What Is A Boy is the first in a series of three activity books geared towards children in grades 1-3 as an educational curriculum about gender and sexuality. for a more in depth case study of the project, visit my thesis page
Beetles In My Heart is an experimental poetry anthology about my experience with anxiety. The book is loosely coptic stitched to give an uncomfortable feeling in the reader's hands. The three poems within are divided by internal covers. The middle section also includes a section of hand lettering printed on acetate to simulate the drowning feeling that an anxiety attack can often evoke. The rest of the type is treated simply and broken up dramatically to enhance the text.
My Lillian. is a novel that I wrote about a teenage girl who watches her best friend get murdered, and spends the rest of her senior year of high school discovering the reality of their toxic friendship as she begins to navigate her life after Lillian.
The book is designed as if the protagonist, Emery, created it herself as a means of therapy, printed on basic printer paper, and bound with dental floss. The different typographic treatments express the narration, inner monologue, memories, and dreams. The spacing of the type and the colours used on each page is another visual element to evoke varying degrees of discomfort, immersion, and freedom, without impacting the legibility of the story much,
Nyquest is a company that specializes in giving people from around the world the opportunity to have a unique and authentic Canadian summer camp experience. With a small executive team that is committed to placing participants at camps that are best suited to the individual and staying closely involved with each and every participant, they are able to ensure the best possible summer. The staff also encourages and organizes opportunities to explore all that Canada has to offer so that internationals have a chance to explore the differences between pop culture representations of American summer camp and the Canadian summer camp experience. Nyquest also promotes the sharing of cultures between international staff, Canadian staff, and campers in order to enrich the camp experience for everyone.
The new logo started out as an abstracted sketch of N and Q. The colours turned the symbol into an abstract globe. The imagery of the globe evokes the sense of quest and exploration that is important to the company. The ends of the stroke through the middle of the logo are pointed to make directional arrows that lead in dierent directions to further emphasize the quest. The arrow pointing upwards is
an allusion to Canada, which is of course in the North.
The Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre is an establishment in Oakville, Ontario, under the Town of Oakville. QEPCCC is committed to both culture and community as the only centre in Canada that captures both. The centre takes pride in its ability to create a community of people from children to seniors all within a space that values art, expression, and collaboration.
With these values in mind, I created the recording studio audio tour, that will be comprised of three unique experiences that will encourage collaboration between artists, showcase the ever changing artwork in the space, as well as give exposure to some of the under utilized facilities at the QEP, namely the recording studio and the music rooms. The main problem I want to address is the awareness of the recording studio. It is an interesting addition to a community centre, especially in a place like Oakville that may not have many accessible studio spaces for young musicians. The best way to get the word out about the studio is to get them in front of it. I plan on doing that with an interactive installation. The problem is that the studio is off in a corner of the centre and it’s very out of the way. To combat this issue, I decided to include an audio tour that would be part of the programming of the recording studio. This tour will take people around the centre to learn a little bit more about the artwork in the hallways. The tour would conclude at the installation outside of the studio. Not only does this address the issue of getting people to the installation, it also encourages collaboration between the artists that are exhibiting, and those in the recording studio program. Finally, I decided to include an alternative installation in the form of sound domes outside of each of the music rooms that the centre offers.
I designed this experience with the idea that everyone who goes to the centre can benefit from the tour, and can enjoy each of the installations, but the primary audience is the 18-30 year old population who could potentially join the pro tools program with the studio.
The audio tour has two main purposes. The first is to lead the visitors to the recording studio and the music rooms in an engaging way. The second is to offer a collaborative program between the centre, the recording studio participants, and artists who are displaying work.
The audio of the tour will all be recorded in the studio as part of the Pro Tools program that already exists with the recording studio. The tour will lead the visitors through the centre, stopping at the artwork on display and discussing the art. Each stop will outline a little bit about the artists and the artist’s statement about the work, provided by the artist, as well as a brief interpretation from the participants in the program.
As the artwork in the hallway exhibits are constantly changing, this aspect of the project will also be changing about once every month. This recording will be part of the Pro Tools program to provide structure and education about the technology in the studio for each month, but the program will also continue to include the experience that already exists.
The tour itself will be available through iTunes for people who want to be able to download the audio onto their phone, or through an audio tour device that would be available through the front desk. The audio will be several different tracks, one for each stop with ambient music in between so visitors can go through the tour at their own pace. Each stop will be marked with a sign in several different materials that match the materials in the final installation.
The final stop on the audio tour is the Material Sound installation that will be a permanent addition to the outside of the recording studio. The installation will be made up of a variety of tubes made out of different materials: wood, acrylic, steel, and glass. The idea of the installation is to explore the tactile side of music and sound. As most of the technology in the studio is digital, it’s interesting to look at the physical aspects of sound and how different materials affect sound waves.
