Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Oakland Spokes Promo Merch

Here are some projects that are stemming from the need for grand opening promotional materials for Oakland Spokes' new location near Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. The shop will open on November 27th.

First, are some tee-shirt designs for employees and for sale at the opening. Here are variations on the same design:

     "Oakland has Hella Spokes!"

Note: "Hella" is slang for, a lot of something (generally speaking) an idiom used mostly in the Bay area. This term has been used so much that there was an actual formal petition to put a large number (10^27) for it's meaning, check it out here: Make Hella Official

This one is probably one of my favorite tee color combos, very simple 1-color design:

I like the way this green color bounces off of the black:


I am all about stickers! Stickers are a great marketing tool to hand out out at events & social spots. They are basically functional business cards. I will have to post about my new stickers I recently had made from one of my pizza character illustrations.

This Oakland Spokes sticker is a simple, 1-color designs & directs people to the Oakland Spokes Website:

Fliers for the opening, showing some of the kid's bikes:

Grand opening Fliers:

Info and the rundown of what is going down on Plaid Friday. Plaid Friday is such a great concept coming out of Oakland. It represents an alternative to the big box store's "Black Friday" & focuses on promoting local entrepreneurs & locally owned businesses invested in the surrounding community. You can read more about Plaid Friday, here:

These fliers fit 4 to a letter sized page which reduces the amount of prints you have to make.

A black & white version of the fliers to be more cost effective:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Oakland Spokes Bike Lounge

My buddy, Brian is opening a bike lounge in Oakland, dubbed Oakland Spokes. This is a tertiary of the national organization called Spokes National. I have worked with Brian on previous Richmond Spokes graphic design, store signage, & promotional materials.

I am now able to work with him on his new venture in my neighborhood called Oakland Spokes Bike Lounge. Using previous recognizable Richmond Spokes icons and imagery, as well as the logo-mark, I have transformed branding package for use as Oakland Spokes. 

Starting off with the original radii design (see original at the bottom of this post) that I started for Richmond Spokes, I put in place the Oakland text. I also reduced the amount of colors to just one. These are 2-different variation of the same mark. I am a fan of brand diversification & feel that having a few branches of the same logo- marks can really be used in different media. I will use the straight on circular icon, for stickers to promote the bike shop.

From the original circular radii icons, I started the extension of using the full title of the bike shop:

These are my favorite horizontal logo-mark designs:

This is aversion of the horizontal logo-mark containing the name
of the bike shop
on one line:

Here are a couple of ways I have been using these designs, so far:

Instagram photo showing the plan for the bike shop:

This was a image for Facebook showing the design and address of the
imagined retail space:

Imagining some letter heads for correspondence:


These are the original Richmond Spokes circular logo-marks.
These are slightly more complicated having 2 colors instead
of just the 1 green color

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Design Portfolio Pages: Elements 5 Beer, Instacart, SoMa Tap Room

Here are a few portfolio layouts
I've been re-working:

A little packaging.
All of this materials was created from scratch,m including the
logo-mark, branding, vector graphics, photos, & packaging.

Large display graphics.

This was created using an existing Instacart branding toolkit.

Environmental displays.
This also had an existing branding toolkit I used to arranged these
circular compositions.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Rafael Tapia 3k Resume/ Signature/ Portfolio Collateral

Well, I have a fun version of my resume
I have been working on. This resume is
a play on a character I have drawn
representing myself in caricature form.

email signature

Resume (Print Version)
Resume ( Online Version)
Horizontal orienteation for viewing on screen.

Portfolio images for on screen viewing

Monday, May 13, 2013


Gettin' my tumblr on:


Small Wood Panel Paintings

Here are a few small paintings I'm working on.

I had a show a few years ago called Monsters and Myths.
My work still reflects that fantastical convolution between fantasy
& reality.

Here are some wood panels, some made by hand in Oakland at 
my studio, Faultline Artspace

Little Flame Elemental:

Skull of the Gorgon:

Some Air Accumulation: