maryland Terrapin has taken on a life of its own thanks to the University of Maryland

Visit Citizen Pride here to purchase products with this illustation.

My new Terrapin illustration is getting positive feedback. It's personally my favorite of the CitizenPride series. It was a true labor of love, trying to make a terrapin turtle look "tough/cool" but still be accurate to the real animal. If you ever get up close and personal to a real terrapin then you will soon realize these are probably the cutest-looking turtles around. They seem to have a permanent smirk!  — Joe Barsin

For framing options, please follow this link.

For gifts and merchandise (i.e. note cards, place mats, beer mugs, mouse pads, smart phone and ipad cases, t-shirts, stickers, and so much more!using this poster artwork, please follow this link.


View more gifts at Zazzle.

Commissioned work and wholesale orders welcome: Contact Us
All posters by Joe Barsin are very high resolution vector graphics.

© JEB Design, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday
Oct022013

USNI New Identity Development by JEB Design

New USNI emblem by JEB Design (click images to enlarge)USNI 2014 Media Planner. Designed by JEB Design, as well.JEB Design has worked on hundreds of corporate identities over the years but once in awhile a project comes along that is very special. The design of the new USNI identity is one of those projects. Below we explain the project and what we provided for this great American institution.

Founded in 1873, the U.S. Naval Institute is an influential force in the U.S. Navy and maritime policy. It publishes the magazines, Proceedings, and Naval Historyalong with hundreds of books every year. USNI was the only publisher who had confidence in Tom Clancy and published his first book, The Hunt for Red October, which became an international best seller. The Institute is located on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

USNI Online IdentityAs great an institution as USNI is, the time comes when it is necessary to update its identity. USNI's online media products were expanding and becoming the new focus but the emblem and the overall identity was not up to the task. JEB Design was asked to work on this project since we have extensive experience in corporate identity but also a love of naval history and respect for naval traditions. Simply creating a "facebook-esk" logo for the online division was not acceptable. 

USNI.com identity and tribute to Tom Clancy

The first task was to take the old emblem (shown below) and refine it. Once the emblem was approved, we built on this foundation to develop the online variations. We also refined the color palette and all the corporate stationery for the numerous divisions of USNI. 

Previous USNI emblemWe created the U.S. Naval Institute Graphic Standards and Guides manual so the USNI creative staff would have the necessary instructions to consistently brand their print and online materials. If interested in seeing all aspects of the identity, you can download the Guide here. You'll see the new letterheads, envelopes, mailing labels, postcards, business cards, email signatures, gift stationery and the extensive emblem, logo and logotype treatments for print and online. 

Download the USNI identity guide here

Thank you for your interest in this great project. See more of JEB Design's work here.

Wednesday
Oct022013

Barsin's Mid-Atlantic Poster Series at First Sunday Festival

Hope to see you this Sunday! If you miss us, please go to BarsinArt.com to see these works.

Learn more about the West Street First Sudnay Festical in Annapolis, MD, at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Sunday-Arts-Festival/122738317747187

The Mid-Atlantic Poster series by Joe Barsin of BarsinArt.com

Wednesday
Sep182013

Charm City Wire Artist Profile on Joe Barsin ... Thank you!

Thank you to Charm City Wire and Mike Reft for this great article.

Follow this link for the Charm City Wire Artist Profile. Or scroll down and read it here:

Charm City WireCCW Artist Profile: Joe Barsin

by Mike Reft

This month’s Charm City Wire Artist Profile brings you Joe Barsin, a talented graphic artist and genuinely great guy to meet. Joe is sure to become a household name in Maryland, seeing as how every Marylander is at least faintly familiar with his work: the Treasure the Chesapeake state license plate.

It may surprise you, after seeing some of Joe’s brilliantly colored, Maryland-themed work, that he is originally from Akron, Ohio. Before designing many logos and posters around Maryland, Joe graduated with honors from Kent State University and experienced art and culture throughout Europe.  After earning his Bachelors in Fine Art, Joe moved to Baltimore, MD and gained a large amount of experience with various advertising agencies (examples of work) throughout the Delmarva area. There’s “tons of great stuff about Maryland”, he explained over drinks at Mother’s in Arnold, MD (where much of his work is on display). Joe brings a welcomed perspective on Maryland from his Ohioan roots. “New York is great,” he explained, “but so expensive – so everyone is in survival-mode. In Baltimore, you can let your wings fly.” There’s a higher appreciation for the environment because of the Bay, and an “equal playground” for both environmental and business interests.

