Baltimore Book Series

August 14th, 2009

Using a grid of the city and statistical data, I created a system to show different stories of violence within the city of Baltimore that relate to the contents of that particular book. The bright red graphics and bold typography creates tension and draws viewer attention to the seriousness of the subject matter.

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Toni Designs

August 14th, 2009

I worked on this project awhile back. I was excited to use photos I had taken at a dance.

The identity and annual report for Toni Designs are inspired by the company’s passion for all things dance. The bright colors and movement within the photography and design refer to the high spirits and creativity that embodies the firm. The abstracted form of the dancer and her flexible curves sum up the company’s fluid nature and flexibility for any challenge. The logo of interlocking dancers highlights Toni Designs’ strong team.

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Censored

August 14th, 2009

This is an older project I worked on a while back. I got to work with Joe from Baltimore’s City Paper. I had a great time.

Using Godzilla, a cultural figure known for total destruction, I draw attention to a lack of public awareness and the drastic reduction of constitutional freedoms that are reoccurring themes within the articles. The imagery helps convey inner turmoil evoked by the text. The imagery also subtly implies individual responsibility and possible public response. Strong graphics and bold colors draw attention to the seriousness of the article. Scale and arrangement of type vary to give the design a feeling of instability and disturbance.

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Arts Every Day Process

August 11th, 2009

My first project at MICA’s Center for Design Practice (CDP) involved working with Arts Every Day. They approached the CDP with the challenge of creating a vehicle to promote their program and message of utilizing art integration in the classroom to interested Baltimore City middle schools.

During my freshman year of college, I participated in MICA’s Community Arts Partnership. CAP puts MICA students into Baltimore City schools, youth centers, and other community places. Having lived my entire life in a quiet suburb of Boston, the experience opened my eyes to the reality and difficulties inner city schools face, as well as the poverty and violence which further exacerbates the problem. I worked with a small team of MICA students in a preschool classroom. We were challenged to create and organize lesson plans that synced and enhanced the teacher’s goals for the day. We used drawings, pictures, and colors to teach math, vocabulary, and reading. As I look back now upon my time in that classroom having worked with Arts Every Day, I would say art integration played a major role in our lessons.

When I first heard the brief for the Arts Every Day project, I knew this previous experience with CAP would provide a wealth of insight that I could draw upon to gain a greater understanding and grasp upon our challenge. While working on the project, I remembered my fond memories of elementary school where my teachers brought our studies to life by reenacting Christopher Columbus’s epic voyage and transforming our classroom into the bottom of ocean as we explored the life of crustaceans and tide pool ecosystems. Arts Every Day’s challenge really resonated with me as I realized I couldn’t remember any great memories of learning during my time in middle school.

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MICA Commencement Show 2009

June 23rd, 2009

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^ Graphic Design Department Reception

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