Kite Fest Posters

These two posters were designed to advertise a kite festival event. The goal was to create 2 completely different designs that retained the look and feel of a set meant to advertise the same event.  This was accomplished by using a shared color theme and fonts, and small similarities such as the cloud style.


Core Learning Ability Posters

Whatcom Community College was looking to replace a current poster design depicting their 5 core learning a abilities.  These posters hang in every classroom and many other areas throughout the campus, so were highly visible.  The posters must display the title "Core Learning Abilities" and the five individual abilities clearly.

I approached this from different perspectives as this poster had to be approved by top levels of WCC's administration, the staff, and have the support of the students.  The three posters below show my different approaches, all of which had a similar concept underpinning the design.  With limited text allowed, I chose to reinforce the core learning abilities with representative icons. Because the client wanted the text to shine, everything else in the posters was designed to support the text.

1 of 3 poster designs for the Whatcom Community College's 5 Core Learning Abilities. The poster has a golden yellow background with a celestial image of a brain faded into the background. It lists the 5 abilities in rows from top to bottom. There are blue icons at the bottom such as a globe, equation, pie chart, book, and people talking.
1 of 3 poster designs for the Whatcom Community College's 5 Core Learning Abilities. The poster has a deep blue background and lists the 5 abilities overlapping in crossword formation with light blue icons in the background such as a group of people, equations, pie chart, books, smartphone, and people talking.
1 of 3 poster designs for the Whatcom Community College's 5 Core Learning Abilities. The poster has a light aqua background and lists the 5 abilities with hand-drawn icons such as a group of people, equations, pie chart, books, smartphone, and people talking.

This poster is the most straightforward and collegiate of the set. It can be read and understood at a glance, but the trade off is that there wasn't much to intrigue the viewer and remain memorable.

This poster is laid out in a crossword fashion with rich colors. The icons are placed behind the text throughout the poster in a slightly lighter shade of the background... evident but not distracting.

I created this poster by hand-illustrating on a digital tablet. The idea was to create an interesting, colorful poster that would catch and retain the interest of students. Since more than 65% of the student population are millenials, I researched marketing practices for that demographic and used the information to produce this poster. In a student survey asking students to weigh in on the poster designs, this poster was the overwhelming winner.


North Sound Youth Symphony

This artwork was submitted for consideration by the North Sound Youth Symphony as part of a competition to design artwork celebrating their 25th anniversary.  These two designs can be used as posters, brochures, or programs.

Design considerations: I chose to depict children as silhouettes to allow them to represent all the participants over the last 25 years at varying ages and ethnicity. The brightly colored instruments stand out against the black silhouettes.  The red poster takes on a bright retro vibe with notes arranged in abstract patterns, while the blue poster conveys a feeling of calm, using the notes to represent the rain clouds that so often dot our sky.

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NSYS-blue-poster

LinuxFest Northwest T-Shirts

I designed two t-shirts for the LinuxFest Northwest Conference 2018, one for participants and one for staff. The theme of the conference was "Message in a Bottle".  Both shirts had to feature the Linux mascot, the penguin named Tux originally developed by Larry Ewing.  The staff t-shirt had to be red, and depict a space scene per their conference traditions.  The participant shirt design had to portray Tux engaging in a Pacific Northwest activity incorporating the conference theme. These were fun designs to create! LinuxFest Northwest will be celebrating 20 years in April 2019.

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web-tux-spacesuit

City Star

This is a whimsical illustration I enjoyed creating just for fun.  An imaginary city-scape took shape organically while I played with some of the new Adobe Illustrator features.

Colorful star shape filled with illustrated city buildings rising up from the clouds.