I worked for the NAU Art Museum as their graphic designer
and running their website. We had an exhibition of handmade
books as works of art. For this poster I photographed my favorite
pieces and used one as the focal point, the other I used as a
background texture. We had a lot of text that we needed to fit into the
poster so the challenge was to keep it clear and simple. I used the
colors of the book to create a warm yet striking scheme.
This poster was distributed all around Flagstaff and NAU and we
had a record turnout of close to 1,000 people.
HOW WE DECIDE, BY JONAH LEHRER
How we decide is a book written by Jonah Lehrer, which focuses on the idea that we use one of two parts of our brain to make decisions, those being either logic or instinct. It turns out that some decisions are best made by using one or the other.
This info-graphic is composed to resemble a game board where it takes you from start to finish proposing different scenarios that require decision making. It is color coded so that if you land on a blue space you know that instinct is the favorable approach, a yellow space indicates that logic would serve you best.
The biggest challenge in designing this was turning a book that was jam packed with stories, examples and facts, into a visually interesting and comprehensible graphic.
I wrote a book called Dreamer. It is about a girl who can physically experience, touch, see, and interact with, our unseen emotional world. Emotions literally take on characters and creatures in this story.
It contains sixteen full page illustrations.
Here is a poster you might find hanging in a children’s science museum or in a high school physics classroom. It is intended for a teenage audience to give them an introduction to The Theory of Relativity.
As I endeavored to assemble a poster on the topic, it became ever more clear to me that I would need to hone in on one fundamental concept, that being that: many things we experience are relative to the frame of reference.
Thus I illustrated, to use as the focal point for the poster, a girl looking through a frame .
EAT FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN
A hypothetical non-profit health organization, decided to do a campaign to raise awareness of eating healthy. I conceptualized a series of posters, three of which are posted here.
There are two elements to be aware of, one is what the text is saying, two is what the text is made of. In this case the medium is ketchup on sidewalk. The affect is not necessarily supposed to be a positive one, but rather intended to make the viewer question what they eat on a regular basis.
EAT FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN
To create these posters I went around the city writing on walls and sidewalks with chalk, then I went over the quotes with a food condiment. This one is Cheez Whiz on a concrete wall.
EAT FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN
Here we have whipped cream on black top. When I finished "graffiti-ing", I looked up to find a small audience had gathered to watch me work. I had a lot of fun with this project.
Howl Product Design
Conceptualizing not only the product, but the packaging and branding for this project was a large undertaking. The end result? A solid dark chocolate tree, placed in a city park, with a spooky halloween themed package.
As a child I loved light boxes, how you could peer into one and be transported to a magical setting. So I incorporated this idea into the package design, creating an environment with a full moon, starry night and cloudy sky.
The owl and friend introduce a story to the design.
SELF PROMOTIONAL PIECE
This is a self promotional piece I created that invites you to interact with it.
It is a metal box containing a set of 10 magnets including some clouds, lightning bolts, fun characters, and my contact information.
The original images I created in oil paint on canvas, I then digitized them and turned them into magnets.
BOOK COVER DESIGN WITH PAGE LAYOUT
Robert Maycock wrote a book on modern classical composer Philip Glass, called Glass a Portrait. Fittingly I designed a book cover with an illustrated portrait that is made up of more than 5,000 circles, each of which I hand filled with color.
Philip’s music is modern, sometimes dark, and sometimes fractal. I attempted to bring this out in his portrait by darkening and enlarging his eyes, with abstractness and by having the portrait almost fall apart or disintegrate around the edges.
On the right are some page layouts I designed as examples of the inside pages.
In my schooling we were required to build a website from scratch using html and CSS programing for a local business. This is Animas Trading Company a local clothing store. They have a lotus in their logo so I used that as the framework for the site. Within the petals are highlighted their line of retail clothing. I used muted tones to represent Animas earthy spirit.
Clicking on the about page brings you to an embedded video commercial.