Ken, or “prefectures” in Japanese, is the inspiration behind this deck of digitally illustrated playing cards. Each card features a drawing that corresponds to a specific prefecture or area of Japan. Thus, no two cards are alike. The deck also comes with a booklet that explains traditional Japanese card games that can be played using the standard 52 deck. A supplement app also explains why the imagery was chosen for each area and its cultural significance. Nestled comfortably in elegant packaging, Ken Cards are as much educational as they are practical. They are the perfect keepsake for travelers and natives alike.
ART DIRECTOR: Abby Guido
The Identity Crisis Poster Series is a set of 3 posters that address the struggles of having an invisible illness. Many people with invisible illnesses consider it a huge part of their identity but struggle in coming to terms with it because of the large stigma surrounding it. One of the largest criticisms is that those from the outside only see what’s on the surface and not all the trouble and turmoil deep within them. Playing off this idea the poster series features 3 different variations of looking beneath the surface. The posters are typographically driven and take shape from various instances in nature that reflect this idea. Thus, we have an iceberg and what’s hidden underneath, a tree and its roots, and a volcano ready to erupt. The typeface chosen for these posters was Interface in varying weights and the imagery and textures were all created and edited in Photoshop.
TYPE: Digital / Infographic
ART DIRECTOR: Abby Guido
For Temple’s 2017 Data Analytics Challenge NBC Universal presented a large dataset on movies and asked the question “Can you predict which movies will be a hit or a bust?” After going through and organizing the data I choose to focus on animated films for my infographic as it was one of the highest grossing film genres. For the imagery of my infographic I looked to old film and black-and-white rubber hose animation, the likes of which Steamboat Willlie and Betty Boop are derived. I decided to focus on the qualities that make a great animated film versus a bad one (in terms of box office revenue) and discuss what could be beneficial for future movies to consider.
TYPE: Packaging / Branding
ART DIRECTOR: Paul Sheriff
Not your traditional restaurant, Serial Grillers is a dining experience completely inspired by the ever-intriguing lives of serial killers. Every menu item at this themed restaurant draws on the world’s most prolific killers. The food might be good but the atmosphere is gritty and perhaps even a little frightening. Everything is heavily inspired by police case files and criminal investigation. This brand features a fully-designed 5-page menu, take out bag, take out box, and website. The restaurant also has its own brand identity manual, explaining the process behind all the design choices made during its creation.
TYPE: Print / Infographic
ART DIRECTOR: Abby Guido
For this infographic 3-part series, I choose a nonprofit in which I have a personal connection too, Dysautonomia International. The purpose of the project was to create a unique solution to educate viewers on your nonprofit using infographics. Dysautonomia International is a nonprofit that helps raise awareness and funding for Dysautonomic disorders, or disorders of the autonomic nervous system. The most abundant of these disorders being POTS, or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Essentially this disorder causes those afflicted to have difficulty standing upright because blood tends to pool at their feet instead of returning back to the brain causing a rapid heartbeat and near fainting. Because it is a neurological disorder it can cause a number of hardships and symptoms ranging just about everywhere in the body. Because there is no cure and many medical professionals don't even know of its existence, Dysautonomia International’s goal is to help the millions of people who live with these disorders find acceptance and help. For my infographics, I decided to focus on the environment as the driving force behind what each infographic would showcase. I choose to make a poster series where each poster would be in areas where people tend to stand for prolonged periods. Each infographic plays off their location from bus shelter, to subway, to elevator, and gives valuable information on the disorder. The iconography in the posters is based of medical imagery and is simple to not distract from the most important part, the information.
ART DIRECTOR: Francheska Guerrero
The CBGB first opened in the 70s and it wasn’t long until it was known as a famed venue for punk. Drawing on its punk rock beginnings, this invitation set gets its inspiration from none other than 70s punk fashion trends. A laser cut fishnet slip-case holds the invitation, drink voucher guitar pick, and rsvp card. All of this is nestled in a black vinyl fishnet patterned envelope with custom mailing labels. Old DIY posters helped influence the visuals on the main invitation. The set also features custom masking tape, stamp, and back stage passes for the event.