Hello! Welcome to the "Justin Carder's Portfolio" section of the Wolfman Home Repair website. If you feel you have reached this page in error, please unplug your computer, toss your phone into the river, hurl whatever you're holding into a swamp or into a passing person, and just take the rest of the day off. You deserve it. If, on the other hand, you've been directed here, or you feel like this is the content you are looking for, or where you're supposed to be, then, stick by all means, take a look around.
Recent: Transit Books Covers
Working with Transit Books, a brand new publisher of international fiction, I created a cover identity for their inaugural catalog of releases. Also did the typesetting and made some sweet catalogs. I love these guys! Also, these books are amazing!
In Progress: ASAS After School Pop-Up
Currently working on a pop up with an after school program based in Claremont Middle School that teaches students industrial design. I've been working with a group of about 12 students to invent and design products for something we're calling The Book Lover's Starter Kit. The kits will feature the students' original designs. The kits will be sold at Wolfman Books. The picture above shows two of the students showing off their design for bookshelf decoration signage. So cool! More coming soon!
Some Recent Paintings
More paintings live here.
Somehow I've gotten into giving talks and organizing talks. The poster on the left is for a day of short talks I curated/organized for a music festival called "No Dome". I also organized, in conjunction with Dan Weiss, a month of talks and performances for a fictional art museum called DWIF-DWEST. In addition to this, I created and organized a series of non-fiction talks called "Evidence of Life" and a poetry festival with Zack Haber called The Hundy (featuring 100 poets each year).
Participants in these talks (not counting The Hundy) have included journalists/podcasters, Avery Trufelman, Sam Levin, Nahtan Olivarez-Giles, Sam Greenspan, Tiffany Kelly, Eliza Smith, and artists/performers/poets, The Bitter Melon Council, Jordan Karnes, Matt Carney, Amy Langer, Ryanaustin Dennis, and others.
I have given talks about the history of slow motion, the legacy of utopian architecture of the 1960's, the history of utopian communities in California, Larry Spring's Museum of Commonsense Physics, and the history of ghost hunting technologies.
Print Design, Branding, Etc.
Some Video Work
For years I have performed with several bands. I've played in venues all over the bay area, including 21 Grand, ATA, Bottom of the Hill, Gramma's House, LiPo Lounge, Art SF, and more. Also have toured nationally and produced several incredibly low budget music videos (see below). Many performances brought together punk performance along with experimental and noise elements, also many featured video and digital media components.
My name is Justin Carder. In addition to being the owner/sole person-in-charge at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, I’m also a graphic designer, writer, painter and amateur handy-person. I love great design, clear visual communication, and creating engaging, and accessible work in a variety of media. I’ve worked on all kinds of projects—from nonprofit fundraising campaigns to editing a journal of creative writing by kids. I know a lot about pirates, I know how to split logs. I used to play drums in a punk band. I've done emergency fine-arts-related plumbing (I can explain) and once, over a long, foggy week, I semi-accidentally co-founded a museum. I also own and run a small bookstore, gallery and events space in downtown Oakland. Thanks for stopping by!
THINGS I LIKE TO DO
All sorts of things! I love book and print design, as well as editing, copywriting and illustration—all aspects of bookmaking. I am always excited about exhibit design and working with all things retail and interactive. I've worked a lot with students (as young as 6 all the way through college) and enjoy teaching and collaborating on youth programs.
Transit Books, Oakland School of the Arts, 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store, 826 DC Museum of Unnatural History, Pedal Express, Transform Finance, Abrams Publishing, Bookish Design, Dear Mom SF, Santa Cruz Writes, Willow Creek Elementary, Matter of Trust, Youth Speaks, Teacher Salary Project, Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics, Timeless Infinite Light, and more.
Get in touch!