The Evolution of Here and Now (TEHN) was my BFA Exhibition piece. It is a ten year life journey that examines how our relationship, morals, and limits with technology will transform both individually and as a society. Rarely do we take the time to stop and recognize how integral it has become in the structure of our daily lives. Addressing concerns and dilemmas we currently have with future advancements, TEHN creates a moment in time allowing one to reflect upon the past and speculate the future.
In order to participate with the piece, one had to first take a wristband with a four digit code. This code acted as a way to track answers now in 2016 and how they will compare in 2026. Participants were asked to respond to questions identifying their fears with technology and how far they were personally willing to go in relation to its advancements. As a final part of the piece, participants could handwrite a letter to themselves which will be mailed to them by me in ten years. The letter asked to describe one’s relationship with technology currently and what they liked and disliked most about it, creating a moment in time to reflect upon the past and think about the future in regards to the transformative role technology plays in their personal lives. Moreover, as technology becomes more prominent in the way we live and communicate, mail might become more scarce. Receiving this tangible document that one wrote and addressed to oneself years prior will be exciting.
In addition to the printed materials, I designed a website, www.tehn-journey.com, that counts down from ten years. It will eventually serve as a way to connect only those who participated entirely with the piece to reflect upon and recognize the transformative role technology had in their life and society. Although ten years is only a fragment in time, my hopes with this piece are that people will begin to analyze more closely their relationship with technology, recognize how its role has transformed over time, and start to figure out where their limits with it exist as it continues to quickly evolve.
Mumbo, a mobile app and billboard game available for anyone living in the United States, is a one month competition amongst the states. As Americans, I feel as though we have the mindset that since other countries are learning English in school, there’s no dire need for us to spend time learning the language of another country. Mumbo engages participants in a fun way without being too daunting.
Each week, there will be a new language unlocked along with different games that become available as the week progresses. Participants are tested through spelling, pronunciation, and how they retained the information overall. They can play these games either individually or head-to-head; in the latter case, one always plays someone from a different state.
At the end of each week, tests are taken individually and the state with the most points wins. The scores would be posted on billboards so that it might encourage more participation. Although people won’t achieve fluency within a week of using this app, it’s a fun way to engage people with different cultures and become familiar with the languages.
Thyscope is a mobile app that was created to help improve the quality of life of thyroid cancer patients. Inspired by the diagnosis of a close friend, this app allows patients to access reliable information both pre and post-operation; communicate with other patients; schedule, confirm, and cancel appointments; and message their doctor directly.
Thyscope would ideally be administered by one specific hospital so that it doesn't get cluttered with insufficient information. Once diagnosed, a doctor would provide the patient with information to access this app. To comply with HIPAA laws, patients have the option to remain anonymous when creating an account.
After an account is created, patients have access to reliable information they can download to their phone in case they decide to terminate this account in the future. The Logue acts as a newsfeed that can be filtered by today's posts, most popular, one's own, and the ability to search for key words in case they have difficulty finding questions or answers similar to what they are experiencing. All posts made on The Logue are public, as private messaging between patients is not a feature on this app to help protect the patients.
Although the app doesn't allow for messaging between patients, it does allow for patients and their doctors to be in contact privately. By having the ability to message one's doctor through the app, it makes things much more accessible for patients. It allows the doctor to respond back appropriately as well.
The Schedule helps keep track of when to take medications and the dosage amount because it can get confusing and vary as one recovers from the operation. For example, Levothyroxine is a hormone replacement pill that will be taken daily for life if one has a total thyroidectomy. When taking this medication, it has to be taken 30 minutes before eating and cannot be taken within four hours of any other medication (i.e. calcium supplements or any medication prescribed for pain post-operation). In addition, the schedule allows patients to to create, confirm, and cancel appointments all with the click of a button.
This digital illustration was created as a fun welcome back for the 2015 - 2016 school year at Webster University while working at the campus's Career Planning & Development Center. All worldwide campus locations are depicted.
Mousse is a fictitious, high-end restaurant located in New York. Serving a variety of desserts, it provides a natural environment for people to meet and enjoy a treat together. Mousse's identity was developed through stationery and menu design as well as exterior representation.
Looking at gum packages today, several are colorful and portray a sleek, modern design. To stand out I decided to throw it back to 1848, a time when gum was first being sold. In doing so, other brands don’t appear to meet the standards of what gum should truly be or taste like. 1848 gum incorporates a stash and a trash side for the wrappers to be stored. The added trash feature conveniently provides a place for the user to store their wrappers in hopes to help prevent the amount of wrappers left lying around, forgotten in pockets, or gum stuck on other surfaces.
Each year at Webster University there is a Graphic Design Showcase held for senior graphic design students where they display their portfolio on campus to employers, faculty, and students. I had the opportunity to create the poster for the event this year. It incorporates 40 hand drawn icons.
