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I was tasked with designing the logo and brochure for a luxury hotel spa in India named Neela, which in sanskrit and hindi means 'blue colored.' The client brief was to create a unique brand identity for the spa, independent from the look and feel of the hotel. Inspired by the origin of the word neela and its association with the ocean, I wanted to capture a feeling of tranquility in the logotype by introducing symmetry into its form.
This project is driven by an inquiry into system design through the development of a series. For my series, I chose to delve into designing hard bound book covers and accompanying dust jackets based off of an existing series of books that were published by LIFE magazine, entitled Science Library. These informative books are intended to educate the reader on scientific concepts in an easy to grasp manner. I decided to focus on three topics-Giant Molecules, Sound & Hearing, and Planets.
The dust jacket is laser cut with circular modules as the circle is used in the basic scientific representations of the structure of giant molecules, in the movement of sound and in the rotation of planets. Circles are omnipresent in representations of the natural sciences. They also reveal the underlying screen printed hard bound cover.
For this menu redesign, I utilized color and pattern to create a cohesive look and feel for the restaurant Teriyaki and Korean House in Providence, Rhode Island. The lunch menu is handbound with orange thread using the technique of japanese bookbinding while the drinks and dessert menu are separate components, but can also be be placed inside the main menu.
The Crystal Goblet is an essay on typography written by typographic expert, Beatrice Warde. Warde advocates for the use of clear, transparent typography. While her views have merit, the designers role in the shaping and treatment of content is overlooked. I set out to establish this point by layering counterarguments and disruptions within the text of The Crystal Goblet.
The concept is achieved by printing and layering multiple sheets of tissue. he individual layers can be seen when the pages are laid across a light box. Warde's text is set in a version of Bodoni with a 'clear' typographic grid and the subversions are overprinted in pink Fedra Sans.
This is a poster designed for a fictitious exhibition of self portraits by Vivian Maier, an American street photographer, who worked as a nanny and photographed in her spare time. Her work remained unknown in her lifetime, and her recent discovery has posthumously made her something of a media sensation.
Maier's self portraits are some of her best work. In her photographs, her tall figure and signature hat are described through the ingenious use of reflective surfaces, shadow and solitary backgrounds.
For this exhibit poster, I sought to echo the mystery that surrounds her work and life by crafting an image that employs symbols to reference her self portraits. I applied the methodology of photographing reflective surfaces that Maier herself used to explore her process of making, and the multiplicity and layering in her photographs.
Colors have positive and negative connotations that are associated with them. In this project, I accentuated this polarity by applying the concept to a pharmaceutical drug. Pharmaceutical drugs have positive uses as a treatment and inevitable negative side effects. I created packaging for a fictitious homeopathic drug named Chromacil, using each of the 12 colors of the color wheel as sub brands of the Chromacil umbrella brand. Each color has a distinctive healing purpose which draws from its positive symbolic assocation, while the black warning inserts placed inside each package declare the side effects and by extension the negative connotations of the color.
To provide cohesion to the identity, I used the same module in varying configurations to highlight each colors value. For example red in western culture symbolizes a primal life source and thus Chromacil's red themed sub brand is named Energy.
Neutraface is a typeface designed by Christian Schwartz for House Industries, and is inspired by the signage of the modernist architect, Richard Neutra. In this type specimen, I sought to emphasize the typefaces architectural origins through referencing blueprints by the use of size, material and color.
This collection of posters combines 3D typography with photography.
The first poster is an homage to Dadaism, an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century. This poster reflects the Dadaists efforts in freeing text from conventional use and turning words and letters into abstract forms, resulting in a typographic landscape.
The second poster is for an annual Spring Visiting Lecture Series for designers and artists hosted by RISD. This is a poster designed for a fictitious series of lectures featuring the acclaimed sculptors Yayoi Kusama, Nick Cave, Jim Drain and Jen Stark. The underlying connection that I found between their work is repetition and pattern, which lends itself to a hypnotic effect.
I based my concept on this idea of hypnosis, and created 3D type with a glue gun and acetate paper to echo the same aspects of rhythm found in their work.