Lost Art: Deaccessioned Art from the RISD Museum
Lost Art: Deaccessioned Art from the RISD Museum
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.
Developed during a workshop with designer Leonardo Sonnoli, the project’s brief was to promote “something we hate”. In collaboration with Minji Lee, Woo Chung, 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.
Cornell Architecture Art Planning
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 the medium through use of neon inks, full bleed imagery, and dynamic layouts – making for a rewarding, tangible, reading experience.
Designers & Books Fair
Designers & Books Fair 2012
The first Designers & Books Fair took place in October 2012 at FIT Conference Center. It featured esteemed publishers, booksellers and some of the most celebrated names in the world of design.
Working with Studio Kudos I designed the website, and helped establish components of the graphic identity.
For James Goggin’s Spring 2012 Graduate Visiting Designers workshop we were asked to explore a museum’s collection and establish a personal narrative through atypical connections, points of view, undiscovered histories, etc.
I explored the MoMa’s graphic design collection, focusing on how formal aspects – specifically color – linked these works across time and style – and how this analysis could provide new ways for the audience to engage with the artworks in the gallery. Inspired by Tauba Auerbach’s RGB colospace atlas, and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Polaroid photography, I created a narrative based solely on color. Using a computer script to rearrange the pixels in a digital photograph, I obtained images of the work currently on display in the MoMA’s graphic design collection, and reduced them all to colored gradients. I then created a sequence based on the progression of color, that illustrates connections between works based on their era, movement they prescribed to, or materials used in construction. It’s primary intention is to be a booklet to accompany a visitor as they move throughout MoMA’s galleries, it also includes an index with the original images, so colors can be seen in their original context.
Screen-based | Self-initiated (collaboration with Stephen Coles) | Design, & coding
Typographica is a review of typefaces and type 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. The redesign of Typographica also represented a shift in direction for the site. Moving from a more news based format to an archival one. Typographica was built in WordPress.
Update My latest review for Typographica, highlighting Detroit as part of the Typefaces of 2011, is now live!
216mm×140mm | With the guidance from Bethany Johns & Nancy Skolos | Design, concept, & production
Traces, is an investigation of the nature of remembering. Pages are french-folded with content printed on the inside of the fold. A photo diary of sorts, the exterior pages show ruminations on memory, while inside the fold are thoughts on forgetting. The images on the inside and outside of the page are the same, but cropped on the inside for unexpected results. The edges of the pages are perforated to encourage opening the fold.
Various media | FontShop
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.
My position also allowed me to explore creatively and pursue my interest in Typography.
216mm×140mm | With guidance from Clement Valla | Design, concept, & production
Sixteen Phases is an exploration of a shape created by Karel Martens for the cover of Beknopte Infeiling tot de ethiek Van Loghum Slaterusrus. The shape was broken down to its component pieces – the number of elements and space in which it occupies and reassembled into 16 new shapes, each of which constitutes a “phase”. These shapes were compiled in a book with a slotted viewer, to view each “step” in the shape by passing it across the shape.
Screen-Based | Pinterest | Design, & coding
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 Mushroom Club
The Mushroom Club
558×914mm | With guidance of Gale Okumura | Design, concept, & production
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.
The Mid-Century Modernist
Screen-based | Self-initiated (collaboration with Stephen Coles) | Design, & coding (WordPress)
In our redesign effort we payed special attention to creating a sparse, but rich interface. The Mid-Century Modernist features such great designs, we were careful to push these to the forefront. We also developed a gallery feature that culls the best Mid-Century items available online. We also developed a flexible system of captions and image sizes. The Mid-Century Modernist was built in WordPress.
280×280mm | With guidance from Douglass Scott | Design, concept, & production
Italo Calvino’s “Six Essays for the Next Millenium” served as a basis for these explorations of the word exactitude. The form of the compositions was derived from the contents of the essays.
135x190mm | Self-initiated | Design, concept, & production
Camus, one of my favorite authors, books deal with fundamental issues of life, and life’s meaning. In designing a cover for a Camus book I thought it fitting to represent Camus’ fundamental content with fundamental 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.
Screen-based | FontShop | Camera, typography, & concepts
FontCast is a conversation with the most interesting figures in typography and graphic design. A series of video podcasts, FontCast explores everything from the founding of the FontShop to the fundamentals of kerning. One of FontCast’s primary goals is to make type and typography more accesible, revealing the personalities practicing the crafts as well as their creative and technical processes.
I conceptualized episodes, designed the title, credit, and question cards, edited early episodes, and filmed the Jim Parkinson and Damon Styer interviews. Stephen Coles conducted and filmed all other interviews. Stradivari Sibulboro mixed and mastered the audio. gs edited, color-corrected, upscaled the footage to HD, and created animations for episodes 7 and beyond. All episodes of FontCast can be seen here.
Design Museum Mailer
UC Davis Design Museum Exhibition Mailer
152×229 mm | UC Davis Design Museum | Design, & concept
Perpetual calendar and yearly mailer for the University of California Davis Design Museum’s year of Eco-Exhibitions. Print is almost inherently contrary to sustainability, using paper and energy that often literally gets thrown out. The mailer doubles as a perpetual calendar, meant to have an after-life after its initial use.
Screen-based | MVB Fonts | Design
MVB Fonts is the foundry of Mark Van Bronkhorst. Van Bronkhorst has been producing high caliber fonts for over 20 years. I have a special affinity to Mark since he’s located in the same city as my family home. These graphic pairs were produced to promote the revamped Verdigris family for its “Pro” release.
Warren Marr @ Descanso Gardens
Various media | With Guidance from Tim McNeil | Design, & concept
Warren Marr @ Descanso Gardens was a team project where the objective was to design a photo exhibition in the Descanso Gardens on Warren Marr’s Photography. It involved designing the basic identity, floor plan and even the architecture. We’ve studied green architecture and applied our research to the project.
Collaboration with Haemi Yoon.
Screen-based | FontShop | Design, amp; coding (WordPress)
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.
Various media | With guidance from Gale Okumura | Design, & concept
Focus is an advertising-awarness campaign. Focus’ goal was to make young people aware of the invasive nature of marketing. We crafted the graphics and headlines to emulate “lifestyle” branding – attempting to use the same tactics as large-scale advertisers to surprise perception. The copy and images play up the contrast of suburban-teenage ennui and the excitement promised by advertisements. We were purposely cryptic, hoping to impart a slightly uneasy feeling to the viewer. Our emphasis was on emotions rather than content, hoping to pique a curiosity in the topic that would lead to research of advertising methods.
Pieces include brochure, promotional posters, flyers, newspaper advertisment, bus side, billboard and website.
Focus was a collaboration with Milan Phan and gs.
With guidance from Danh Nguyen | Design, concept, & production
Tasked to explore of the word desert as an object, I chose to do so with a book. The idea of a desert as a book, to me, is a non-communicative book. The idea of a non-communicative book was then applied to the philosopher Martin Buber’s ideas concerning the authenticity of relations – he concluded only exchanges that communicate no information are authentic. This idea was explored by reducing legibility as the reader progressed through the text – culminating in completely illegible pages. As a whole the book functioned as a journey, and exploration of authenticity and meaning. Visual content was assembled with found photos, Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities,” acts as the written content. The book is assembled accordion style, and unfolds to approximately 18 feet in length. The linear form was meant to reflect the deserts horizon.