“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
—Antoine de Saint Exupery
Stephen Bliss studied engineering and fine art and pursued a career as an illustrator and graphic designer. He’s managed his own studio since 1986 producing illustration, graphic and web design.
I also maintain sbliss.com a site for my digital fine art.
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A retail guitar and music store. The two owners are informed and personable creating a terrific in store experience. The site features a custom CMS and a single scrolling page to create a responsive interactive experience with no page reloads.
An innovative theater on the Campus of Vassar College, the Powerhouse Theater was constructed in the historic power generator building. The industrial environment and black interiors inspired the design of this site.
Touch screen interface design for the Golden Gate Bridge toll plazas.
I worked closely with the .net programming team to create usable interface screens with multiple state buttons and informational graphics. Deliverables included extensive support documentation, dimensional and placement maps and all graphic elements.
Calim Financial, based in Aspen, provides investment products for high end customers. I designed the corporate identity as well as all their communications design.
This annual report focuses on opportunities created by new technologies, expanding markets and underdeveloped assets. World-wide in scope, the report provides a portfolio of various ventures. The report highlights the company’s flexible set of managerial, administrative and consultative capabilities to help entrepreneurs.
A series of digital illustrations. Portraits of the famous and infamous as expressed by those artifacts left as their legacies.
Three in the Artifacts series. Portraits of the physicist Werner Heisenberg, artist René Magritte, and President Richard Nixon.
From a series of consumer ads for Sylvania Lighting.
The creative called for a girl with fireflies in a jar in an outdoor setting. The photographer shot in the studio with electric lights in the jar. A complete failure which required re-creating the jar, hands, modeling fireflies, adding an exterior background and balancing the color and lighting.
TRMI provides complete tolling solutions for highways and bridges.
SunWize provides solar electric solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial clients. The corporate
With the largest inventory of any solar distributor in North America, we created a corporate image brochure to highlight the company’s history for creating unique solar electric solutions for commercial, residential and industrial clients in the United States. Each sector of business is described highlighting a specific challenge paired with its solution.
Large image panels for a trade show display.
8 foot panels for the SunWize trade show booth. These were each created from multiple images with additional created content, image manipulation, and retouching.
A product brochure for Prudential Financial high end investors.
This multifaceted campaign of corporate identity for Prudential Insurance included the naming of financial product and development of product sheets for an international sales force. Shown here is the flagship piece of the campaign outlining the scope of the offering. The major graphic elements were chess pieces and how to’s of maneuvering within an international environment. The product was targeted for the overseas trade and only for extremely high end investors of $10M or more.
Advanced Radiant Design provides radiant heat solutions for residential and commercial customers. The site features custom CMS and portfolio management tools.
A custom CMS powered documentation framework. Originally built for TRMI to provide documentation for the framework I developed for the Golden Gate Bridge project.
A one page product description and promotional site for a web app I’m developing with a client. Includes an inquiry form and simple slideshow.
A web application to take a client or prospect through the process of selecting a solar electric system. It processes the entered data and provides a description of the calculated system. The final report is created as a PDF and is sent to the user and the sales department.
An institutional brochure for an education construction company.
A brochure designed for the client to gain entry into the construction management environment for educational institutions. This brochure achieved success not only for the educational market but for helping to establish a new identity for the client.
Huck produces fasteners and installation systems for the aerospace industry.
The high end aerospace fasteners Huck manufactures have been difficult to photograph. They turned to me to create 3d models and renderings which were very successful in communicating the detail and quality of the products.
The National Park Service maintains the gardens on Alcatraz island. The site provides visitor and volunteer information, history, and editable photo galleries.
The user interface for encyclopedia resources. I provided a series of templates for multiple levels of information.