Invitation and menu design for an annual cocktail party hosted by my fiancé and I. We design these together each year. Our 2015 invitation featured a double gate fold and was printed on pearl paper. Along with it came the cocktail menu, printed on an opaque vinyl stock. Very polar.
Another year, another great party. FriendBears Christmas II is the follow up event to Celi and I's first christmas party, FriendBears Christmas.
Photo Credit: Celi Birke
Goldrich Egg Packaging
Goldrich is a specialty brand of eggs produced for Walmart. I began this project by creating the Goldrich identity and then transferring it to the packaging design. From there, I built out a comprehensive brand guide which covered everything from tone of voice to typography.
Friendbears Christmas was a self initiated project that Celi Birkeand I thought up as an excuse to do our two favorite things -- design and party with our friends. One thing led to another and we ended up with an invitation, a food menu, a cocktail menu, and custom stamped wooden ornaments for every guest that doubled as a coasters at the party. Needless to say, a new tradition was born. The next event is in the works.
We were honored to be acknowledged by one of my favorite design blogs, FPO, for this project as well:
This identity was developed for 36x94, a local documentary film festival proposed by the University of Arkansas' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The name, 36x94, refers to latitude and longitude coordinates of Fayetteville.
The theme of intersection inspired the identity and brand visual language. Like documentary film often does, it juxtaposes ideas, people and viewpoints.
I spent the summer before my senior year of college researching design on my own. It was one of the best decisions I made as a student. I compiled this book of design resources in hopes of giving fellow students a starting point for their own research.
361 HOURS is a book I made about my internship at DOXA in the summer of 2010.
While I was there, I kept statistics on what I was doing and what I was learning. Everything from coffee drank, to typefaces used, to design articles read got copied down in my sketchbook.
As shown in the video below, the book uses a customized pull tab mechanism which flips the pages.
Photo Credit: Celi Birke
For most of us, design is invisible. Until it fails. --Bruce Mau
Unnatural Disaster is an exploration of design failures within the context of natural disasters. Through research I found events that most people are quick to write off as uncontrollable and natural, but actually have much more to do with preventable human error.
Under Water is an additional booklet that expands on the information of one element (water) from the first book. The information for this chapter was about Hurricane Katrina and the disasters of design that occurred in New Orleans.
For the expansion book, I experimented with representational typography. I also played with type as a texture. Conceptually, the overlaid type texture was representational of my experience in researching this subject--confusing, illegible, and hard to decipher.