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This great book of essays by beginning and pro makers was in need of a cover. The brief required that I somehow convey the breadth of experience levels represented within the book, while focusing on "beginnings." I styled and shot tools and materials reminiscent of the making process and used a woodburner to inscribe a very rough-hewn "MAKER" in caps. I then composited the typography after some minor retouching.
App Development: Hot Dots Jr. Preschool Card Game
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Design Direction: Nancy B's Science Club
Toy product design direction, packaging art and design direction, photography art direction, and creative direction for Nancy B's Science Club line of educational science toys for girls. - industrial/product design management - factory coordination and coloration guidance - materials and deco spec - packaging and branding design direction - web and eCommerce writing and creative direction
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
This preschool game was born out of a trip to Tokyo, where I saw a multitude of training chopsticks for children. The idea of using chopsticks as the centerpiece of a game grew into the Squirrel Squeezers, which encourage children to harvest acorns while practicing their fine motor skills. I sketched a tree-shaped box and worked with the factory to develop this hand-wrapped, fully illustrated package that doubles as the game board.
Shelby's Snack Shack Game
Shelby's Snack Shack Game is the sequel to The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game from Educational Insights. This project was illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti and nests into "Sneaky" as a duo on shelf. The game is based on a real dog named Shelby from Seal Beach, California.
Hot Dots Product Line Video
Direction and writing for Hot Dots product line video. Our goal was to inform parents that our educational cards typically used in the classroom were also perfect for home use.
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Photography, design, and copywriting for preschool game advertisements.
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.
Maker Shed eCommerce Redesign
Creative direction, design direction, photography, and copywriting. Over the first half of 2014, I revamped the branded presence of Makershed.com while engaging with developers and front end designers to overhaul the commerce site. We launched a responsive commerce platform and nearly tripled our email campaigns in 2014. New photography, spirited headlines, and a DIY-inspired branded presence were chief among my goals with this project, along with revenue goals.