Karass Website

After creating The Karass Inn’s logo I set to work creating a website for them. They used checkfront.com to handle the booking side of things so I was left to simply create the presentation side.


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I used the Make Theme with only slight modifications to the CSS. Mainly to create the pop-ut Book Now button. The site looks great on mobile too:

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The address, phone, and email at the top work incredibly well on mobile. By using proper Uniform Resource Identifier schemes with the links available applications will launch when they are clicked. You’re probably already familiar with mailto: which almost all email links use, it looks like this:

<a href=”mailto:TheKarassInn@gmail.com”>TheKarassInn@gmail.com</a>

While the phone uses tel: like so:

<a href=”tel:8028755878″>(802)-875-5878</a>

So when you’re on a phone and click the link it automagically launches the phone application and makes the call.

I love being able to add these little details!

If you’re ever in Chester Vermont you should stay with The Karass Inn

Two Old Guys Go Hiking Book Cover

My dad recently wrote a book about hiking on the Appalachian Trail. He reached out to me to do a book cover, here’s what I made him:


I used one of my favorite fonts: norwester and integrated a public domain hiking icon from the noun project

The real fun bit was that the original photo he wanted to use only had one old guy hiking, so I used some photoshop magic to add in the other old guy.

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A surprisingly quick project that came together really nicely.

Hate Has No Business Here Poster


So there’s been a bunch of mean people supporting terrorists by spreading xenophobic hate speech in the news recently. In response Common Roots Cafe in Minneapolis put up a sign in their window stating that “All are welcome here“.

All are welcome here

I was contacted by The Main Street Alliance to re-create the poster for the #hatehasnobizhere campaign.


I also created social media assets for sharing across the internet.



This included Twitter and Facebook cover images and profile pictures.

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I added all these into a shared Google Drive folder.

It’s been amazing to see my poster pop up in small businesses across the country, check it out.


The Food System Illustration

Back in the day when I had a desk and a wacom I started an illustration about the current food system. I intended for it to be a 10 panel piece which was “read” from bottom to top. Starting with the extraction of oil and leading up to the removal of food waste.

See the full piece here: http://dhornbein.github.io/food/ (view from bottom to top)

It might still be considered a work in progress, thought the industrial food system might collapse before I finish it…

It starts with Oil:

I modeled this illustration after the Tar Sands in Alberta Canada. Which is one of the most visceral and disgusting human endeavors, maybe ever.



The oil is then transported. This is an important step when we think about the impact of oil. Simply moving the stuff is dangerous.

Be it by ship:

Exxon Valdez
Exxon Valdez

By pipeline:

List of Pipeline spills in the US
List of Pipeline spills in the US

Or by train:


I drew this in the wake of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010, which can been see to the right.

Next comes refinement:

This is where we get the gasoline and slurry of petrol chemicals that allow us to perform large scale monocropping. When all these ingredients are put together you get, mostly, corn:

Which uses an incredible amount of water and other precious resources all while making heavy use of poisons:

The unfinished panels then go through the distribution (i.e. burning of more fossil fuel), and sale of food. Which creates an enormous amount of waste from the farm (who can’t sell ugly crops) all the way to our kitchen where much of our food rots, or develops unsightly blemishes and is thrown away.

The final frame then illustrates away, a mystical place where our trash (which consists in large part of organic food waste) is sent. The anaerobic breakdown of this organic matter creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

The dream presentation of this work has the material costs on one side, the oil, water, space, and other resources spent creating commodity crops. The other side lists the corporations who participate in this act of ecocide.

Some day I hope to get back to this project or hand it off to someone else. If you are interested please contact me at hello@dhornbein.com