The art of storytelling is integral to the human experience. Personal narratives document where we have come from and where we progress. Stories serve as a collection of experiences that craft our respective identities and allow us to relate to, understand, and learn from one another. Pieces of stories can be held onto, reordered, and lost over the passage of time. Is it possible to preserve a story outside of memory? How can a story be given form? How many ways can a single story be told?
This was explored through the use of video documentary and the collection of short personal stories anonymously submitted through an online form. As stories come through the system, their narratives are broken and then given visual interpretation. These narratives are preserved for all of those who wish to take the time to reflect, respond, interpret, and listen.
This is the mission of The Story Factory: the place where stories are archived, processed, and then given form.
Box o' Stories
A series of inspirational catalogues. Each accordion fold out represents a different subject that has influenced my thoughts and aesthetic as a designer within the last year. Each book takes on two editorial voices: The voice of my inspiration and then my own voice. With each quote or idea, I respond with my own commentary on why it is significant to my growth as an artist. The books feature Fight Club, Regina Spektor, modern dance, and the quirky artwork of Lora Zombie and Marc Johns.
Quirk n' Co
A fictional design studio of my own creation. Quirk n' Co's creative services range from brand development and web design to animation and educational media for children and young adults. The studio's approach to creative problem solving is fun, sophisticated, and versatile. The mock up launch web site serves as a comical way to get to know the team and the spirit of the studio. The team members are personified by different animals they individually identify with. I serve as the studio director (Dapper Flapper), Reginald Baxter is our lead programmer and developer (giraffe), Vincent Aleksander is our marketing director (whale), and Didi Jones is our Digital Illustrator (dinosaur). Quirk n' Co is in the business of everything ridiculous.
A redesign of an existing publication, Café Life Venice. Most of the photos were replaced by my own from my time abroad in Venice.
During my internship at Someone Creative, a branding studio in Waltham MA, I was given the task of developing a logo and business card layout for Happy Zebra Photography. The spirit of Happy Zebra is quirky and charismatic, and we had a lot of fun exploring how to have those illustrative traits come across in the brand.
The objective was to advertise a concept that cannot realistically be sold commercially. I chose the idea of "Perspective." For me personally, this form of perspective is taken from my time abroad in Venice. The poster illustrates an obscured and contorted view of an architectural setting that someone may see for the first time. The type and line extensions take the viewer's eye around the composition, leading to different stylistic moments occurring in the same space.
A site-specific publication about a Boston University art facility that was once a luxurious Cadillac dealership on Commonwealth Avenue. The space has changed dramatically since then. The five floor garage that once housed top of the line automobiles is now abandoned, lonely, and used for spare studio space. The publication juxtaposes two time periods and illustrates a change in mood with the changing environment. Part of the text is taken from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Palace."