Don’t we all occasionally wonder how our trash evolves once we’ve tossed it into the rubbish heap? Imagine seeing the future life of each banana peel, magazine, and apple core you pitched.
 
The See-Through Compost Container was dreamed up by Nancy Balter and my task was to bring it to life. I worked with artist Matt Mance along with our factory’s sculptors to translate Nancy’s idea into physical form. The product is a sectioned plastic “box” with three compartments. Children and teachers fill each of the compartments up with soil, water, or sand and watch their trash degrade.
This product gives kids an underground view of their trash by illustrating the decomposition process. I worked with artist Matt Mance to bring the product to life. After receiving his drawings, I added highlights and shadows to the grass and bug sections so the factory would know how deep to sculpt the details.
 
The plastic molded base includes low relief bugs, roots, and pebbles to elicit the imaginary underground world beneath our feet. I’ve always wanted to take a trip to the core of the earth, and these tiny details sort of bring that memory back to me. Matt Mance drew these in pencil and the sculptor translated them into 3D.
Notice the holes in the lid…they’re for thermometers. The product includes three thermometers for kids to measure ground temperature. Apparently, as trash degrades, the soil heats up….a hot mess! In this photo I illustrate the grassy texture on the lid of the Compost Container…we opted for a random assortment of grass blades rather than a mowed golf course turf.

You may also like

Preschool Game Advertising
Photography, design, and copywriting for preschool game advertisements.
2014
Maker Shed Animations
Animated GIFs for email marketing campaigns for Maker Shed
2014
National Maker Faire: Site and Social Media Design
National Maker Faire launch site in collaboration with the White House. Role: copywriting, design, and creative direction.
2015
Chet the Cat™ and Friends Identity and Development
Integrated art and design direction across product, social, eCommerce, and retail channels. The Chet the Cat™ and Friends line of preschool toy play sets marries quirky, playful illustrations with beautiful melamine. Inspired by a magazine cover Michael illustrated, my vision of a cafe run by animals came to life. Each piece features characters engaging in various food-themed activities, and they're appropriate for both boys and girls. Graphic designer Jessica Short collaborated with Michael and me to bring the line to life.
2013
2014 New Products Catalog
Creative direction, photography art direction, copywriting, and graphic design of 2014 new products catalog for Educational Insights.
2014
The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory
Book cover design.
2015
Grandma's Trunk Game and Package Design
This preschool game was a blast to conceive and design. I hired artist Tascha Parkinson to paint 26 letters of the alphabet traditionally on canvas for the cards that make up the game. She also hand painted straps, buckles, and country "stickers" for the packaging, which added such charm to the finished illustrations. The packaging, when complete, looked like it had been hand painted by Tascha, as I specified a canvas-textured paper substrate for printing. She even painted her own cat Lily on the inside of the trunk...so adorable. We opted to go with a minimal cardboard bellyband as the final on-shelf consumer packaging, so that the entire trunk could be seen at retail. What a delight this project was to design!
2015
Dino Construction Company Video
Video advertisement for the Dino Construction Company. Responsible for scriptwriting, audio and on-screen talent casting, and art direction.
2014
Print Collateral: Maker Shed
Make: Magazine print advertisements and collateral for Maker Shed. Art direction, photography, design and copywriting.
2014
Catalog Design and Photo Art Direction
Art direction, design, and copywriting of various toy catalog covers.
2014
Back to Top