This piece combines temporal materials with words inspired by Carl Sagan to explore impermanence and the relationship between the individual and their interconnectedness to others and the universe. It was one of two pieces created for the RedBull booth at SCOPE Art Show in Miami Beach during Art Basel.
"Stardust," 36" x 36," sawdust on canvas.
Site specific ephemeral installation created with sawdust in front of the Tree of Life in Audubon Park in New Orleans.
Part I of Live, Love, Die series
10' x 10'
Mojo Coffee House approached me to create a logo for their new roasting business. The partners were looking for a straightforward and energetic design that had some semblance of their coffee house logo, yet established the roaster as a separate business entity. I created a main logo with hand-drawn lighting bolts, a secondary lockup, and a tertiary mark.
In addition to creating logo marks, I customized a clean and user-friendly Shopify online store for their new brand.
📷: Randy P. Schmidt
Site specific ephemeral installation created with sawdust in front of a cemetery in New Orleans.
Part III of Live, Love, Die series
5' x 8'
Ephemeral type installation created at the foot of the Cabrini Bridge in New Orleans.
sawdust. 5' x 3'
Who is Henrietta Lacks? For the installation entitled HeLa (HEE-luh), inspiration was sparked by an article I came across online that led me to the novel "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by science author Rebecca Skloot.
Research began with reading the novel and gathering select text that explained the story of Mrs. Lacks, an African-American woman whose tissue cells were procured without consent in 1951. This immortal cell sample was shipped to research labs worldwide where it has served as a catalyst for medical breakthroughs, such as the polio vaccine, and has been commodified into a multi-billion dollar industry.
My approach was to move beyond the traditional flat page, exploring ways to affect the delivery and memory of the story. The resulting work required the reader to engage with the excerpts and move around the form in search of the story. Chronology became of secondary importance, through the non-linear format of the excerpts the reader was encouraged to make associations and correlations between the story and the other selected text meant to bring awareness to the ethical implications raised by the novel. I felt compelled to share Henrietta Lack's legacy since we have collectively benefitted from this one woman's cell line and to raise awareness about institutional racism in medical history, concerns of consent, and privacy rights.
I assembled the structure by hand using origami techniques to create a polyhedron meant to resemble a cell. The type was laid out and printed on translucent vellum paper and alternated with blue and red paper. The blue paper is representative of bloodlines within Henrietta's body and the red paper is used to resemble oxygenated blood, representative of lives that have been able to be sustained using her immortal cell line.
Tools / Adobe Illustrator, paper, hot glue, fishing wire
I sought to create a low waste method for advertising a sustainable design event in New Orleans. The solution involved laser printing the design directly onto discarded stock market sections of the U.S.A. Today.
This project won 1st place in the Social Responsibility student category in the 2011 International AIGA (RE)Design Awards.
I was happy to assist with the closing spreads for Love Letters from New Orleans, a hardcover book designed by IAAH/iamalwayshungry Studio and dedicated to documenting the culture of New Orleans, from A-Z.
Role: Design assistance / Book finishing
Site specific ephemeral installation created with sawdust in Lee Circle in New Orleans.
Part II of Live, Love, Die series
10' x 8'
An experimental website created based on an excerpt from Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried.
For a class project we were tasked with designing a website based on a book excerpt. My first consideration, rather than beginning with technical considerations, was to think about what is enjoyable and memorable about reading a handheld book. My goal in this project was an attempt at digitally mimicking the feeling of anticipation when leafing through a handheld book to reveal the next page- acknowledging what is memorable about an exciting book while also considering how to aid the user in adapting to a change in the delivery of information. Using rectangular images placed into a sliding gallery to resemble pages in a book, the user was able to hover over these compressed “pages” with their mouse causing the image to expand.
The typography and imagery were designed to reflect the content and feel of the narrative. I used the typeface Interstate, by Tobias Frere-Jones, as its design is directly inspired by U.S. Interstate signage since our main character is considering fleeing by car.
Winner of an AIGA New Orleans award for student experimental web design. Live demo
This piece uses organic materials and typography to explore the relationship between the individual and their place in time. It was one of two pieces created for the Redbull booth at SCOPE Miami Beach Art Show.
"Neverlasting" 36" x 36," sawdust on canvas, 2014
Postcard series encouraging submissions to the Type Directors Club 60th edition, the theme – "Words Have Power." Choosing the words terrify, surprise, and pleasure, each postcard displays associated terms and playful imagery. As each card in the series is received the front of the card loses negative space, while the back of the card serves as a teaser, with the final card revealing the full details on submitting entries. Once received, all three mailers join together to form one full image.
A play on the phrase watch and learn, this project included branding and mailers for the Loyola University Graphic Design senior project exhibition.
An ephemeral type installation created from sawdust at Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans.
sawdust, 5' x 3'