Posted on September 7, 2017
I am the graphic designer and social media manager for a group I co-created called The Maple Grove: a cheering section at Safeco Field for Mariner’s pitcher James Paxton.
We’ve had numerous articles written about us over the course of the 2017 season (Paxton was in Cy Young contention for a while, so we were good news). If you want to learn more about our formation and what exactly we do, this article, from The News Tribune’s Bob Dutton, explains it the best. I also was interviewed on the local Bellingham radio station here.
Here are my designs in action:Embed from Getty Images
Posted on February 24, 2017
While at the UW, I not only majored in Visual Communication Design, but also Journalism. It was through this that I found myself working for The Daily- the campus paper. After writing for them for a quarter, I managed to get myself on their design team. For the rest of my college career, I designed a section of the paper at least twice a week.
This work allowed me to fine tune my design to allow for easy reading. This understanding proved critical to my overall development- many of my peers struggled to understand why things weren’t perfect as long as they looked pretty. Functional design with a purpose- that’s my specialty.
Infographics are a major part of functional design because they allow the reader to understand data without having to delve deep under the surface of the issue. The reporter’s point is given an exclamation point and bolded. I grew very adept at turning data sets into graphics. There was a month where I was falling asleep and dreaming about using Tableau. However most of the data I worked with wasn’t a large enough set to warrant Tableau, and I was usually able to visualize it using only InDesign.
This job also gave me plenty of opportunity to hone my logo skills, as we frequently ran series that needed a cohesive logo to accompany them.
Below is a collection of some of my best work while with The Daily. It should be noted all design was done in a space of maximum 5 hours. So while there may be spacing I’d want to fix now, or a more elaborate design that might better highlight specific articles, the time wasn’t conducive to that sort of intensely critical design. It is nice, however, to see how much time can be a factor in quality, and how much better my quality of work got between then and my more recent designs.
Posted on February 6, 2017
I won’t go too into depth here because this is the example I used in the How I Work section of this site.
This was only my second ever freelance job, but it is very indicative of how I work on anything. I have been consistent my entire life with how I tackle problems/jobs/work- in a very methodical manner. I plan everything, and this is the first job I decided to not only plan in my head, but to write it down so that the client could also understand my thought process and better help with the creation- it is after all, completely up to what they want.
I worked at a gym throughout university, and that is how I came to know this particular client. She had seen signage I was creating with Microsoft Word at work and was convinced I was the perfect person to create her new business logo. I didn’t let her down. After several meetings, I ended with the finished product above. For more information on this specific project please see the How I Work tab.