Screens shown: African American Music timeline, African timeline and miscellaneous art
Responsibilities: Product lead V2, design, typography, user-interface, animations, multimedia storyboards and production
*Awards: Communication Arts Interactive Design Annual
Color Palette studies (top to bottom):
• Mixing Complementary Colors
• 1950s Warm Palette : The calming pastel and muted colors from American cars, paints, appliances, dishware and Formica of the mid-century.
• 1950s Cool Palette
• Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Published 1902. Her beautiful watercolors with pen and ink are sweet and endearing with colors inspired from nature. Her color palette subtly changes throughout the tale to support the emotions of the story.
• Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
• Royal Typewriters, 1950s & 1960s
Seattle Neighborhood Map
"Neighborhood" Interactive exhibit. Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Washington.
I created the look and feel, multimedia design, user interface, map and the neighborhood sign feature along with some of the photography for the project.
The project was to design an interactive map for the Puget Sound area neighborhoods. The map was in the mid-century section of the museum so I designed the map to reflect that time period through color, form and fonts along with the spirit of Seattle—fun, smart and quirky.
The map was a combination map and diagram. Each neighborhood had a symbol. This helped alleviate the problem of changing or disputed neighborhood boundaries in Seattle and Puget Sound.
This interactive celebrates the history as well as recording new stories about the neighborhoods. The Neighborhood sign is made up of letters from famous historic signs around the Seattle area. When you touch a letter it shows a photo of what sign the letter came from and then a new letter takes it's place.
Function: This interactive celebrates the history of the neighborhoods as well as recording new stories from visitors.
* Awards: Gold MUSE Award in Design, American Alliance of Museums
City of Shoreline Art Commission for Street Banners. Two sets of designs. Shoreline, Washington
The Shoreline Park Board Art Committee had a contest and chose 2 artist's work for their new Banner Art project. My work was picked and the new banners went up this fall.
Content: Banner 1 & 2- Fruit and Vegetables. Shoreline has a history of growing berries and the Northwest Indians ate nettle leaves, arrowhead plants, red huckleberries among other native plants still found in our area. The other edible plants celebrate the urban gardens and hint at where the plants originated through an added pattern. For example bok choy has a Chinese pattern and the okra has an African pattern. For a greener solution, we have goats that eat grass in our community areas.
Banner 3- Culture and Nature. The artwork reflects the cultural diversity and the beautiful nature in the city of Shoreline, Washington. Starting at the top in my abstract landscape: the red shape represents the sun and it is a lotus pattern from China. The orange birds are an Ancient Mexican pattern and the yellow mountains are from a Northwest Indian basket pattern. In the middle, you’ll see green trees which are from a historic Hawaiian quilt and the purple shape represents the land; it’s a pattern from Africa. At the bottom is the blue water and it’s a historic German lace pattern. They were one of the earliest Europeans to settle in Shoreline.
• Library of Black America, Encarta Africana, Microsoft
• Motown Center Project, Detroit, Michigan. Prototype
• New York City, Encarta Encyclopedia, Microsoft
• Happy Tree Press Logo
• Retro 360, MSN History Site, Microsoft
CBS Sun Illustrations
CBS Sunday Morning Show. New York, New York
Over the years, I have submitted sun illustrations to the CBS Sunday Morning Show. It's a great program with such thoughtful and entertaining stories. The illustrations are shown at the end of a featured piece. My suns have been paired with stories about Steve Martin, Betty White, Dorothy Draper and Good Samaritans to name a few.
(It's a fun project to work on especially during the rainy Seattle winters!)
Talk to a Machine
Interactive exhibit "Talk to a Machine?" Microcomputer Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Content: Set in the 1950s, the interactive exhibit teaches visitors how humans are able to talk to computers and how the basic language of computer software works.
Responsibilities: design, typography, visual collage, storyboard, animation, diagrams and user interface design.
Rotterdam Archives Pamphlet "The Memory of the City" and below Dutch Printer Postcard series. Studio Proforma in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
• MSN, Retro 360 Show "History of Skyscrapers." Microsoft, Redmond, Washington.
Responsibilities: Design, typography, animations, image research and production.
*Awards: Communication Arts Interactive Design Annual.
Maps & Diagrams
• "Computer Ownership Around the World" Map: Microcomputer Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
• "Moore's Law" Diagram Study: Microcomputer Gallery, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
• Map of Asia: Encarta Encyclopedia. Microsoft, Redmond, Washington. (Communication Arts Interactive Annual)
• Panning Diagram (2 screens): Mixing Interactive Exhibit, EMP, Seattle Washington. (New York Festivals: Silver Medal)
SPACE NEEDLE COMPETITION:
To celebrate the Space Needle’s 50th anniversary in Seattle, the top was painted it’s original color–gold. And then they had a competition to see what would be the next design for the top. It would stay up for the winter. Here is my entry for the competition.
During the day, the top would be a graduated blue. You wouldn’t see the glow in the dark paint. (It would be nice to have a patch of blue sky for those Seattle grey days.) I thought it’s a nice symbol too- “blue sky” for all the entrepreneurs that we have in the city.
At night the design would change. The glow in the dark paint would show and you’d see the stars in the sky. Maybe it would cut down on the amount of lights used to light it at night so it’d be good for the environment and economical too.
The Space Needle would be an example of innovation. If they used solar paint it would power it’s own lights.
NORTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE MURAL COMPETITION:
North Seattle Community College had a competition for a mural design. My entry was a colorful sun with a black background that is painted with chalkboard paint so viewers could participation in the mural. I wanted the mural to be colorful and cheerful (contrasting with Seattle’s grayness as well as the campus’ many cement buildings); and to be inspirational by highlighting famous quotes and asking the viewer two questions: "What is your dream?" and "How can we make our world better?"