Project Archive

The Heart, She Holler – David Cross ate my hand
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The Heart, She Holler – Tumor Time!
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Cigarette-smoking Tumor One of the most fun props I've ever made was a basketball-sized tumor that needed to smoke a cigarette while on camera - making the end of...

The Heart, She Holler – Blood-n-Guts
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Exploding Pies It seems like the second season at The Heart, She Holler involved lots of blood and guts. Gallons and gallons of blood and heaping armloads of guts....

Googleween – Spaceship fabric structure for DPEM
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DPEM in San Francisco hired me to design and build this 30' fabric structure for a Halloween party that went on last week at Google. The Flying saucer was...

Sesame Street – Signs for Guests
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Part of our job in the Graphics Department at Sesame Street was fashioning some dressing room door signs whenever a celebrity guest would stop by - Pete Ortiz and...

Art Supplies – Sesame Street Season 43
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One of the main concentrations of this past season at Sesame Street was Art, so I had quite a bit of art supplies to create! Grouchy Art Supplies...

Museum Camp – Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
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This July 10th-12th I took part in the "Museum Camp" event at the Santa Cruz MAH. This was an event where about a dozen teams of museum professionals teamed...

Meat Racks – 2013 SF Chefs Event
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I designed and built a set of three racks to hold various meats for the 2013 SF Chefs event - everything from deer to fish. I designed these with...

I got nominated for an Emmy!
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This year, I was nominated for an Emmy along with the rest of our Art Department team at Sesame Street (Bob Phillips, Pete Ortiz, Keith Olsen & Rickey Boyd)...

False-Bottomed Wheelchair – Inside Amy Schumer
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Playground concept sketches – Frolic Playspace
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Frolic in Brooklyn, NY. asked me to sketch out some quick ideas for a redesign that they were considering - here are a few of my super-fast ideas.

Perforated Pedestals – Kikkerland – ICFF
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For this year's ICFF show, I made some new pedestals for Kikkerland so that they could be used with the long lighted counters that I had built the previous...

Mechanical Cupcake Dispenser for Jet Blue
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I was called in to make a mechanized cupcake dispenser over a weekend for Jet Blue, to be set up in their JFK terminal. This was a challenging project...

Valentine Card – 2013
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Live Bonnaroo Intro – Weird Al
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Padded Columns for L’Oréal
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I made these padded columns for a L'Oréal event so that they would fit around existing columns at the event site. Jessie Voris and I worked together on the...

Heilmaier Messedesign – 3D Modeling & Graphics
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I worked on some graphics for Kennemetal's parking signs, 3D modeling for a cow milking machine, and planning for the stripe graphics at the BayWa exhibit at this year's...

Exhibit City News
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Blue’s Room – Paintbrush
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Pioneer Commercial
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Bent Plywood Chair
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Ergonomic research into the cross-sectional shapes of the seat and back helped this chair to be pretty comfortable! The seat and back are made out of bent plywood, and...

RTA Nightstand
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Footstool
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Fermilab Visitor Center
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For my thesis project at FIT, I designed a visitor center for the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory. When I started this project, Fermilab had recently decommissioned their Tevatron experiment...

BayWa ZLF Trade Show – Demonstration Walls
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BayWa requested a display that would demonstrate some of the money-saving qualities of their building materials. I worked in Illustrator to design multiple graphic layout concepts, and then Vectorworks...

BayWa ZLF Trade Show – Tractor Unveiling
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A new model of tractor was scheduled to be introduced by BayWa at this year's ZLF trade show, and I worked on some initial concepts for the placeholder to...

BayWa ZLF Trade Show – Gift Shop
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At Heilmaier Messedesign, I used Vectorworks to plan out shelving for the gift shop at BayWa's exhibit at the ZLF agricultural trade show. I also used Photoshop to add...

BayWa ZLF Trade Show – Rotating Columns
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I worked with Max Pollner on the design, modeling, and graphics of two columns of rectangular forms that visitors could rotate to create different combinations. The first two images...

Cereal Boxes for Hooper’s Store
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I made two new cereal boxes to place on the shelves of Hooper's Store. When I was pasting new labels onto the old cereal boxes, I discovered that the...

Magazines for Hooper’s Store – Sesame Street
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The magazines for Hooper's Store were getting kinda ratty, so I made a few new issues to add to the shelves and spruce the place up in preparation for...

Exhibitor 2012!
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I'm in Las Vegas for the next few days to visit Exhibitor 2012 - a trade show for the museum and exhibit design industry. My website is a blog...

Halloween Monster – 2011
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I needed to make a last-minute Halloween costume, so I glued together this mask from an old cardboard box, feathers leftover from a stork puppet I made a while...

Hamish and Andy – Giant Baby Carriage
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I made this giant baby carriage so that a grownup could fit inside. It uses heavyweight plywood, BMX wheels, and welded steel to support a big person. Katie Akana...

