Original illustration for a travel poster featuring the Marina Towers in Chicago. Created as a final project for a Color Theory course through the School of the Art Institute, the concept is based on classic travel posters popular in the mid-20th century that glamorized locations around the globe, but updated with a more modern color story.
Harlen is a luxury bag company making “Careerpieces” for the modern working woman. Their unique and functional Careerpieces are exquisitely crafted, exude confidence, and express individuality. The full collection is informed by the clean lines of minimalist architecture and the signature shapes of modern art. Merging aesthetic and pragmatic concerns, it is designed around the lives of high-powered, highly empowered women. And through generous philanthropy, the company also promotes the education of girls worldwide.
Harlen’s founder reached out to me to commission an illustration featuring their unique and gorgeous Careerpieces in a striking way, for use in social media as well as broader marketing and brand awareness efforts.
Learn more at harlencollection.com.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks have a pledge "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." The Elks National Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to the nation's veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need. The commission approached me to create a dynamic design their 2017-18 annual report, to showcase and highlight their important work helping veterans through programming, volunteer opportunities, and grant making while also acknowledging the volunteers that ensure the success of the mission. The printed report also highlighted important data points and financial information. The final report was mailed to thousands of volunteers around the country to further embolden them to serve veterans in need.
For this series, I decided to focus on a series of prints featuring famous women that I admired for their talent, intelligence, and strength from a wide variety of cultural and artistic backgrounds. The final prints included actress Audrey Hepburn, singer Billie Holiday and artist Frida Kahlo. Surrounding classic images of these talented women are vintage botanical illustrations of flowers they were known to be fond of, as well as the national flowers of their home countries. For Audrey, these were tulips, particularly white tulips, along with red poppies from her native Belgium. For Billie, white gardenias she was known to wear in her hair for performances, as well as roses, the national flower of the United States. And finally, for Frida, dahlias, the national flower of Mexico, along with a variety of marigolds, irises, calla lilies and cannas, and other flowers she grew in her garden and painted throughout her career. Each final print measured 20x20 inches.
Getting to Zero Illinois is a state-wide initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the state by 2030. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, health care providers, government agencies, people living with HIV and others, the initiative hopes to get to zero new HIV infections by 2030 and effectively end the epidemic in Illinois. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health coordinate the Getting to Zero Illinois project. I worked with various internal and external stakeholders and committees to gather community input and feedback to develop a logo, branding and marketing materials for the ten year campaign. Learn more about the program at gtzillinois.hiv.
For the past two years, I have been the project manager for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s annual report and annual meeting and led the design project from start to finish, including determining image selection, typography, print layout and website design. I ensured each design was fresh, engaging and inspiring to AFC’s key audiences and ensured design consistency across deliverables.
For this research project, project leaders wanted to develop a fresh, hopeful logo that echoed the use of plants, nature, and new life. As the project focused on finding a cure for HIV and AIDS, they wanted a logo that reflected new growth, optimism, and resilience. The name of the study was combined with the symbol of plant roots to symbolize new growth, strength, and a strong foundation for the future. The symbol also echoed the patterns of blood vessels, which play an important role in human physiology and health and reflects back to the project's health and medical focused mission. The colors were chosen to reflect the hope and optimism (through yellow) as well as the bravery and dedication (through purple) that will be needed to cure HIV and AIDS.
As part of AIGA Chicago's Fall 2017 Mentoring Program, I collaborated with nine other talented designers on a group project. We decided to create a series of 5 x 7 inch cards that represented advice we would give to our younger selves. Each designer was responsible for the content and design of three cards, while the back of each card contained a similar layout and color scheme to provide consistency.
The finished product contained 27 die-cut cards banded together. Each card contained six die-cuts so they could be interlocked together to form a house of cards and serve as an interactive experience for the viewer. The final product was presented at the Mentoring Program Wrap-up Party on November 29, 2017.
I ultimately decided on three pieces of advice for my younger self:
1. Don't Be a Pushover
2. Don't Be Afraid of Failure
3. Don't Be Everyone Else
The color palette was chosen to be bright and engaging to the viewer and the illustration subjects were based on three memorable aspects of my past: a Punching Bag Bozo (he may have been a punching bag, but he always got back up), F. Scott Fitzgerald (my favorite author, who died believing he was a failure), and origami cranes (of which I've made hundreds if not thousands of nearly identical versions in my lifetime).
I collaborated with the Housing and Communications departments to revamp and modernize promotional materials for the Better Health Through Housing Program. This innovative program works with hospital emergency rooms to identify patients who are experiencing homelessness and are frequent visitors to the hospital to help them transition into stable housing, therefore bettering their health and lowering hospital costs. As these materials will be presented to hospital leadership and decision makers, I created a clean, easy to navigate design with a fresh, engaging color palette,, while highlighting the human impact of the program by featuring current and former clients of the program.
A previously created illustration became the inspiration for La Perla Malbec, a 2017 Malbec created by local, award-winning wine maker Sweet Clover Winery out of Cortland, Illinois.
Various flyers, ads, postcards, social media posts, and other marketing collateral to promote numerous events and initiatives of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago along with personal projects and small freelance projects.