At the top of each tube will be a speaker that will be activated by a motion sensor that will sense when someone is approaching the tubes. The speakers will play the same sounds in each tube so visitors will be able to hear the difference that the materials make. There will be a few tubes made of each material at different heights so that the experience is accessible to people of different heights, including small children and people who are using a wheelchair.
Beside the installation will be a large wooden sign that will explain the concept, each material, as well as provide content about the studio, the programs that QEPCCC offers, and directs them how to find more information. While the information about the installation will not change and therefore can be etched into the wood, the information about the programs is likely to change, so it will be applied with matte vinyl that can easily be changed to update the information.
The sound domes will be located outside of each cluster of music rooms. Each dome will play music that has been recorded in the music rooms at the QEPCCC, and can be changed on a monthly basis. There are three clusters of music rooms, so there will be three sound domes. These will also have a motion sensor that will turn the speakers on when someone stands underneath the dome. Sound domes are created in order to direct sound in a confined space, so the noise shouldn’t interfere with surrounding rooms and programming.
Along with the domes, each of these stops will have a sign to explain the use of the music rooms with a note to contact the centre for information about rates, as these could change regularly.
The purpose of this installation is to showcase the music that is created in the space and to promote awareness of the facilities.
I've always loved reading, and I love food, so combining these two for a package design project seemed very natural.
The Cupcake Library is a line of cupcake decorating kits created to teach the customer how to bake and decorate cupcakes inspired by different books in the public domain. Each kit includes a cake mix and cupcake liners, along with frosting, piping bags and piping tips, and any other decorations needed for each individual cupcake design, along with an infographic piece outlining steps, all in a reusable box designed to look like a book!
Katonim is an art deco style display typeface inspired by the details in the American Horror Story typeface and the typefaces designed by Rennie Mackintosh.
As a huge fan of horror, American Horror Story’s first season was an inspirational work of art for me. Enchanted by the typefaces used by the production, I worked with the elements that made it stand out to adapt it into a typeface that could be used in a wider variety of contexts.
While the awkward proportions and quirky details perfectly captured the tone of the show, I saw this as the main problem with the versatility. The details were so specific that the typeface would never work in any other application. I thought the details were so fascinating that when tasked to create a typeface of my own, I knew I had to tackle this personal passion project.
When I broke down exactly what I admired about the typeface and started sketching out my own letterforms, I noticed that it was starting to look art deco. It was at this point that further research led me to Charles Rennie Mackintosh; an English designer who lived from 1868 to 1928. His type work has inspired many contemporary iterations, including American Horror Story. I wanted to do something more universal. I started by designing the lowercase letters. I decided to base my entire typeface off of a circle, which determined the x-height and the width of most letters. From there I decided on two stroke weights, as I intended on having a double stroke on all the stems of my letterforms. The lowercase came together quickly, because I kept the decoration minimal. I did this to make the typeface more versatile. The uppercase letterforms, however, were a lot more complicated.
Since I kept the lowercase a little more modest, I had to put all the personality that I loved from my inspiration into the uppercase. I decided to keep a similar width to the uppercase, which meant having to find a solution to the round letters – O, D, Q – to keep the width consistent. Rather than making these letters narrow and tall – distorting the circular shape that the typeface was built from – I opted to raise the small, round forms to the ascender height and fill in the bottom with a decorative detail of a square and a horizontal stroke. I mirrored this square detail in the M and W, and maintained the double stems and crossbars from the lowercase. Once I finished the uppercase, the numbers and symbols came together almost effortlessly, as I had already worked out most of the complications of the process.
I designed a specimen book with a black, white, colour palette to embrace the art deco feel. I then decided on the name Katonim. Not only is “Katonim” an interesting sounding word that doesn’t really mean anything, it’s also the name of my summer camp. In design, typography is something that always brings me joy and satisfaction. For that reason it only made sense to name my typeface after my favourite place in the world.
Ulitsa is the phonetic spelling of the Russian word for "street". Ulitsa is a magazine about the relationship between Russian Constructivism and street art.
I tried to take inspiration from the values and the design elements from Russian Constructivism and bring them into a more contemporary application and looking at it through the lens of street art.
Examining how sex education is being taught around the world, there are still a lot of misconceptions and misinformation. There is a lot of shame surrounding the concept of sex, which inhibits education and healthy practices. To combat this I designed an informative poster outlining some of the most basic things that is not stressed, anatomy. I illustrated the penis and the vulva and labeled some of the most important parts. I also included different forms of birth control and the percentage of effectiveness.
When you think about mankind, I find that most people focus on the negative aspects. I think it's much more interesting and more helpful to imagine mankind more complexly. The four quadrants of the poster represent four dominant elements of mankind: diversity, destruction, creativity, and order.