Gumbo is a collaboration between Special Edition Co. and designer Lindsey Chizever. The temporary tattoo set features graphic elements created by both parties. Users can wear the tats individually or stack several of them to create their own custom interactions!
Fount Magazine invited Special Edition Co. to participate in an international artist mash-up exchange. Under the theme "plant a mountain", artists from all over the world explored the theme of starting something new and forgetting the fear of failure. We were paired an image created by Polish artist Marta Wlusek and asked to create a composition based on our reaction to the piece.
Other artists and designers in this first issue include: Stefan Sagmeister, PutPut, Hort, Erwin Olaf, Frank Höhne, Tony Futura, Stefan Kiefer, Frank Berzbach, Götz Gramlich.
Fount had shows in Berlin and Dortmund for the magazine release and displayed prints of the work.
Objet hosted a series of workshops in focused on creating and customizing ceramics and weapons. The workshops took place at Vacant Farm in Kansas City. Objet reached out to Special Edition Co. to create a visual campaign for the workshops. We designed posters and handbills focused on the nature of the workshops. We also created social media promos for the workshops. Shortly after the workshops, we also created an additional poster for an Objet pop up shop.
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Special Edition Co. collaborated with ceramicist Lea McCormick Griggs on these graphic ceramic platters. Lea uses ceramic decals regularly in his work, offering opportunities for graphic and photographic application directly to ceramic pieces. We designed the graphics, printed them on ceramic decal paper and collaboratively placed the elements on each of the four platters.
Each platter measures 11" x 22" x 2".
A poster I collaborated on with Trent Roach for Special Edition Co. We designed the poster with themes of fluidity, creation and observation in mind. The poster is an 11″ x 17″ Risograph print on 80# Speckletone Madero Beach French Paper and was printed by the very talented Oddities Prints right here in Kansas City. We printed a small run of 50 posters.
Special Edition Co.'s submissions to Bucketfeet, a shoe company based in Chicago focused on connecting people through art. The company works with over 20,000 artists from over 100 different countries and turns their artwork into shoe designs. Our hightop mocked up design is in the review process for production.
Special Edition Co. created work for Chroma Magazine's first issue, The Red Issue. We were asked, along with other visual artists and designers, to interpret our connotations of the color red visually. We created the compositions and collaborated with Matthew Varker for the layout design of our spreads.
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Ultralab Apps collaborated with Special Edition Co. and several other artists to create sixteen patterns and original wallpapers to feature in their new Pattern Soup mobile app. The app allows users to create unique decorative designs an collages from photo cutouts and background patterns.
Special Edition Co. was also interviewed and featured on the Ultralab Apps blog.
A previous version of personal branding for myself as a designer. I utilized this branding in a full collateral set featuring a resume, cover letter, business cards, thank you cards and custom envelopes. The identity was intended to be flexible enough for various applications. - I designed a heavily patterned set and a separate, more reserved set to satisfy different occasions.
A concept for a dimensional monument which allows the user to physically interact with and commemorate the synthesizer. The monument offers the opportunity for collaboration of multiple users to experiment with lifesize representations of all of the elements of a synthesizer. They can change wave forms and work together to create one sound. The overall focus is the synthesizer's influence on music over the years and honoring the shift from analog to digital forms of creating audio. We proposed Asheville, North Carolina, next to the Moog Factory and Studios as the build location if this project were implemented.
Foam Letter Collective began as an experiment with textures and materials interacting with typography when printed. I cut out multiple sets of letterforms out of materials like MDF and pink insulation foam with a CNC router. I manipulated the letterforms in various ways and printed with the letters on a proof press. This gradually led to shipping out foam letter kits all around the country to texturize however they wanted. They sent the letters back to me with their own custom textures, along with documentation. I printed with the letters and documented the process and results on a case study website.
I designed the visual identity for Lawrence, Kansas, band Forrester. Their sound is spontaneous and ranges from ambient to hip hop to trance rock. I wanted to represent this sound with a vibrant, impactful mark with opportunities for variation in use. I also designed several shirts and stickers for the band.
I designed promotional posters and programs for MicroChromatic, an interactive performance installation exploring the relationship between various modes of sensory perception. Participants experienced fifteen minutes of total sonic and visual immersion inside the optochamber – a compartment specifically designed to merge the separate senses by attempting to nullify the boundaries between them.
I collaborated with Anna De Sando on the design of the 2014 Kansas City Art Institute commencement invitation. The design utilizes two of the school's colors, the core graphic and brand typefaces. Graduating seniors were given the invitations to send out for the graduation ceremony.
A project focused on enriching the lives of the youth of the Manheim Park neighborhood of Kansas City. We conducted a series of case studies, attended neighborhood meetings and surveyed youth within the community. A common theme was an interest in being seen and heard creatively. We developed the concept of a neighborhood recording studio which would promote structure and offer an outlet for the youth to record and collaborate with guest Kansas City musicians. We designed the full identity system and developed the concept for the studio, along with a potential website for tracks to be promoted on artist's profiles.
At Bernstein-Rein, I had the opportunity to work with McDonalds and the Kansas City Chiefs on a collaborative project. McDonalds released the exclusive Blitz Box at the start of the Chiefs season. It was a massive box of food for $14.99 for fans to eat on game day.
I designed car flags which came in the box, promotional gift cards, an outdoor board and several promotional animated web banners for the campaign. I also ate a Blitz Box.
While at Bernstein-Rein, I designed a custom Tumblr blog for the Hostess Brands relaunch in the summer of 2013. As Hostess prepared for the relaunch, they wanted to engage users in the experience. The blog allows users to submit Hostess related content and reblog the entries to spread the word about the comeback.
Bernstein-Rein had a summer pig roast in collaboration with Kansas City butcher shop The Local Pig. I worked with copywriter, Nick Wassmer, to develop a humorous campaign revolving around The Roast of Wilbur. I designed the poster for in house promotion of the event around the agency.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has an annual event in their sculpture park for children and their families. The theme this year was Mexican Fiesta. I designed Fiestagram to be used during the event as a way to visit all of the sculptures and document the experience in a fun and engaging way.
I redesigned the web experience of the Kansas City Star. Usability and displaying primary content in a compelling manner were major factors I took into consideration. My main goal was to offer users a much more visual news experience with seamless story saving and sharing options.