DEGREE PROJECT 2018
What is black design to me?
One thing that I believe has given me answers is that I am seeing my own practice evolve as a designer. That being said, I also learned that making things that evolve and use multiple mediums of creation is critical for design thinking. I believe that black design has to contain these three important elements: Story, Form, Extraction.
The quilts were a formal element in communicating a story, an experience and a life. It is about the sharing of information in a different unpredictable format.
The videos acted as an external element in this project. A visual that exposes process and takes more information and molds it into a form that is different from typical design methods like paper and ink. It is something that is ever evolving with moving imagery.
The interviews were something that provided the project with background and full context of which the quilts revolve within.
In this project, I made and developed the concept through an illustration class here at risd. I wanted to create and illustrate and design a city that was accessible to all sight impairments. So I created "tactile" the name of this city, or utopia that really challenges the confines of a normal or typical city.
Gradient is an e-commerce tool that was designed in partnership with me and Hello Velocity when I was the Graphic Designer. It was fully backed & developed by Hello Velocity to enable online stores to price their products on a sliding scale, based on their customer's income. (on-going @ Hello Velocity)
In this original magazine, I wanted to explore the intersections of design, fine art, modern artists and designers. In designing this magazine, I wanted the reader to understand different elements within each artist and their practices and what practically makes their soul unique. This magazine is also fairly different because each issue has 3 contributing artists that draw inside the magazine before its sent to print - so that the artists interviewed can see exchanges between other artists that physically contribute to the making of the publication itself.
If you wish to listen to the Soul Podcast Click here!
How many things can you make in 2 days? 100? 200? 300? I wanted to explore the various ways 100 can take form, and also exploit the imagery or typical of intriguing societal interactions.
This was an exhibit that we as juniors had to design for our design studio III. It was really implemented to help us work together, as a class and design a space which all of our work would not only interact well with other work, but also interact with users and viewers. We were broken into 4 groups, and we all had different parts of the show to work on. I worked with the take-away group, and we were in charge of creating a feature which people could walk away with. Something that reminded viewers of the space, and gave them a chance to interact more physically with things in the space. We also designed a map, which showed where the artists worked from observation to create the actual work in the exhibit. Photographs taken by Tasnima, her website is here .
This was a study I ran in the Rhode Island School of Design Library, and I focused on 10 aspects of the library, like temperature, population, and direction of movement throughout the library. I also focused on the furniture and tried to tie these features together to ask - does price matter?
In creating this project we were required to go through archives to find imagery. I found many archival photos that i then produced gifs and videos from. From there I found different ways to execute my concept of projection - I designed booklets and created a website but I then decided to design a mass media form of communication. The traditional newspaper, the kind of newspaper that spoke to many forms of stigma's that I as an African American face every day.
Tracer helps the common user to decipher all the confusion of congress. As we know there are three branches of government in the united states, so lets focus on the legislative branch here...
It not only tells you who your representatives, and senators are based on your zip code... but it also helps you keep track of bills either being proposed, passed or killed.
Designed with this app is a public service announcement talking about one particular issue we face, and how we can tackle it starting with tracer.
In about 4 weeks I learned how to use cinema 4D and I was interested in how to create interesting textile forms along with creating repetitive imagery or video. In this study I became interested in textures and worlds combine, so I created a video of motion and the elements that I most enjoyed.
In this project my overall goal was to present questions and use design to expand on and address those same questions. A lot of my questions revolved around why the production of food in the united states is so secluded and detached from our every day lives.
How does this affect adolescent people, are they valuing food? do they understand where it even all comes from? how can design address these issues specifically. Can design take on these tasks in a specific aesthetic of interest? Does it become a brand?
This was the end result of the project, a puzzle talking about a few pieces of fruit/ veggies and underneath is a pattern which eludes to where it comes from.
This is an advertisement geared toward the Rhode Island Monthly - which tells people all about the things they can do in rhode island. My Goal through this video was to show people all the great things it could be if it were redesigned and applied in a clever way. How can a traditional medium become a form of entertainment and varieties of interests. I re-designed the traditional website and designed it into 3 platforms; Desktop, Phone, and Tablet.
This video also explains how it works and what to look for.
As the Design Editor for The College Hill Independent I constantly work with other computer science majors, illustrators, writers, and editors to design the newspaper every week. I also take part in designing the platform for the website with copywriters. These are issues that I have worked closely with managing editors and writers to develop every week. If you are a bit more interested please check out our website here!
The combination of 3 different essays in one setting. Calls for a celebration - Massimo Viginelli's Long Live Modernism, Katherine McCoy's Rethinking Modernism Reviving Functionalism and Mr. Keedy's Zombie Modernism Essay. These original publications had to be red by me, and redesigned by me - the essays also had to interact or coexist in some way.
So I created the Essay Party. What kind of party would Massimo, Keedy, and Katherine attend - and boy is it confusing as hell.
How as a designer can I build a platform and environment in which posters and motion graphics live.
This is a project I worked on while living in Switzerland and traveling around to France, Germany and Italy. I think what I learned most was how to adapt to a new environment with my work and my livelihood. What I also learned was how to live in a German speaking country and find my way around new spaces whilst looking for large amounts of possible inspiration. Thus, I created a system that allowed me to freely design and experience new places and people and acurately depict them in these patterns.
Process Sketches and Final Result
These drawings are my first ideas on paper for my logo design. drawing everything first, I then started to break it down to two that were preferred or designs I could see multiple possibilities with. I then placed the designs in Illustrator and turned the drawings and sketches into vectors. These are my process steps that lead me to my final decisions.
This was a designed exhibition, by myself and 8 other seniors in Graphic Design at The Rhode Island School of Design. In this show, we had to organize 50+ pieces of design, ranging from product design, poster design, digital media, and experimental art. We decided to have everyone send us a symbol or icon of sorts that they made to resemble themselves and we then decided to make this part of the entire exhibiton (ie) the poster, the theme, the ephemera (parishables, take aways) and designed the space accordingly. Please take a look at the fellow designers I worked closely with and ones that helped make this happen. Here I will link their personal websites.. Mostyn, Greta, Ishaan, and Jacob .
This is a collaboration video series directed and created by Ingrid Nelson and I. This project was created to celebrate the beauty in black hair, and inform others on its unique greatness.
We made this promotional video, to focus on curating content around the natural hair's intersection with history, art, identity. Haircare is self care: Healing, Creative and Communal.
This is an on-going project so stay tuned to what else is to come from Ingrid and I. Until then, enjoy our promotional video and small video series.