College of AAP (Architecture, Art and Planning) in Ithaca hosts a series of events and lectures throughout the year. During Summer 2012 I helped Studio Kudos redesign their quarterly newsletter.
We tried to take advantage of AAP's commitment to high-quality printed communications by using neon inks, full bleed imagery, and dynamic layouts – making for a rewarding, tangible, reading experience.
FontShop is the original reseller of digital type. Founded by Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody in 1989, FontShop offers more than 100,000 fonts from dozens of expert-selected foundries, including their house brand: FontFont.
As FontShop.com‘s lead visual designer and a front-end developer I oversaw all user-interaction features for FontShop.com, designed promotional material for advertising – such as type samples and banner ads, and designed and built FontShop related websites. My responsibilities included; the conceptualization and design of features, design of new pages and reorganization for FontShop.com, production and mailing of HTML newsletters/promotional graphics, design of print materials with an emphasis on Epub conversion, CSS HTML, theme development for CMSs such as WordPress.
In Winter Session 2013, Leonardo Sonnoli visited RISD to teach the graduate thesis workshop course. We were prompted to assemble a book of graphic design references, made up of 18 booklets, for the posterity of the department and to inform future MFA students. Book Book is my contribution to this collective book designed by those of us in our thesis year in the MFA program. It is a website and limited-edition print-on-demand book of graphic design references related to the printed web.
For my contribution I was interested in how to represent my constantly changing references in a print format. To address this contradiction I built a website that compiles the booklet instantly and sends it to a print on demand service. Allowing me to leverage the web platform’s more dynamic publishing potential. However, the implications of creating a temporal artifact out of an intrinsically dynamic medium presents issues.
Book Book’s can be purchased here. Please note this project is still under construction and rough around some edges.
Typographica is a review of typefaces and type related books, with occasional commentary on fonts and typographic design. Edited by Stephen Coles, also of Fonts-In-Use and The Mid-Century Modernist. Founded in 2002 by Joshua Lurie-Terrell. Stephen Coles and I redesigned the site in 2009, representing a shift in direction for the site. Moving from a more news based format to an archival one.
In a Visiting Designer workshop with Jon Sueda, our class was prompted to create an exhibition based on the catalog of a pre-existing graphic design show. Franziska Stetter and I were given The Whole Mars Catalog – the catalog to From Mars: Self-initiated Projects in Graphic Design – an exhibition of contemporary graphic design works curated by Radim Pesko. Based on the catalog Franziska Stetter and I created From RISD to Mars/From Mars to RISD, a library extracted from our studio mates personal book collections, and an exhibition within the RISD Library.
In researching From Mars, we were struck by how often the works in that show are referenced in our thesis studies. A short walk around the studio confirmed that we had at least 20 books by, or about, the projects and designers featured in the exhibition. We then became curious how this influences the work we ourselves initiate in our thesis studies.
To explore this topic we assembled a library of books related to the catalog and installed it in the Fletcher Graduate Design studios. We then combed through the thesis section of the library finding all references to The Whole Mars Catalog, in the Graphic Design section and installed a show there via a series of bookmarks.
In our redesign we payed special attention to creating a sparse, but rich interface. The Mid-Century Modernist profiles great designs and we were careful not to overwhelm them with the site’s design. We also developed a gallery feature that culls the best Mid-Century items available online, and a flexible system of captions and image sizes.
Designers & Books Fair
The first Designers & Books Fair took place in October 2012 at FIT Conference Center. It featured esteemed book publishers, booksellers and some of the most celebrated names in the world of design.
Working with Studio Kudos I designed the Fair’s website, and helped establish components of the graphic identity.
This series of book covers is a personal project inspired by one of my favorite authors Albert Camus. I thought it fitting to represent Camus’ esoteric themes with simple shapes: the circle and square. Each book cover treats these shapes in different ways; The Stranger evokes staring at the sun, The Plague represents the dissemination of a virus and its spiraling effects, and The Fall distorts the shape of the square with circular pulses.
The FontFeed was re-imagined in early 2008 by FontShop co-founder Erik Spiekermann as a Fontshop associated, but standalone, blog dedicated to typography. The FontFeed officially launched in its new space on 9 September, 2008. The FontFeed combines the insightful voices of Stephen Coles, prominent design writer Jürgen Siebert, and typography expert Yves Peters, with occasional contributions from Herr Spiekermann himself.
I redesigned and developed The FontFeed under the supervision of Stephen Coles. The design also received feedback from other FontShop associates, including Yves Peters, and Erik Spiekermann. The FontFeed was built using WordPress. Occasionally I’d contribute (poorly) written articles to The FontFeed as well.
Deaccessioned Collection: Lost Art is a catalog of all the items deaccessioned from the RISD Museum over the last 99 years. The catalog is organized in three parts: sold objects, traded objects, and destroyed objects.
Pinterest & Cooper-Hewitt partnered to help create a stronger web presence for Cooper-Hewitt in expectation of the temporary closing of Cooper-Hewitt’s public space for renovation through Fall 2013. Cooper-Hewitt envisioned a custom site that used Pinteret’s API to cull “pins” – items posted on Pinterest, pinned with the hashtag #whatisdesign. While the project stalled and never saw fruition, these explorations explored some interesting UI features for Pinterest’s unique interface.
The Skeuomorphic Library is a typology of page turn animations of popular e-readers. So far there are 3 titles documenting Apple’s iBooks, Google’s Play Books, and Amazon’s Kindle page turns.
The RISD 2013 MFA Show is a component of the graduate thesis. Held annually, every department represents themselves within the context of the entire RISD Graduate Department. With our exhibition we aimed to demonstrate graphic design’s hybrid character, functionally linked to commerce while producing expressions of cultural and aesthetic value. By displaying the work in multiple ways – in a hypothetical fine arts gallery setting documented in a printed catalog, and as a store within the MFA Show’s exhibition space – we expressed the duality of graphic design practice. These two ways of seeing the same work explore the complicated status of contemporary design at the intersection of “fine art” and “commercial art” by simultaneously framing graphic design in the everyday and the curated encounter.
Shop/Show Committee: Justin Chen, Yejin Cho, Chris Hamamoto, & Wael Morcos
Developed during a workshop with designer Leonardo Sonnoli, the project’s brief was to promote “something we hate”. In collaboration with Woo Chung, Min ji Lee, and Jonathan Yamakami, we chose to address the issue of “Limited Editions”, which we perceive to be the creation of false scarcity. Examining the attributes of limited editions; small production runs, special materials, designer or event editions, we created a notebook that synthesized these elements. Editions were produced for the professors involved in the workshop, us who made the product, and one other student in the class. This last edition was given away at random, in an attempt to inspire a special feeling in the recipient, and jealousy in those who did not receive it.
The Mushroom Club
The Mushroom Club is a documentary that revisits atomic bomb survivors 60 years after the bomb. The movie focuses on lesser known issues for survivors concerning physical and social treatment. The “Mushroom Club,” refers to the survivors on whom the movie focuses. The graphic used in the poster is a Japanese wave pattern, rotated 180 degrees. The pattern is meant to convey the black rain that fell shortly after the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The pattern is also meant to look overwhelming and its repetition references the multitude of people affected and scale of the impact of the bomb.