What I Designed Today: Billboard for Bartlesville’s Ambler Hall

So, I have a new client.  A demanding, almost-full-time client.  And I love it.  I’m pleased to be working with OK Mozart as their marketing and public relations director.  I have been freelancing for them for a couple of years and the people — and the music — are wonderful!  I am so excited to be a part of such a grand tradition in the Bartlesville community.  The 32nd festival June 11-18, 2016 will be my first, but the excitement isn’t waiting until then.  In fact, OK Mozart is introducing it’s new Ambler Hall, an acoustic concert venue with 100 seats, with it’s first concert on August 28.  Check out the billboard I ordered today.

midwesttriobillboard4

What I Designed Today: Theater Bartlesville’s The Trip to Bountiful – Billboard Design Progression

tttbproof

tttb

tttbprogression

I thought you might like to see the progression of this particular billboard. The artistic director, Joe Sears, of Greater Tuna fame (Aunt Pearl? Tony nominee? Ring any bells?), created the yellow background and silhouette with watercolors on vellum and I scanned the artwork in and adjusted everything for print. It’s been 20 years since I designed a billboard. That makes me sound really, really old but the first time I did one, I was only 22. You do the math. I’m not a dinosaur…yet. Billboard design can be tricky but it’s nice to know the technology has improved enough to where an accurate color proof is available on the same vinyl they use to put up on the actual billboard. It was only $35 extra for the proof, and yellow can also be tricky, so I figured it was worth it. If all went well, we’d have an extra 2.5 x 4′ banner for the front window of the theater. The yellow turned out fine so it was a win, win!

In other news, I’ve been elected Marketing Director for the local community theater: Theater Bartlesville. It’s going to be a fun way for me to make more local connections in the printing and publishing industry, as well as the arts. It’s a great board this year so I’ve already met some fantastic, intelligent, kind people. This won’t kill me for a year term, right?!