I began this project by researching the different classifications of typefaces. I then assigned each classification to a different dog breed, relating the physical characteristics of each dog to that of the classification. The final project was presented as an accordion fold made up of 10 8"x10" pages, with a total length of 80 inches. The challenges in designing this format was that the each spread needed it’s own design, but the work also had to be cohesive when all the spreads were laid out at once. By placing some dog forms on the peak folds, and aligning them to each other, it allows new dog forms to be made by folding in different pages and creating new spreads. This gave an interactive, tactile quality to the project.
For my honors thesis, I have been exploring typography through the medium of live moss. This series of three public installations on walls in downtown Fayetteville is entitled "Things I am Learning in my Twenties." Each phrase that is grown is moss is taken out of a larger body of work and transplanted into a new context–on a public wall using live moss. By taking these phrases out of the author’s original context, they take on a new life with every human that chooses to interact with it. There is multiplicity in a single statement; each person that interacts with these words reads them through the filter of their personal experiences. In this way, each fragment of thought continues to grow with each person, in the same way that the live moss is growing.
For more information, visit the website I designed (using Squarespace) to go along with this project: thingsiamlearning.com
These are a few examples of the many posters I have designed while working as a graphic designer for the marketing department of University Recreation at the University of Arkansas. These flyers and posters are printed out and are displayed in the campus HPER building to inform students about upcoming events.
The focus of this project was to identify the different units of letter forms. The design highlighted how the different anatomy parts of the typographic letter forms relate and interact with each other. By overlaying these relations, it creates new forms in the design.
Last semester, my class partnered with the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese in order to help the Marshallese community living in the Northwest Arkansas area. My partner, Justin Seymore, and I dealt with creating awareness within the law community of the specific issues that Marshallese people encounter in our legal system. In order to understand this issue better, we met with a defense attorney who has with Marshallese clients, a law professor, and Marshallese community leaders in our class. We then used IDEO's human-centered design techniques to conduct our research. From there, I created animated video of this information using Adobe After Effects.
In this project I designed a typographic broadside that allows for a push and pull of type through layered hierarchy. By utilizing angles of the typographic forms and constricting the color scheme, the text became dynamic and dimensional.
In this project, I developed white compositions of experimental single-piece fruit packaging. I chose to design a hypothetical package for an item that wasn't typically packaged, such as individual pieces of fruit. I began by measuring the dimensions of three types of fruit and de-constructed the shape into foldable planes. My research was formatted into four logbooks. The final project consisted of a 44-page logbook that explains my methodology for creating the forms.
As design director for the Collective Design student design organization, I had the opportunity to create a typographic wall installation for the Design in the Middle gallery show put on by the graphic design department at the University of Arkansas. This large format typographic installation was a collaboration between Joe Burns, Ricky Chiang, and Courtney Ulrich and made using black masking tape.
A wedding invitation I designed to fit with the wedding's airplane theme, including a personalized stamp that was used on other elements in the wedding.
Arkansas UREC was hosting a regional flag football event and needed name tags, signage, welcome pamplets, brackets and schedules designed for this event using the logo they provided.
As an officer for the student-run graphic design organization, Collective Design, it was my turn to design the poster for our monthly meeting. Since it was a week before Thanksgiving, we decided to host a "friendsgiving" potluck to foster community among the graphic design students. In keeping with the theme of collaboration, I went around the graphic design studios late one night and had each student write a different letter of "FRIENDSGIVING." The end result of this process was a handwritten poster with student personality.
I created this as an entry for the Design in the Middle juried show that the University of Arkansas graphic design program hosted. In the prompt, we were asked to describe "The Middle." My broadside explored The Middle as a vital to the existence of our country as a whole. It is rightly called the Heartland, and yet it’s necessity is often overlooked. This area pumps ideas, resources, and energy to the rest of the nation. In the past, the Mississippi River and other river systems allowed for the transport of ideas and resources from the Middle to rest of the country. However, the most impactful vessels are not ships but are the people who live in and therefore define the Middle. Their ideas originate here and pulsate throughout the nation, providing vitality.
As a student designer at University of Arkansas UREC, I design new logos for the club sports teams to be used on their jerseys and promotional materials. Here is a recent logo I designed for the Arkansas Cycling Club.