IC Farm League

Long before music and design (and almost everything else), there was … baseball.

In the eighties it was our hometown pride and joy – The Bend Bucks – who would later become the Portland Rockies. The Bucks were a single A farm club for the (now) Anaheim Angels. We’d love to hit the games with Dad and grab autographs from the retired major leaguers who were acting coaches for the team. $5 tickets and cheap popcorn didn’t hurt either.

Between Bucks games, the best movie ever created, our own little league games (where I told all my teammates that I was related to this guy), watching the Braves (lose) every waking moment on TBS and our unhealthy addiction to baseball cards (wish we still had this), there was time for little else. In 1989, our family moved to Sacramento and our love of the game got even stronger - thanks to the Giants and these guys across the bay. RIP Candlestick Park.

Fast forward 25 years later. After visiting the beautiful new Ebbets Field Flannels storefront in Seattle a few months back, we came up with a crazy idea to fuse a few of our old passions into one: Baseball, art and … people. People who are making really cool things in the world of baseball – and beyond. We even commissioned our Humble Beast bros in Portland to create some knickerbocker-era music to bring it all together. After coming up with a dream team list (and it was hard to stop at 6), we had our roster.

Enter: Invisible Creature Farm League.

We’ve partnered with Ebbets Field Flannels from Seattle, Mitchell Bat Co. from Nashville, Leather Head Sports from New Jersey, Oxford Pennant from New York, Curtis Clark Woodworks (or, Dad) from California and the uber-talented and undisputed aesthetic king of baseball himself, Jon Contino from New York to bring you IC inspired game gear for your closet, wall, shelf, desk … and even the field.

Have a look around our rookie season and click some stuff. A HUGE thanks to all of our collaborators for an amazing experience. We hope you enjoy …

 

The Great Discontent Interview

It’s an absolute honor to be interviewed by The Great Discontent. Cozy up with that brand new iPad from Grandma and have a read. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Spacehack Mural for Facebook

A few months ago we were approached by the kind folks at Facebook, asking if we’d be interested in creating a mural for their offices here in Seattle. It sounded like heaps of fun, so we signed up. They gave us a few keywords that represented the culture and atmosphere at Facebook. ‘Making The World More Connected’ and ‘Hacker’ got the most votes internally, so we dug into those ideas as our direction. Inspired by Ben Barry’s in-house postings, we based our piece on combining both thoughts – the idea of going beyond the ‘world’ being more connected intrigued us. Facebook existing outside of planet Earth seems like an attainable goal, so that’s where we landed. Once again we worked with our friend Don Rockwell on the application of the mural and it turned out pretty spectacular. See our quick and fun ‘Making Of’ film below:

Spacehack_3

 

2013 South Lake Union Block Party

Oh Summer, where art thou? It’s always a pleasure working with Josh Lackey and our friends at Vulcan Real Estate. Here is our poster art for the 2013 South Lake Union Block Party, happening Friday August 9th and benefitting The Center For Wooden Boats. Printed on 80 lb. Cougar Opaque stock. See you at the beer garden.

 

Building A Family

We were commissioned by our good friends at Toth Construction to produce and direct a short film documenting their rich heritage, high level of craftsmanship and the importance of building relationships. We shot this over a period of 2 weeks and used VSCO film emulation for the final edit. Music: “When I Am Old And Gray” by the Candlepark Stars.

 

Formubung 1.0

Our friends Klaus & Erik over at Toth Construction commissioned us to design a set of wooden architectural nesting blocks for their top tier clients this holiday season. Each hand-signed and numbered set includes a sliding laser-etched Russian birch wood lid and 19 individual sugar maple blocks. Special thanks to Jonathan Cowles over at Patronus Design for meticulously handling the production of each set. We also collaborated with Rachel Brandzel to create hand-made letterpressed cards to accompany each box. Oh, and do yourself a favor by perusing one of Toth’s latest works of art, designed by Jim Olson.

KidQuake!

Here’s our cover for KidQuake!, album #4 from Seattle’s mightiest pre-K heroes : The Not-Its! See for yourself – these guys know how to start a serious circle pit.

 

Keatley Un-Workshop

Our friend, photographer John Keatley recently commissioned us to create a poster for his upcoming (and aptly titled) Un-Workshop. John is known for thinking outside the box with his high-concept and innovative portraits – so we thought it’d be fun to envision just what is going on inside his head on any given day. Unfortunately you’ll need to wait until Feb. 2nd and 3rd to actually find out (sign up here!), but in the meantime we can all just imagine it looks a little something like this. Limited edition, signed and numbered 5 color silk-screened posters printed on French Muscletone available at the workshop. Go!

The Loop

We created 3 posters for Morrissey’s upcoming (and now cancelled) tour stops here in the northwest. Seattle, Bellingham and Portland. Sold as a set and individually. In the shop now.

