Through MICA’s Center for Design Practice, I was awarded a grant to continue previous design research and community engagement that aimed to increase access to and demand for affordable, healthy food options in Baltimore. I partnered with fellow designer Aura Seltzer to identify and propose solutions to the social issue. At the end of the grant period, we published a book to share process notes, photographs, and conclusions from our research with our collaborators—the Baltimore City Health Department, the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, and urban acreage Real Food Farm. View the whole book or download a PDF online.
Get Fresh Baltimore
Get Fresh Baltimore is a campaign run by the Baltimore City Health Department. Part of Get Fresh Baltimore’s mission is to promote healthy eating among youth. In April, students at four area elementary schools participated in a workshop where they read books about produce, prepared two fresh salsas, and drew pictures of fruits and vegetables in action.
Of the 1500 total drawings between the four schools, I selected 200 to use in the campaign. The project consists of three phases spread from June to October. Shown here is the first phase.
Graphic Design Thinking
Graphic Design Thinking (2011) was edited by Ellen Lupton and written by the graphic design MFA department at MICA. The book is a compilation of techniques for defining problems, getting ideas, and creating form. As a design fellow for this publication, I wrote, curated, and art directed numerous chapters about the creative process. I also designed the front cover.
See a preview of the book here or purchase the book here.
3419 Homeless Awareness
3419 homeless people in Baltimore City were counted by the US Census in 2008. The 3419 campaign sought to help middle school students understand homelessness in Baltimore. We created a poster and worksheets to teach kids about the issue and what they can do to help. The toolkit also includes two stencils, two pillowcases, a bottle of paint, and a brush. The kit invites students to create their own pillowcase posters, encouraging them to think about what it means to go to sleep without their own beds.
Noun is a magazine concept of substantive poetry and art. Each issue's content is based on an abstract noun; this issue's theme is distance. The magazine pairs poetry with art, prompting thoughtful consideration of how the content relates to the theme and to each other. Each issue also features one artist and one poet.
Baltimarket, a virtual supermarket program of the Baltimore City Health Department, allows residents who live in food deserts to order groceries online at a local public library or school. The supermarket delivers the groceries to the library the following day with no delivery charge to the customers.
After surveying residents, I named and branded Baltimarket. Additional design elements included bus ads, banners, posters, flyers, bookmarks, coupons, and web animations.
This series of advertisements was created for the Maryland State Department of Education. They wanted to promote school meals because, in Baltimore City, it is cheaper to buy a school meal than to bring one of equivalent nutritional content from home.
The posters hung in each school; the bus shelter ads occupied 46 stops; and the postcards went with every public school student.
Maryland Art Place
Reinvent is a 70-foot wall installation at Maryland Art Place (MAP) in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor that was on display for a year from 2009–2010. MAP's first public art piece supports the gallery's newest initiative of exhibiting public urban art.
I designed and installed Reinvent with fellow collaborators Christina Beard and Chris McCampbell. The piece responds to MAP’s vision for broader community engagement. Conceived for the hallway that leads to MAP’s galleries, Reinventrepresents innovation and the creative process in a series of shifting motifs. The cut vinyl begins with a city stoplight and evolves through emblems of nature and culture before bursting into a 3D digital network.
Episcopal Community Services
I originally worked with the Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana when I volunteered in New Orleans after the Katrina disaster. I have since continued my relationship with the organization as a freelance designer.
I designed the ECS logo to reference the Episcopal shield and the worldly humanitarian work of the organization. The six- or eight-page monthly newsletters highlight their latest community service.