My left pinky nail has been painted orange for the past six years. It is now my signature mark and has evolved into my self-identity as a designer.
In the summer of 2008 I took this picture on the last day of my first design internship, in Seattle. The image was an homage to DOE and the incredible opportunity I was given to start my career in design. Peace signs, love from the other washington, and an orange pinky.
The hand is also the letter ‘K’ in sign language and the inverse is the letter ‘P’; forming my initials. This promotional project brought all the elements of my hand and design sensibilities together in the form of business cards, buttons and limited posters that were hand-painted with my signature nail polish.
About Command X Command X, produced by Bonnie Siegler of Eight and a Half and hosted by Matteo Bologna of Mucca Design, is a design reality show that takes place at the biennial AIGA Design Conference. Seven emerging designers, all under the age of 27, complete challenges and present their solutions live on stage in front of 1,800 peers, heroes and potential employers. Throughout the intense three days of the competition, Sean Adams of AdamsMorioka acts as our very own “Tim Gunn.”
Day 1 For the first challenge, each designer presents his or her redesign of Prince’s logo, live on stage to the audience. After the audience votes, two contestants are eliminated and the remaining five are given their next challenge, to be completed in less than 24 hours!
Jump to 13:15 to hear my explanation for the redesign of Prince’s logo and identity.
Day 2 Sean Adams checks in on the contestants and their mentors as they tackle the second challenge of the competition. The five remaining contestants—Joey Cofone, Kaleena Porter, Lindsay Quinter, Tori Thomas and Cate White—then present their solutions for a packaging redesign for Land O’Lakes butter. Matteo Bologna returns as emcee along with the AIGA Medalist mentors Jessica Helfand, Jennifer Morla, Lucille Tenazas, Michael Vanderbyl and Rick Valicenti.
Jump to the 18:00 minute mark for my presentation/thought process behind the Land O’ Lakes butter package redesign.
I didn’t win the CX4 title but I hope I won the heart of Prince. Thanks to everyone at the conference for all of your love. Each one of you had a hand in my fabulous experience. So, in my head I win. #hhh2013
Plus I got a pretty great tweet from Michael Bierutof Pentagram. No complaints here.
Beuchert’s Saloon is a neighborhood restaurant and bar in Capitol Hill. The original Beuchert’s Saloon was founded in this same location in 1880 by John Ignatius Beuchert. The identity is a reflection of the restaurant’s modern environment while also staying true to the incredible history of the building.
Collateral for the ADCMW Annual Award Show. What better way to catch the attention of every designer then by making fun of them. In all seriousness, this design ended up winning it’s own awards and that’s all that really matters.
The Mixtape Club is an organization dedicated to the art of the mixtape. Ten people, ten tracks, ten album covers. The projejct is conceived, designed, curated, written and maintained by Butter (Brian Thomas), who is both a dj and a designer.
I am merely a proud supporter and contributor. “Kiss & Kill” is my contribution for Session 016.
Graffiato is Chef Mike Isabella’s first restaurant after being on Bravo’s Top Chef. With no bias, it is personally one of my favorite restaurant’s in DC. I only let Mike call me sunshine, the perks of working in the restaurant industry.
“Rogue 24 is all about the unexpected, from its location—a sleek dining room hiding in an industrial alley—to James Beard Foundation Award winning chef R.J. Cooper’s wildly imaginative dishes and the theater-like setup where the kitchen acts as a culinary stage. His vision is to remove traditional barriers of fine dining and provide an experience of interaction at dazzles the senses.” -rogue24.com
Oyamel Cocina Mexicana is a restaurant located in the Penn Quarter of Washington DC. Oyamel combines Mexico’s rich regional diversity with the modern urban atmosphere of Mexico City. Every year they celebrate the Day of the Dead Festival with delicious cuisine to entertain the living & honor the dead.
Cigarette: Ben Brown, Drew Hagelin, Jonathan Howard, Richard Howard, Evan Napala, Johnny Ward
I curated a house show that featured local DC bands. As a part of the show, personalized invites were handed out as an alternative to the traditional flyer. The show took place in an intimate outdoor space that was designed as a garden setting to fit the venue “Orange Pinky.”
Shown here is the design for the BFT series, inspired by DC’s famous pill pattern. I was lucky enough to work on the production of the entire 2010 line and quickly learned the ropes of designing snowboard graphics. It was my first real-world experience as a designer and I will never forget it.
Amaryllis, Inc. is a premiere floral and event design studio that started in 1989. After a refresh to their brand, the website also was updated with a new look that represents Amaryllis and their unique approach that makes them a leader in their industry.