Kelly Hume might be a typographer, or an illustrator, or a designer, or all three depending on the day. “I think my typography sets me apart,” says Kelly, “but I approach every job differently to determine what a project needs, and how I can best deliver it.”

Art work for Leininkugel’s beer, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume Illustration of a Native American with caption: Original American, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume

That individual approach has served Kelly – and his clients – well over his successful career. He’s designed multiple pro sports team logos while making each feel unique. And his work with various movie production houses requires a fresh point of view for each title.

Distressed art and lettering for Ford Trucks, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume Energetic illustration of NBA player Jared Samuels, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume

Highly sought for his mastery of typography and lettering, as well as his strong graphic style, Kelly has partnered with well-known clients like Ford, McDonald’s, AT&T, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox, but continues to work with smaller, home-grown businesses as well, creating logos, posters, package art and more.

Iconic depiction of snowboarder Shaun White, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume

“The first thing I do is listen,” says Kelly. “I try to understand what the art director is really looking for.” Then Kelly jumps into rough sketches, whether digitally or using good old pencil and paper. “Once we’ve got the direction, I refine the design, explore colors, and ultimately produce the final vector or Photoshop art,” he says.

Visual of guitarist Jimi Hendrix made of type, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume Visual of Shakespeare made of type, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume

With so many projects under his belt, Kelly has achieved a rare milestone in the business: “I don’t get artist’s block,” he laughs. “I’ve been in the creative business all my life and I just don’t get stuck. I guess it’s my survival technique.“

Blue Coast Coffee logo, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume Graphic icons depicting biking, camping, hiking and kayaking, from illustrator and designer Kelly Hume

Kelly keeps his creativity up in other ways, as well. An avid songwriter and “not bad” guitarist, he and his alt-folk-rock band, Kelly Hume and the Humanoids, have produced five original albums and awoken neighbors all over Bainbridge Island.

Graphic illustration of a tiger, from illustrator and designer Kelly Hume Logo for Savoy film production, from typographer and designer Kelly Hume

You can see more of Kelly’s deep portfolio of logos, icons, artwork and more right here.

Posterized, graphic depiction of classic converse sneakers, from illustrator and designer Kelly Hume