In The Beginning
3D print, spray paint
5" x 2.5" x 2.5"
In The Beginning is a starting point for the focus of my research work. It serves as a metaphor for the technological seed we have created and planted. Being an acorn nut, it reflects the growth of an oak tree which is known for its power, strength, and endurance. As stated in an article, “a seed is the whole universe in a grain of sand” (The Seed: Symbol and Mystery). Over time it will transform and grow into something more powerful than we ever could have imagined. Today, it is only the beginning.
Webster University held a global Sexual Assault Prevention Poster contest to increase awareness for consent, bystander intervention, importance of reporting, and amnesty. These poster designs made it as finalists in each of the categories. This is a serious subject matter, and one I cannot relate to on a personal level. To better understand the thoughts of those who had been sexually assaulted, I read well over 100 stories through Brave Miss World. Despite the various situations, all of the survivors were saying the same thing - they wanted to be heard, not only to educate people, but to also help those who might have had an encounter and are currently struggling and let them know they are not alone. The posters I designed share stories from survivors. I wanted these posters to help educate students and speak directly to those who have been sexually assaulted to help give them the strength to fight for themselves.
Inspired by the work of Michael Bierut, Fix embodies his black and white color preference, use of line that tends to be obsessive yet remain architecturally structured, and a hint of red, as advised by Massimo Vignelli. In the way he works, Bierut appears to "fix" the design rather than completely nixing it and starting from scratch. The full color palette for this paint ranges from white to black and is numbered 1 through 79 to reference Bierut's Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design. The typographic treatment of the logo was influenced by his Iran/Iraq piece that made the Op-Ed page of the New York Times in 2003.
This illustration was created as a fun welcome back for the Spring 2016 semester at Webster University while working at the campus's Career Planning & Development Center. All worldwide campus locations are depicted.
Fuze is a product I designed to help prevent the delicate iPhone charger cords from breaking. They have a tendency to bend and fray easily, eventually causing the charger to no longer work properly. This happened to my own charger and it's frustrating. My goal with this product was to create a brand and package that was minimal to meet the design standards Apple has set. Ideally the connectors would glow in the dark.
America Is Really The Beautiful
wood, copper wire, light
6' x 11.25"
This piece is a shadow created from wire attached to a piece of wood. Whether or not one views America as beautiful depends upon their own perspective, just as the appearance of this quote depends upon the angle of the light source that creates it. In order to view America and the world as beautiful, one must look past the chaos. This piece is unified by the rectangular board it is attached to, bringing order to the chaos - the same way Earth brings order to our chaos.
Each year at Webster University there is a Graphic Design Showcase held for senior graphic design students where they display their portfolio on campus to employers, faculty, and students. I had the honor of designing the table tents for the event in 2014 and wanted them to function more than just a name card. Each table tent had a personalized quote on the back, and when the event was over the seniors had to work together to figure out what the message said. Until the next generation comes around, they are the future of design.
20" x 24"
Inspired by the journey of a close friend who has Cystic Fibrosis and her sister who ran 1,000 miles in 65 days from the Arch to the Apple to raise awareness for a cure, Rose Compass was donated and auctioned off to help find a cure. Being able to create pieces that will help raise money for a cause is a rewarding feeling for me, and The Rose Foundation is an organization I will continue to contribute to.
This past September 2015, I had the opportunity to work as a freelance graphic designer for the Webster University Department of Art, Design, and Art History. With a quick turn around timeframe, I designed the layout for the forty-four page 40 @ 100 exhibition catalogue commemorating institutional landmarks as part of Webster University’s Centennial Homecoming Weekend.
7" x 10"
"What is the meaning of our life?" This is a question many seem to ask, yet there is no definite answer to it. I enjoy philosophical questions - there's much to be explored, make for interesting conversation, have no definite solutions, and make my brain hurt. With my current work, I want to engage the viewer more. This piece holds the attention of the viewer for a period of time as they read through the piece. It works best with 3D glasses, viewing the piece by closing one eye at a time.
Mechanical City Panorama
1.5' x 6'
This piece depicts a mechanical city on water. I enjoy thinking about what life could be like in the future because it hasn't been created yet and technology is rapidly advancing. Currently we are fixed on land, but this piece explores what cities could look like if they had the capability to move on water. It would be a different way of exploring the world. When creating this piece, I was specifically thinking about Japan. Being the technological powerhouse that it is in addition to its size, Japan would probably be the first country to move around on water if they ever consider the idea.
A Nation Thereafter
33" x 72"
During the time this project was being created, ISIS was targeting the UK. One article quoted a threat that “the black flag of jihad will fly over London.” This piece illustrates that quote directly, thinking futuristically about the impact ISIS could make and the outcomes that follow. I was curious about why the UK appeared to be such a significant target, and it wasn't until months later that an article stated the main person beheading individuals was originally from the UK.
In addition to graphic design and web design, I do commission work on the side. The focus has been on drawing portraits of people and animals. I absolutely love being able to recapture moments people cherish. Both of these pieces are 8" x 10" pencil drawings. More to come on this page when finished!
I will officially be open to commission requests June 2016. Feel free to contact me for requests and pricing.