Type City is a two-sided direct mail piece created to promote no-cost graphic design curriculum for high school art teachers. This curriculum, supported with an AIGA Innovate grant and developed by a committee of postsecondary design educators, aims to introduce young students to the history and principles of graphic design.
When folded, the piece is an 8-page, self-cover booklet with an introduction to and summary of the curriculum.
When completely unfolded, the reverse side is a colorful poster with playful imagery from type history (sorts, ink brayers, quoins, furniture cases, pica poles, and even a Linotype mat suspension bridge). This is intended to be displayed in high school art classrooms by the direct mail recipients.
Saguaro National Park for Type Hike
Type Hike is a collaborative design project that marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service and its 59 parks. 60 designers across the country were tasked with creating a typographic poster celebrating their individual park.
This is my submission for Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona. Saguaro National Park is the only member of the U.S. National Park System dedicated to the preservation of a single plant species.
The saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) is a mighty icon of the Sonoran Desert. These impressive plants can live for centuries, grow up to 70 feet tall, and weigh more than two tons during the rainy season.
Cristate, or crested, saguaros are characterized by a fan-shaped, fractal growth pattern at the tip of their upright arms. Cristate saguaros are rare and prized; it is estimated that only 1 in every 250,000 specimens bear this unique distinction. The exact cause of the mutation is unknown, although recent theories posit that the fasciation process is triggered by damage from lightning strikes or freezes.
My poster features one of these unique crested specimens.
Featured: Communication Arts, Fast Company, Dwell, The All Night Listening Post, Dribbble, and more.
Exhibited: Type Director's Club, Poler Laguna, The Southern, Mississippi State University, Wichita State University, and more.
A series of typographic studies showcasing the formal beauty of numerical structures in various styles and weights.
A Scandal in Bohemia
An extensive letterpress project featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia, the first of the Sherlock Holmes short stories.
All body type was cast in hot metal Baskerville (specifically Intertype’s Baskerville, based on the original punches and recut under the direction of Stanley Morison), one 20-pica line at a time on a 1957 Intertype Linecasting machine (with the exception of chapter opening ornaments and the half-title Fraktur initials, which were cast on a Ludlow Typograph).
All interior pages were printed on a 1963 Heidelberg Windmill press.
The cover plate and half-title foil stamping were completed on a hand-fed Chandler & Price platen press.
Each volume is hand-bound utilizing various techniques, an edition of 50.
The University of Iowa Center for the Book is a specialized graduate program in Book Arts that includes fine press printing, bookbinding, papermaking, and calligraphy. This exhibition, The Future of a Legacy, was a celebration of the art, history, and culture of the book in conjunction with the UICB’s 25th anniversary.
Exhibition materials included a logo design, signage and posters, pamphlets, and direct mail.
Objects + Methods Posters
A poster for Jennifer Leonard, design author, researcher, and writer as part of the VCU Department of Graphic Design’s Objects + Methods lecture series. This piece received a Design Merit Award at the AIGA Greater Richmond Awards for Design Excellence (GRADE 7).
A. Richard Dedekind's Theory of Numbers Digitally produced and printed, this hand-bound double pamphlet features custom Greek character ornaments and handmade cover paper. The text, excerpts from Richard Dedekind’s Essays on the Theory of Numbers, features detailed typesetting and a neo-classicist layout.
B. Affirmation of the Advanced A small book created in the style of early 20th century manifesto pamphlets. In conjunction with architectural study, this book contains quotes from Russian design greats such as Kasimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and El Lissitzky. These pages are interspersed with personal call-to-action style writing regarding the history and preservation of local architecture in Richmond, Virginia. Also included are full spreads containing historical imagery from the quoted artists.
C. Architecture Created in conjunction with designer and professor John Malinoski and the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, VA, this 48-page book consists of original photographs of historically significant architectural traits in north-central Virginia.
Stitched by hand, this volume features a blind debossed cover pressed on a Vandercook and endsheets of flexible vinyl banner material recycled from a past VCA exhibition. Between spreads of symmetrical imagery are excerpts from Vitruvius’ Fundamental Principles of Architecture.
Photographed locations include Richmond’s Windsor Farms, Museum District, Virginia House, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Virginia Center for Architecture’s home location on Monument Avenue.
The Limits of Knowledge (for William Bronk)
Charles Matson Lume is a Saint Paul-based visual artist and Minnesota State Arts Board grant recipient who creates ephemeral light installations using everyday materials. The Limits of Knowledge (for William Bronk) is a 92-page book designed to accompany his 2016 exhibition of the same name.
This 6x9 volume spins a deliberately hazy narrative using images that progress like frames in an animation, allowing the reader to assign their own meaning to the wordless story.
Paperback cover features a soft-edge blind deboss, reverse-side printing, and French flaps. Perfect bound, edition of 40.