MicSearch is a web design/development project that aggregates the open mics in your city in a sleek and easy to navigate way. This project is a work in progress. You can visit what I've made so far at: www.micsearch.com
Originally the site was going to be called OpenMic, but alas that domain was taken.
I developed custom motion graphics and edited video footage for Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) on two separate occasions.
For both projects I gained experience working with an established brand with clear brand guidelines. I also practiced communicating and collaborating with marketing departments from a remote location.
I had the immense pleasure of co-producing the 28th annual National College Comedy Festival at Skidmore College (along with my incredible colleagues Sarah Rabinowitz and Keegan Kelly).
While my day to day job producing the festival was corresponding with the 150+ visiting college comedians (accommodating their travel, housing, tech and food needs), I also designed and illustrated the promotional materials for the event.
With the existing logo and branding already designed by the talented Skidmore alumni Adam Fisher Cox, I was free to just brainstorm ideas for illustrations. Similar to my processes in 2016, I was initially stuck illustrating things that were symbolic of "comedy" or "college." These first ideas all felt too cliche and (ironically) unfunny.
In the end, I decided to spend an entire day filling a sketchbook with anything that made me laugh. I wound up illustrating this over-the-top image of a full grown person at the wheel of a Barbie jeep. I feel it conveys the college comedy scene perfectly - adults who unashamedly cling to a decidedly goofy (or youthful) hobby. I'm happy to have produced something that made people stop to laugh, or even raise an eyebrow and think: "what is this festival all about?"
Mana Crystal is my friend Ian Iversen and my labor of love, and favorite thing at Skidmore College. It's a weekly performing arts variety show that we put on in the basement of one of Skidmore's dorm halls.
Ian and I had always wanted a low pressure, low judgement, accepting and loving weekly performing arts show on Skidmore campus. So in the Fall of 2016 we finally started our own. We've hosted a Mana Crystal every Wednesday ever since, and it's allowed me to produce art (sometimes for promotion, but mostly to give away) that pushes me technically and creatively as a designer.
For the past four years I've been improvising as part of Skidmore's oldest comedy group The Ad-Liberal Artists, and for the last two years it has been my pleasure to be the club president!
In addition to making goofs and honing my improv-chops with The Ad-Libs, I've also been designing posters for the group over the years. These are a few of my favorites.
"Saturday" or "Friday Night Stand Up" is a bi-monthly stand up comedy show at Skidmore College that is almost a decade old now. I started performing stand up at this show my first semester at Skidmore as a freshman. I became close friends with then hosts Ben Jurney and Luke Conley, and by my Sophomore year was co-hosting the show with my friend and hilarious comic Becca Baruc.
For the last two years, with Becca graduated, I've been producing and hosting the biggest stand up show at Skidmore College alone. Part of my job is promoting the show online and through print media around campus. These are a couple of my favorite posters I've designed and illustrated!
I don't like to draw myself. It's as simple as that. But for this self portrait project I forced myself to.
I ended up having a lot of fun experimenting with simple lines, perspective, color and negative space. I ended up using my favorite illustration as the banner image for this website, but a few of the finalists are right here.
Last year I was honored to work as an Assistant Producer of the 27th annual National College Comedy Festival at Skidmore College (as all student producers of ComFest do their Junior year). To learn more about this comedy festival that changed my life you should visit its website, or read the cool New York Times writeup about it from a few years ago.
As an assistant my job was primarily running errands that the busy producers Hannah and Boco couldn't get to. Luckily for me, the producers also entrusted me with designing and illustrating art for the festival's promotional and merchandise materials. This was a dream come true for me, although I encountered a couple of obstacles along the way that helped me grow as a versatile designer. Most notably, my first drawings were of things I felt conveyed "comedy" or "college," but all felt too cliche or (ironically) unfunny.
Eventually I got on a roll of drawing things related to US Presidents. My thought was: instead of starting with the "college" or "comedy" component of the festival, why not start with "national"? Every year the festival brings about 14 different schools from all over the country to Saratoga to perform comedy. So, after several different ideas and iterations, I landed on this two-tone illustration of Mt. Rushmore decked out with comedy/party props.