Los Angeles Film

I had so much fun producing and editing a silent, simple-shot film for Simple City Maps that I shot another during my time in LA. While away, I began to explore rest in a busy city and wanted to show that through film. Todo this I chose to shoot simple, low-depth of field shots simply showing the wind move against the grass or people bustling around a coffee shop.

I find it interesting that one can achieve rest even by walking around a city all day and being surrounded by people. It is all in one's perception of your external world and being able to separate oneself from it. Of this concept, I shot and edited this film. Enjoy!


We added a larger Ponce City Market print along with an expanded Atlanta Skyline print to the published collection! Printed on the same thick French paper, every product is made right here in Atlanta! 

Below you can see the full collection of photos. Take a look!

Chicago: Day 1

Currently, I'm in Chicago with some of my best buds who all happen to by my roommates. While visiting our good friend, Brent Hellendoorn, who attends Moody Bible Institute, we're getting a personal tour around America's second largest metropolis. Chicago is a town of incredible skyscrapers, decent coffee, and polite drivers (some of them).  Nonetheless, today is only Day 1. I'm eager to see what tomorrow holds in Chi-town. 


Event 2: Ponce Party Outakes

All photos shot by Christian Turner! 


Thoughts on Simple City


I look at these buildings now and I see the history behind them. I feel so connected to my city simply because I know more about it - that's what I want for every Atlanta citizen. To see these buildings but see past the concrete, and into the lives that built them, the ones who paved the streets we walk on today. That's all simple city is about. It's you and the city getting better acquainted. 


Simple City is merely a conversation starter about Atlanta. What is this city? What can I contribute here?

The sooner you make this place your home, the sooner you find ways to make it even better. We each have some way, any way that we can improve Atlanta. 

My way is through design, but it's not the only way. It's a way, and it's the way I will continue to use to reach the city. 

For me, design is a complex, beautiful medium of communication. When I spend the time illustrating a building hundreds pass by daily, I'm encouraging others to stop and look. I'm communicating to them, that I love that building, and perhaps because of that, they'll take one more second to look up each time they pass. 

Today it's Simple City. Perhaps tomorrow it'll be something entirely different. Find your way and do that. Not only does Atlanta need it, it wants it. 


Simple City is simply buildings of Atlanta. Buildings that inherently don't have much value, but become invaluable when considering those who step in them each day. Those who built them. Buildings represent cities. We are known by our skyline, but not because of the buildings themselves, because what those buildings house - what they foster. Because what's found inside the buildings are things that have and are continually changing this world. So yes, today is all about buildings. Simple illustrations of my favorite buildings. But soon, we will see the value they bring to this city about to erupt.


Everybody has an Atlanta story. Some meaningful. Some simple. Some profound. I love simple city because it tells that story - at least for me. The Atlanta Skyline print tells the story of me as a kid. Before I moved to the city, my brother had my mom drive to this specific area to take photos. With my iPod touch, I tried to take this time-lapse shot with some janky app. It failed, but it didn’t matter. This was my first time experiencing Jackson Street bridge - one of Atlanta’s most visited spots. People have sat for hours to get the best shot. Others have gotten their own photo taken. People have proposed, begged for money, walked by with friends. This bridge has a million stories, including my own. And telling the story all starts with a poster on the wall. “Hey, remember that time we…” This simple thing, I love about the Simple City project. 

The Atlantic Station Collection

Since launching the Simple City collection at Atlantic Station, I've grown a certain liking to the area. Separated by i85/i75, Atlantic Station is its own little town with a grocery store, shops, and condos. Also, major corporations have chosen to make the A class office space their hub for business. Going at a rate of $350 per square foot, A.S. is an extremely high-end area. Although my age and net worth is anomalous for the area, I appreciate it for the beauty it is!

Brooke Bennett: Product Shots

Woah! I trusted Brooke Bennett with the complete Simple City collection and she completely outdid herself! Fortunate for me, Brooke took my illustrations into her beautifully styled home and grabbed some amazing shots of them. All the photos are shown below & you can see there rest of her work here: http://www.brookeabennett.com/

Logo & Style Guide for SimpleSocial.

In the coming months, Simple Social will be built as a social optimization app for Facebook. I was contacted by one of my clients to work on a clean, simple logo for this upcoming product. No need to reinvent the wheel on this one-- I simply provided fresh colors and clean typography. Coupled with those elements are two interlocking S's that provide the brand with a look as unified and tight as possible. 

Along with every logo I create, I provide a style guide to easily display the main logo, secondary logos, and brand colors. I've found this to be an easy way to send diverse yet cohesive material to blogs, other designers, and photographers in order to properly convey your company's branding. 

Designers, Learn Writing & Photography

I believe every designer should be adept in photography and writing.

Let me run this scenario by you:

You're a graphic designer with an incredible eye, experience, and passion. Cool, you're great at communicating visually. If design is just a hobby to you, then there’s little need to be good at writing.

But if you want to turn this into a career, you have to sell yourself as a designer, and that can't be done with visuals alone. Being a professional designer entails persuading a client-- who doesn't fully understand the mental and emotional requirements of your profession-- to pay you for services and a product that they may not prioritize.

You must learn how to express your visual communications with words, so that people who are hiring you, and most likely aren't visually gifted, can connect with and ultimately pay you. You must deny the temptation to resort to a “creative’s victimization” mindset in dealing with customers. That is, merely passing of a lack of communication on your part as a client not understanding you as an artist.

Many artist’s fall under this mindset, which is ultimately rooted in arrogance. A lack of responsibility is a lack of responsibility, whether you’re branded a creative or not. A failure to communicate to the client is just as unacceptable as is their failure to communicate their brand’s vision.

Now, if you're going the route of creating products with your designs and selling them, such as t-shirts or paper products, you must learn how to stage your products in a complementing way-- to sell. Good design is tainted if presented poorly.

No one wants to buy something based upon a mock-up; you have to learn to communicate through photography, a medium with which the mass of America is comfortable with retrieving information. After all, Instagram, which now has 200 million active users, is entirely photo-based!

Now, go do it!

Friday Reads

I’m currently researching the methods and philosophies behind minimalistic design. In my research I came across a very interesting article written by Dieter Rams, one of my favorite designers.

Dieter Rams worked largely for Braun, crafting their products' form and function. Because of his work, he was followed by Apple’s head designer, Jony Ives. Interestingly, we can see clearly that Dieter Rams influenced the products we use every day!

Anyhow, the follow is a clipping from Rams’ article entitled “Omit the Unimportant.” Although the majority of the article is about his philosophy on design, he makes a bold suggestion on how to make the world better through design. 

This is the exact vision I have for Atlanta: becoming a place of creatives who don't just compete with each other, but join together and create even better things with one another. Take a second to think of this idea presented by Rams. 


You can read the rest of the article on UCLA’s website here.


Carlos Tee Design Screencast

Recently I was commissioned to design a t-shirt for Carlos Guevara, a young musician who was featured on The Voice last year. He is now playing shows around his hometown in SC and needed some merch to represent himself.

Here is the first of many designs I'll be creating for Carlos and crew - take a look!