The “Old School” theme celebrates the aesthetics of twentieth century education through an art exhibition and companion book, as well as curated back-to-school stationery and unique objects. It is inspired by vintage flash cards, wooden desks, biology class, science fairs, crayons, card catalogs, textbooks, lunchboxes, gym class, maps, lockers, report cards, film strips, recess, chalk… and the list goes on! Curated by Janine Vangool
This was my very first college web design class and luckily my students were extremely hard working. I did not know how to build sites according to any real work flow as I had always hacked my stuff with google searches and Peachpit books. Becoming an instructor forced me to completely relearn how to design, to code, to work… It was such an honor to see these students put their sites together. I immediately bought a laser printer and printed out reams of articles and tutorials for the commute to my dayjob. It took about a year, but I managed to completely re-educate myself, all while working with my students. I tried to always be completely honest about what I did and did not know, which seemed to actually make everyone even more willing to learn.
I occasionally roll out more illustrative solutions for my work. This was a set of ideas for the logo, all trying to convey luxury, flavor, and melting-ness.
My sister was running an after school art program for grade-school children and she approached me for an idea for her students. we went through the materials and time, and decided upon a collaborative poster: each student was given some letters to make. My sister photographed them, and I put them together into different layouts so the students could learn about effective layout.
The Women’s Studio Workshop is my extended family, and when they asked me to design the poster for one of their biggest fund raisers of the year, I leapt at the chance. I came up with the design, drew it out, then printed it all by hand with some extraordinary interns at WSW headquarters in Rosendale, NY. Here are action shots from the printing:
I worked on sketches for Applegate’s website back in 2007. My main interest was giving the world a sense of scale, showing how if you bought these products, you would be buying into a way of food production that could truly change the world. My first version was fairly complex, a Flash-animated site that I based a bit on Powers of Ten, by Charles and Ray Eames: I was shot down so utterly, but tried to simplify the site to accommodate the limitations imposed upon the project: Alas, shot down again.
The Ardor Arbiter is a simple device wherein the user gives out citations of sincerity to others, using the enclosed stickers and magic marker. This helps the user develop his/her ability to detect sincerity and thus become better at eventually judging his/her own. Dimensions: 6.5″ x 3.5″ Framed: 18″ x 12″ Medium: mixed media Completed: February 2008 The original inspiration for this piece was the phrase: “hole where your heart should be.” I was trying to find a way to express that visually–here is a shot from that ideation.
I was the art director for the Graco Sweetpeace website, which was an in-depth introduction to a product unlike any other in the history of the company.