AdlerStar is Chicago's Adler Planetarium Member Magazine that is sent out quarterly reaching 50,000 readers. Aiming to keep the fun, vibrant design aesthetic I had the opportunity to solely design the 2016 spring issue that focused on astronomy archives, articles, updates on the planetarium, along with easy DIY science experiments.
Medici is an upcoming app created by the president of Cultural Media that provides people easy access to all the art and cultural events and exhibitions within Chicago. Working as the graphic designer for Cultural Media I had the opportunity work on the logo design, business cards, social media and advertising collateral.
A conceptual cd packaging for artist Florence + the Machine, Sweet Nothing's packaging stems off the phrase "sweet nothing" with implications of contradiction and contrast at the same time. The bright whites with vibrant pink and orange tones usually wouldn't be paired with each other due to the intense contrast, yet they somehow pair nicely. The design features a lot of geometry elements with crisp, clean lines and shapes that overlap these intense colors and images of dark, grungy barren land that wouldn't look as interesting without that pop of color.
MiddleWestern Voice is a student art, music, and literature journal published through Elmhurst College. Taking on the role of Creative Director and designer, I led others as we revamped the annual journal with creativity and color while maintaining the integrity and professionalism of the award-winning journal.
As a long-term freelancer for Cultural Media, I've worked to maintain the branding and identity of the company through various outlets in the print and digital field. We’ve worked together to create an effortlessly professional and artistic aesthetic that reflects and represents the museums we work with to produce member magazines.
Based on the theme of self identity, these books such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt are designed to represent the physical point of view of each main character as they search to find themselves within their different perspectives. While one man is sets off into the terrain of Alaska to find himself through a simplistic lifestyle among nature the other is an adolescent boy seeking to escape his drunk, absent, impoverished depression era of parents to make a drastic move to America. The fire place being a prominent symbol in the autobiography and the mountain range referencing the young man's trek into the wild, these book covers illustrate not only the physical location, but connect to the characters within as well.
This is a graphic design capstone that takes on the branding, packaging of labels and four pack carriers, to website design. Yellow Bear Brewing follows the theme of a mythical bear and his humanistic activities.
This is an unrelated series of graphite drawings created over the past couple years inspired by people and places that have been admired over the years.
As an artist, it isn't hard to fall in love with Paris. I was fascinated with the history and the significance of the city within the art world. While I've always been inspired as an artist by traveling and experiencing the art, history and cultural of the world, I'm always drawn back to Paris.
Maps are one of the best ways to display and admire your memories of certain places. The idea of a map is simple, yet the detail of the Parisian streets forces your eye to wander across the map as if you were in the city.
The city was hand drawn and printed on felt paper to give the illusion of an authentic feel to my work. With the complexity of the map, I showcased my print on a white matted frame to really bring attention to the drawing.
A modern yet traditional wedding suite is designed toward a couple who enjoy nothing but the outdoors along with caring for their family vineyard. The lovely reception was held outdoors and held a true theme to the fall wedding and the couple's personality. Therefore this theme is emulated through the wedding suite with a traditional stationary design and a subtle touch of cream with a modern, unexpected back design of a tree ring focusing in on their wedding date.
This is an unrelated group of work done throughout the years in mediums including oil and acrylic painting, pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor. Some bodies of work were based off photographs while others have taken full creativity.
This monthly calendar is deeply inspired by polaroids, travel, and postcards. Each month features a polaroid image along with a unique back with the corresponding location and hand drawn map of that location.
This social awareness campaign explores the concept of animal poaching, particularly focused on elephants and the demand of ivory. Despite the ivory trade ban set in place in the late 1980's elephant poaching is still active with lack of enforcement to protect the animals where the tusks are then sold on the black market for a valuable price. Since most of us from North America probably haven't seen an elephant in their natural habitat and we see the animals through the media, at a zoo, or through our childhood toy I decided to focus my audience towards those who aren't aware because they simply don't know it's an issue because they're half way across the world.
The goal was to maintain a tasteful, serious campaign that shocks the audience in a way without having to post gruesome pictures of the horrific events of poaching. Stuffed animals were the answer. We all loved them as we were children becoming close friends with our fake furry friends. Some may be disturbed that this stuffed elephant is torn apart, but imagine telling your child their favorite stuffed elephant is actually being harmed in worse ways for their tusks because their tusks are deemed "valuable" to humans. That thought alone is quite traumatic.
This conceptual packaging celebrates and integrates the mighty Mississippi river, located around the area, as an element to Park Farm Winery's Mississippi River Red Wine.
This is a series of several murals assisting Julien Art Centre's owner Stefan Baumann as well as independent work of my own. Featured works include a mural within the Dubuque Finley Hospital stairwell to encourage the use of healthy habits while the other mural celebrates the historic buildings of Dubuque at Kennedy Mall. Such other independent works include a water themed mural at Dubuque's YMCA and work at private residences.