Floating Water Purification Pods created specifically for the section of Waller Creek that intersects the historic 6th street district.
For this hypothetical poster designed to promote the UTSOA Spring 2017 Lecture Series I was inspired by Japanese Joinery and traditional woodblock printing. Through the placement of precise, bold geometry on the left paired with a right-justified body of text, I attempted to present the viewer with a balanced, yet unexpected composition. My choice to use right-justified text was motivated by a theory— when presented with a body of text that is somewhat, but not completely out of the ordinary, a reader will pause for longer to examine the content. This longer period of time spend reading will cause the viewer to have a more memorable experience and therefore my easily recall the information they have read.
The end goal of this study was an open-air living wall structure. Every part of the structure's design was informed by an in-depth visual exploration and research study of the Pachyveria succulent. This process involved precise measurements, dissections, sketches, and analysis of my specimen which I nurtured throughout the entire length of the project. Creation of architectural drawings of the succulent, as well as patterns created on Adobe Illustrator informed my creation of the structure itself. Each module of the living wall is identical, self-draining and self-sustaining, with the water from one planting unit draining into the unit directly below, enabling each planter to receive water regardless of the trajectory of the rainfall. The proposed site for this structure is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The living wall is situated for optimal sunlight. All of the photos of my model were taken in the heliodon simulating the sunlight at various intervals throughout the day during the month of December at this specific site. The entire model was constructed manually, each piece precisely hand-measured, hand-cut and glued.
The general guidelines of this assignment were to find and document typography around Austin, in doing so creating an alphabet that defined Austin in a way that was personal and engaging to the viewer. I chose to interpret the directions in a way that portrayed my new view of my surroundings after studying typography for several months. I became utterly engrossed in typography, a dimension of design that was entirely new to me. Being an Austin-native, my physical surroundings had become so commonplace, mundane even. I wanted to express my new found curiosity and excitement of my hometown— the magic of a new perspective.
My process involved hand-cutting lens covers out of black cardstock, 26 in total, for my DSLR camera in order to create a bokeh effect with each letter of the alphabet. The bokeh effect was achieved through the use of a fast shutter speed and a shallow depth of field. My target destinations were dark place with abundances of small points of light. I photographed at Spider House and the surrounding neighborhood, Congress Avenue, and the Paramount Theater.
A lot of my work involves the combination of both analog and digital processes. I believe that with a complete reliance on digital mediums, that something is lost in the final product. A lot of the wonder and the happy accidents that occurred throughout the creation of these photos informed my final product. As I have become more a more diverse and well-verse designer, my knowledge and skills regarding digital medias has increased tenfold, however I will always strive to leave my mark as a human and an artist in my work by at the very least beginning my creation process by hand— pencil and paper.
In the fall of 2017 I had the pleasure of getting to know, photographing and interviewing Jim Cartwright. In this photo story, entitled Immortal Performances, Jim speaks about his passion for classical music and how that passion has guided and brought joy to his life.
SoundQuest: Bringing adventure to the local music discover process.
Collaborators: Alexander Kim, Ellen Chin, Alida Kestler
Problem Statement: The music discovery process in Austin, whether it be the physical experience of going to a show, or the virtual experience within an app or website, is tired and predictable.
Solution Statement: We created an app, SoundQuest, that brings back the fun and adventure to the local music discovery process. The app encourages a physical quest, where uses seek out virtual Totems representing a real-world prize. These prizes serve to promote local artists while also incentivizing fans to get out and enjoy a live show.
User Experience: The app features two types of users: the fan, and the artist. The fan's experience within the app can be related to that of Pokemon Go. Fans are encouraged to embark on Quests that utilize augmented reality in order to attain Totems which represent real world prizes (free concert ticks, drink tickets, exclusive information regarding secret shows, etc.). The artist's role within the app is to create, place and assign a value and time limit to each Totem, create events within the app, and then link Totems to those events. The artist essentially plays the role of Totem Master. Both fans and artists also have access to a local music Discover feature, where one can listen to and favorite local artists.
Take a look at this SoundQuest demo that I made using InVision and recorded using Quicktime. The demo walks you through the Artist's user experience of on-boarding, sign-up, creating an Artist Bio, creating Events, and creating Totems. Next the demo walks you through a quick Demo of how the augmented reality portion of the app works. This demo is followed by a quick look at the Discover and Favorites features of the app. Enjoy!