Social Initiative: After Suicide
After Suicide is a tool for those who are dealing with the aftermath of losing a loved one to suicide. Through both web and mobile platforms, After Suicide will connect grieving individuals with one-another in order to disrupt the isolation and secrecy that surrounds a loss by suicide. The responsive website will provide a place for users to express what they’re going through, both visually and verbally, among people who are going through it too. This solution provides a low-risk entry-point into the process of healing for a suffering community.
My research revealed that most of the people who experience this kind of loss feel an extreme sense of isolation. They feel like no one truly understands what they're going through. And yet conservative estimates say that there are 6.5 million people in the US who have lost someone to suicide. The goal of this project is to connect them with each other. All of my decisions were based around creating a platform where people could quickly identify with each other and know that they're not alone, which is a foundational and powerful principle in healing.
I was the recipient of a Student Innovation Award from Design Ignites Change and an SVA Alumni Award, both for this project.
Designed at the School of Visual Arts under the direction of Brian Collins.
Branding, UI/UX, Web Design
Finding Rest in NYC
Rest in NYC is a concept for a smartphone application that helps people find convenient, inexpensive, and perhaps, unusual ways to decompress right in the city. It works great either on the fly when you have an hour to kill before dinner, or if you want to plan ahead for the weekend.
Designed at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Design under the direction of Lee Maschmeyer of COLLINS.
Branding, Interaction Design, UI/UX
Victoria's Secret Website Refresh
Grid and type exploration for Victoria's Secret home and landing pages, geared toward a potential, future redesign.
Art Direction, Typography, Web Design
Victoria's Secret Storytelling & Design Direction
Storytelling and concept development, design direction and photography direction for future Victoria's Secret initiatives.
Art Direction, Typography
Process Digital Magazine
Process is a digital magazine concept. Because I am always curious about the creative lives of others, I took this opportunity to interview five extremely interesting and sucessful people about how they do what they do. I also included a project by one of my favorite contemporary visual artists; Sophie Calle.
Created at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Design, under the direction of Wyatt Mitchell and Billy Sorentino.
Art Direction, Editorial Design, Typography
Can Design Touch My Neighbor's Heart?
The assignment for the first project in Stefan Sagmeister's class in the MFA Design program at SVA was find a way to use design to touch the heart of someone we knew. I was aware that my downstairs neighbor had been hosting a weekly dominoes game in his kitchen for many years, so I chose to make a special set of dominoes for him, branded as if he had his own social club.
Branding, Graphic Design, Packaging
Video Animation & Motion Graphics
Sea creatures, illustrated using only typography, move to a Brahms symphony in this short animation.
Produced at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Design, under the direction of Gail Anderson.
Animation, Illustration, Typography
Social Initiative: Research & Branding, Illustration & Editorial
This is the research, process and branding book for my masters thesis project, After Suicide, a web and mobile platform to connect people who have lost a loved one to suicide. The book is divided into three parts; Disconnection (the problem), Connection (the solution), and Order (the business plan). A selection of layouts from the book are shown here.
Created at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Design, under the direction of Brian Collins.
Art Direction, Illustration, Typography
The assignment was to find a way to brand a fellow classmate while showcasing some of the projects that they had worked on. The student I was assigned is crazy about travel, community, and black, white and red design. I knew that a hotel filled with interesting people doing interesting things would be something that she would love. Each of the rooms embodies one of her projects from our graduate program. The structure of the piece was inspired by the great Chris Ware.
Designed at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Design, under the direction of Scott Stowell.
Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine
I designed the these feature stories while working as a freelance art director at Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. The ski wedding and the Napa Valley Wedding were part of an issue that won a Society of Publication Designers Merit Award in the category of Design: Entire Issue, 2010. I also got to work on the first gay wedding to appear in the magazine.
Editorial Design, Graphic Design, Typography
In My Spare Time, Paintings
I studied fine art as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and I've been making paintings ever since. This is a selection of favorites. These are all acrylic on paper, roughly 24x18 inches.