Globally recognized for high-impact brand and logo development, Designer Filip Yip tried a new media this week: skateboards. He brought his visual prowess to personal goods from t-shirts to pins to woodblock prints at last weekend’s Maker Faire near San Francisco.

Skateboard decks printed with designs from Graphic Designer Filip Yip

“A client-turned-close friend of mine wanted to pursue his personal creative projects,” says Filip. “So I said I’d partner with him.” They made it through the intensely selective process and were chosen to present in the Maker Faire craft category.

Illustrated lion head for a Chinese Lion Dance printed on woodblock, from Graphic Designer Filip Yip

“I had no idea how big the Bay Area Maker Faire is,” says Filip, who lives alternately in Paris and New York. Last year over 125,000 people attended the event dedicated to the maker movement in tech, education, craft and more.

Sanzuwu, or three legged crow, graphic on a t-shirt, from Graphic Designer Filip Yip

To prepare, Filip sifted through his deep portfolio of personal projects and work he developed for clients but never presented. “This was a great outlet for work I really loved that never got commercially made,” he says.

A Wine Goddess in 30s art deco style and a bright illustration of man running, by Graphic Designer Filip Yip
A Wine Goddess in 30s art deco style and a bright illustration of man running, by Graphic Designer Filip Yip

“As a Maker, you get to see how people react to your work in real time,” he notes. “It’s nice meeting people, talking about art and life in general.” With the Faire behind him, Filip is back to creating visual communications for clients around the world. You can see his notable commercial work here.

Woodblock print with illustration of a falconer holding an eagle, by Graphic Designer Filip Yip