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Maryville University 2013 Graphic Design Senior Show

This year, I was asked by my teachers to design Maryville University’s 2013 Graphic Design Senior Show signage. Every year, the graduating seniors of the program get to show off their portfolios. I chose to illustrate type in a decorative and fun way to create an inviting and intriguing display. I first sketched out my design, taking reference from Victorian era typography and signage. I wanted to create an energetic, lively design with movement. The curling banners and ornate designs in the back aid to this, as well as the showy illustrated type especially in the “w”. I spent a lot of time on the refinement of the letters and layout. I was challenged with making the 3 connect to 201 and the overall weight and balance of the piece. Overall, I am very happy with the way this turned out, although it took quite a lot of time out of my other projects. This graphic is for the postcards, however, I still have to create the poster.

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Craft Beer Aleing Authors

craft beer, package designbeer coasters, package designcraft beer, package designbrochure, craft beer design, print designEdgar Allen Poe BeerHemingway Beer, The Old Man and the SeaFor those keeping up with my blog, you will know that for my senior year capstone, I designed packaging and promotional materials for a craft brewery I created called Old Inkwell Artisan Brewers. This brewery carries Aleing Authors, a unique assortment of craft beers inspired by influential authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the authors are Ernest Hemingway, Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Oscar Wilde. Each beer is specifically designed to relate to the work and life of the author, incorporating titles of novels, quotes, and imagery. The logo was hand illustrated, and I took reference from Victorian design, hand-drawn typography, and wood-cut illustrations for the design of my logo.

One of my major concerns was balancing the old with the new. I wanted my brand to have a nostalgic feel, yet be approachable to a contemporary audience. I used the portraits to bridge this gap by illustrating them in a style similar to graphic novels. This energized these long dead authors and primed them for a 21st century audience. The portraits would attract new eyes unfamiliar with the authors and their works but drawn to the illustrative style.

The six-pack crate was ordered from Etsy and designed by Timothy Giles. The wood was shipped laser-cut and disassembled, which I then constructed myself. The case was chosen primarily to display the labels and because the wood complimented the antique hand-made style of the craft beer. Ideally, customers could reuse this case, returning to the brewery for refills at a discounted price.

Over the course of the semester, I learned a great deal about these six authors as well as the rich craft beer culture and brewing process. I appreciate the visual language needed to create a sense of atmosphere and energize a product. I learned more about hierarchy and activating the space on the front of the bottle to create a dynamic composition. Exploring package design is something I want to continue because it offers so many exciting opportunities.

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Virginia Woolf Illustration – Craft Beer Portrait

 

My last portrait for my capstone project is finished! Virginia Woolf has finally arrived to join the rest of her aleing author friends! I tried to capture the worn, mentally troubled state of Virginia in this illustration (which is also the state I’m getting closer to as the semester continues and my capstone project consumes most of my life). Now the work begins on the label design…

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Craft Beer Portraits

 

I illustrated these portraits for my senior capstone project. I am designing packaging for a craft beer series based on authors and plan to use these illustrations on the packaging. I’ve completed two out of six for my series. I chose to illustrate these portraits in a very graphic novel-esque style in order to tie these authors into the modern century, while still retaining their charm and features that make them so iconic. The four other authors I plan on illustrating are Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Edgar Allen Poe. Stay tuned in for more updates!

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Old Inkwell Brewery: Senior Capstone

For my senior capstone project, I chose to design packaging and the identity for a brewery which I named Old Inkwell. I plan to design 6 craft beers based off of famous authors such as Earnest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and Mary Shelly. I have been doing a lot of research on each of the authors, as well as learning a lot about the brewing process. I want to pair specific types of beer with each author appropriately while additionally choosing witty names for them. So far, I have decided that the series will be called Aleing Authors. I have a few names for each of the specific author beers and will post them as I progress. As far as the style, I am drawing inspiration from a lot of nineteenth century posters and typography, as well as many craft beers such as Rouge, Bocanegra, and Ballistic Brewing Co. I also have been inspired by Helm’s Workshop and Tomasz Biernat who both incorporate vintage aesthetics with modern design.

This logo was completely hand drawn except for the text “artisan brewers” and “est. 2012”. But besides that everything else is hand drawn and outlined in ink. I aimed to create a wood carved-esque, etched, illustrative logo using an inkwell as my subject. I was inspired by hand drawn type and slab serifs from the nineteenth century. I not only will apply this logo to the bottle necks and beer caps of my project, but also to coasters and promotional materials that I hope to create as secondary pieces for my capstone. I will be updating this blog as I continue researching and designing elements of my project of this semester.

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Saber: Street Artist

One of my favorite street artists is Saber. I think he makes many valid points about the health care system and how we’ve really come to a crossroads in our country. We’re so divided, that progress is at a stand still, and we need to do something and come to a compromise. We need more people: artists, designers, and educators to challenge the system and make their voices heard. His piece reminds me of Jasper Johns’ American Flag.

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Magnolia Fine Arts Magazine

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So this year, I was on the Magnolia staff, Maryville University’s fine art’s publication. It was a rewarding experience, but also hectic. I worked on the layout and cover design with Sarah Kidwell. We had about a week and a half to design the whole thing and get it to the publisher, Midtown Printing, in Saint Louis. They did an excellent job; this year we chose to foil stamp the cover design. I had never worked with foil stamping before, so I was a little wary about the delicate type and serifs getting messed up . . . but the cover turned out great, even the printing on the spine is legible.

Magnolia, Maryville University's fine arts publication.

Magnolia, Maryville University’s fine arts publication.

This photograph I took doesn’t do the book justice, but I just don’t have a good camera right now or good lighting. I’m planning on taking much better photos once I’m back in school and have access to all the equipment. But for now, I’m posting these images to give you guys an impression.

Inside cover of Magnolia

Inside cover of Magnolia

I’m really excited for next year, I can’t wait to work on the next publication. But I want to start the layout early regardless of if the submission deadline gets pushed back. It would be nice if we don’t have to pull a bunch of all-nighters again. But even with all the work, it was a great experience and I liked working with our editors and other staff members who were all very cool. The magazine wouldn’t be anything without all of them, it was definitely the success of a team effort.

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