Robust is a geometric alphabet created within a grid module. This opportunity to study letterforms allowed me to learn about the relationships between each letter. In the beginning, I sketched thirty ideas for different typeface designs focusing on the letters H, O, M, R, and A. I chose this idea because I wanted to create a fun and puzzle-like typeface where a variety of pieces made up each letter. The angular shapes remind me of older green-screen video games or could be the name and number on athletic jerseys, but I chose to showcase the typeface in an unexpected, fashionable way.
This work was chosen to be shown in WVU’s Art & Design annual Juried Student Exhibition where artists across all departments (i.e. painting, ceramics, graphic design, printmaking, sculpture) submit artwork from the past year and thirty pieces are chosen in a student exhibition.
You're IPA Psycho Essay
3 Essays | May 2017
Juried Student Exhibition 2017
School of Art & Design Director’s Award
These six beer bottles showcase three different essays about psychopathy. Initially, I discovered the article You Might be a Psychopath if you Like IPAs based on my interest in IPAs. I figured the bitterness is an acquired taste, so I looked up “What kind of people like IPAs,” and it was the first article to come up. It basically explains how people who tolerate or enjoy bitter flavors are linked to having psychotic characteristics. Because it’s focusing on taste and beer, I laid out the essay amongst a six-pack of beer.
Since I displayed the essay on beer bottles, I felt I should design it to look like a realistic brand. That’s when I researched more articles on the topic. One article talks about characteristics psychopaths have and the second was a list of brutal psychopaths. I featured six different psychopaths across the bottles which includes their name and a gory fact about them. I used the article about the different personality traits to look like a warning label like a beer bottle would have.
App + Mini-site | February 2017
Being from a small town in Northwestern PA, it’s inevitable to feel like there is nothing to do. To solve this problem, I’ve proposed a social app that allows you to see happy hours, musical/theatrical opportunities, art festivals, and any other special events going on near you. The app also allows you to check-in to a location and will show you how many people are checked-in to the same location. With this app, I can eliminate the problem of feeling like there is nothing to do.
Juried Student Exhibition Letterpress Poster
The Juried Student Exhibition is hosted by West Virginia University every fall semester for the art and design majors. It showcases about twenty different students, and a guest Juror is invited and determines the awardees. Under my independent study, I had the opportunity to design and letterpress the posters that are given to the awardees.
My professor, Joseph Galbreath, is the director of WVU’s GramLee Collection which includes hundreds of woodblocks and metal printing blocks dating back to the 1800s. The independent study focused on our letterpress lab and the GramLee Collection. In creating the poster, it began with finding interesting woodblocks that acted as a border then finding different ways to lay wood-type within those shapes. After typesetting the letters, the final poster is printed with three runs.
Controlling the Crazy
Book Series | November 2016
This series of books are for people who want to learn more about depression and anxiety without using pharmaceuticals. Titles were made by using thread to spell out each letter because talking about mental illness can be an uncomfortable topic, and I wanted to make the title more approachable. Tangled string is a metaphor for how messy or confusing our emotions can be and an attempt at making a serious topic inviting and normal.
Magazine Proposal | April 2017
By keeping our purchases in the community and supporting local artists, we can build an efficient economy where we know where our money is going; therefore, I proposed a magazine for people who wish to learn more about the essence and richness of supporting homemade products. Departments include inspirational people, benefits for the community, and projects the reader can try. It also features female artist, Laura Shields, who takes old book covers and transforms them into jewelry.
To make an eye-catching feature article spread, I began with the idea of using the letters in the title in a similar way the artist makes her own jewelry, so I sketched an idea in Illustrator using one of the book covers she’s used for her own work. This was looking too two-dimensional, but wanting to be three-dimensional, so with the help of my professor, we used a CNC Router to experiment cutting out letters from book covers. First I tried it with the first letter of each word and completed the rest printed, but it was lacking three-dimensionality, so it made sense to cut out every letter from the title. The final steps were to arrange the letters and photograph them in the a lighting studio.
