DARK HORSE SELECTED WORKS
David Bettencourt | Applied December 5, 2022
Hello Dark Horse! I'm incredibly excited to be applying for your open Graphic Designer role. On this page, I've selected a small selection of works that I feel encapsulate my talents.
Thank you for your consideration!
MULTI-PAGE DOCUMENT LAYOUTS
Logo Design & Iconography, Lettering & Typography, Text-Heavy, Print Production, Campaign Management
MONKEY & PEACH ISSUE 1
MONKEY & PEACH ISSUE 2
Monkey & Peach was the first Kickstarter campaign I ever managed. I connected with 2 local creators and worked closely with the duo to design and prepare their crowdfunding campaign for launch. In addition, I handled the print production, lettering and writing/layouts for all the bonus content. I also lent my talents in logo design to create the series logo and the traditional Japanese crests that appear in the book.
Advertising Layout, Typography & Typographic Illustration, Creativity, Logo Design
SCHOLASTIC PRINT MATERIALS
RIZ0NE EVENT POSTERS
I worked at Scholastic in their Classroom Magazines division as a print designer, creating the marketing materials for their semester renewals.
I've been working with Riz0ne since he started his journey as a content creator. At this point, I designed over 40 posters for his tournament events.
Logo & Brand Design, Stream Design, Fashion Design, Brand Strategy, Typography
THE SHILLUMINATI & THE FIRST CRUSADE
The First Crusade was a 2-Day Fighting Game tournament event held at EVO 2022 in Las Vegas. I designed the logo for The Shilluminati and The First Crusade in addition to organizing and running the tournaments on-site.
I designed and pitched the Capcom Unity logo, making a case for why a unified brand worked better than their current implementation. The logo was short-lived as the company redesign Capcom-Unity's web portal soon after.
In 2014, I offered to rebrand the upcoming street wear brand for a friend of mine. Over the course of a few months, I developed a versatile and iconic logomark and wordmark that has been used since.
A friend of mine contacted me about pitching a rebrand for Ergonomics Group Inc into ERGO Group. While the logo was viewed favorably by the CEO, the deal didn't go through and never launched.
Photo Manipulation, Photo Editing, Typography, Logo Design, Merchandise, Campaign Management
A FATHER'S SON SHORT FILM
IMAGES EP COVER
After managing the Monkey & Peach Kickstarter, I collaborated with filmmaker Patrick Chen on his short film. I worked on everything from the campaign design, to the title sequence, end credits, merchandise and more.
This was the 2nd EP cover I ever designed. I was given free reign to create a cover that was thought provoking. I relied heavily on Photoshop to show an explorer discovering the cave paintings of the musician's story.
VENGO OPERATIONS GUIDE
FIGHT MONEY ALBUM DESIGN
This poster was created entirely in Illustrator so that each individual component could be reused and resized for other applications.
Fight Money was the first album cover I had the pleasure to work on. This design featured a woodblock style illustration on a custom designed bank note for a fictious currency and government.
MOTION & VIDEO
Logo & Brand Design, Motion Graphics, Video Production, Broadcast Design, Typography, Infographic Design
CAPCOM CUP 2018
STREET FIGHTER V VIDEO GUIDES
Broadcast design for the 2018 Capcom Cup. Using Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Blender and Element 3D, I hand-crafted the entire package for the 3-day event.
These Street Fighter V Character Guide videos were a massive hit with fans. The overall aesthetic, the simple annotation and complete presentation was heralded as the way video guides should be done for fighting games.
FUN SIDE PROJECTS
Pixel Art, Game Design, Screenwriting, Voice Acting, Concept Art, Illustration
KILLER SHORTS AWARD (Links Off-Site)
Postal Panic was the first ever playable game I worked on for a game jam. Creating the pixel art, designing the gameplay and recording the voice lines was fun. I still play it to this day.
When a friend told me about the Killer Shorts horror screenplay competition, I figured I'd try my hand at writing one since I do enjoy writing for fun. My one-page entry came 1st place and I was sent this dope trophy.
MEGA MAN FAN GAME CONCEPTS
BELLINI KID'S MENU
My cousin has always wanted to make a Mega Man fan game and back in the day, I would create concept art of the characters he envisioned.
Quite possibly the most fun solo project I've been paid to work on. This menu features a look & find illustration that was quite a nostalgia trip.