My 91-year-old grandfather on my mom’s side gave the entire family a pretty unique gift for Christmas. We all sat in my grandparent’s living room and were handed a small black pouch that zipped open and kind of looked like a camera SD card bag. On the count of three, we opened the bags and found a small flash drive inside. My grandfather told us that over 17,000 files of family genealogy had been scanned and digitized onto this flash drive, dating all the way back to the early 1800s.
I’ve never considered myself a huge genealogy nerd, but I was pretty excited to see pictures and read the documents of my ancestors. As I began to look through the files, a project sprang to mind — to take the old film photos and incorporate bright colors within the picture.
I try to focus on color and shape in these designs. Some colors are warmer, some are cooler. Some shapes are more geometric while others are organic.
Maybe my grandparents might think it’s a little odd, but to me this vintage-pop-art series makes me feel somewhat connected to my ancestors who I never came to know.
In the spring of 2018, OPT. Magazine - a print and digital publication about the city of Anderson, Indiana - finally made its big release. In my own personal time, I spent six months interviewing individuals, photographing the city and designing this arts and culture magazine. The publication hopes to encourage, enliven and revitalize the community. A downloadable PDF of the magazine can be found here.
In the spring of 2018, I was asked to design the cover of The Midwest is a Place, a small collection of poetry by Abigail Johnson. Along with designing the chapbook's cover, I also created the layout of its content and drew the mini illustrations. Here is a link to the digital version.
In the summer of 2017, I designed a water bottle for a camp that I previously counseled at, named Tapawingo.
Having done previous product design work for the camp, I reworked the logo and designed a new water bottle for the camp store.
In the spring of 2015, I conceptualized and created stickers, hangtags, and informational brochures for B[O]UND — International Justice Mission’s chapter on Anderson University's campus. B[O]UND aims to end human trafficking through creating awareness and community engagement.
Final Project. 2016.
For this project, I really wanted to work in Photoshop and Illustrator in order to get comfortable / confident with these two programs. I implemented Spotify's style by incorporating their logo and typeface that is generally used on the app into my design. By using several different methods within the Adobe programs, I created covers for my own personal playlists on Spotify. I made 13 covers overall.
Ink on 4 x 4 woodblocks, stamped with photopolymer plate.
Made by hand, these coffee coasters were crafted with the intent to be sent out to my clients after shooting a wedding.
With the help of some savvy engineers, I cut and sanded several of these woodblocks from a larger piece of lumber. Meanwhile, I created a logo and produced the design on a polymer plate — a light-sensitive, water-soluble plastic with a clear backing. Once my plate was ready and the wood blocks were sanded, I was ready to print.
Normally when producing a design on a polymer plate, one would use the plate in a printing press. But because I was printing my design on woodblocks, I decided to use the plate as a large plastic stamp. I inked the plate and carefully aligned it with the edges of the woodblock before stamping. I followed the same process for all of the blocks.
For the last step, I sealed the blocks with lacquer. This made sure that the blocks were somewhat waterproof and it prevented any splitting or cracking.
I had no idea how much I would enjoy the hands-on work that this project required, but I also admit it was pretty physically exhausting at times. I collaborated and created new connections with engineers, while also implementing elements of my own design.
During my childhood and well into my adulthood, I've spent quite a number of summers in Upstate New York. In order to commemorate such a special place, I made a calendar for the 2017 year. I've been able to collect hundreds of photos from my various summers and chose to implement them into the calendar. I imported the pictures into Adobe Photoshop CC and made the title of each month engage with the photo in some way.