dars audit : typography

This actual piece is 35 inches long, eight inches in height, and is a seven-fold accordion brochure. This is a typographical project using only glyphs and the typeface(s) chosen— with a limit of two. I discovered how much I love Archer and how unique the font family is compared to most typefaces. The typeface really takes on varying personalities and appearances: from caps to lowercase, light to medium, and regular to italic. It’s really sweet and lovely— displaying subtle yet empowering beauty. This typography class at PSU created a true typography fan. And now I feel I am enchanted by its spell. Yum!


runemeister cards

Selecting a letter from the alphabet, and using the information on that letter from calligrapher Lloyd Reynold’s book, My Dear Runemeister: A Voyage Through the Alphabet, students were given another typographical project. Design could only be achieved through the use of glyphs and letters from our chosen font families, which students picked from a provided list.

The yellow pattern behind the majuscule letter ‘B’ consists of interlocking upright and up-side-down commas. The pattern on the back of the Runemeister series card was composed of the miniscule letter ‘b’ through interlinking and overlapping. The project provided an opportunity to explore playing with colors that I don’t generally use, such as yellow and magenta. I also made sure to use unfamiliar font families to expand my typographical awareness. That’s the cool thing about school: it gives students a chance to play and explore design!

rex ray biozine

When asked to choose someone to do a biozine project on, my mind shouted Rex Ray! The project gave me a reason to purchase his book, Rex Ray: Art + Design. This was a book that Chris Maier, an instructor and department head of MHCC’s graphic design program, turned me onto a couple years ago. I fell in love with his work immediately.

Students didn’t need to write their own copy or create any of their own images for this project. It was mostly an exercise in layout and design. I kept the design nice and simple, as a container to hold Rex Ray’s beautiful work. I used copy and images from the book (normally an unacceptable practice, but it was a student project). I’m posting this project to honor Mr. Ray with the purpose of exposing his genius.

narrative design

Have you ever had less than one week to come up with an illustrated narrative? If you’re a designer, you probably have! This was definitely a quick turnaround project. Short term projects require instantaneous decision-making and provide proof that we can trust going with some of our initial ideas. They provide an opportunity for us to express our natural style and approach towards design solutions.

As the title reflects, this little guy is about to take his first flight. With the courage to face his own trepidation, he enjoys a soaring fun-filled day and returns safely for a well deserved nap!

t-shirt design

Time to design three tees with a theme for Threadless. Wanting to surround myself with delicate and positive imagery, I was immediately drawn to yoga wear. This project showed me how much I’d like to design yoga and children’s clothing: zen mama, zen baby, yum… Zen, zen, zen!

Lotus collection:

Top design: balance : Stylized design of overhead view of ivy that grows spiraling amongst lotus blossoms in ponds of water. The blue dots represent floating seeds that have fallen from lotus pods.

Middle design: breathe : Typographical design which reminds us to breathe, and is thusly named as such. It is accompanied by a couple of pink lotus petals.

Bottom design: flow : Intention was to capture the feeling of yoga with the windblown flow of lotus blossoms. Every time I look at these, I relax.

Thanks to the model shown in above images. Image of model was purchased through dreamstime.com and then wrapped with my t-shirt design.

wpa poster

The goal was to project unity in the design of this poster, with this one specifically targeting girls and women. I’d like to continue the series of connection posters to include men, children, animals and our eco-system, signifying connection within the groups, as well as our unity as a whole. I was inspired by an old WPA poster. I had never illustrated anything from this perspective before, and enjoyed expressing the simplistic charm of girl’s dresses, their hair and beautifully colored skin in a clasping of hands.

book of lil red and the magic hood

front and back book cover

inside cover pattern and title page

I’ve often been baffled at stories told to children. The brothers Grimm and their tales of wolves, trolls and witches who eat children. Lovely! So I decided it was time to offer a twist of tale of Lil Red. In my story, Lil Red uses her magic hood to enchant the wolf and instead of eating her, he offers her a swift ride through the forest to visit her grandmother.

Exploration included pattern-making, textures and child inspired illustration. I love the purity and simplicity of design when creating for children.