Typography; It begins with a pattern, in this case, a complex pattern. You fill in empty spaces forming the general shape of something familiar, in this case, a letter. But let's make things interesting. Let's splice the new with the old, a typeface at least 100 years old. I chose Garamond. I dissected the classical typeface, using its serifs to blend into my new typeface. While I chose to disconnect or "break" certain letters, I used Garamond's serifs to guide the reader's eye.
Challenged to highlight a Buffalo hidden gem, or "unbeaten path" for the tourist, I showcased the Buffalo rave scene. I had to handle this carefully though. "The first rule of raves is the rave does not exist." Now how could I guide a tourist through an elusive underground? With a code, of course.
Within a sample mixtape of three local DJs on a vinyl CD and an accordion pamphlet revealing a rave guide, I hid clues to a date, time, and location to the tourist's first rave. Don't forget your VIP PLUR bracelet and glow stick. Wear your bracelet not only for quicker but the first 20 VIPs get free drinks all night.
At the end of the pamphlet are a list of three more rave events spread throughout the month. At the last rave listed, you receive your next month's issue.
Opened in 2010, Second Chic is a consignment store that sells new and “gently used” contemporary and vintage fashion for women and men in the Western New York area.
Community, environmentally friendly, trustworthy, unique, and sophisticated should be used to represent this brand. Second Chic must emulate a quirky yet trendy market while representing an extension of a charitable service. Second Chic deserves a clean and minimal redesign that establishes a recognizable identity in Elmwood’s hipster community, including a new visual vocabulary that reflects its mission. Also, they must capture the male consumer that has been neglected in prior branding. As a result, Second Chic will become a growing force in the community as well as the unisex clothing market in Western New York.
Hooligan Records, a local Buffalo rap group on the rise, sought a logo to establish each rapper as part of a whole. To create this sense of a collective without hindering the individuality of each rapper’s style, mixtapes were unified with the alternative logo, “HR,” as well as subtle use of the typeface Copperplate Gothic. Here is a collection of mixtape covers done under the Hooligan name.
Prices range from $100 to $350.
Sigmund Freud considered dreams to be the gateway to the unconscious, revealing repressed materials through a distorted form. I believe that the unconscious mind seeps through another medium: our mindless doodles. I let my unconscious speak through this six-piece series. After analyzing upon completion, my collection revealed a story that had mirrored recent events in my life at that point in time.
As a Digital Designer and Sales Assistant at The Buffalo News, I create ads that are primarily featured online. I am responsible for designing the creatives that will be featured in Facebook ads. These ads often promote a business' Facebook page or increase clicks to a business' website. I also create ads for Buffalo Deals, a feature of The Buffalo News' website that promote bargains offered by our local business clientele. Other responsibilities include designing mobile app ads, spec ads (or speculative ads that are pitched to potential or former clients in an attempt to gain, or regain, their business), and native ads for Buffalo News website. I also create landing pages for these ads to redirect users, manage local businesses' social media pages, and maintain their websites.
I recently participated in the "Unveiling Visions: Alchemy of the Black Imagination" Exhibition at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. This exhibit, curated by Mentor John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson, will be officially on display from October 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. "Offering a fresh perspective on the power of speculative imagination and the struggle for various freedoms of expression in popular culture, Unveiling Visions showcases illustrations and other graphics that highlight those popularly found in science fiction, magical realism and fantasy." I digitally illustrated a series of book covers based on afrofuturist books like Charles Wright's The Wig. Honored to have made the curator's cut in a show with 86 other artists, two of the six pieces I submitted were on display on one of the few iPads placed around the gallery. Soon to come: an anthology book and mobile app called "The Veil" in which the rest of my pieces will be published and displayed. I was also privileged in having the opportunity to create the logo/brand for the show and will soon be taking on another design project commissioned by the Schomburg.
Black Kirby is the nom du arte of comic artist duo, Stacey Robinson and John Jennings. "Black Kirby functions as a rhetorical tool by appropriating Jack Kirby’s bold forms and energetic ideas combined with themes centered around Afro-futurism, social justice, representation, magical realism, and using the culture of Hip Hop as a methodology for creating visual communication."
A recent addition to the duo, MotherBoxx Studios is a ragtag team of creative misfits who assist in graphic novel and comic book production. For the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's Kindred, we served as flatters while Jennings rendered and finished the pages for publication. Prior to recruiting us, he alone had created the pencils, inks, and lettering. Making the novel's acknowledgements, I flatted 62 out of 227 pages. Kindred was released on January 10, 2017 with Hardcover and Kindle editions. The graphic novel is currently the #1 Best Seller in Science Fiction Graphic Novels, #1 Best Seller Graphic Novel Adaptations, and #3 Best Seller in Historical and Biographical Fiction Graphic Novels.
The team's current project is flatting for the comic book, Box of Bones. I finished flats for Issue 8: Night Doctor and am currently working on Issue 5. Stay tuned for more to come.
After three prior years of holding the festival without a brand, I was commissioned to design the Schomburg's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem, NY. The 4th Annual BCBF was held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, embracing their new brand and welcoming over 5,000 visitors. The festival "celebrated the rich tradition of black comix in a full day event featuring panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with premiere black comic artists from across the country." Although unable to attend the event, I collected images across social media using #blackcomicbookfestnyc
"A tenacious college kid joins his family in preventing the secrets of immortality from being reclaimed by a power hungry organization."
Collaborating with L.A. based production team, I was commissioned to design the logo and poster for the debut of American anime Lei Gong at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Future work will include poster design and concept art.