Steve Raboin. Corprate Logo & Brand Identity Designer
#VeteranOwned 🇺🇸 http://www.stevenraboin.com/
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West Hartford, CT
2009 - 2018
We moved to WeHa in October 2009. I loved the town. So clean, fun and full energy. Once voted one of the best cities to live in America! Great schools, restaurants, a perfect bubble.
I had just finished design school and started working at a very small ad agency. My wife was a nurse at a nearby hospital. We used my VA loans to get the house and the $8K government incentive for first-time home buyers helped.
Less than a year later we had our daughter. And, in 2012 along came our son.
We had no idea what we were doing and still don't. Our daughter wasn't a sleeper. I don't think she slept through a single night until age 5. I'm pretty sure she's the reason I can now survive without sleep.
I left the agency and went to work at a hospital in Hartford. It was a super chill job making medical brochures and random stuff around the hospital, but it got boring pretty quickly.
In 2013 I enrolled in an interactive media program at Quinnipiac University. I learned a bunch of cool stuff about user design, user experience, video production and writing. The writing course that I took with @bumpspark was probably one of the most important courses I've ever taken and has really been a tremendous part of my creative output since graduating in 2015.
The grad program led me to my current job editing educational video content for healthcare providers.
My wife and I have steadily progressed in our careers as our family has grown. Our little 2-bedroom house was starting to feel cramped. Although we loved West Hartford, the price of upgrading to a bigger house within the town just didn't make sense.
In 2018 my wife and I did as much work to the house as we could and sold it. Packed up and headed east of the river to Coventry.
I'm sure most of our WeHa friends are completely flabbergasted by our decision to leave but it's not that big of a deal. I still commute to Hartford daily but there's less traffic. I still talk to the same people, digitally. I still run my business out of my house but the house is way better.
2018 was a big year for our family and I'm pumped to see what the future brings. Thanks for following along!
175168 hours ago
We left Hartford and returned to Rockville after only one year of living in the city. Rent was ridiculously cheap and I was focusing on design school it made sense to come back.
I went to Rockville high school 1996-2000. Had some fun times playing football, wrestling and raising hell with friends.
All of that stuff was cool but the most important part is that this is where I met my girlfriend who eventually became my wife and the mother of my two children.
We got together in 1998 and have been together since. I was the quarterback of the football team and she was a cheerleader. We were homecoming king and queen. we’re a friggin John Cougar Mellencamp song! She's a great mom, my best friend and my voice of reason. She's also my proofreader and design critic when I'm stuck on a project.
Up until high school, I was always very good at art, consistently won awards and had work displayed in the state capital building.
Around high school though, I got really into sports, partying and being super macho. I got the idea in my head that art was somehow a feminine thing to do and no way to make a living.
I had to take an elective in my senor year, so I picked art. Figured it would be ana easy A. In class and was making some really cool stuff and enjoying it. My teacher, Mrs. Goldberg pulled me aside and asked about my plans after graduation. I had not even thought about anything beyond my senior football season. She said that I had a lot of talent for art and should consider art school.
Unfortunately, I hadn't done any art during my four years of high school, so didn't have a portfolio needed to get into some cool, fancy art school. But she told me that could get into the illustration program at CCSU if I busted my butt during my senior year and got a portfolio prepared.
She’d open the art rooms for me before and after school and would provide monthly check-ins on my progress. Super grateful that someone was able to put me on a path that allows me to use my talent in my profession.
483363 days ago
After I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps my wife and I returned to Connecticut so I could re-enroll at CCSU as a graphic design student. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We lived on Main Street downtown because we thought it would be cool to live in the big “city.” But we only lasted a year because Hartford is pretty inconvenient. The slogan is “Hartford Has It.” But they don’t even have a grocery store or even a McDonald’s downtown. Its pretty small and the term city is a bit of stretch.
We left Hartford in 2007 but I returned in 2012 when I took a staff design job at a hospital until 2015.
I left that hospital job for the day job I keep now as an educational video content creator for healthcare provider. Basically lawyers teaching doctors how not to get sued - super sexy stuff. It’s a decent job but it’s not creatively fulfilling, hence all of the side work I’m constantly doing to keep my design skills relevant and sharp.
Hoping to make my side gig my main gig, but I’m married with kids and a mortgage so I need to be smart about it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Cheers to 2019 and getting one step closer to that goal.
321355 days ago
Camp Pendleton, CA
After graduating from high school in 2000 I enrolled as an illustration major at Central Connecticut State University. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I drew. I drank. I didn’t know what the hell I wanted to do. I knew that I was good at art stuff but was sorta lazy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I didn’t have any money and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.