Rainbow Lamp – Brooklyn Childrens’ Museum
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I designed this lamp for a weather-themed lighting scheme for a FIT project set in the Brooklyn Childrens' Museum. The idea of the lighting scheme is that lighting would...

Earthbound Farm – Trade Show Exhibit
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Earthbound farm is a giant grower of organic foods, so for this FIT exhibit design project, I created a display with a giant display that is part farm tractor,...

Rubin Museum of Art
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I was part of a group of FIT students to redesign the lobby and second floor gallery at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art. One of the big challenges...

Kikkerland Trade Show Counters
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I fabricated these two counters for Kikkerland's 2012 trade shows. They both have lightbox faces made out of acrylic covered with adhesive vinyl. The client wanted the acrylic to...

Brooklyn Cyclones Signage Project
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I designed some signage for the Brooklyn Cyclones' stadium on Coney Island. It was fun to do some research into the color schemes of New York baseball and Coney...

DISASTER!
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I designed this exhibit as a pop-up marketplace to be located on the site of the demolished Thunderbolt rollercoaster on Coney Island. It takes the shape of a giant...

Sesame Street Florist Logo
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The florist's storefront on Sesame Street needed some dressin' up, so I made this sticker for their window, along with some stickers for non-existent credit cards.

The Heart, She Holler – Magical Walnut
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I made this magically-opening walnut for the Adult Swim mini-series "The Heart, She Holler." It works in a way that is similar to the old springy toy animals made...

Funnel Cake Exhibit!
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Hello everyone! I've been studying since this summer at F.I.T. in New York in the Exhibition design graduate program. Our first project was to design an exhibit centered around...

Sesame Street – iPad Drawings
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I drew these pictures for Sesame Street - Prince Charming and a Princess involved in their day-to-day activities. It appeared in an episode where an apple ipad was used...

Silent Library – Nipple Robot
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Someday many years from now, my grandkids will ask me "Grandpa, were you ever a television robot star?" And I will be able to honestly tell them "Yes children,...

Silent Library – Toe Snap
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I built this machine to sequentially shoot a contestant in the toes with rubber bands. The mechanism works with screws which are placed around the barrel of a crank-operated...

Silent Library – Pedal Pop
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I built this five-passenger bike by cutting apart and welding together the parts from three tandem bikes, and adding a bit of black gas piping where I needed straight...

Puppet Stage for Miss Piggy!
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I built this puppet stage for Opening Ceremony's event at Fashion's Night Out. It was built over a long weekend out of plywood, MDF, yards of black and red...

Silent Library – Rear Squeeze
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I welded together a pair of steel hands to squeeze contestants' behinds. The hands were pulled shut by bicycle brake cables which were tightened by spinning a crank. I...

Silent Library – Spanking Chair
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This one was fun to make! I traced my hand, scaled it up 200% and then made a foam hand with acrylic nails from the pattern. The arm is...

Silent Library – Creature in a Jar
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This one was a challenge! I made this creature out of all sorts of materials: lobster claws, doll parts, shells from the beach, latex gloves, ping-pong balls, dust masks,...

Fake Pies for Sesame Street
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I made these two pies for a cooking segment on Sesame Street. One pie needed to be made out of eight complete baked apples, and the other out of...

Junk Mail for Big Bird
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I needed to make a few junk mail flyers that were going to arrive in Big Bird's mailbox. I stayed late one day to make sure that the "birds...

Candy Television
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At first I tried making this breakaway glass TV screen out of expensive plastic casting materials, but to keep things within our budget I switched to a sugar-glass recipe....

Greeking Garbage for Grouches
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"Greeking" is when logos are obscured, or fake product names are made for labels that will appear on television. These are some cans I made for Oscar the Grouch....

Stork Puppet
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xI made this stork puppet for the recent season of Whitest Kids U'Know. It needed to be used as both a sock puppet when the head peeked through a...

Sesame Street – Dollar Bill
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I designed this dollar bill for a Sesame Street episode about finance. It needed to be easy for children to find the numeral "1" in the design, and look...

Posters for The Michael Showalter Showalter
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I made these posters to appear in Michael Showalter's pilot for a new television series. They needed to appear to be designed at different times, and by different people...

Silent Library – Indian Burn Machine
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Designing and building this machine was one of my biggest challenges on Silent Library. Figuring out a way for the hands to rotate around a point where I could...

Silent Library – Egg Gatling Gun
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My task on this project was creating an automatic mechanism that would fire a dozen eggs at contestants on Silent Library. I experimented with a tennis-ball-style launcher first, but...

Silent Library – Wrecking Ball Crane
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This seven-foot-tall crane was made to strike game show contestants in the groin with a sand-filled plastic wrecking ball. The frame is made from steel, with plywood panels, heater...

