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 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.

designing stamps

yum! fruit stamps. patterns of endangered species in the united states

At first, I lightly considered illustrating colorful fruit as a stamp theme. But once the idea of doing a series of endangered species popped into my head, the direction was clear. I considered selecting patterns of endangered animals’ fur, feather, scale or hide, as shown on the bottom right samples, but instead I decided to illustrate the faces of animals. I chose this direction because it feels more personal, and I wanted to reach people not only through informational heightened awareness but also through their caring of wildlife. Just looking at these precious animals is motivation to help save them. I found myself knee-deep in expansive research locating endangered animals to represent regions of the United States. This was particularly time consuming since I wanted to be able to display the projected numbers (shown vertically) of animal species still existing within their regions for greater impact upon the viewer.

indiana state fair posters

The left poster was my first design solution for an Indiana State Fair poster. I wanted to incorporate hues of green and rectangular shapes to represent Indiana farmland. The circular bursts signify a time of celebration and fireworks. Unfortunately, this poster did not meet criteria given by my professor. (Oops! Must have had a mind lapse.) We were instructed to only use multiply as a filter. Not the case, so the exploration continued and lead to the poster on the right. It contains shades of green and gold to symbolize crops, plus the yellow and blue hues are good representative colors of a sunny day. While I personally like the pop, wow-factor and contemporary feel of the first poster, I must admit that the gently colored patchwork on the final poster to the right feels friendlier and more family oriented, with a country quilted vibe to it, which I interpret as a good representation for a state fair!