Who We Are

January 28, 2011

MANVIL is a small creative services firm. We do what we do because there is beauty in simplicity, and simplicity is never as simple as it sounds.

MANVIL provides graphics, photography and copywriting services for clients who prefer a hand-shake as opposed to a litany of contracts. (Although good business sense requires we take half-down upfront) We provide customers with straight forward graphics and content for all marketing and branding needs. We do everything we can to watch our client’s backs, and we believe our clients would do the same for us. If your heart isn’t in it, it ain’t worth a damn.

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patch roughProduction for Portland Adult Soapbox 2016 has had its pleasant challenges, and also its very cool educational tidbits.

MANVIL, for all that we do and have done, has never had the opportunity to make a patch for an event. PDX Soapbox changed that, so we focussed our efforts on making something rad. We put together the image at the top, and then proceeded to hunt someone down in Oregon who could provide the finished product. After a few google searches, some intense question asking and some kind responses from other graphics folks, we came across Lee at EMC Patches in sunny Rogue River, Oregon.

We took a bit of time looking at his prior productions, the thread count, the backing, and the stiching densities, and chose Lee because in all honesty, there aren’t a whole hell of a lot of stitching teams in town who aren’t under contract with one large Portland athletic company, or three others for that matter. I got together with the PDX Soapbox staff and we chose to go with Lee based on his awesome array of prior works! I’m just gonna shutup and let his superior product speak for itself…Patch

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Rusty-2016-front-chstSince before we opened the doors here at MANVIL, we’ve been helping out with the production of the Rusty Iron Hawaiian Canoe paddling race. The race is put on by Pacific Outrigger Canoe Club, and it’s all volunteer staff try to make sure the effort is safe and fun for Outrigger paddlers from all over the Pacific Northwest. The event is the first race of the Pacific Northwest Outrigger Canoe Association season, and it’s currently held at Frenchman’s Bar just west of Vancouver, Washington on the last Saturday of April. (Excepting this year natch!)

With that in mind, we always try to put a great design together for the event, as everybody who signs up for the race gets a tee. We’d rather they enjoy the tee, than use it as the next rag to wipe the canoe with.

Our first concept was to create a sort of tapa pattern in order to represent the race, but then we thought better of it. Rusty-2016-HI-ChoiceAlthough pretty damned good looking (IOurHO) we wanted to boost the Northwest component… So plaid! Much grunge!

Once the swing towards plaid was chosen, we tried to provide the most color coverage without using more than two solids. How to solve that?  As an exercise providing the most bang for the buck we varied color densities and were able to create a rich image with a lot of depth. We think the he exercise was successful, and seeing how the entire production of shirts was sold out only supports us.

So here’s a look at the bill of materials we threw together for the production team. (Please note: the text is irrelevant as the shirt color was changed mid-stream.) The entire production was put together by Oregon Screen Impressions who did their own special magic to produce some pretty fine lines in a beautiful manner. They do excellent work and we can’t promote them enough.



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WildRootFarm-full-color-Fin2brnWhen you go to Wednesday Farmers markets to buy mushrooms, and spore infused DIY mushroom log kits, you kinda need to find yourself some directions. Growing mushrooms is not the kind of thing that is obvious.

It takes some doing, and a bit of a plan. So when Wild Root Farm asked for a printable version of their spore infused mushroom log directions, we all sat down and figured out what might work the best for the novice.

There were several requirements: Clarity, Easy depiction and Attractiveness. Not meaning to brag, but I think we nailed it, while keeping it a Wild Root Farm graphic.

Simply print out the directions on a quality printer, and fold to fit the directions in the spore filled bag. WRF-Instructions-prWRF-Bag-Sticker-3by5


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Since we’re still on the catch-up on the year (and a few months) review, let’s mention this gem!


Clients based out of Sandy, Oregon have a farm that grows mushrooms! (The edible, yum for food sort) The farm has been a key check on the bucket list for my buddies who put it together, and they want to proudly display and sell the fruits of their labor. We put our heads together and figured out a design that matched their self image. Strong, clean and bright, the mark functions well with all of their marketing efforts. It’s not for the timid, but that goes the same for farming. Incredible amounts of effort and love go into making a farm work. Wild Root Farms fits the part. You can find them at the Wednesday Moreland Farmers Market in Sellwood.

Because they’re just starting out they targeted shirts, packaging materials and bumperstickers. And we have to admit their kinda rad!


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Daniel-S-McCurry-GCSomething we always look forward to is production for smaller clients. (Honestly, we like all clients, but it’s fun to explain and expand upon the possibilities) We’ve had the opportunity to help start several organizations with their first foray into marketing, and we’re proud of what we’ve been able to make for them.

An introduction into presenting new or growing businesses allows us to learn more about their needs as well as their goals. When our clients grow, we’re thrilled to keep up with them. Daniel S McCurry is a general contractor working all over the Portland metropolitan area, and his bent towards wood working is fairly obvious in the graphic we were able to put together. We’re stoked to have been able to design this for Daniel, as well as his business cards, stationary and tee shirts, which turned out nicely.


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PAS-Logo5-MANAs with any community gathering, some folks are going to want some reminder of the great to do, and since tees are what MANVIL lerves doing, we pitched in on production of racer, volunteers and visitor apparel. It should be noted that not all of these images will be produced, as this is apparently a family friendly event. (And fanciful names for the absurdity of swiping a phone to kill imaginary goblins are frowned upon.)

