Tales From The Break Room is a project created in my fall 2016 book structures class, where we not only came up with content for our books but built the structures as well. My goal for this project was to design and create a thirty-two page book based on a series of stories and experiences from my time in retail. Tales From The Break Room explores telling multiple stories using a limited color palette and my own fonts and illustrations. Each of the illustrations were drawn by hand and refined in Adobe Illustrator. The stories are also written in my own handwriting to give the reader a more personal experience. When creating the book, my biggest challenge was finding a way to tell the stories so they were short and to the point, but humorous as well. For this, I tried keeping the majority of stories to one page with an accompanying illustration on the opposite page. The limited color palette throughout the book worked well and fit the simpleness of the stories and illustrations.
Tales From the Break Room inside page
Inside text page.
Illustrated page from inside of the book.
Text and image spread
Imperfect Monsters is a project created my fall 2016 book structures class. My goal for this project was to design and create a sixteen page quick content book. The original structure was a concertina structure, but when I revised the project I decided to go with a more standard book structure. Imperfect Monsters uses humor and simple imagery to create an engaging book.
Imperfect Monsters inside page
2017 Cedar Valley Biennial Posters
I was asked to create two posters for an upcoming art show featuring a few local colleges and universities in the area. The red poster is a Call for Entries poster and the yellow poster is the poster advertising the event to the general public.
There were a few limitations in this project. First, because there were multiple colleges and universities participating in this art show, avoiding color combinations that the schools used was preferred. Second, I didn't want to call out any single form of art such as drawing, painting, or sculpture but wanted the poster to convey something about art. I chose to use basic supplies such as a pencil, Sharpie marker, and tape dispenser. These items could've been used to create the poster itself.
My goal was to create posters for the event that were more illustrative than posters in the past. This was a challenge because I didn't want the text on the posters to blend in too much with the poster.
I created this poster in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and added the text in Adobe InDesign.
Call for Entries poster
General event poster
Hours: A Week in the Life
HOURS: A Week in the Life is a project created in my spring 2016 typography class, where we were given the final project of recording a week in the life. My goal for this project was to design and create a book that documented my week using my own font and illustrations. HOURS: A Week in the Life explores telling various parts of my week using a font I created with a brush and ink. I scanned the letters and refined them in Adobe Illustrator. When creating the book, conveying parts of my week in a colorful and illustrative manner was my biggest challenge. I chose to focus on three highlights a day from each of the documented seven days.
During my time in my Portfolio Prep class, we were required to create a branded personal identity. The basic materials we were to create were a website, business card, and leave behind.
Creating and designing my own "brand" was a challenge. It's sometimes easier to design for others since you're seeing them from the outside. When it came to myself, I was inspired by so many things that it was difficult to narrow down. I started with one thing: how can I create an identity that not only showcases my design skills but illustration skills as well?
I don't consider myself a very formal designer, so I decided to go for a playful approach. I was nervous that my design might seem a little childish or young, but the response from my class and professor was positive.
My color pallet was inspired by previous projects with my favorite color, mustard yellow, being the main color. I chose yellow to be the main color not only because it's my favorite but because it's an eye-catching and vibrant color that's also very versatile.
My final identity design included business cards that came in a variety of patterns and colors, a full-size resume, a mini portfolio booklet with mini resume and wrap, a leave behind button with my website address, and of course, my website.
So Your Dad Wants to Be A Model
So Your Dad Wants To Be A Model is a project created in my fall 2016 book structures class, where we not only came up with content for our books but built the structures as well. My goal for this project was to design and create a twenty-page book based on a series of modeling photos I found from when my dad was younger.
So Your Dad Wants To Be A Model explores telling a humorous story using limited materials. In the collection of photos that I had found of my dad, there were also papers from the 1980's explaining model etiquette and what a model needs to be successful. I wanted to incorporate these materials within the project as well. When creating the book, using the images of my dad was simple but including the content of papers was where I struggled. I decided that making a MadLibs style activity would be one way to incorporate materials found. From there, I researched other types of activities generally found in children's coloring books and went from there. The choice not to include a face on my dad throughout the book was intentional. I wanted the viewer of the story to imagine their own father going through the trials and tribulations of the dad modeling world.
Stuff. is a project created my fall 2016 book structures class. My goal for this project was to design and create something using a traditional material that I hadn't used in my design work before. Stuff. is also a self portrait. Each drawing is of something in my house. It gives a look at someone not as a person, but in their personal space.
I also had limited time to create this book and the drawing, coloring, editing, writing, and building of the structure were all done in less than 72 hours.
A History of Saturday Night Live
A History of Saturday Night Live is a project created my spring 2017 portfolio prep class. My goal for this project was to design and create a book in a style that differed from my illustrative style. This book was completed over the course of 40 hours of design work and is over 80 pages. It's been my most ambitious school/personal project to date. A History of Saturday Night Live explores both the history of Saturday Night Live as well as the history of the show. The colors throughout the book are taken from the show's bumpers. When creating this book, it was important that it reflected the fun and lighthearted nature of the show. For this, a lot of research was done to bring in well-known quotes and skits as well as reflect on the current events of that time.