Below is a collection of my student’s work.

As an instructor I feel its my job to art direct each student. I believe a graphic designer starts under an art director, is advised and grows. The art director shows the designer how to improve the concept and execution, directs the steps, and ultimately influences the designer’s work and leads them to grow their own unique way. Plus, teaching has grown me, instead of using design software I used this time to learn how to develop people and work with them to make new things… as I say to my students “now I’m working with a new set of tools, no pun intended ;)”.

I want to get my students used to taking direction and not shrinking from criticism. I train them to offer their ideas bravely and honestly, not to pander but to tell the truth and ultimately create something that connects to their audience—something interesting.

I’ve taught at The School of Visual Arts (2010-2013), Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (2015-2018), and O’More College of Design (2016-2018).

The following is selected student work organized by assignment.

 
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FLUX: SENIOR
DESIGN SHOW

 
 
 

The FLUX Graphic Design Show is just one of the deliverables of the senior class at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. We produce this show along side of preparing a final portfolio for each student to be displayed at this show. The limitations: 15 weeks and $1500.

We produced a screen printed poster invite and the show. ST8MNT hosted this show in their bank vault event space—it doubles as a photostudio—we projected raw video footage of us making this image, mixed in with the FLUX footage from 8 projectors.

Graphic Design Senior Show / Watkins College of Art, Design & Film / 2017
Awards: 2017 Graphis New Talent Annual, 2017 Gold Addy
For student bios visit the website: FLUX
Photography and video by Iamrevolver

 
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WORK: SENIOR
DESIGN SHOW

 

The WORK Graphic Design Show is just one of the deliverables of the senior class at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. We produce this show along side of preparing a final portfolio for each student to be displayed at this show. The limitations: 15 weeks and $300.

For this one we built a 30’ tall fluorescent Orange Wrench and had it in the Watkins Gallery.

Graphic Design Senior Show / Watkins College of Art, Design & Film / 2016
Awards: 2016 Graphis New Talent Annual, 2016 Gold Addy
Students: Chris Davidson, Lacy Frazier, Sam Woolson

 
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INDEPENDENT STUDY

 

This summer I worked with one of my longtime (2 years) students Ali Stevens on a project for her independent study.

“The goal of this independent study project was to mix old design methods with new to recreate posters and packaging that reflected the experimental temperament of my favorite French New Wave films. These were modeled after the Criterion Collection which is a series of important classic and contemporary films.” - ALI STEVENS

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Independent Study
2018

 
 
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REDESIGNING HOW MAGAZINE

 

In my humble opinion the design of HOW Design Magazine has always, well, has always sucked. So I tasked my class with the challenge of redesigning the magazine. The deliverables were a few covers to show how the design would work across multiple issues, a table of contents, and two sample spreads.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
Experimental Type
Spring 2017


 

WILL WITHERS


 

CAMERON LUCENTE


 

ALI STEVENS


 

DREW DESIREY


 

JACKIE THOMAS

 
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ABRAHAM LARA / BOOK DESIGN / GOLD ADDY

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GIL ACOSTA / BOOK DESIGN

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MARY JACOBS / GOLD ADDY

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SEAN WALTON / BOOK DESIGN / SILVER ADDY

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REAL STUDIO

 

How do you make work that reaches the “college age” demographic? I started a class that utilized a cross section of the campus, across the Fashion, Interior, and Graphic Departments to make our work. Comprised of freshman and sophmores, we created all the design and advertising materials for O’More College of Design.

The students worked on teams to concept and then execute the work. Each team presented their ideas to the class for critique. This class delivered real work under real deadlines.


 

ABRAHAM MAST

 
 
 
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ALBUM DESIGN

 

ABRAHAM MAST


CHRIS DAVIDSON / GOLD ADDY AWARD 2016

 
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APP DESIGN

 

My app design class also designed real work for O’More College of Design. An app that would organize the school by student, class, teacher, and department. Students could upload work teachers could grade them and we then could take that work and data to feed social media and the O’More website, submit the best work to awards, student portfolios, and automate a slew of other tasks.

O’More College of Design
App Design
Fall 2017


 
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LOGO DESIGN + BRANDING

 

I always give the branding assignment in my Intro to Vector Imaging Class. Logos are the best way to teach a student how to use the type and pen tools. Plus I like to get them thinking about branding early.

O’More College of Design
Intro to Vector Imaging
2017


 

CODY PARNELL / SILVER ADDY 2017


 

ASHTON KRATKY


 

GRACE KIRKMAN / GOLD ADDY 2017


 

DOM GRANDA / GOLD ADDY 2017


 

MERCEDI THOMLEY


RAINEY IBBOTSON