Month: October 2011

Kickstarter Grant

Kickstarter: The Here & Now Project 103 backers, $5,225 pledged of $5,000 goal

Citizen Designer

In 2010, I took Lara McCormick‘s Citizen Designer course at SVA. We pitched and won a Sappi grant for our work with BigNYC. This class was a huge impetus in my journey into teaching. At a time when I was struggling with my identity as a creative person, Lara showed me how to bring my ethics back into the mix with full force. I was then able to reconnect with my overarching mission, move from full-time ad agency work, and launch my teaching career. Here are the signs I designed for the campaign: We were even written up in Graphic Design USA’s Sustainable Design Issue! I also developed my own project, an app called Only Chumps Dump, for reporting people who dump illegally.

Typography Research: Carving Lesson

I was teaching Type 1 a few years ago  and noticed that the students were really having a hard time with white space around their letter forms. After a few false starts, I went back to how I learned the concept: from printmaking, specifically letterpress. I had them bring in erasers that we then collectively carved into our own letters. In one glorious and messy day, the students started to grasp leading and kerning with ease. I was asked to help rewrite the course and was able to incorporate this lesson for all future City Tech advertising design department students.

Alison McQueen

Alison McQueen is an amazingly talented musician and instructor in Brooklyn. I tried to develop a lovely, welcoming, and hip site for her.