Citizen Pride: Orioles

The key to Joe’s business success lies in the excellent partnership with his wife, Eva, who acts as his Artist Representative. Together, they started JEB Design, Inc. in 1998. She allows the creative juices to keep flowing by approaching the store buyers and managers. Add all of that to being a mother of two (Joe and Eva’s boys: Robert and James Barsin), and you have the most valuable colleague and partner in the world. That’s not to say that making a living with art has been particularly easy, however.  Joe has experienced difficulties during the recession like many of his colleagues who had to change professions to stay afloat. Joe recalls drawing strength from a patchwork quilt that he had completed when he was younger:

“All artists are best when they’re young, but to be aware of that is half the battle. You need these works that you completed when you were young to harken back to your purpose.”

Since then, Joe has used his skills in graphic design to put his work everywhere from large canvases to car magnets. Joe’s artwork uses bright colors and shading that really evoke the sense of beauty that Charm City and its surrounding areas have to offer.

Most recently, Joe and Eva have been putting in a ton of work on the front end of their Citizen Pride campaign; a nationwide effort to produce state-exclusive work like that of JEB Design Inc.’s Oriole, Raven, Chesapeake Retriever, and Crab pieces (check out the gallery below). They make such a great team and represent some wonderful works of art that any state would be lucky to call its own — we’re just glad that Maryland inspired Joe first.

 

Citizen Pride: The Raven

A Joe Barsin original, sure to be a hit this football season. Coming Soon: The Maryland Terrapin!

Citizen Pride: Chessie, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

A Joe Barsin original: The Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Citizen Crab @ Mother's Grill, Maryland

JEB Design's Facebook cover profile

Eva Barsin created this great photo montage for our Facebook cover image. It truly conveys how we have been a team with our biz  and raising kids. – Joe Barsin

CitizenPride.com Headquarters

The JEB Design, Inc. office. To the left are posters that Joe created in college and to the right is a quilt that he made before he started making a living from his work. “You need these works that you completed when you were young to harken back to your purpose.” – Joe Barsin.

Joe Barsin and Mike Reft at Mother's Grill.

Charm City Wire photo-op – Joe Barsin (left) and I @ Mother’s in Arnold, MD

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Mike, thank you for a great time talking while enjoying Mother's Old Bay wings and Heavy Seas Loose Cannon beer.

It doesn't get more Maryland Pride then this!

Sincerely, Joe Barsin

Friday
Sep062013

Film Shorts Crawl in Annapolis! Once again, JEB Design helps with graphics.

4 Hours of Film, Food and Fun for $40!

See 10 terrific short films including PENNY DREADFUL: An inept criminal has met his match in the form of a 10 year old in this Coen-esque comedy of a kidnapping gone terribly wrong. JEB Design helped out in 2012 so we are happy to report that The Shorts Crawl sold out last year ... Tickets on sale now for Sept. 22, 2013!

See our design and illustration work for the Annapolis Film Festival.

Thursday
Sep052013

Meet Fubar Fairy, the Relenta mascot.

Links to The Relenta Story PDFIt's great to be working again with Dmitri Eroshenko. Founder of Relenta, a solid CRM that has been successfully growing for a couple of years now (follow link for free trial of Relenta). We just created The Relenta Story which introduces Fubar Fairy.  

In years past, Dmitri and I worked together on developing the look and feel of Web Hosting Magazine. This involved creating many humorous characters, including Fubar Fairy, and the mascot, WH Man. You can see many examples of this work here. I was also involved with some original layout design and illustration that would be best described as Eclectic.

 


 

Overall, working with Dmitri has been a great joy for me since he embraces creative design and illustration. I feel some of my best work has been created under his inspiring editorial direction.

See more of this work throughout our website: jebdesign.com

Sincerely, Joe Barsin

 

 

Friday
Aug302013

Bike Jersey Apparel Design - inspired by the Ugly Xmas Sweater!

It is not every day you work on a project like this. Ross Larson of Colorado was fed up with bike jerseys with corporate sponsors. Why do we pay big bucks for cycling jerseys that advertise someone else's product for free?

Ross asked us to develop an original jersey design. Why not a jersey that channels our inner love of ugly Xmas sweaters! Ross agreed and ...  voila! We'll keep you posted when these will be ready for sale. In the mean time, read what Ross Larson said about working with JEB Design.

"Joe recently designed a bicycle jersey as an apparel project for my company. His work was quality, timely and professional. Communication was direct and consistent throughout the process including phone calls and emails, before, during, and after the design process. 

I would highly recommend Joe for his design work. Compared to other artists contracted for similar designs, Joe developed the final product much quicker and with no issues."

See more of Joe's work at jebdesign.com

Friday
Aug232013

SEA Change Ahead for new identity and website

SEAchange new website and corporate identity

Developed the corporate identity, stationery and website for SEAchange Business Coaching & Consulting. The task was to take the legal name, Stockton Executive Advisors LLC, and develop a memorable brand. The initials S.E.A. merged with the words, "change" not only symbolized their name but also reflect their goal for their clients through consulting and coaching.

To help convey this concept, we developed an introductory slideshow on the home page of SEAchange's website. You can review the site here: SEAchangeAhead.com