Anywho, the tees have been sourced, and are set to be printed by none other than Thorntown Screenin Ink, in SE Portland. Their support of Derby is noted, as they’re going to print some large numbers, but what should be noted also is that Adam and his crew work tirelessly to make great product.

Soap-VOL-Shirt-BOM Soap-Hoodie-BOM Soap-Ring-Shirt-BOM Soap-OG4-BOM


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Derby Cometh… Again

August 3, 2016

2016: Woah, that went fast.PAS-Logo5-MAN

So we have a little time here, and thanks to a VERY busy few (read 14) months, it’s time to shed some light on our recent works.

And what better to show off than the work we’ve put together for rebranding Portland Adult Soapbox Derby.

Our intent was to show the course, the location and perhaps even some hint to the acronym. We wanted it traditionally strong, visually enticing, and ladened with possible easter eggs. (Who knows, maybe it worked)

The folks at PASD put this race together with volunteers, sponsors, and a hell of a lot of Portland’s creative talents. It’s a huge part of the fun-loving community of Portland, and the fact that it’s put on atop dormant volcano can’t hurt either. Over 30 local vendors have shown support of the efforts, and the entire park is rented for the day so that anybody can enjoy the festivities and the experience. It’s a madhouse, with new and old racers competing for maybe the 19th year of racing.

Viewers can enjoy the park, the sights, and some adult beverages. (In aluminum cans please) It’s kind of like a Red Bull event, but we care about the surroundings and the community. So if you join us, put your garbage in trash cans, as opposed to leaving it in the river. Beer will be available thanks to Gilgamesh Brewing, but not free.

This will be MANVIL’s (something, muffle, grumble) year of doing this, and per usual it promises to be a blast.

The Derby Org. label is above, and the patch, which is being made (In STATE by EMC patches in Rogue River, OR) promises to be hot! We think it’ll be rad! Come to Mt. Tabor on August 20 and see for yourself… PAS-Logo-Patch-4-color-OG

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Hell-somebody-Claim-FinalHuge, lousy puns are a part of the gig here. A rolling of the eyes is fairly standard, and really, taking things too seriously is something that can be tedious.

So when our fine couple here decided to get hitched, they wanted something light and easy going for their big event in Hawaii. There should be a theme, there should be some formality, but there really shouldn’t be something that might be considered “wedding formality”. Like, ‘off the shelf’, or, ‘our wedding planner said so’ formality. And the floodgates were open.

The betrothed liked orange and marine blue. They liked the idea of a central image. And the wedding was going to be in Hawaii. Go!

First, ya gotta get on a plane, and since they require a luggage tag, use that. Of course, go for old school. Real tags, with a brass punch, and a hole and a string. Just like ye olde school airlines. (Besides, it’s rad!) Drop a magnet on the back because if people are going to save the date and go to this kinda thing, it might be nice for them to think about it for a few months. (Hawaii is nice, but flying isn’t free, and neither are hotels.)

The monstera plant was a chosen favorite as well, because rad, and Diamond Head gets a placement, because Hawaii, specifically, Honolulu.


Hell-somebody-THE-inviteNext, the invite: A little bit formal, holding the colors, with some heartfelt nuance in the text. Put the main logo up top, make it look nice and formal-ish.

Yeah, this is the part where we’re willing to concede to fashion. Nobody needs to make the invite to a wedding look like the printer barfed toner, or the designer had a tab of acid before plundering the font store.

Legible, straight forward, and perhaps a little glam in the font. (Wives seem to like glam or this whole thing is for naught.)

Finding an appropriate envelope that is stylish yet so chic also works wonders. (They went for orange from a box store and saved hundreds)


Finally, if you want to hit the damned ball out of the park. Design a thank you card. Seriously, we stayed on theme and they loved it. Quirky and heartfelt, yes. The standard, hell no. It had just enough fun to make the experience enjoyable, and the folks who received them knew where, and who it came from! Good times for the whole family.

Hell-Somebody-Aloha! Will we be hired again to brainstorm something like this again… who knows, but it was a freaking blast as it happened. And the couple still takes pride in the work.

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RibeyeI hear it often. I have since Parks and Rec hit the air. “You like bacon, and you look like Ron Swanson… ”

To be fair, I do like bacon. I like ribeyes more.

I will also concede, whoever put the left-most graphic together did a great job. They really caught Offerman’s features well. I have neither the time, nor the inclination to make myself look any better than what’s displayed.

I’ve enjoyed ribeyes longer than Offerman’s had an acting career, but he is a funny SOB, and I look forward to his next-whatever-he-does.


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Rusty-'15-Tee-FINSo its been a while working on a rather large side-project, and after the good work with the Ford F-150, it was time to do the annual Pacific Outrigger Canoe Club, Rusty Iron graphic.

We’ve been in a bit of a Hawaiian kick of late, and in doing so, we stuck to our hometown style and made this graphic for the race.

If you look closely, as if that’s truly possible with the image provided, the flowers are actually based on the blade end of Hawaiian canoe paddles, and the chest logo is a mirrored graphic for the logo of the race with a semi-firey notion at the top.

Pineapples are a cultural reference of welcoming, and since the race is often visited by teams that have driven some distance, we figured it was OK to show our Aloha to the visiting teams. The six “quilt” patterns are representative of the six paddlers in every OC-6 race boat.

The print is being put on a nice 100% cotton tee on a color called “Blue Dusk”. We’re pretty sure they’ll be rad. We’re looking forward to the race at Frenchman’s Bar on April 25th.

We’ll get some more recent works on here as well.




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