For the birth of our first child, my wife and I wanted to do the announcement in a unique way. I concepted and carried out the overall design & construction, and contracted local illustrator/designer Josh Alexander to illustrate the figures of my wife and I. The final card was hand die-cut, assembled, and delivered to close friends and family.
For my final portfolio in Graphic Communications (at the University of Houston) I was assigned to collect all of my sketches from throughout the semester into a wire-bound volume. I knew that a wire-bound book would ultimately just be white noise in the grading process (because every student, in every section, was planning on producing their portfolio this way), so I made the choice to utilize several of the resources I had at my disposal as a professional designer. Specifically, the ability to scan documents extremely quickly using a copy machine (when creating the catalogue I scanned and setup over 300 images), as well as access to a Duplo glue-binding machine. I also created a custom die, which allowed me to cut tabs into each of the pages, making the catalogue far easier to navigate. After grading the book was photographed by the UH School of Art and placed on their website, as an example of the work their Graphics Communications students were producing.
Below are photos of the completed catalogue, as well as examples of page setup.
My final project, in the Color Theory course at the University of Houston, was a study on the Dante’s Inferno series of etchings done by Gustave Doré. It was created from the outset to be a coffee-table sized piece, that would be relevant in my portfolio, no matter the amount of professional work it contained.
To help cut expenses at my wedding, my wife and I decided that I would design, and we would produce, our own wedding invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations, and other necessary print materials. Because we wanted to include several smaller cards with our invitation, I designed a custom die-cut, and hand-glued folder to package everything. Around the wedding invitation folder (and the rehearsal dinner invitation) is a hand-glued piece of ribbon, and a square with a designed version of our initials (C & J).