Our Fair City launched in 2011 as a fully independent online post-apocalyptic audio drama. Over the course of eight seasons, the show has become an official non-profit organization and gone on to win much-deserved critical acclaim for its writing, production and sound design, while building a fully realized world of science, comedy, horror and biting satire in the process. I'm proud to have been involved since the launch of the second season as an illustrator, creating artwork to accompany various episodes over the years, featuring everything from zombies, giant ants, airships, reality TV shows, ambulances, and high-rise window washers.
Between the second and third seasons, Our Fair City’s organizers asked me to redesign their website. This gave me the chance to create a number of visual elements that have since served as core elements of the “look” of Our Fair City, including a custom typeface, a clockwork flower motif, the logo for Hartlife (the show’s fictional corporate governmental bureaucracy), and an alternate logo for Our Fair City itself. The website, developed by Michael Tomczak, places a heavy emphasis on visuals and illustration, since Our Fair City is such a strong supporter of Chicago’s illustrators and comic book artists as well as its audio community.
Working with Our Fair City’s creative director Dann Tincher, I’ve designed and illustrated posters for live events and performances, and contributed to comic books and other merchandise for the show.
To commemorate the end of the podcast in 2018, I designed See You in the Tunnels, a 374-page coffee table book collecting the show’s entire visual output, alongside a series of essays and critical writing. The dust-jacket cover was designed as a collaboration between Dann and myself.