My Role: Strategy, user experience, design, illustration
Karma Cards is a joint project between myself and a friend, created in an effort to inspire positive, real social interaction and document uplifting experiences. Users request a Karma Card online, which arrives printed with instructions to perform a random act of kindness for someone else and pass the card along to them. Each card has a unique code, so participants may “check in” their card online and share the story of how they received it. The website compiles a trail of stories for each card. Our hope is to build off existing enthusiasm for the “pay it forward” mantra while inspiring meaningful connections in the physical world.
Site currently under construction
My role: Conceptual development and design, illustration
I've been involved with exploring updated identity solutions for Doblin, an innovation consultancy. This work will be implemented across internal and external communications in order to present a unified voice and perspective. It's a commonly-held belief at Doblin that selecting the boldest option for addressing the future is often the safest bet for achieving innovation. The solutions shown here meld this ideology with the rigor of its processes and its rich history rooted in design.
In process, concept work
My Role: Concept and design, production management
I crafted an invitation to a retirement party that celebrates travel and exploration. The newly retired couple has plans for worldly adventures.
My Role: Conceptual development, design, photo shoot art direction, production management, event planning
Adorn is a recurring holiday party for which attendees are asked to create holiday ornaments. The ornaments are auctioned off at the event and the proceeds are donated to charity. I created the visual concept for this event, in which white items are displayed on a white ground to insinuate a blank canvas and inspire guests’ creativity.
My Role: Conceptual development, design, illustration, production management
Converge is a community-focused series of gallery shows that features the work of several local artists per event. The initiative required an identity, newsletter announcement and web presence. I designed them to reflect the vibrancy of the Chicago creative community.
My Role: Art direction, copy editing, production management, design
Instead of crafting the typical winter-time greeting card, Tandemodus delivered cards based on atypical holidays. These were sent at unexpected times throughout the year in attempt to inspire thought and provide a glimpse into the studio’s mentality.
In 2011, the studio collaborated to develop 20 lists of “10 bests” from the year 2010, and to set type in such a way that “2010 BEST” would be legible across the dense block of text.
This piece was featured in the HOW 2011 Self-Promotion Annual and on FPO.
Chicago Loop Alliance
My Role: Web design, illustration
The CLA promotes the Loop area of downtown Chicago. They required an online annual report which documents their achievements in advocating for living, working and playing in the neighborhood, as well as showcases their programs, initiatives, and financial information. I worked in a small team to craft a design which communicates the vibrancy the Loop.
Designed at Tandemodus.
My Role: Strategy, design, illustration
FIELDS is a collaboration with a designer friend. It was born from a mutual interest in exploring what's possible when approaching design with an eye towards minimalism, elegance and essential form. FIELDS is a shop selling screen prints rooted in experimentation with the fundamental principles and elements of design. More coming soon.
Site currently under construction
Book Binding Endeavors
My Role: Book binding, illustration, instruction
I took a book binding class in college. Along with a course on the history of The Beatles, it was decidedly the most fun I’ve had in a classroom. It also taught me the value of good craft and understanding construction and production. I’ve fostered a passion for the medium ever since.
Flavorbound is the result of a collaborative effort (spurred by AIGA's Mentor Groups) in which I instructed a group on book binding techniques. We crafted sketchbooks whose cover illustrations are influenced by cooking. Each book also contains a recipe card.
Food for Thought
My role: Layout and design application, photo selection and photo editing, production management
Food for Thought is the Greater Chicago Food Depository's quarterly newsletter that highlights efforts towards fighting hunger. I took direction from its initial redesign and continue to craft subsequent newsletters to ensure engaging display of content and clarity of message.