The objective of this packaging project was to conceptualize a product, design a wordmark, and create a package prototype that reflects the intersection of two cultures. The final product is a chocolate package that melds the cultural aesthetics of Estonia and Thailand. Made almost completely by hand—from a hand lettered wordmark, to hand carved stamps and brushwork to create a colorful pattern, to a small handmade tassel—this package pays homage to the traditional textiles of both countries.
Do What You Love.
This 3-part creative endeavor discusses the relationship between our identities and our life’s work.
Part 1: Enveloping Essay A research-based essay builds the framework for the second and third parts. Drawing from interviews with notable designers as well as personal experiences around a university campus, this essay concludes that our life’s work is most fruitful and fulfilling when we involve our personal identities.
Part 2: My Story A big book of personal reflection inhabits the envelope and guides readers through my past and present, noting fundamental experiences that ultimately led me to creative work. Sharing my story opens the door for others to share their stories as well.
Part 3: Chalkboard Pop-Up The ultimate goal of this creative endeavor was to encourage others toward work that resonates with their inmost being. In Part 3, I hosted a Chalkboard Pop-Up that posed the question “What do you love?” inviting peers to share their passions. An accompanying handout summarized the project and ended with an appeal to “Do what you love.”
As a designer who loves physical materials and manufacturing functional pieces, I knew the output of this project needed to be not only designed, but constructed. Each part takes physical form to engage the audience in a tangible, content-driven experience; all three parts are handmade.
The design for this personal project began with a friend’s description of “the perfect cake stand.” From there I collaborated with an engineer to build the stand, which features a custom-manufactured aluminum screw that allows the top to detach from the base for convenient washing and storing.
Stationery designed for weddings and events.
Special Collections & Archives Research Center
These posters were made during my time working as Lead Graphic Designer at OSU's Special Collections and Archives Research Center. The Center hosts a variety of fun events, lectures, and contests throughout the year. Each poster is unique according to the content and upholds the brand.
Sex Trafficking Installation
This installation piece reveals the dehumanizing, soul-shattering reality of victims trapped in the sex trade. As an assignment for a course in Expressive Typography, this project uses both language and letterforms to illuminate the hidden hell happening right under our noses.
This product was conceptualized as one in a line of stylish and convenient accessories inspired by a WWII era skirt suit. I collaborated with a team of designers to appropriate the characteristics of the skirt suit to modern culture. Together we developed a brand and line of products to suit today’s professional women, with an emphasis on versatility and sustainability. A primary feature of the Victory Bag is its use of 90% reused materials. The bag was made using material from a secondhand suit jacket, and I was personally responsible for creating the finished product.
DAMchic Recycled Fashion Show
A “college bucket list” item of mine was to participate in the Recycled Fashion show on campus. When a dear friend volunteered to be my model during our senior year in order for me to realize my dream, I knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. This garment was created using paper and plastic grocery bags, and was awarded the title “Most Creative” by the event judges.