dennis@dennismclain.com

When you work commercially, you can get into all kinds of various projects. Over 50 years I have hundreds of print projects. Brochures, flyers, magazines, that sort of thing. Here are a few of the other various projects I have been involved with.

I started working with the California Clock Company about 30 years ago. Started with basic print and product development. In 2007, while sitting in the yearly development meeting, we realized it was the 75th Anniversary of the
Kit-Cat® clock. It was also the 75th Anniversary of the 1932 Ford HiBoy Roadster hot rod. I suggested that we get a '32, put Kit-Cat® graphics on it and go on the road for a couple of weeks and visit the bigger store that sell the Kit-Cat® brand of products. Bad move (on my part). The owner loved the idea, turned it into a 75 day road trip across the country following the old Route 66. We bought a '32, got a motorhome and off we went. 75 days. We had a lot of fun.

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This is the 1932 Roadster we used. Here it is in Sedona, AZ. We traveled in a 36' Class A motorhome pulling a 24' enclosed trailer for the car and product.
Other California Clock Projects

I have done a ton of print work with Cal Clock but here are a couple of the more interesting projects.
Much of the things I have done for Cal Clock was in the area of product development and package design.

A few years ago we wanted to develop a metal box for the standard Kit-Cat® Clock. This is one of the computer generated designs using existing photos of the clock and then developing the art in Photoshop.

California Clock owns Kit-Cat® but also contracts with other licensing agents to use art from other artists. While I produced much of the designs, I would often just design the packaging for products with other art on them. Here is a series of clock box mockups showing the color variance.
One of the interesting parts of the trip was the giant Kit-Cat® Clock I built for the show.
It was mounted on the trailer door. It stood 6' tall with the stand.
I built the first one and then in 2012 I built a second one that we used as a Point of Purchase display for stores to use. I eventually built another 15 of them.
I believe in 2016 we had five of them in the windows of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City. These are fully functional clocks. And they worked, most of the time.
The biggest problem with the program was the fact that these were built to last about 3 months and we made them work for over 10 years.
They were basically an aluminum frame with a fibreglass shell. Ran on a 12v motor using 110v current through a converter. I have a pretty good shop for one off kinds of projects but it is not a manufacturing business.