Friday, October 30, 2009

Multimedia Experience: 3D Experimentation

I used random "stuff" to play around with new concepts for my portfolio website. I came up with an idea of a structure that serves as navigation with buttons that will reveal different branches that contain my work. The spiral wire pieces indicate the work that has multiple images.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Visual Advocacy: New Imagery

I finally got a friend of mine to give me permission to use his photographs as imagery for my project! WOOHOO! His name is Ryan Wibawa and he is a very creative Canadian photographer who specializes in the human expressions. Check out more of his work at

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Design Systems: Business Suite

Visual Advocacy: DIC Project Page

Project Title:
HIV Awareness: Spread the Truth, Not the Disease.

Project Description:
Despite knowing the information about HIV, too many young gay men feel invincible and invulnerable to the serious threat of being infected. So, in order to infect my audience with reality and the fear of HIV, I designed a powerful visual campaign consisting of graphic and personal imagery that creates a permanent emotional response. I strategically implemented urinal posters, typographic projections, car fliers and online ads to reach the young gay community at the most critical times. With support from local gay bars, nightclubs and events, my overall message is delivered as a system of unexpected reminders to practice safe sex.

I also created a blog for my project. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Visual Advocacy: *more* Testing My Designs

I went to an event called Castro Movie Nights on Thursday October 15th at the Screenland Theater off Armour Road. It is a benefit held the third Thursday of every month that raises funds for charities that battle HIV/AIDS. I was able to hang my posters up in 2 different men's bathrooms to be seen by attendees of this event, which were primarily gay men.
I hung these up at a gay sports bar on Broadway called Outabounds.
I hung these up Friday night at FLEX, a hip new gay club downtown in the Crosstown Station.
I tested out my car fliers again, this time outside of 303 on Friday night.
I decided to switch out the posters that I put up originally at 303 just to see if changing the faces/statistics would keep this urinal attack powerful.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Illustration Ellective: Project 4

2010 American Royal Barbecue Poster

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Visual Advocacy: Testing my designs

Saturday night I used a projector to project this statistic on the side of a building right outside Missy B's, the most crowded gay bar in Kansas City.
I put my "How Lucky Are You?" fliers on the windshields of cars parked outside the gay bar.
I hung up these posters in the bathroom at a popular gay bar called 303 Friday and Saturday night. I received great feedback and even some offers to distribute them at some upcoming events.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Visual Advocacy: Rapid Prototyping

After meeting in class today, I decided to really refine my ideas and come up with a series of strinking, powerful and personal posters consisting of up close faces of young gay men with statistics about HIV written on their faces. These 5 posters will be hung above the urinals at 3 different gay bars this weekend so that my audience will have to face the truth while partaking in a personal activity (the bathroom). This is the perfect place to reach out to them because when someone is standing at the urinal, they will be forced to look these men in the eyes and let the fact soak in. My goal is to reach my audience when they aren't expecting it, so I think this idea is really strong. Hanging on the mirror or on the back of the bathroom door will be a poster that says "HIV-Protect Yourself. Spread the truth, not the disease." So that way my message is kind of a 2 part attack. They see the stats on the faces and then they see my message.
Also, I created the following posters to be incorporated into screen-based ads and on a Facebook page that I have created to spread HIV awareness.

Design Systems: Brand Application