‘Keys To The City’ Mural

This past summer, our good friends at Vulcan Real Estate commissioned us to create one of the biggest jobs we’ve worked on to date – literally: A 100′ x 30′ mural that faces one of their new Amazon.com buildings in the ever-growing ‘city-within-a-city’, South Lake Union. Home to Amazon HQ, fine dining, upscale living & shopping, South Lake Union is full of life, culture and color. Our job was to reflect that with a vibrant and whimsical take on what ‘building a city’ could look like.

This project presented a fun challenge: Taking digital art, scaling it way up and painting it traditionally without compromising quality and its original style/intent. Finding the perfect partner to bridge the gap was important to us. To do that, we teamed up with artist (and mural pro) Don Rockwell and Foley Sign Company, which has served the Pacific Northwest sign industry for over 85 years. A huge thanks to Don, Mark Metcalf and the team at Foley for bringing our creation to life.

The process between IC and Foley was so fascinating to us, we had to document it. ‘Keys To The City: The Making Of A Mural‘ is embedded above for your viewing pleasure. Special thanks to Alex Goose and Jake Troth for supplying the instrumental version of their amazing song ‘Alexandra‘.

But c’mon … this is just the internet. See it in person on Thomas street between Boren and Terry. More specifically, here.

And of course, none of this would have happened without Josh Lackey and Vulcan. Thank you. We can’t wait for the next one.

Endless Summer: New T-Shirts

Back To School? Naw, forget that. It’s an endless summer. Soft inks printed on American Apparel Tri-Blend T’s. Ships on or before September 18th. Grab them all here.

Spirit Of ’77 printed on Tri-Indigo Blue.

Mummy Jr. printed on Tri-Black.

Leroy’s Boy printed on Athletic Gray.

Respect printed on Tri-Black.

Mummy Classic printed on Tri-Coffee.

Live To Draw printed on Tri-Black.

Mummy Jr. (Kids Sizes!) printed on Tri-Black.

South Lake Union Block Party

Josh Lackey and our friends at Vulcan commissioned us to create a poster for their 2012 South Lake Union Block Party happening on August 10th. Printed on uncoated stock and available in the shop now. See you there!

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Here’s our new poster for the upcoming M83 show at The Paramount on April 26th. 3 colors, including dark metallic copper. In the shop April 27th.

Seattle Weekly Voracious

Seattle and food. Two of our favorite things. We were asked to create 2 covers for Seattle Weekly‘s annual Voracious issue. The issue highlights their top restaurant picks in the city, organized by neighborhood. Thanks to A.D. Jane Sherman for giving us plenty of creative freedom. Only on newsstands for a week! See it a tad bigger here.

Somebody That I Used To Know

Inspired by that great song that happens to be everywhere, here’s our new poster for the one-man band Gotye. Light blue, metallic silver and black. We’ll have these in the shop on April 11th.

2012 Sasquatch! Festival

Is it summer yet? Not quite, but with last night’s (bitchin’) lineup announcement for the 2012 Sasquatch! Festival – we’re getting close. The festival poster and identity remains at the top of the IC “Pet Project” heap each year, thanks to our client and friend, Adam Zacks. So if you see a haphazard vegetable oil-fueled modified recliner with scrapped airplane turbines and tree stumps for wheels carrying ‘Squatch and his renegade gang of animal misfits – you’re on the right road. See it bigger in our work section.

And check out the rad animation by the folks at Wintr.

Seattle’s Best Coffee

Looking for a little sun amidst those long, cold and blustery days? We suggest the new ‘Winter Getaway Blend’ packaging we created for Seattle’s Best Coffee and the fine folks at Creature. As obvious fans of all things caffeinated, this was a real treat to work on. Big thanks to Dave Taylor, Kaylin Fitzpatrick and Cara Schwartz at Creature for the fun project. Get a slightly closer look in our portfolio. Only available in SBC Cafe’s.

Can’t Look Away

We are very pleased to be contributing to EMP’s new exhibit exploring the world of horror film and the human experience it produces. Can’t Look Away: The Lure Of Horror Film features 19 of our illustrations, some truly amazing artifacts, interactive experiences, and information galore. We got a sneak peek at the show, and it’s absolutely incredible! Do yourself a favor and check it out- open to the public October 2nd. And check out the portfolio for a more extensive look at the work!

Creature Feature

Thanks to our good friends at the other Creature for including our work together with JanSport in their Communication Arts story this month.

The Spit Swap

It’s 100% official and tickets are now available. Draplin and I will be riding the rails and corrupting each other’s respective cities October 19th & 20th.

ABOUT

Founded in 2006 by Don & Ryan Clark, Invisible Creature is a
multi-disciplinary design and illustration studio based in Seattle, WA.

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