I make and sell jewelry inspired by medieval heraldry as a hobby project. My little entrepreneurial adventure became a fun branding exercise, as well. Inspired by the blackletter-style calligraphy of the Middle Ages, I tried to capture elegance, fashion, and history in the development of the logo and branding.
"We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness."
With this quote as inspiration, I tapped into the themes of duplicity and secrecy from the novel to design this cover. Using only the counters of the letterforms, the front cover spells out "1984," while the back reads, "Big Brother is Watching You."
A meditative personal project about places and feelings.
1. Combine three photographs in each composition.
2. Include no images that I do not take myself.
3. Combine images taken in the same place on the same day in one collage.
Sicarius is a conceptual branding and product design study inspired by Roman history. Combining themes of violence, history, politics, and grief, the project investigates concepts of ownership and power as they apply to the use of everyday objects.
As my various belongings wear and tear with age and service, I have become interested the power of possession. By touching an object every day, we speed its decay. I wanted to explore this concept of domination by designing products that forced the user to consider the inherently violent nature of use.
To his end, I created wine bottles whose forms referenced the deaths of Roman emperors. The shape of the bottles were designed to match the proportions of the human body, while their opening mechanisms directly reference the murders of Domitian, Didius Julianus, Claudius, and Commodus.
I designed key art for the theatrical productions of the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California in the 2013-2014 school year.
I created the key art for the independent film, Escaping Paradise.
Synopsis: "Cuba, 1963. 15-year-old Lorenzo Gonzalez has seen his family lose everything under Fidel Castro's revolution. Lorenzo decides that leaving the country for the United States is the only way to find a better life. He steals a boat alongside his two best friends, but the 90 miles between his home and freedom would forever change his life."
Key art for the fictional film "Teenage Tramp," a documentary about the phenomenon of "slut-shaming" and its injurious effects.
Promotional print collateral I designed for a variety of organizations at the University of Southern California.
During my time in the consumer products division of Discovery Communications, a licensee was looking to launch a line of products using the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" brand. However, the licensee was looking to create products that would appeal to an "Urban Outfitters," 20-something audience, something the "Honey Boo Boo" style guide was not designed for.
Boo Boo's product style guide is pretty clearly meant to target 6 to 10-year-old girls -- it's full of glitter, tutus, and tiaras -- so it was my challenge to develop product designs that captured Boo Boo's youth and energy while still appealing to an older, hipper crowd. The result? A tongue-in-cheek tribute to Andy Warhol with just enough Boo Boo sass, using punchy candy colors fom the style guide's palette to tie back into the core brand.
I designed a brochure and trade show set up for Syntouch, a biotech company that makes what are best summarized as really freaking cool robot fingers (they sense force, heat, and vibration upon touching objects, which makes for really cool research and prosthetic applications. Learn more at the Syntouch website). It was pretty exciting to get to work with such a neat technology.
I photographed the product and incorporated those images into the design of the brochure and pop-up installation. In the biotech industry, products that appear to be more about appearances than science seem suspect, so I aimed to create a design that was appealing and "techy" without being overly slick.
A body of work about the systems that support our bodies and societies. Charcoal, india ink, photoshop-fu.