Sixteen participants in the 2014 SWEAT Workshop gathered to discuss and respond to bully culture.
They asked themselves questions, such as “how did the choice between kindness, compassion and intelligence or their antithesis become so complex?”. For my pieces made, I particularly focused on the positive and negative thoughts that may arise after bullying.
In the book we made, I created 3 pieces. The first, “any which way” was inspired by the thinking that it may not matter how someone treats you, as long as you know your worth, the situation can be taken any which way. The type was created, then laser cut into foamcore, and layered to build a soft organic typeset. The other two works are letterpress pieces, one positive (+) thought and one negative (-) thought. The works impose a clear juxtaposition between those positivity/negativity thinkings, a minimal embodiment of the thoughts after bullying, all contained in a forward thinking book.
A few editorial image samples, while freelancing at CNN. One about Gold, which starts to give the discussions around it a distinct architectural visual. And the second is talking about how many people on food stamps are caught in a spiral of not being able to buy it on sale because of when the stamps arrive and the products are on sale.
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During my time at LOFT / Lou & Grey, I assisted in the creation of editorial experiences, brainstormed campaign concepts, and refreshed the design of the site. Combining my conceptual design skills with the companies’ strong digital marketing demand, I was able to help strategize a middle ground for two worlds to coexist.
This self-motivated poster series, is one that was made to inspire individuals within their day to day lives. Originally made as a series for a gallery with the ability to be repurposed for editions around the city. I realized that we as humans take for granted many small things. For instance, simple fruits and vegetables. I was fascinated by how organic objects grew with all their interconnectivities and rich nuances that flow through them. So I sliced and photographed 21 objects with their inner details. Then gathered 21 existential thoughts, and they were overlaid on the photos, as if crossing them out. The final compositions create striking images that draw the viewer in to see the detail. Once engaged, the viewer can discover the text and take a moment to appreciate the details accompanied by the existential thought.
This piece is a sculptural graphic design experience which communicates my conclusion of what dreams are. By acknowledging our dreams, we can understand that they are pieces of a puzzle that our mind is putting together, layering, building, and revealing who we are. In this piece, the visitor can read “REVEAL” from afar, yet can then discover a much more detailed conversation up close. Code generated typography exists within the petri dishes, using the HYPE framework. This framework distorted the phrase “I DREAMT” to create a random yet limited field of imagery. To respond to the generated phrase, one personal dream was placed within many petri dishes, finishing the statement.
The Sit and Tell project is a community-based art project for both storytellers and designer/artists to connect communities through pulling up a chair and sharing stories of positivity about Strong Women of Toledo, and creating corresponding artworks. My piece was was designed from a strong woman Althea. She had stern qualities, and taught her family many lessons that would be the building blocks for the future. She was truly a backbone of support for future endeavors. Much like the human spine, I sculpted 26 individual pieces, which work together to build a pillar. One can sit in the chair aligning their back with the backbone printed on the chair creating a moment of connection.
Multiply is an alphabet designed & inspired by the process of mitosis and cell division. I was interested in the idea of simple pieces that slowly multiply and build up to create elaborate structures. Each letterform contains cells in all different stated of mitosis. There are many small cells, mid-size cells, and one large cell just about to split and divide.
To contrast the micro scale of cells, a poster was made to fit a macro scale like the Hubble Telescope. Creating a poster for the Hubble telescope completely changes the vernacular of the cells, allowing them to take on a new purpose and context.
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What if there was a studio where it simply identified problems rather than solving them? I'm trying to create a studio concept where the main focus is to do research, connect ideas, & provide soft guides to help the brand reposition itself.
Say a brand comes to the studio, they aren't connecting with their customers on an impactful level. The studio will collect information on where the brand started, where they are currently, competitor history, relevant cultural events/happenings (past & present), both collected and made future forecasts, etc -- then weave these into a web of how they exist in relevance to the brand.
This information can be taken and worked with however the brand wishes. The purpose of Plant is to create a story and ideas to focus the brand.
Consumed: Nourishment & Indulgence was a gallery exhibition which discussed the ethics of eating, the sufficiency of food, and the poetry of a peach. As I worked in this gallery as a designer, I had the chance to create logos, printed material, digital assets, and so forth for upcoming shows. The following book is an example of my favorite show Consumed. The logo appears to have an abstracted weight on it representing the empowerment food has on us, and also apears as a bite or piece taken from it.
Fun with type on the side!