I fall more in love with my neighborhood every day. Logan Square is home to incredible bars and restaurants, friendly small business owners, and Tamale Guy, who wanders through late night haunts with a cooler of fresh tamales (It's the best).
This is an ongoing illustrated love letter to Logan Square, and to all the beautiful buildings it hosts.
Identity for Chef Sam McDermott's cooking supply company, providing a curated selection of fine Japanese knives, sharpening services, and more.
The Sherwood Community School is Columbia College's gateway to arts education, bringing private music education, group classes, and performance opportunities to children and adults in the Chicagoland area.
I provided art direction, illustration, layout and lettering for Sherwood's Fall 2015 brochure, aimed at young children eager to Explore Something Amazing.
Photography by super-talented Phil Dembinski.
Buttercream is a fine dining and tattoo event hosted by Butterfat Studios in collaboration with Chef Sam McDermott of Buttermilk. Its inaugural event took place on Valentine’s Day 2015, featuring exquisite small plates and a hand-sized tattoo. A second, blackwork-themed night took place in May, and later this month, they'll host a Hawaiian-themed Luau with Lost Lake Tiki.
For the event, I screen printed and hand lettered personalized menus for the guests to take home.
Modern Sprout is a Chicago-based start-up catering to the urban gardener. I worked on packaging, pattern design, illustration and lettering for their diverse range of products. It runs the gamut from a fool-proof mason jar herb garden to hydroponic planters, and most recently, fully biodegradable seed starter kits that allow herbs to germinate in the safety of the indoors before being planted to flourish outside!
A collection of custom logotypes from the past few years.
Open Circuit Dining is a pop-up fine dining concept based in Chicago. 12-course dinners take place once a month in different venues across the city. Chef Jacob Demars’ graffiti-influenced plating was a perfect jumping-off point for the identity.
With visuals this stunning, I wanted to make sure Chef Jacob’s work would be the featured player, so I lettered this straightforward mark with just enough quirks to fit in. Handmade watercolor and stamped business cards continue the expressive, playful nature of the food.
Check out more photos and grab a ticket to their events on the Open Circuit Website.
Urban Initiatives provides incentive-based athletic programs for at-risk youth in Chicago. Their mission is to drive better academic and social performance through team sports, while also providing nutritional and physical fitness education.
While working at Firebelly, I redesigned their previous website, streamlining the wealth of information into something more concise and easy to navigate. Best of all, the website was built through Wordpress, allowing staff to update information whenever they need, leaving time for what’s most important: the kids.
Painting a chalkboard wall was probably the best idea we’ve had since making alcoholic ice cream. It’s served as a fun welcome to guests staying with us, as a celebration of summer vegetables, and perhaps most importantly, a carefree outlet for me to practice some lettering and blow off some steam.
Typeforce is an annual typographic exhibition curated by Firebelly Design. I was honored to be a big sparkly part of its fifth year.
Party Pooper is a ten-foot wide piñata, and a true labor of love. My boyfriend and I put this behemoth together from scratch over the spam of three sleepless weeks using cardboard, masking tape, glue, a mile of hand-fringed streamers, and a whole lot of coffee.
After all that work, I just didn't have the heart to smash the piñata, but it hangs proudly above the couch in our living room.
Gwendolyn is a display typeface inspired by hand-painted signs. She’s detailed but clear, approachable but informative. The first iterations of Gwendolyn’s letters were drawn up in my last week of undergrad, and after years on the back burner, I am excited to bring her into the real world.
I have hopes of someday expanding Gwendolyn’s family to include bolds, italics, and maybe even a script. But for now, I think she’s enjoying the single life and just doin’ her.
Butterfat Studios is an appointment-only, all custom tattoo studio in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. I worked with the shop’s owner, Esther Garcia, to develop a new logotype for her studio.
After working through some softer, scripty options, we settled on this directional treatment, which serves as a counterpoint to the studio’s often nature-inspired work.
Signage for Delphine Noiztoy's London tattoo studio.
Adam J. Kurtz is a super-talented designer and artist whose first book, 1 Page At a Time was recently published by Penguin. Its success necessitated a handful of international editions in Spanish, Portuguese and German.
Adam’s distinctive and playful handwriting is an integral part of his work, and in order to maintain continuity across international versions, he needed a typeface based on his writing.
Ribbon Candy was my very first typeface, created in my second-to-last semester of undergrad.
Under the wise and enthusiastic guidance of my fearless professor Renee Ramsey-Passmore, I created this spacial experiment, merging my love for mod striping and the Christmas candies after which it’s named.
At the time I also created a little animation for its release!
Luxe is a collaboration between Columbia College’s senior fashion design and photography students. Printed on newsprint, it was intended to act as a leave-behind for students, highlighting the graduates’ work, and showing the incredible possibilities of collaboration between departments at the college.
Bits and pieces of illustrations from the past few years.
A smattering of lettering projects and one-off’s.