I am an Independent Designer and Art Director based in Chicago. My capabilities include web and interactive design, print, logo marks,
Crate & Barrel approached The Royal Order to redesign cb2 and further develop the fun and urban aspect of the brand and to also increase visibility of the registry in concert with crateandbarrel.com.
EveryBlock filters an assortment of local news by location so you can keep track of what’s happening in your neighborhood and all over your city. I worked with the EveryBlock team to create illustrations for the city pages to help explain how the site works.
The illustration style was then extended to signage for the CTA trains and platforms. Images to follow...
Kallista is a high-end plumbing fixture and faucet design brand within the Kohler Interiors Group. The goal of the refresh was to demonstrate the sophistication and quality of the products. My involvement included brand development and initial design. Some contributions were reflected in the final site design.
The Royal Order has a long-standing relationship with The Kohler Co. and its many other brands. In 2008, we restructured the various bathing products into one larger Bathing section on the Kohler Plumbing site. Along with designing the new section, we also created an interactive module that served as an overview of all the bathing types—showing a video and cross section views of each bath.
Most of the work I have done for the Kohler Plumbing site has been interactive modules used to promote new products. A module for what, at that time, was called the AquaSonic Bath and its various benefits to the body through light, tonality, and vibration therapies is shown above as an example.
Here's an assortment of logo marks I've designed:
Mirus Futures; financial company evoking the sense of constant motion
Revenew Systems; a business consulting agency focusing on growth
Star Student; a cashback program for schools offered by NEC Display
Integrate NEC; an incentive program for businesses offered by NEC
Kiddie Country Club; a daycare focusing on performing arts activities
McGuire Furniture is a hand-crafted furniture brand within the Kohler Interiors Group. The goal of the total site redesign was to restructure the site so user’s could view the products by product type, designer, or room setting. They also wanted to emphasize the history of McGuire’s craftsmanship and use of natural materials in an aesthetic that can best be described as ‘quintessential Northern California.’
In 2007, Mozilla Corporation approached The Royal Order to redesign mozilla.com. My involvement in the redesign included acting as design support after the initial design rounds. I helped roll the design out through various sections of the site and contributed various conventions or details, always considering localization.
Since the launch, I’ve refreshed many different areas of the original site to increase performance or accommodate new content. Because of the open-source nature of the company, most of our designs are posted for the Mozilla community members to comment and rigorously tested before making it to the live site.
Firefox is now the number one browser in the EU
Proposed business cards
The Royal Order is an agency-of-record for NEC Display. I have worked on various logo marks and microsites for their incentive programs. In 2008, they approached us to re-architect and redesign necdisplay.com. I contributed several concepts and helped established a system for the entire site that would accommodate a fairly large and nuanced product catalog.
Patagonia teamed up with a diverse group of musicians to help protect and restore our natural environment. The musicians donated an exclusive song, available for purchase on iTunes®, with proceeds going to their non-profit environmental group of choice. While at The Royal Order, we designed this new section of the patagonia.com site and an iOS App to go along with it.
Since the launch, the initiative has benefited from a lot of press, including Pitchfork Media, Paste Magazine, and The David Letterman Show.
Roberts & Ryan is a placement firm specializing in the senior management level. With the Royal Order, I created a set of business papers and a marketing brochure to coordinate with the existing logo and zen-theme brand created for the web environment.
Some projects for The Royal Order: Holiday card, where I illustrated the company logo into the snowflake, that was blind debossed on Crane’s Lettra. Printed by Rohner Letterpress.
Concept for Green Mountain Coffee Growers, an interactive story-telling piece.
My favorite gentleman and I got married last fall. Ignoring the sensible warnings of my friends, I designed and illustrated our wedding materials: save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, menu, program, thank you notes, and web site…
Because we had what was a destination wedding for most of our guests, we wanted the invitation to serve as a tour guide and show why the area was significant to us. Our invitation folded out to include all the weekend information and an alphabet poster illustrated with symbols of our favorite haunts throughout Door County. I used a gocco machine for the first time to create some of the supporting materials, which has sparked a new interest in printmaking.
While at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, I worked primarily as the interactive designer. But I had the opportunity to design an annual report for the Initiative on Global Markets, a research center within the school. The report was qualitative, highlighting conferences, forums, faculty accomplishments, and research topics from the past year.
vitaminID.com is a service that allows you to customize a personal, daily vitamin regimen. Daily packs are shipped monthly to the customer's door, ensuring convenience and freshness. VitaminID.com partnered with The Royal Order and Twiss Creative Consulting with the goal of doubling conversion through initiatives and an updated web presence and brand position. I acted as lead designer and illsutrator for the web initiatives.
The brand needed to communicate a personalized experience. To do this, three select customers were highlighted and documented through video testimonials showing how the program has benefitted their lives. I acted as Art Director on the video and photo shoots. Video by Pictureshow Films. Photography by Chris Strong.
Accenture sponsors and annual event for female government executives in Washington D.C. It’s a chance to hear an incredible line-up of speakers and network with each other.