For the third issue of Dispatches; Art & Artifice, we wanted to push the design even further with decisions like a bold color for the cover, a unique full bleed cover image moving away from the container, and a new experimental font for specific stories to round out the first full set of the publication.
My work with Dispatches started with issue 2. We were able to take that opportunity to push the design towards an editorial newspaper like treatment, minimizing whitespace and filling the pages more fully. These changes introduced new typographical and visual challenges, forcing me to come up with creative ways to keep the design within the system of Issue 1 while also developing the style forward.
At Dropbox I was in charge of the illustrations and key imagery that was published on their intranet platform. This was new territory for me since I would not consider myself an illustrator, but I took the opportunity to learn and develop illustration chops.
Endless Coffee Company was a small batch coffee roaster based out of the Co-Ro coffee collaborative in Berkeley. The design decisions focused on achieving an anti-coffee company style, avoiding the simple and elegant designs of most California coffee companies for a more expressive and light hearted execution.
While at Google I was a part of a small design team working to rethink and redesign the way that Google tells branded stories. In its previous state, the internal publishing templates were limited and too bland for global teams developing stories. More often than not teams would outsource designs to agencies and hack together editorials, side stepping our system. We spent the year developing a system that would be both interesting and unique all within a consistent and identifiable system that best represents Google. The goal here was to solve the outsourcing problem and give that budget back to teams to put towards more important projects.
One of my favorite projects at Google was the two week publication design sprint for the “Search On” book. A four-person team was tasked with writing, designing, and producing the publication in two weeks, including visits to the LA printing studio. This publication now sits on every Google executive’s desk–I like to think that Sundar has taken a peek.
While at Design Army, I was lead designer for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2017 annual report. We decided to leverage the conceptual elements of large format news print and to ‘strip’ back the full-color, glossy publications of prior years. We incorporated the two HRC brand colors while using crisp, bold typography as the primary vehicle for storytelling. The type was modified, elongated, and stretched to reflect the tension between the activist and the new administration. The several central spreads were meant to echo protest and rally posters, designed to strengthen the central message—‘unite, resist and enlist’.
A collection of various projects I have worked on over the years, ranging from web specific work like redesigning the Robinhood Careers page, and Dropbox's intranet (99+) to Brand Identity work for Google's Game of the Year, Kaya Climbing, Ugly Mug, & 2 Chimes. This collection is just a repository of projects that I have enjoyed but don't necessarily deserve a section to themselves.