Cancermojis

I am currently working on a very interesting project called "Cancermojis".  It was the idea of a woman who is going through cancer treatment and wanted a set of custom emojis to send out to her friends to describe how she was feeling in any given moment. The idea caught on among her friends in treatment as well as her healthcare providers.  

I am illustrating the emojis for her now, and together we are coming up with ideas for how to represent different emotions and different experiences. Eventually they will be made into an app, which is very exciting!

Amsden Consulting Website

I recently designed this site for Amsden Consulting, a nonprofit consulting firm. My client really wanted the site to make her company to stand out from the crowd – so I created fun and unexpected illustrations to represent her services. For example, using a stethoscope as an illustration of their "diagnostic" process of examining all aspects of an organization. This is a great company and I would highly recommend their services!

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibit

As a member of the in-house design team at the Museum of Science, I led the graphic design for this 10,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibit.  It was a truly amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience to create this exhibit with Pixar Animation Studio. 

We knew we wanted the Pixar imagery to stand out as the visual focus. So the 3D components were designed to be minimal and recede, and I designed the graphics so the images are as big as possible and bleed to the edge of the frame. 

Through testing, we discovered that not many visitors were reading paragraphs of text in our initial mockups, so I came up with the strategy of breaking up the text into bite-sized chunks and overlaying them on top of the images.  This way, visitors will be initially drawn to the image, and be able to learn more about it when they get up close. 

I developed a color scheme inspired by Pixar films to serve as an organizational indicator—each component has a colored band going up the side showing what section its in. 

The team at Pixar was an incredible resource, not just for their content expertise, but for the invaluable design critiques they gave us along the way. It was truly an honor to have my graphic approach, my logo design for the exhibition, and the marketing key art that I designed critiqued by the genius creatives at Pixar. Their feedback helped us take our designs to the next level. 

I also got to give John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios a personal tour of the exhibit. It was probably the highlight of my professional life!

This exhibit is now traveling around the U.S. for the next 10 years and an international tour is in the works.

Next Generation Science Standards Infographic

I was hired by the Concord Consortium, an educational software company, to design an infographic representing the newly released Next Generation Science Standards for their newsletter and website. These standards will be used by teachers in schools around the country and the CC wanted teachers to easily be able to connect the "Practices", "Core Ideas" and "Crosscutting Concepts" with their software products.

I thought that incorporating visual elements or icons into it would be helpful to immediately identify what you are looking for, so I designed icons for all the Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas. I also wanted it to be possible for each element in each row to be connectable with every other element, showing the practically infinite ways that they can be connected.

Additionally, particular elements can be broken out of the main diagram to act as symbols for one particular CC software program .

The Concord Consortium also added it to their website as an interactive graphic, which I thought was really cool. And, I created "cootie catchers" (remember those?) that they can give away as marketing materials at conferences.

Slow News — Breaking News Stories in Cross-stitch

For my Masters in Graphic Design thesis project at New England School of Art and Design, I designed and stitched breaking news stories into cross stitch samplers. I juxtaposed content that is extremely fast and ephemeral (breaking news stories) with a very slow and archival medium (cross stitch). I wanted to see how this transference of medium affects the message of these stories and highlights the absurdity of the way stories are reported in the media and the way we consume them.

Each piece took about 25 hours to stitch. I used source imagery from TV broadcasts and news websites. Since I only roughly sketched out the designs of each before I started stitching, much of the designs are improvised, and much of that stitching time was spent contemplating form and color, not just manual work. I came to think of cross stitching as a very slow mode of drawing. I completed 6 of these over about 4 months.

I think of the process of cross-stitching news stories as a kind of "test", as in: does x, y or z news story pass the cross-stitch test? A year or two later, does the story still have enough relevance to not seem absurd archived in this permanent and time-consuming medium?

 

 

Hall of Human Life Exhibit

I designed graphics for the Hall of Human Life exhibit, a 10,000 sq. ft. exhibit that opened in November 2013 at the Museum of Science.

As an in-house design team of five, we wanted to create a look and feel for the exhibit that was warm and inviting. Some of the content topics in the exhibit are complex and serious (including health conditions), so we took steps to avoid a look that was too sterile or medical.

With that in mind, we picked colors that are warm and natural, one color corresponding to each of the five areas of the exhibit. The typefaces were chosen for their approachability, friendliness, but also heft and bold presence.

Another design feature worth mentioning is the use of small "callout" text boxes that we overlaid on images. Each callout contains a bit of info or fun fact that corresponds to the image. If visitors don't have the time or attention to read a longer label, they can get some information from these.

This was a very fun project to work on, and a great team to work with!

Earth Science Diagrams

I illustrated and designed these diagrams for curriculum for the Concord Consortium

I worked closely with the content expert on staff to develop these diagrams.  We wanted them to be scientifically accurate but also understandable, clear and easy to interpret.  And the bright colors and fun style of illustration make them appealing to kids.

Impact Fact Labels

This is a project I did as part of my Masters in Graphic Design Program. The assignment was to create something with social value. I decided to combine the idea of a nutrition fact label with the idea of the carbon footprint. A color scale provides a quick "at a glance" indication of impact. 

While I was at it, I redesigned the nutrition fact label to be more visual—showing percentage of daily allowance with bar graphs.