Huge Mixtape is a chatroom that I'm a part of at Huge where a small group of music-enthusiasts share tunes all day everyday. A few days before the end of the year, José Gasparian (@zefelipe) and I had the idea to create a site that wraps up our favorite releases of the year. Fast forward a few days and we had created (José mostly leading the design, myself handling most of the code) a site that expanded to collect album choices from Huge employees around the world in an office-wide poll. The site immediately took off, accumulating upwards of 35,000 page views and making its way to both the #1 & #2 spots of Muzli. Check out the site at mixtape.hugeinc.com.
Showing just design.
Does this count as an homage? Disclaimers out to Anti Social Social Club, ofc. Huge Ping Pong wanted to be hip too, so I made these knock-offs following our end of the year tourney at Fat Cat. A large-sized thanks goes out to Huge for being really cool and throwing us money for valuable business-uses like this! Photos of the squad taken by Erica.
ListenIn is a rebranding of a concept for a client that got abandoned a month or so into the build (budget reasons). It's a social listening app (all of the rage in 2016) that lets users broadcast or listen in (get it?) to their friend's and favorite artist's streams, just by signing in with a Spotify and/or Soundcloud account. Listeners are able to browse and follow their friend's profiles, as well as travel backwards through time to listen to past streams. I messed up sometime in the last year and accidentally deleted the redesign's source files, so everything here is screengrabbed from a prototype of the app hierarchy...holy-quality-loss-batman. Oh, and sorry for the NSFW old folks cover, was really feeling The Hotelier while making this (and still am).
For three months in the Spring of 2015 I had a stay with the homies at Dark Igloo, & they were a few of the most outrageously cool months of my life. Dark Igloo, run by Dave Franzese & Mark Miller is a company that specializes. I joined the team as an Eskimo. During our hang I got to work on cool things for places like Giphy, Kong, & Converse while also helping create internal virtual realities of the future, with Self-E-Wear.
Self-E-Wear: the only VR headset with the power to show you how cool you look wearing a VR headset. Equal parts interactive art piece, futurist dance party, and waiting in line at Space Mountain. Designed and built from scratch, the team at Dark Igloo debuted it at F5 Fest at Terminal 5 in '15 to huge smiles and several noise violations. No one quite knew what to make of The Future.
The Follies is the Penn State senior design class' take on the annual "Film Follies", a showcase of our short film projects from throughout the year. My classmates and I conceptualized, branded, filmed, and held a 300 person event and after-party: all centered around the idea of us being one large, highly dysfunctional family centered around our father figure, Lanny (which is very close to the truth, give or take a few decades of style). I also designed and built the promo website, go on a scroll.
Normal sets out in exploration of the paranormal through the lenses of three characters: (1) Enter the life of Guy Kraus, our telepathic shut-out who entered a discovery of Awful that did not immediately take upon itself an unfortunate nature. Or read an exclusive interview with (2) Tommy Scarponi, a completely average college student with the ability to control gravity. End it all with (3), Yourself– reveal your future and inner being through the art of tarot. Senior year final design project, under Lanny Sommese.
How many faces can you recognize? This poster and promotional website depicts eighty musicians who perform wearing masks or face paint. Masked Musicians are not limited to any single genre, including acts such as Daft Punk, Kiss, Pussy Riot, and Slipknot. The poster is paired alongside a See promo website, where the poster was originally available for purchase (probably not for sale anymore, don't buy one unless you want to donate money to a good cause!).
These are a collection of posters I've done over the years and back in school, using a mixture of photography, die-cuts, spray paint, and photoshop...starting off with "World of Dreams", an assignment from junior year of Penn State design. The assignment prompted us to create a poster for a fictional Ann Arbor Film Festival, full-filling a myriad of requirements– one thing upside down, one animal, one color out of place, three things out of place, and more than one model. Apologies go out to my mum's childhood doll, which got a bit soggy; and a sorry/thanks to my twin, Marina, and friend, Caroline for getting equally soggy with said doll.
TEDxPSU is an entirely student-run independently organized TED event. For the 2014 conference, Sarah Maiden, Eric Margusity, and myself were asked to handle the entire scope of the event's design. This involved branding, publicity campaigns, and event-day collateral. Our mark developed out of the realization that an "X" is more than simply an intersection of two lines along their respective paths, but rather a coming-together of two arrows, which reflects upon the intention of the entire TED structure. Human interactions are what allow us to "Go Further" and change the world, achieve our goals, and make our dreams a reality.