Let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at Kai Takahashi’s Slumberjacks! The hat isn’t available in the Clink store anymore. It deserves a belated walk down memory lane.
The story of the Slumberjacks is the story of Kai’s evolution as a designer. Kai’s determination has really impressed Jason and myself. I believe Kai first submitted a design for Clink during the Clink Kong logo contest and the thing that struck us about Kai was his willingness to start over, scrap his first idea, make big adjustments, and drastically improve his concepts from his first submission to his last.
Just take a look at this evolution. He starts with an illustration of an idea. Full characters,acting out complicated actions. Then you see him start to move away from illustrations and into thinking in symbols.
Then you see the simplification of that symbol to it’s final form. Gone are the feathers, gone are the “ZZZ”s. The final design is packed with great ideas and heritage. The “S” is a “Z” turned backwards, genius! Embroidered plaid! Awesome! The seamless integration of the axe and the lettering. Perfect!
Tenacity and openness to taking criticism are the exact things we look for when hiring studio team members. That is the mark of someone willing to make themselves into a great designer. Take a look at this recent project from his website. Just amazing advancements!
All of these qualities are why Kai was awarded one of our 2 summer intern positions this year. We’re excited to have him join the Brandiose team. He’s a guy on his way to great things and we’re excited to help him down that path. Check out Kai’s portfolio here.
Kick this weekend’s ass Clinkers!