Airbnb engaged me to design the brand and large-scale environmental graphics for a pop-up park that took up a city block in Austin during SXSW. I led brand design, production, and execution across all deliverables (including unique elements like seed packets, playground games, and a large-scale weaving in chainlink fence) and was the main coordinator among all designers, producers, and contractors on the project.
Completed at Tomorrow Partners
Role: Supporting illustrator
Lead illustrator, designer: Astra Sodarsono
Art direction, additional illustration: Carl Bender
The State Department approached Tomorrow Partners to create an infographic celebrating Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. The piece focused on the successful Global Partnership Initiative (GPI), a flagship program which took a new approach to diplomacy, cultivating new partnerships around the globe.
With bold colors and a timeless visual vernacular, we distilled the complex initiatives, facts, and impact figures into a clear, engaging graphic story both digital and print formats. The result is a bright, expressive view into the Department of State's innovative progress.
Everybody's Inside is a series of stories, memories, and thoughts collected during a three month Art Farm Residency on Oregon Country Farm. These stories are represented by several sentimental objects – hand-spun honey, a marble, feathers, for example – saved during my time in Oregon. This exhibition served as a semi-narrative guide to the objects, the stories they represent, and the friends that the stories are centered around.
My time in Oregon was as much about solitude and personal challenge as it was about celebrating the community of farmers, artists, food lovers, and weirdos that made my Residency what it was.
Valerie Casey of the Designers Accord approached me to design the 100th issue of Design for All, a social impact design publication based in India. The issue, entitled, "Where Can Design Have the Greatest Impact in the Next Five Years?" features essays from ten brilliant women designers. I took a minimal design approach, using energetic hits of color and spare imagery to provide subtle emphasis to salient, inspiring pieces of writing. You can read the full issue here.
Photographer and artist Todd Selby has made a beautiful career of documenting the spaces of the creative, famous, eccentric, reclusive, and interesting. Todd stayed in Airbnb listings in five cities worldwide with hosts as diverse as his regular subjects.
Airbnb reached out to me to create a microsite presenting the fruits of the collaboration. My approach celebrates Todd's spontaneous, exploratory style, inviting the user to uncover delightful little surprises in a format reminiscent of an analog photo album.
The Epicenter is a community-based housing organization situated in the desert of Green River, Utah. Among countless duties, the Epicenter helps homeowners and renters apply to various programs and supports operations local community center.
I was one of the first Frontier Fellows to visit Green River. I stayed for a whirlwind three weeks. During that time, I created the Epicenter's brand, identity, and designed environmental graphics for the beautiful Epicenter building. I found and commissioned a local artist to hand-paint the signage on the South wall of the building. The message on the wall, "You Are Here," is visible from the train just a few hundred yards away. In addition to brand collateral, I helped write organizational workflows and also organized a talent show for staff members and visiting NCCC members.
While completing an artist-in-residence position with Art Farm, I opted to design and develop a quick (two-day turnaround) fluid informational site for the program. I used design process material and documentary photographs combined with surprising interaction techniques to convey the oddball, joyful nature of the residency and the people who keep it going.
I've included drawings, sketchbooks, objects, and B-sides and samples from other projects. Honestly, I don't keep this section up-to-date enough, and I don't have a lot of my digital illustration work in here. If you're interested in illustration work, please reach out for more samples.
Rebecca Burgess, a weaver, textile artist, native to Fairfax, California, has decided it's time for a change in the clothing industry. She solicited the help of other artists, craftspeople, and farmers to create clothing on a local basis. For one year, Rebecca only wore garments made within 150 miles of Fairfax. She calls this 150 square mile area the Fibershed.
I created short video pieces for Rebecca to share with funders, friends, and potential Fibershed participants. The videos were really well-received, capturing the hand-built spirit of a very special project.
"How do people assign value?"
This is the question I asked myself before hitting the streets of San Francisco with a cookie jar and an ironing board for a table. I used the cookie as a common currency, asking passersby to trade whatever they were willing. What started as an exploration of human reckoning led to an unfurling adventure in placemaking, punctuated by awkward interaction and satisfying, if fleeting connections.
For the curious, among the list of items I received:
- Several purple pens
- Handful of marijuana
- Small blue vase
When Occupy was in full swing, I noticed that the overall message felt fragmented and that the general tone was one of aggression. I heard people begin to speak about the movement with resentment or worse, apathy. I contributed my voice to the marches in San Francisco and Oakland with a simple message of empathy: I'm your neighbor.
The first time I brought signs out to the Occupy camps, I developed a series of symbolic illustrations to accompany the message. I pasted the posters around San Francisco, and they were beautiful in context, but they felt wrong for the camps. I came back with a more simple version of the sign: a stencil bearing the phrase, "I'm Your Neighbor," which allowed people to make their own version of the sign, or to wear the message, and to spread it quickly.
This wonderful Oakland bicycle courier company, twenty years in the making, approached me to help represent their services, personality, and history in a clearer, more delightful way. The team wanted a design that felt timeless and fresh. I developed a minimal, crisp color palette, bold type treatments imbued with character, and a sophisticated, textural illustration style.
I designed the site to guide the customer quickly easily toward his or her destination – hopefully putting a smile on his or her face in the process. You can see the site in development here.
The Green River Epicenter needed help raising $10,000 to build a Habitat for Humanity house for a family of four. I volunteered and partnered with my friend Emmett to create Give Get Make. Our mission is to make donation a shared-value experience. You give what you can, you get something in return, and we make something big happen together.
We curated an art show, Shelter, based around the theme of home and donated all proceeds to construction.
This project is an experiment from a Motion Graphics class with Real Ideas Studio's Jim Kenney. The assignment was to create titles for a film of our choice using our own imagery and music or samples. I chose The Talking Heads' live concert, Stop Making Sense, a multi-sensory experience replete with costumes, killer dancing, and beautiful analog glitches.
Inspired by the band's look and feel, I employed some glitchy techniques and lots of beautiful patterns. I used a project called In B Flat, a collaborative sound and spoken word project, to create the track for the titles.