Restore Sugar Scrub

 

This project was an assignment in Packaging Design, where we were learning how to design rub downs and vinyl to simulate sand blasting on glass products. The assignment was to create our own design to be placed on glass while conforming to the same color the class voted on to use as the vinyl color.

I was inspired by water, bubbles, and organic products. I thought the challenge of the clear glass would give the appearance of natural light, which is usually considered to be natural and organic in designs. We also had to make the product that would go inside of the packaging, so I created organic homemade sugar scrubs. The logo is of a bubble and eucalyptus leaf merged together resting on rippling water. Restore is meant to sound refreshing and relaxing.

Completed Fall Semester 2016.

Paint Can Collection

 

This project was an extension of an assignment from Packaging Design to be included in my portfolio for my portfolio show.

I was inspired by typography and visual illusion artists. I played with the concept of using characters within a typeface to form the illusion of depth and pattern, while also hiding a message that would require the viewer to take a detailed look at the design. The message is “Paint color is the mood of the room.” I also took into consideration how the can would look next to another can of the same design as part of a display in a store in which case the design is actively engaging shoppers from up close and far away.

The names are inspired by native Western African fruit. The color scheme for the collection was inspired from a world color theory book for international design. Each color closely resembles the fruit it is named after.

Completed Spring Semester 2017.

Omuboro Orange Paint

 

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This project was an assignment in Packaging Design, where we were learning about the history and standards of packaging. The assignment was to create our own paint can collection that would be displayed in the National Crafts Museum or the Museum of Modern Art.

I was inspired by typography and visual illusion artists. I played with the concept of using characters within a typeface to form the illusion of depth and pattern, while also hiding a message that would require the viewer to take a detailed look at the design. I also took into consideration how the can would look next to another can of the same design as part of a display in a store in which case the design is actively engaging shoppers from up close and far away.

For this project, I practiced laying out type in formats that would cause vibrations for the eye. I was able to make a repeated pattern that was organic and varied with other characters. Some of the characters are the same color as the featured color band in order to tie in the featured color with the rest of the design. The name was inspired by the African Cherry Orange which is natively called “omuboro” in western Africa. The color scheme for the collection was inspired from a world color theory book for international design.

This piece was selected to be shown in the juried Gold Show of 2017.

Completed Fall Semester 2016.

Adam’s Ale

 

This project was an assignment in Advanced Typography, where we were expected to already know how to use Adobe Illustrator in order to study further into the history of typography and how the structure and forms are important elements in design. The assignment was to create our own typeface by hand as our final semester project.

I was inspired by water color, brush strokes, and how liquid interacts with paper. In order to understand how letters are created by a brush, I had to practice creating the letters with a bursh using paint, water color, and ink. Then, I utilized a grid system to create a foundation for the typeface letter form structures. I studied how some of the letters can use the same strokes since some of them are partially created with the same strokes.

The name “Adam’s Ale” is derived from literary research on what water used to be originally called. Biblically, it is believed Adam had only unadultered water to drink in the Garden of Eden. Originally, it was referred to as “Adam’s Wine”, then as “Adam’s Ale”, and then “water”. The Temperance Movement in the 1830’s believed that since water is derived from nature it could be assumed that the first of men only had pure water to drink in the Garden. I felt that giving my typeface a unique name based on the history of water would add to the structure and aesthetics of the design.

For this project, I created my typeface by hand and had various sketches. I then uploaded my artwork from my sketchbook into Adobe Illustrator using the Adobe Creative Cloud applications available on iOS. I was able to make sure the letterforms were then at the same scale in Illustrator and partially trace some of my sketches. I had to utilize multiple layers and keep them organized since each vector shape required more than one enclosed path to create the final form of the letter.

Completed Fall Semester 2015.

 

Type Family Posters

 

This project was an assignment in Intro to Typography, where we were instructed to use Adobe Illustrator in order to study the relationships of type families and how the characters interact with each other in the aspects of design. The assignment was to create two posters showcasing the type families with one typeface from each and in an abstract design. One poster must be in black and white where as the other poster must be in color.

I experimented with the point sizes and typeface variations. This assignment was fun for me because I could use already created forms and use them as jigsaw pieces to create a puzzle that no one else saw until I pieced it together.

For this project, I practiced using the preloaded fonts in Adobe Illustrator and studied their letterforms. I decided to create my posters by sticking to the characters’ original vector shapes in order to add an extra challenge to push my strengths and creativity. A main challenge was to decide on which characters to use and from which typefaces in each type family. I felt using uncommon letters would seem more abstract to the eye due to our lack of familiarity with them in our written language.

Completed Fall Semester 2014.

Mac Mouse Typeface

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Mac Mouse Typeface

This project was an assignment in Intro to Typography, where we were learning how to use Adobe Illustrator and study the history of typography and how the structure and forms are an important element in design. The assignment was to create our own typeface by hand and then translate it into a digital file.

I was inspired by technology and my inexperience with Apple products. I played with the cord on the mouse at my computer and made letters out of it making sure to sketch out each letter form.

For this project, I practiced bringing in hand sketched artwork from my sketchbook into Adobe Illustrator. I was able to make sure the letterforms create an expression of continuity by noticing which parts of the strokes could be repeated. Some of the letterforms required specialized strokes and took a couple of thumbnails to truly understand the mouse cord and letter structure.

Completed Fall Semester 2014.

Storytelling

 

This project was an assignment in Digital Imaging where we were learning how to use Adobe Photoshop. The assignment was to tell a story in four slides with a consistent style. Works by established and published authors were preferred.

I was inspired by Shel Silverstein because of his clever and perplexing illustrations for his poetry. However, I felt that even some of his more simplistic poems deserved to have a visual representation as if to give the words a face and become memorable.

For this project, I practiced bringing in vector artwork from Adobe Illustrator into Adobe Photoshop. By using a black and white theme, I was enabled to focus more on the complex shapes rather than the stimulation of color. Origami and overlapping paper influenced parts of the overall theme.

Completed Fall Semester 2014.