This section is included only to illustrate understanding of the importance of design. I don’t think of myself as a designer, but I know how book covers, book interiors, magazine interiors, slideshows, and videos are structured.
Sympathy Crime is an uncopywritten text that I used for my graduate book design projects. The text is a work of fanfiction pertaining to a Japanese Role Playing Game called Persona 4. I decided to treat the text as if it were a series of light novels, similarly to the way the .hack//After Birth light novels (which centered around the first .hack// game quartet) were treated. Light novel covers often use elements from the series of games, manga, or anime that the audience will recognize. I used art and backgrounds from the game to create covers that offered something both new and familiar to the fans of Persona 4. The covers are by no means as polished as they would need to be if they were to be sent to the printer, but I am still pleased with the concepts I portrayed and the elements I used from the game to execute my vision.
The interior design for Sympathy Crime was one I spent a lot of time thinking about. The text covers heavy topics, such as abuse and recovery. Because of the subject matter, I wanted to make sure my reader would have enough space on the page to not feel intimidated both by the subject matter and the interior design. I went for a non-threatening font, and made sure my leading breathed. Widows, orphans, paragraph indents, margins, and other visual elements were accounted for, as were navigational elements such as the table of contents, page numbers, chapter headings, and page headings.
The magazine article is one I produced during my undergraduate years and then designed a spread for during my graduate studies. Video game journalism has always called to me. I often write about video games on my blog along with other forms of media. This spread was one I put together for a mock game magazine called Points of Experience that I invented for my class.
The video and internal sales slideshow I put together for the Oregonian were both created during my sales and marketing internship with them over the summer of 2015. The video was filmed by me and put together in Final Cut Pro by myself and my partner intern, Kim Chin. I did most of the shot direction, and supervised most of the cutting. The slideshow was put together to convince our sales representatives to embrace and sell a new kind of advertising deal to our clients. It was meant to quickly convey why it was important and attractive to not only our clients, but also why it benefited our sales reps to push it. Finding the line between stylishly informative and information overload was an exciting and fulfilling task.
- Magazine Article, Rewind