Cellular automata are abstract computational systems in which gridded cells, over discrete time steps, turn “on” or “off” (black or white) based on the states of their neighboring cells. Inspired by this field, I coded a series of 8 simple “rules” that, when combined with each other, produced complex and often unexpected results. A meta-program created an 8x8 grid of these results; the column number (1 to 8 from left to right) represents the number of rules chosen; the row represents the number of black cells in the starting state. One random output of the metaprogram, made up of 64 individual prints, was mounted 12’x12’ on the wall. Smaller prints, each an output of the metaprogram, were displayed on a table, showing the breadth of results, emphasizing the arbitrariness of the one on the wall.
Impossible typeface, 2017
A typeface inspired by ambiguous perspective and Escherian optical illusions.
Milton Glaser, 2014
A short book on the life and work of the famous graphic designer. From Milton Glaser’s eclectic body of work, I chose to showcase a sampling of his most illustrative posters. Each page is larger than the previous, acting as both a tabbing system and a way to hint at what is to come.
Spring Fling identity proposal, 2015
Proposed visual identity for Yale’s annual end-of-year music festival. The system is based on the pixel, representing the event’s transition into music in an increasingly digital age, specifically electronic music. The vibrant color scheme references green grass, flowers and blue skies, common associations with springtime. The full logo is composed of interlocking pixel-based letters and numbers that read “Spring Fling 15.” A secondary logo uses only “SF15” and is locked up with text for legibility. The letters and numbers from the secondary logo can interlock in different arrangements, mimicking the dynamic, constantly shifting crowd at the festival.
The Music of Erich Zann, 2015
A redesign of the 1922 horror short story by H. P. Lovecraft, targeting a new generation of readers. The piece doubles as a flip book, echoing the story’s theatrical quality. An abstract symbol composed of an overlapping triangle, square, and pentagon is a metaphor for the beautiful, yet bizarre music referenced in the story. As the reader flips through quickly, the symbols rotate at different rates, gradually becoming thicker until the end, when the shape is completely black, paralleling the story’s dark, climactic end.
Identity for new collective of artists promoting collaboration through digital spaces and live events.
Sexual assault awareness poster, 2015
Inspired by a TED talk by Jackson Katz, 'Violence against women—it's a men's issue'.
La Madrugada, 2015
Spring issue of Yale’s first Spanish literary magazine. The title of the publication meaning “dawn,” I created a series of abstract illustrations representing the sun, which appear on the cover and section dividers. Nature photography from various locations throughout Central and South America are used to offset the solid panels of color and abstract illustrations.
A typeface inspired by graph paper
LREI Big Auction, 2017
Client brief: to create a visual identity system, inspired by the iconic “I Love NY” logo, for materials advertising the Big Auction 2017, LREI’s biennial community fundraiser. Trying to avoid the “heart = love” cliché, I created a system of thirteen icons based on activities or subjects on which the school focuses. The identity revolves around these icons and the custom letters used in the logo, which playfully rotate and jumble within a rigid grid. Under direction of Thackway McCord.
Chromatic Dance, 2016
Social dance studio in NYC where classes are based on songs rather than experience level or dance style.