I have recently installed CNN breaking news notifications on my phone. I notice that when I open my phone after receiving a breaking-news alert, the notification disappears without expanding on the information. This leads to me subconsciously forgetting about the breaking news alert entirely within minutes. I am now challenging myself to create pieces responding to each disturbing breaking news update I receive. I created this visual in response to the recent Fort Lauderdale and Orlando shootings. More can be found on my ideation page.
Stefan Sagmeister posted and reviewed my piece on his public instagram account (posted below.)
Recipient of Irene Bychinsky Bendler Award in Design 2017
This typographic installation portrays college student's addiction to caffeine while they work. For this interactive art piece, I set up in the lobby of Central Saint Martins and spelled the word "addict" out of cups filled with coffee. I then put up a sign reading "Free Coffee" and filmed as the coffee disappeared, proving that caffeine addiction is prevalent in college students. The sound in this video is meant to be aggravating and irritating to the listener - enabling the viewer to feel similar symptoms to a coffee addict before he/she gets their "fix." The sound fades as the cups disappear just as the symptoms of coffee depravation disappear as an addict intakes caffeine.
I created publications materials for an exhibition showcasing the work of Stefan Sagmeister including a catalog, a brochure, invitations and banners. I chose Sagmeister as the designer for my publications because I admire the risks, uniqueness, and honesty he encompasses throughout all of his work. Similarly to Sagmeister's Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far, I laser-cut a cover sleeve and turned my exhibition catalog into interchangeable booklets. The booklets are composed in dialogue with Stefan and me as our narrative unfolds through different weights of Futura and conversational layouts.
This piece draws attention to gun violence and the public venues where shootings have occurred this year. There have been more mass shootings than days in 2015. The inability to prepare for these shootings has instilled fear in people worldwide. Each bulletproof outfit in this piece is inspired from a 2015 shooting. Ranging from movie theatres and concerts to churches and soccer games – innocent people worldwide have lost their lives while enjoying everyday activities.
In the summer of 2016, I interned in the Cover Design department at Penguin Random House under the guidance of Paolo Pepe. Throughout my internship I created a cover design for Sophie Kinsella's upcoming book My Not So Perfect Life, a reinterpretation of the Wizard of Oz book cover, and a cover design for a past project where I explored my grandmother's Alzheimer's.
A collection of visuals made throughout the year in response to different global and personal events.
Poster created after participating in the Ann Arbor Women's March on January 21st, 2017.
Visual made in response to Brexit
A visual interpretation of my migraines
Visual made in response to 6 year old Jacob Hall (who loved superheroes) being shot and killed at recess. The breaking news alert informed me that his funeral was superhero themed.
Visual created in response to seeing footage of police brutality
Alfred Olango was shot and killed by the police in California. The breaking news alert I received informed me that he was vaping and the police assumed it was a gun.
Fun with photoshop
Packaging Design: Children's clock
In Packaging Design with Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo I created the design and packaging for a children's clock. For this project I found inspiration from my own childhood frustrations of being unable to read analog yet always being curious about what time it was and what activities were coming up. I worked closely with an elementary school classroom in Detroit and created a clock face with symbols that correlate to the students' daily activities. The goal of this clock face is to help students gain a better understanding of their schedule and to aid in teaching them how to read analog.
2'x2' made out of stainless steel. To view my process blog click here.
Packaging Design: Coasters
In Packaging Design with Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo I created the design and packaging for crushed aluminum can coasters titled "Cansters" that are made from 100% recycled aluminum.
For my year-long Senior Thesis I am exploring how to portray gun violence in a way that will make viewers take notice. The goal of my project is to evoke emotions that will inspire viewers to take action, and in doing so create more conversations about gun violence and gun laws.
I am currently photographing denim jackets, laser cut to read "WHO IS NEXT?" with a target on the back and turning these photographs into a poster campaign. I will be photographing many people wearing the jacket at all different venues each inspired by a mass shooting that has occurred. The posters below are inspired by 6 year old Jacob Hall who was shot and killed on the playground at recess in October 2016.
To view my thesis blog and other experiments click here. To read my research paper on gun violence and the arts click here.
I have watched Alzheimer's alter my grandmother's memory, control, and personality. I observe her outgoing persona fade as time goes on and she struggles to preserve the person she once was. I portray my grandmother's Alzheimer's by photocopying a portrait I have drawn of her multiple times, creating a gradual fade of her lively portraitures. This fade is representative of this horrifying disease and its vast effects.
Capturing My Grandmother's Alzheimer's II
Exploring my grandmother's Alzheimers by drawing her portrait and then erasing it in order to show the fade of her personality and memory as a result of this disease.
A realistic drawing of my Great Grandmother's passport depicting her journey from Germany to America in 1938. This passport is marked with many important symbols and dates. I learned an immense amount about my history, the Holocaust, typography and symbols through the reproduction of this important artifact.