I completed a comprehensive user experience course via Springboard's online learning platform and chose to focus on the redesign of Pennsylvania Ballet's website and brand, an actual project at my agency. Over the course of several months, I spearheaded the UX effort on our team and managed all aspects of the process, including research, content strategy, visual design, and usability testing. The website is slated to launch summer 2017 and the complete presentation can be accessed here.
Maria + Tyler
Stationery created for my wedding. Since my husband and I met while attending Syracuse, blue and orange were a natural color combination. Ohio and Pennsylvania also featured prominently in the designs to honor our backgrounds.
Amy + Bill
Wedding stationery designed for Amy and Bill Burge that included a series of hand-painted flower illustrations.
Programs + Announcements
Various wedding programs and birth announcements created for family and friends.
Brand mark, advertising, stationery, and student brochure created for The Philadelphia Center (TPC), an organization offering opportunities in experiential education. Assisted in conducting research, writing a messaging platform, and naming TPC's program PHL:EXP: The Philly Off-Campus Experience. (Paragraph)
Yards Brewing Company
Packaging for Pynk, a seasonal ale of Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Company. Created designs for the 12 oz. beer label, 6-pack, and case box, and provided art direction for final illustration. (Paragraph)
Packaging design for Cherrish, a dessert wine by Valenzano Winery made exclusively for Wegmans. Creation of the name and label design; art direction of box. (Paragraph)
Craft Beer Labels
Various labels designed for Matt Burge's assorted home brews. Series includes Gravy Jones, a skull-themed annual pumpkin beer; Sokobrewski, beer made in honor of Steve and Sarah Sokoloski's 30th birthday; and Billboard Top 30, a beer celebrating the 30th birthday of Bill Burge (a.k.a. "Billboard").
Koozie illustrations created for Franklin Novelty, an online shop. (Paragraph)
Self-promotional direct mailer. The piece comprises an outside wrap made of repurposed grocery bags; a folded "I Spy" card; a magnifying glass wrapped in reused packing paper and twine; and a backing composed of salvaged cardboard shipping boxes. In addition, I created a custom DeFazio Design return stamp. The main card invites readers to use the magnifying glass to look for various objects from a list of rhymes and riddles. Project selected as a winner in HOW magazine's 2014 Promotion & Marketing Design Awards.
Gates Hillman Dedication
Event materials created for the unveiling of the Gates Center for Computer Science and the Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University. Pieces include print collateral, environmental signage, and student shirts for the day of the dedication. (Hornercom)
Google Lunar X PRIZE
Banners and flyers supporting Carnegie Mellon University's pursuit of the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a competition for the first privately funded team to send a robot to the moon. (Hornercom)
Robotics Institute Brochure
Brochure designed to highlight the history and advancements of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The front cover's die cut reveals a transparent pattern of CMU robots, which in turn silhouette the full-color forms and fold-out timeline. (Hornercom)
Branding materials for Hunger Burger, a merchant of Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market. Wrote copy for menu offerings, the brand story, and website, and wrote and designed a pattern of icons used throughout Hunger Burger's marketing materials (on food wrap, employee shirts, signage, and advertising). Designed and executed menus, apparel, stationery, packaging, the website, and environmental signage. Hunger Burger logo design by Scott Kmiec. (Paragraph)
Visit the Hunger Burger site.
Logo, packaging, graphic standards manual, and e-commerce website created for Camel & Grey, Lori Cropp's company that fabricates custom, luxury pillows from vintage textiles. The logo was designed with hand-drawn shapes to reflect the unique nature of the business. (Paragraph)
Visit the Camel & Grey site.
Two years of donation campaigns created for Haddonfield Friends School, a Quaker primary school. The work developed for the first year of partnering with HFS highlighted the school's 225th anniversary. Designs feature the school's motto, "confidence uplifts," and pieces include printed materials, promotional products, and event signage. Work for the first year's campaign was selected as a winner in Graphic Design USA's 2012 American Graphic Design Awards. (Hornercom)
Creative for PA Ballet's 2015-2016 season. Established visual look and feel for each of the six programs, coordinated and art directed photography, created all brand marks, and designed various marketing materials, including print and digital ads, direct mail, merchandise, and microsites. (Paragraph)
Selected as the national grand prize winner for the National Organization for Women's Love Your Body poster contest. Winning design featured on various promotional items, including shirts.
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Rebrand of Astral, a nonprofit organization devoted to discovering emerging classical musicians and nurturing their talent through professional career development. Wrote the messaging platform and designed the logo, stationery, brochures, social media graphics, and website. (Paragraph)
Visit the Astral site.
Illustrated and designed Blaise DeFazio's book that explores where the Easter Bunny goes in the off-season. Cover and selected spreads shown.
Illustrated and designed several series of personal holiday greeting cards.
Logo, packaging, and social media promotions for Ed's Hot Pepper Jelly, Ed Sokoloski Jr.'s brand of homegrown perfection in a jar. Also wrote, designed, and built the HPJ website.
Visit the Ed's Hot Pepper Jelly site.
A series of typographic illustrations done in a fairy tale theme. Shown:
Adrian Frutiger, a fairy godfather of type and creator of the typeface Avenir. Illustration uses only figures from the Avenir family.
Karl-Erik Forsberg, another fairy godfather of type and creator of the typeface Berling. Illustration uses only figures from the Berling family.
The frog prince in happier times.
The frog prince after failing to look both ways before crossing the magical street.
Printed pieces and event signage promoting the test night for table games at Rivers Casino, which was done in conjunction with the Mario Lemieux Foundation. The unifying pattern for all the materials uses both hockey and casino imagery to reinforce the connection between the event's partners. (Hornercom)
Website, menus, and stationery system for Angie's Pizza, Dickson City, PA's oldest family-run eatery. Stationery selected as a winner in Graphic Design USA's 2012 American Graphic Design Awards.
Visit the Angie's Pizza site.
Rebrand of Johnny Mañana's, a Mexican-inspired restaurant with a flagship location in East Falls, PA. Created the tagline "Live for Today" and designed the logo system, menus, apparel, website, signage, and packaging. (Paragraph)
Ad campaign created to highlight the pediatric specialties offered at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Pieces include billboards, website graphics, and print and online advertising. (Hornercom)
Event collateral and signage to promote the Pepperpot awards, an annual competition hosted by the Philadelphia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In honor of the program's 40th anniversary, sparkling rubies, smitten couples, and tongue-in-cheek headlines featured prominently in the designs. (Hornercom)
Marketing materials for Princeton in Africa, an organization that pairs college graduates with nonprofits in Africa for yearlong service projects. Pieces include a series of brochures and a set of icons for prospective candidates to easily view the opportunities Princeton in Africa provides. (Paragraph)
Website designed for Stephano Slack, a regional CPA firm specializing in middle-market businesses. Created a set of custom illustrations to highlight the company’s niche industries and art directed photography. (Paragraph)
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Wall graphics created for Tozour Energy Systems' headquarters. Designs were produced and installed using a mixture of cut vinyl and plexiglass. (Hornercom)
"Flying Colors" marketing campaign created to promote the dining and shopping options throughout Philadelphia International Airport. Pieces include advertising, directional signage, directory brochures, stationery, annual reports, newsletters, electronic marketing, and storefront displays. (Hornercom)