Trying what others have done.

[examples]

Seems silly that so many people would take an interest in redesigning something for themselves. What is in question here is the application icon for Sublime Text 2. Perhaps it's "hands-on" nature is what makes customizing everything about it so appealing. The icon is not spared from this. Here is an icon design that I felt suited my needs and reflected the essence of the application. My goal was a unique mark among icon design, out of apathy with everything else and the desire for maximum legibility.

The mark started with a custom tag < s > to stay true to the roots basic markup. All of the other aesthetic influences come from the definition of "sublime."

Generally when researching inspiration for marks I look at the meaning of the words I am designing for. The definitions of Sublime are as follows;

  • Adjective – Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe: "ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous".
  • Verb – (of a solid substance) Change directly into vapor when heated, typically forming a solid deposit again on cooling.

The verb definition appealed me the most because the idea of process is easier to grasp and far less cheesy or expected than the adjective. What I wanted to convey the fact that design, development, and deployment are processes and Sublime Text 2 sits in the middle of this process in relationship to most of my work.

I don't assume this works for everyone because of the level of personalization but it's available for everyone. If you do use and enjoy, it let me know!

process
final

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Telling the story through without holding the user's hand.

Wireframes
Fully designed and developed graphic

This interactive graphic, created for Bloomberg Businessweek, informs about the state of healthcare in industrialized nations. The challenge was to tell the story using annotations as a structured narration as well as allow for unaccompanied exploration of the data.

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FoodStock Art Party is a charity art auction benefiting Operation Food Search in Saint Louis.

Foodstock Art Party Site Home

It's been a great pleasure to serve on the local AIGA Saint Louis chapter board and have the opportunity to work on some great projects such as the creation of this web page and the social media deliverables to promote and organize the event as well as create a piece of art that will contribute to a great cause. RSVP and see the site in action.

Foodstock Art Party Site About Foodstock Art Party Site Artists

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These pieces are a small collection of works realized at Maryville University in St. Louis. Created for student organizations, publications, and other studies.

Typography
Typography Study - an observational drawing and analysis of typefaces. Used to discover and comment on the elements and principles of typography.
Maryville University Student Life Recognition Banquet - While attending Maryville University I worked in the Student Involvement office as a graphic designer for two and a half years, designing various pieces for the Maryville Community such as event flyers, posters, event themes, identities, and mailings. While a senior designer the office grew to become a design–firm experience for student designers; moving into a design space on campus, applying a brand and temporary logo to our office, and setting up a system of project management.
Senior Thesis, "ingk" - Social networking has the capability to enhance individual experiences and through the exploration different cultures. To facilitate such an idea, I created ingk, a new social networking service dedicated to the interaction and understanding between different cultures. Watch "Been Seeing Pink Lately," an animation created to introduce ingk to it's target market.
Magnolia, The Art and Literary Publication of Maryville - Magnolia is an annual publication of Maryville University, featuring works of poetry, prose, and art of the Maryville community. As a staff designer for two years I created experiences for readers by designing flyers, posters, and other forms of advertisement. I also worked on two volumes designing the cover and inside pages and given the opportunity to create the identity of Magnolia and the creative voice of Maryville.
Publication Identity, "Wonderlust Magazine" - Wonderlust is an idea for a monthly publication made for individuals who wish to experience boundless adventures on this big blue planet. Within it’s pages lie photography, interviews, tips, and advice to motivate aspiring young travelers to see the world beyond their boundaries. The design of this publication presents it’s content with honesty and clarity, allowing imagery to illustrate the world and dynamic typography to add depth to the pages.