As a production editor at the Villages Daily Sun, I collaborate with reporters, photographers and editors to package sections of our daily paper, from the front A section to the local C section. While I design for one section, I also trim stories, write headlines and select photos from staff and wire photography.
Our newsroom primarily focuses on hyper-local news in and around The Villages, Florida. Catering to this unique audience has allowed me to consider new factors of presentation and rethink ways I can better visualize a story for an aging audience. From type and image choice to alternative storytelling formats, our newsroom breaks down information important to our readers.
Summer of Sketching
A social media project over seven weeks where I chose to explore oil pastels as a medium and tackle weekly prompts, mostly as an exploration of self.
Inspired by Summer of Sketching prompts from Eric Friedensohn, I joined a creative community sharing our work on Instagram, where I learned a lot about developing my own style and meaning in my work, while adhering to a weekly deadline that kept pushing me forward.
Daily News Instagram Stories
In spring 2017, Tyson Bird gathered a small team of visual journalists to experiment with using Instagram stories to tease to the Ball State Daily website. We each chose content to tease to and used AfterEffects to animate a narrative, whether it was just one slide or several. At that time we could not link to our stories on Instagram, but we could try to spark our readers’ interest through the Instagram stories function.
This series for the Daily News Instagram was my most ambitious, where I planned the screens in advance as a narrative, used our social media style guide and created the videos to post that night after the gun scare. My hope was that it would answer students’ questions and lead them to read more about the circumstance on our website.
A series of linocut prints for ongoing commissions. I am currently offering pet portraits as a freelance service. I enjoy relief printmaking as a technique to practice drawing, composition, visualizing positive/negative space and building hand skills outside of work.
Ball State Daily News
During my junior and senior year I designed front pages weekly at The Ball State Daily News student newspaper. On print nights I conceptualized stories, wrote headlines, and chose photos or created illustrations. The front page on body camera footage won second place in the student category for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards. The Build-a-Beard front page won second place for illustration in the Indiana Collegiate Press Association student awards.
BSU SPJ Campaign
I worked with the Ball State chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on a campaign to combat fake news. Partnering with the Ball State Libraries, I began with an infographic to inform students on ways to spot fake news by visualizing information from the CRAAP test.
The final campaign consists of an infographic, poster, T-shirt and sticker to promote the chapter and inform Ball State students about how to be better consumers of news.
A collection of illustration experiments to expand upon drawing styles, tools and mediums as I develop my own style.
Ball State School of Art
A collection of fine art pieces from courses in neon glass tubing, narrative drawing, relief printmaking and letterpress printing.
DRAWING: NARRATIVE METAPHOR
Tackling the topic of juxtaposition to tell a story, I gathered found objects into a still life for a charcoal drawing, representing the persistence of nature. Creating a still life with a narrative was a test in construction, craft and attention to detail as I worked on this project over the course of a week.
For a project on utilizing a found object and creating a narrative in neon, I dismantled a lantern with the intention of illuminating it myself. Almost as a building this was metaphor itself, I imagined the moments in life I had to guide myself through uncharted territories. I wanted this piece to encourage others to use their passion to lead them through the unknown, unfamiliar and uncomfortable.
The second piece is an exploration in the role of signage as communication, inspired by one of the earliest forms of indicating direction or importance: the medival manicule, as illustrated in illuminated manuscripts.
While studying relief printmaking I created a series of woodcut self-portraits, this one demonstrating an insatiable desire for answers. Creating an image using carving tools and wood with one color has taught me a lot about showing depth in a 2-D image.
The memo books below are a product I created through the Book Arts Collaborative. I utilize memobooks daily for creating lists, and wanted to present the idea in a snarky way for those who want to give others a peek of what's inside. I utilized wood cuts and metal type from Tribune Showprint Posters, a letterpress poster business.
Ball Bearings Magazine: The Roaring 20's
Through the Ball State student magazine, Ball Bearings, I had the opportunity to visualize stories through illustrations. As a page designer, I places the content and drew digital illustrations for a spread in the fall 2015 issue.
The Roaring 20's column shared one person's viewpoint on growing up and making choices that will impact young adults for the rest of their lives.
Check out the spread and full magazine for Fall 2015 on ISSUU.
Olympic Torch Relay
During the last semester of my senior year, I visualized a research project led by Alan Hovorka, which told the history of the Olympic torch relay through data visualization. My role in this project included creating a motion graphic tracking the number of times the relay crossed a country over time, illustrating a by-the-numbers alternative storytelling format and general design consultation. You can view the project in its entirety here.