Masquerade is an exploration of handwriting and how it can be used as a mask, or disguise, to alter the emotion of the viewer. For this particular project, I chose to use dictators as my subject as they are known to dictate how they want us to think and feel through their words. I started by taking quotes from the worst dictators throughout history and writing them in a beautiful script. Upon first glance, the viewer sees an inspirational quote written in a beautiful handwriting, but soon is no longer inspirational once the viewer sees who said it. The handwriting worked to alter the emotion of the viewer.
View the book I designed of all the projects that went into Masquerade here
Book Cover Design
I have been an Elvis fan since I was a little girl, and Elvis & Me by Priscilla Presley has always remained one of my favorite books. In the book, Priscilla wrote about her life with Elvis Presley which wasn't always glamorous as one would think. She wrote about the good times, but she also wrote about the control, sadness, and anger that was present in their relationship. I wanted to create a cover that truly depicted their relationship and to give the viewer a sense of what it was like to be Priscilla at the age of 14 when her life changed as she chose to forever live under Elvis' rule.
King Middle School
King Middle School, located in Portland, ME, is known for their diverse student body and elevated learning curriculum. While visiting the school, I could feel the energy as I walked through halls. I wanted to create a logo that would represent the diversity, non-traditional curriculum, and the energy. I emphasized the diversity by creating a logo with many different parts. The logo itself represents the school, and the different parts that make up the logo represents the diverse student body. Because the logo is unique and abstract, it represents their non-traditional curriculum.
Portland Trails is network of trails connecting communities throughout the city of Portland, Maine. The idea of this project was to re-create the logo emphasizing key components of the non-profit, urban land trust. I incorporated a symbol that can been seen as both a tree and arrow. The tree represents the state of Maine and the arrow represents direction for the trials. The symbol combines Portland and Trails emphasizing the connection of the communities. The colors symbolize the ocean and land.
Applications of the Portland Trails logo.
Iterations of the logo before choosing the final.
Portland City Apps
The idea for this project was to create apps for the City of Portland that were cohesive in style and design. I wanted to create apps with bright colors to give them a sense of excitement as city departments can often feel cold and uninviting.
Burning House - What I Would Take If I Could
Have you ever thought about what you would take if your house were burning down? The idea for this project was to create a layout of the items we would choose. I focused on imagery and type to emphasize each of the items and created an accordion style book.
I Can't Even
A book designed for a collection of poems and stories written by the Maine College of Art's creative writing class. I chose bright colors and a humorous photo that would reflect the content of the book.
April Greiman - Artist Book
The idea for this project was to design a book on a Graphic Designer who has made an impact on design history. April Greiman to be one of the first designers to embrace the Macintosh computer to create innovative designs. I designed the book to reflect Greiman's own style.