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Omaha Stars Hockey Club logo

I’m a sucker for any chance I get to apply my design skills to the world of sports. I’ve created the majority of these opportunities by volunteering to brand the various ice hockey teams I’ve played for, the most recent being the Omaha Stars Hockey Club. The Stars were named by the team founder and captain who spends his days working at Strategic Air Command. He had a desire to honor the United States Armed Forces with a patriotic themed team name. For inspiration, I started…



Wes’s Great™ Holiday TV and Movies

Thanks to Mandy taking this series to a new level with the inclusion of Great™ TV, I’m offering my list: Great™ holiday TV and movies. My list of Great™ holiday TV and movies is not limited to holiday-themed entertainment. It’s more of a breakdown of how I spent my extra time off over the holiday break. Each holiday season, after family gatherings have wound down, I tend to spend my extra free time catching up on Great™ TV shows and movies I’ve been…



50,000 words in 30 days

There’s this thing called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) that some crazy writers participate in every November. The goal is to write a novel in one month — 50,000 words in 30 days. This year, I participated. That comes down to 1,667 words a day, but you can pace yourself however you like. The idea is quantity over quality. Nano pushes you to just keep moving, beyond the doubts and the questions and the writers blocks that come up. And…



The Simple Man logo

Earlier this year, my good friend came to me with an idea. He was looking to open a store for men and needed help with branding. He wanted to open an expertly curated shop that concentrated on high-quality, classic items for the modern gentleman. He had a name he liked — The Simple Man — and was ready to move on to a full identity buildout, so I was more than happy to donate my time and expertise to help…



BBTV logo

Alice Buffet Middle School, located in northwest Omaha, is part of Omaha Public School‘s magnet program. Their offerings include, but are not limited to, classes in digital media, journalism, television broadcasting, iDesign, and speech. To effectively teach these courses, Buffet is home to a distinct communications and electronic media facility, where they produce BBTV (Buffet Broadcasting Television), a daily student-created news program. My brother, Grant Torpin, and Laura Chytka are the teachers in charge of the broadcasting program at Buffet.…



My Scotland / Ireland adventure

A few weeks ago, my wife, mother-in-law, and I flew over to Ireland and Scotland for 10 days. Have to say it was “so choice.” If you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend it. Having never been to Europe, I had no concept of what to expect. My wife has been several times and did a pretty amazing job planning and coordinating most of it. It was non-stop. By the end of the trip we had flown…



Henry’s 4th Birthday Party invitation

Earlier this month my son, Henry, turned four. Every year (so far) my wife and I have come up with a theme for his birthday party. To date we have done monsters, tractors and dinosaurs (T-Rex specifically, per Henry’s request). This year, in collaboration with Henry, we decided on “outer space”. Being a designer, I have always taken the opportunity to design each year’s invitation – which then serves as the visual guideline for how we go about the rest…



Mandy’s Great™ TV shows

I’m taking this series to a new level: TV. It’s mostly because I can’t bring myself to do a movie list. I just know I’d forget some key films; I’ve seen fewer TV series. Plus, in this day and age, TV is the new king. There’s just so much more space to develop your characters and your world. It’s almost more like reading.



Sheana, Mr. Muggle, and the Magic Book

I’ve loved writing for a very long time. Imagine my delight when, while exploring the box of keepsakes that my mom saved for me, I discovered a hardbound book I wrote in fifth grade.



Design Student Interview

Last year, I was contacted by Ashley McFeely, an instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha‘s Graphic Design program. Ashley was looking for professional designers who could commit to mentoring her Graphic Design 3 students throughout the upcoming semester. During the initial class meeting, students came up with various concepts for their single semester-long project. They then broke into small groups based on the ideas that interested them the most. They were given the week to build presentations and…