After 9/11 I was persuaded by the patriotic call to serve that most poor, dumb, super-macho, tough guys fall trap to and I enlisted.
I knew pretty early in 2002 that I had fucked up. After basic training, combat training and mos school, I was shipped across the country the Camp Pendleton. Honestly that was the best place I could have gone. I worked at 1MarDiv Headquarters alongside General Mattis and Kelly which was an extreme honor. But at the end of the day, being a hard-dick 24/7 wasn’t for me.
During my last year was lucky enough to take a few art courses at Palomar College. I met @christopherpolentz who is an amazing artist and instructor who taught me how to use my eyes like an artist and designer! Dude is amazing.
After 4 years and 2 deployments to Iraq, I had enough of that bullshit, took my GI Bill and went to the design program at CCSU.
I picked up where I left off and luckily all of my prerequisites for an illustration major transferred over to graphic design. I was taught by @typebynikita this was a serious hard ass. I hated him at the time because I thought I knew everything back then. I really knew jack shit. I appreciate his teaching style more the older I get and can still hear his voice in my mind when I design anything.
Finished after fall semester 2008. And, here we are.
340312:36 AM Jan 9, 2019
Places I’ve lived Badge 2
1986 - 2000(ish)
Ellington is a quiet little town in north-central CT that is home to more cows than people, or at least it was when I lived there. The population was between 9-12k back then but the town has grown a bit since 2000. Ellington will always be a quiet little town where did all of my growing up - little league on Ellington Supermarket and Roadrunner football the entire Raboin clan went through those programs.
At age 14, on the first day of summer, my dad woke me up early and told me to put work clothes on and get in his truck. I thought he was taking to work with him but instead, he dropped me off at one of the local tobacco farms in Ellington and said, “go get a job, I’ll pick you later,” and drove off.
Now I don’t know if you’ve ever worked on a farm or in a tobacco field, but it’s gotta be some of the most miserable work I’ve ever done. Second place to stirring a barrel of burning human shit with a stick in Iraq.
After a few summers of that nonsense, I got me a cush job in the produce department at Ellington Supermarket. Worked there through high school until I moved out. I used the eurostile typeface for this since it’s similar the signage for Ellington Supermarket which was the only grocery store in town for about 20 years.
Ellington will always hold a place in my heart but I was too cool for school when I lived there. I even transferred to neighboring Rockville high school just so I could continue to play football. Moving back this way after almost 20 years away is kinda odd, kinda familiar and full of nostalgia.
5627411:05 AM Jan 7, 2019
Sorry for the repost but I was bit premature with this one. There’s a slight change and y’all voted in favor of this one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Badge Design Series
Places I’ve lived.
New Britain, CT (Pronounced NuBritn)
I was born in NB in 1981 and lived here until about age 5. Many of my family members are still there.
New Britain's motto, Industria implet alveare et melle fruitur – translated from Latin – means "Industry fills the hive and enjoys the honey."
New Britain has been home to many hardware manufacturing companies like Stanley Tools for decades. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I based my design on the town motto, borrowed colors from the high school, and loosely used elements from an old famous brewery, Cremo Beer.
4833412:26 PM Jan 5, 2019
Working on a quick graphic for a series of personal design explorations I’ll be rolling out soon.
5262310:34 PM Jan 3, 2019
I caught a horrible cold over the weekend. Felt like total crap all day yesterday, so when I got home last night I downed a bunch of cold meds and passed out. When I woke up this morning I noticed that I hit the 10K mark. Pretty dope. Thanks for all the support! Next stop, 25K - Let's Go!!!
5479212:47 PM Jan 3, 2019
I’m 37 today! 🍻
Gave myself the @petervoth selfie!
7921061:28 PM Dec 31, 2018
2018 Top Nine
Thanks for all the love and support this year folks!
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362154:21 AM Dec 30, 2018
I don’t like to spend too much time looking back but it’s nice to take a break from the grind to remind myself where I came from.
After 10 years working as a professional designer, just now I’m starting to feel confident in my ability as a logo designer.
In 2017 I decided to focus on logo design. I’ve put in a ton in hours over the past 2 years, studying other designers, learning to grid and just making as much as possible on my own and through logo design challenges.
These logos were designed for the thirty days logo design challenge. I don’t think any of them are particularly good but it’s always cool to reflect on old stuff to see how I’ve improved.
My only competition is my former self and I think I’m kicking the shit outta old me. 2019 Steve is gonna be a monster!