Infographic | September 2017
One of my favorite movies is Forrest Gump because my dad and I have watched it so many times. The movie itself is a series of stories about Forrest’s life and the disability he overcame, so I broke the movie into a beginning, middle, and end—Forrest meets Jenny, Forrest leaves for the war, and Forrest marries Jenny. To explain his life, I created a two-dimensional box of chocolates filled with pictograms representing small elements of his life but when placed side by side tell the whole story. On the undercover of the lid are quotations from the movie to go along with each pictogram and give a better understanding of what they mean.
Meet Your Neighbor
T-Shirt Design | August 2017
The Greater Morgantown Interfaith Association is a group in Morgantown, WV devoted to reducing prejudice and profiling. To bring the community together, they were part of an event called Meet Your Neighbor where different vendors set up and everyone was welcome to come out and socialize. The group I worked with sought out to teach people about diverse faiths which coexist in Morgantown. I contributed to this event by designing a mandala entirely made of religious symbols. This design shows different faiths coming together to make a cohesive circular shape.
Music City Bowtique
Branding | September 2018
Music City Bowtique is a mother-daughter co-owned business, who creates artisan, hand-made bows named after famous country stars for babies and children. My colleague and friend, Justin Clem, had contacted me about working with him for Music City Bowtique because they were in need of a logo for print and digital purposes.
The goal of our project was to display a sense of style and charm while maintaining an approachable brand image and design a visual identity that will best represent the culture behind their product. To organize our work, I focused on the handlettering while Justin made color choices and developed a logo package.
To begin, I researched some of the country artists they named bows after like Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire to see the different typography used on the album covers. This allowed me to come up with three different logo directions our client could choose from. After reviewing the options, we picked the thick, cursive design. Some things we had to change was “Music City” so it existed more with the word “Bowtique” and remove the location since “Music City” implies Nashville, TN. The client was drawn to this design because of its boldness and curvy edges.
I made the changes so “Music City” stood out in the title, added thin strokes to create a more feminine look, and added a bow to dot the “i.”
What's on Tap?
Infographic | December 2017
Because of my experience with bar tending, I wanted to take on an independent project studying the different kinds of beer styles (i.e. ales versus lagers). To reach this goal, I gathered multiple resources including books and online articles. This gave me a spectrum of information to worth with—from the origin of beer dating back to Mesopotamian times to current festivals and museum. My colleague Emily and I had made a word map for my topic to generate more ideas. Doing so was beneficial because it guided me to focus on my main points of style of beer and how it’s made while also inspiring solutions on how to present the information.
I boiled the topic down to focus on how beer is made and the differences between ales and lagers to teach people about the fundamentals of beer making. Normally, people will stick with their go-to of Miller Lite or Yuengling and ignore the rest, but if they could understand why they enjoyed the taste, they’d be more willing to try something different.
This infographic has a menu essence so if you were sitting at a bar, you could open the one spread layout and are guided down the page on how beer is made and what makes the different styles what they are. I chose a palette that would resemble the variety of color in beers including an egg-shell blue and off-white for the water included in the process.
National Park Service Mission Statement
Pictograph | August 2017
I’ve always loved being outside, but it wasn’t until I was older that I had known about National Parks. The first one I went to was The Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. Being surrounded by mountains, water, and the trees is a time to get away from the noisy everyday life and appreciate what’s around you. The National Park Service serves to protect these great, natural wonders of the world. The graphic represents the National Park Service’s mission statement using environmental motifs and the initials “NPS.”
Jackson Hole Photography Workshop
This series of images is from a Global Positioning Studies course I took over the summer. Traveling to Wyoming and living in the area for ten days with 12 other students who I hadn’t known prior to the trip—this experience let me submerge myself into the Western culture of Wyoming. I developed a deeper appreciation for the area, and it is a place I would love to go back. The photography course included (but was not limited to) artist lectures, in-class workshops with Photoshop, and of course field work using a digital and 35mm camera.
For me, photography is a fun way to practice creating the ideal composition. You only have so much space to fit into the frame, so every detail counts.