I was invited to help create and design FORM, Chicago's first annual digital tech conference celebrating the best in design, web, photography, media, and craft.
Working with Shawn Pucknell, the director FITC, and conference leaders Jason White and Kim Alpert, we aimed to create a brand identity with a contemporary, modern aesthetic. I explored the theme of "form" in creating a series of conference materials that conceptually bridge and form together through design. This included conference badges that when combined together created one piece of design—encouraging speakers, volunteers, and general attendees to meet one another.
The conference featured speakers including Stefan Sagmeister, GMUNK, Nicholas Felton Gary Baseman, Michael Muller, and Erin Sarofsky (to name a few) sharing their tips and personal stories from their work in the design industry.
Read more about the conference and get ready for next year here!
I collaborated with Leviathan art director Jason White and creative director Bradon Webb on a series of conference posters. I found a way to use Jason's drawings in signifying his speech "It's all about Art" in a way that merged with the studios aesthetic. Working for the studio for a couple of months, I began to understand the important of experience and experimentation that happen. So, I challenged Jason to the idea of feeding his drawings into a particle system to create a visual language similar to the kinect. I used a couple of programs to achieve this effect, but eventually settled using Houdini's particle system, with the help of Bradon. I was extremely happy with the results, and jumped into designing the layout and type.
Singer/songwriter Mikky Ekko and RCA Records came to Leviathan to help with his new debut album, Time (http://smarturl.it/TimeAlbum).
Under the direction of Gareth Fewel and Jason White, I created several teaser animations for the album to appear throughout social media outlets. RCA wanted to be able to have a video as multi-purpose as possible, and to easily transform from a 1:1 ratio to 16:9. I combined this thinking with the album's design assets to create a glitch-styled animation with a classic black and white aesthetic.
Aside from the album animation, I also helped in some asset creation for the build of both the album and personal brand identity. More info can be found here: http://www.darnellworks.com/lvthn/ekko-id.htm
Also check out Leviathan's interactive stage design created for Mikky Ekko, with transforming multi-colored light animations! It will be apart of his upcoming shows. And it's way too cool! Tour dates here: http://www.mikkyekko.com/
Pitch frames for an animated LCD wall downtown by the Chicago river. Designed to entertain passers with artistic representation of Chicago's urban culture and textural environments.
A metaphorical animation inspired by a self written poem on free thought and curiosity. Why was inspired by my both my high school art teacher and mother, who's wisdom and free spirit truly shaped my creative perspective. They would say "think about it" when I had a question, but with those three words I was open to endless possibility and could trust in myself to discover my own answer.
In order to create a honest translation of the poem into visuals, I chose to explore creative metaphors in an abstract, mixed way. This animation is not an answer to the poem—nor is the poem an question. It is meant only to provoke thought and encourage you to "think about it".
Shot with RED Epic 4K Camera
Composited in Nuke X
3D asset creation & animation in Cinema 4D
Edit in After Effects
Sound design in Audition
Promo Package for Season 2 of The Bridge, a highly ambitious and mysterious drama that covers multiple complex storylines involving the drug trade, immigration, murder, corruption and the intersection of American and Mexican interests in the border towns of Juarez and El Paso.
Creative direction from Erin Sarofsky focused on a sense of location, culture, juxtaposition, texture, layers of complexity, and "southwestern noir", and incorporation of their previous kaleidoscope technique.
Produced at Sarofsky.
A various collection of poster designs for both print and web
During my internship at Hallmark I was able to work with a dynamic group of of designers, a writer, and a design engineer to create a product to Millennials. Within one week, we researched, concepted, designed, animated, and produced Memory Mix.
Help Hallmark understand how a transitional young adult (a new, untapped market) would share meaningful audio in a tangible way. Also, how can you tangibly share precious audio clips that have been captured during a specific event?
A clever twist on a sound card that is trendy and can be customized to each consumers needs.
The possibility for customization is endless as different versions of the cassettes can be designed in any style and for any holiday. There is also a possibility for other objects, such as a typewriter or acoustic guitar. The package could include real speakers to play audio.
Design : Anna Defazio
Design + Illustration: Kael Little
Design + Animation: Alexis Copeland
Design Engeering: Mat Nguyen
Writing: Valerie Speck