Randal Birkey was asked to create a series of illustrations for a corporate communication piece called “This is Amsted.” The illustrations depicted the main activities of each division of a large manufacturing company located in Chicago, named Amsted Industries. At the time, the divisions were named:
- American Steel Foundries
- Baltimore Aircoil Company
- Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co.
- Diamond Chain Company
- Griffin Pipe Products Company
- Griffin Wheel Company
Randal created a world-globe for use on the cover. He illustrated two men working on an underground pipe for Griffin Pipe. A large factory with air coolers next to it was used for BAC. A close-up of a railroad car “truck” was used for ASF and Griffin Wheel. Later a close -up of a drive chain used in a road grader was added for Diamond Chain. These were pre-digital illustrations in Randal’s career, done in pen and ink, and color pencil.
Workers with an underground pipe
Cover for This is Amsted
Randal created this “Hometown IGA” illustration for IGA International for use on the home page of their website in 1995. The image was placed into the HTML of the web page and an “image map” technique used to create links to other pages on the company website. This was one of the earliest projects Randal did that involved the Internet and the new world wide web. The image was created in Adobe Illustrator on a Macintosh computer.
IGA Hometown - IGA company home page illustration
Hewitt Associates - Illustrated Woodcut Logo
A leading human resources outsourcing firm located in the Chicago area required an icon image for use in a company collateral communication piece.
Working through a Chicago design firm, Randal Birkey created a woodcut style image depicting various forms of nature. The illustration was completed on a Macintosh using Fractal Painter software and a Wacom Tablet and delivered in an Adobe Photoshop file format.
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Back in the 1990′s, I did a series of illustrations for a designer friend of mine, who was designing some print brochures for Exelon, the energy company. The illustrations had to communicate about business, energy, technology, manufacturing, building relationships, etc. He wanted them to be very stylized, strong, colorful and punchy.
I used Adobe Illustrator to develop the three images to the right, because of the vector based art capabilities of that software. I delivered the images as EPS files to my designer friend to be imported into Quark Xpress, and he delivered them to the printer for final proofing and printing, and delivery to the customer.