Silent Library – Phony Ostrich Eggs
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This was a fun challenge! The writers for Silent Library wanted to hit the contestants with ostrich eggs... but since ostrich eggs are expensive and are so hard that...

Silent Library – Wheel of Rulers
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I cast my hand a whole bunch of times on the third season of Silent Library - in this case, six times to make a machine to slap contestants...

FakeHeads Anthology is all printed up and ready to go!
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The FakeHeads Anthology has been published, and it includes a few comics I drew. ...more true stories. If you would like to read a copy and can't wait until...

Godzilla-like puppet Must Destroy Healthcare!
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I made this puppet for a health-care advocacy group. In a short video, the puppet will wreck hospitals, clinics, and maybe even get to eat some ambulances and doctors....

Silent Library – Tennis Ball Bike
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This bicycle was rebuilt from a machine that was used the previous season. I only ended up using a few pieces from the original machine since it functioned in...

Silent Library – Catapult Hat
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I had fun making a system of wooden gears to operate this mini-catapult. The mechanism tightens slingshot rubber bands, and a pull-cord releases the catapult arm.

Sesame Street – Letters and Numbers for Sesame Street
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I'm working in the Art Department of Sesame Street, and I made plenty of letters and numbers for the 41st season. Most were made out of foamcore or blue...

Silent Library – Noogie Machine
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I cast my hands in silicone rubber with a wooden dowel inside each knuckle. The hands were attached to two drills, and I made a crane mechanism that would...

Silent Library – Foosball Team
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I made the steel frame and mechanism for these kicking foosball characters, along with most of the foam casting. The mechanism was a challenge since it needed to be...

Silent Library – Dizzy Machine
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This machine was made out of a giant turntable with a truck hub inside, and some bike parts. All of the smooth bearings make it pretty easy to turn...

Silent Library – Wedgie Machine
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I built this machine starting with a crane that I'd built for a different challenge. A pulley was added in the place of the crane's arm at the top...

Whitest Kids U’Know – Great Wall of China puppet
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I went to Chinatown and picked up some pyjamas from a bargain rack to get some fabric for this puppet. The head is made from foam and cardboard (with...

Whitest Kids U’Know – World Trade Center puppets
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With googly eyes.

ASIFA-East – Award Certificate
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ASIFA-East had been using the same design for their award certificate for almost 40 years, so I volunteered to produce some new certificates for their 40th anniversary. The red...

Mystery Closet
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This is a true story about what I found in a walled-off closet inside my bedroom when I lived at 57 Kent Avenue. I started drawing the panels on...

Superjail – Cold Blooded
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I had some fun with the newspaper headlines on this one.

Superjail – Time Police
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I did some character design for a change - the cave painting versions of the Superjail staff.

Superjail – Mr. Grumpy-Pants
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Chinatown was so much fun to draw!!

Skateboard
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I made this skateboard for a show that was put on by Andrea Breitman. I enjoyed dusting off my old gouache paints for this project.

Superjail – Terrorarium
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The jungle plants and giant bugs were plenty of fun to draw.

Superjail – Don’t be a Negaton
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Refrencing Peter Max and Miyazaki in one episode? Hooray!

Superjail – Ladies Night
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Spaceships! Also, the buildings in the far background that look a little like hamster habitats are fun to make up.

Superjail – Dream Machine
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My favorite part about drawing backgrounds for this episode was hiding a drawing of my car with a portly bikini girl on the hood in the middle of the...

Superjail – Combaticus
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The carvings on the temple walls of the Combaticus episode are some of the most fun drawings from my time working on Superjail.

Superjail – Superbar
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I drew backgrounds for the pilot and first season of Superjail. I especially liked hiding junk on the walls of the bar for "Superbar."

The Upstate Four – Cartoon Network
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The Upstate Four is a pilot that I created for Cartoon Network with my brother Fran Krause. We were involved in all aspects of the project from writing, design...

Superjail – Pilot Episode
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My favorite part of working on the pilot for Superjail was when Christy took my suggestion that the dead monkey should have broken glass stuck in it after bouncing...

Blue’s Room – Miniature Props
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For the show's introduction, we needed some dollhouse-sized props for a tiny set. These props are all about 2 or 3 inches in size. It was fun to use...

Blue’s Room – Critters
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I learned to love polystyrene foam on this project. Sure, static electricity leads to annoying dust everywhere, but it is incredibly easy to sculpt to a smooth, kinda durable...

Blue’s Room – Drawings
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When I was working on Blue's Room, some days I'd be doing nothing but coloring pictures for twelve hours a day. The set was dressed with new drawings for...

2005 OIAF Signal Film
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Utica Cartoon
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Utica Cartoon was my first professional animation project, and possibly my last chance to produce a traditionally-animated cartoon for television. Fran and I left New York City (where we...

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