Hot Cherry Overdrive



This month we have the new Hot Cherry Overdrive from Dang! Creative Services! This overdrive is the second stomp box in our Funktronic line of effects pedals. A clone of the classic Marshall Bluesbreaker, this pedal is a great example of a somewhat transparent overdrive. I brings a nice, natural sounding distortion with out bringing too much crunch to your tone.

These pedals were also finished in bright red by a friend of mine using a really fantastic automotive-grade two-stage polyurethane finish. Coupled with the cool, retro graphics, brought to you by Dang! Creative, the results, again, are absolutely stunning.

3 New Stompbox Designs from Dang! Creative


Last few weeks I’ve been working on a little stompbox project. I designed three stompbox shells and will be building them out over the next few weeks. Here we have an Octave Divider, an Overdrive and an Octave Fuzz. The Octave Divider will be built from an original circuit designed by The Valve Wizard, while the Overdrive and Octave Fuzz will be clones of vintage pedals.

These will be pedals made almost entirely by scratch. I’ve etched the circuit boards and have been soldering the components in place. I’ll be posting images as the project progresses. I’m in the box-finishing stage now – one thing of note, is that a friend of mine with an auto body shop was kind enough to help me with the finishes. They look really fantastic.  I should be sanding them and applying the decals today.

Rock Flyers From Dang! Creative Services




I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for band flyers – after all, I got my start as a graphic designer by doing band flyers. I always played in bands as a teenager and young adult, and luck would so have it that I was usually the guy in the band with a visual arts background. Back in the day, we didn’t have Adobe Creative Suite, so I had to make use of things like black construction paper, dry transfer type, old newspapers and magazines to create elaborate collages that would reproduce well on a black and white Xerox machine. I remember my friends and I hitting the streets armed with a staple gun and a stack of 500 fliers the thick, black toner still warm on the paper. We’d plaster all of the telephone poles downtown, only to come back the next day and find them all covered or torn down. Oddly enough, I’ve seem some of these old flyers for sale on Ebay for $10.

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for band flyers these days, largely because I recently started playing music again in a local band. Today, I’m pretty much doing the same thing – using old photos and setting type to create a visually engaging piece that exudes cool and says just enough about the music to make people curious enough to remember the name of the band. Photoshop hasn’t changed flyer design much, however, most of these flyers designed to be posted on Facebook or texted on a smartphone.




Band flyers I have always considered the fun part of my job. If you play in a local band and need poster for the gig or a cover for your upcoming CD, feel free to contacts us here at Dang! Creative Services. We’re always happy to accommodate musicians and work with various budget constraints.




CD Cover


Last year we made a CD cover for our client, Dawn Drake and Zapote. The image on the cover was illustrated by Dawn, and we took the image and altered the colors to fit the look of the new CD cover. The results were great and the cover looks fantastic.

We set the type in Nexa, a nice, readable font that is easy to read at small point sizes and had many typefaces to choose from.

A Collection of Scary Email Blasts for Not Just Printing

Attack of the Promo Codes Science-Fiction themed email blast designed by Dang! Creative Services

Attack of the Promo Codes Science-Fiction themed email blast designed by Dang! Creative Services

The email blasts in this scary collection were part of an email campaign for Ventura, California based Not Just Printing. Based on old horror and science fiction movie posters, we designed these and shot about every two weeks for several months. The response was pretty positive – their clients actually liked getting them in their inbox every other Tuesday.

Here we have a few completed email blasts and a couple of headers that we liked but didn’t make it out for some reason.


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1,000 Lulu Popp Business Cards + One Satisfied Customer!

Cards for Lulu Popp. Another satisfied customer

The Lulu Popp business cards came in from the printer today, and boy, do they look great!

The cards were designed by Steven Magaña, and we set up the print job. Here at Dang! Creative, we have ton of experience taking your unfinished artwork and turning it into a print-read file. We can also provide you with some advice on how to give us work that is ready to go.

Lulu Popp is a Piru, California based photo and video production company. Lulu Bopp is available for all types of events and parties.

Synergi Brochure Spread

SpeakerCraft Synergy Brochure Spread - by Dang! Creative Services, Ventura County, California


This is the opening spread for a massive 8.5″ x 11″ double gate fold brochure Dang! Creative Services designed for an audio company in 2012. The big blue background is actually an image of a city sidewalk just outside our office, layered with a bunch of other stuff in Photoshop. We’re always happy when we can make a featureless black box seem like the most amazing thing in the world.

Perez Tile and Stone Logo

Perez Tile and Stone Logo. By Dang! Creative Services, in Ventura County, California


Perez Tile and Stone is an Ojai, California based tile installation contractor. Perez Tile contacted us about designing a logo for the company. Upon seeing the exquisite tile work in their portfolio, we knew here at Dang! Creative that their company deserved an elegant, yet bold logo. We chose a very masculine and readable san-serif font offset from the background by a series of square tiles to represent the nature of their work. Dark green seemed an appropriate color to bring a sense of class as well as a peaceful and soothing quality to the logo.