JP RICKABAUGH

Musically Inspired Design & Development

WHO AM I?

I’ve never really stayed in one spot for too long. Instead of getting comfortable in routines, I seek out new experiences and opportunities. I didn’t really fit in in my hometown, so I sought out a new life at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. The new environment was great, but the subject matter just wasn’t me at the end of the day. I kept looking, eventually stumbling upon my love for visual communications and design at the UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

I found my path, but I still challenged myself to seek out new things. New knowledge, new opportunities, and new skills. I explored my interests in the classroom and out. When I finished my major requirements, I decided to spend that extra time pursuing new skills and talents from motion graphics to photography. I pursued my interest in music by beginning a music review series and blog, tying my love for music into my classwork and portfolio in a new way. By always being on the lookout for the next great new adventure, I stay motivated and excited to see what life has to offer.

k

Graphic Design

The power of a good picture can’t be overstated. Visual elements are processed approximately 60,000 times faster than text – they speak to our natural instincts hardwired in the deepest parts of our brain. That’s why I’ve spent countless hours creating images, graphics, and other visual elements both for work and for fun. I work primarily with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Web Development

If you’re looking to give your business, projects, or other pursuits a home online, I’ve got you covered. I’ve extensively studied web development and UI/UX design to make sure I can create the best possible web experiences for my clients. I work primarily through WordPress in addition to the occasional coding project. I’m proficient with HTML and CSS, with additional experience in javascript and React.

z

Music

Music is one of the biggest parts of my life. While I spend a lot of time listening to music and playing guitar just for enjoyment, I also try to integrate it into my work whenever I can – from academic and personal projects to professional work. I always strive to do a great job, regardless of the subject – but when music is involved, my passion for it makes the end results that much better!

FEATURED WORK

k

Graphic & UI/UX Design

.strandberg* Infographic

My infographics final project gave me a little more freedom than others. The only real prompt was an extremely strong, realistic vector illustration. I decided to tackle my 12-year guitar playing hobby and fascination with progressive music by doing a piece dedicated to one of the most unique, forward-thinking guitar manufacturers out there: .strandberg*. 

Planet B

This was a collaborative project from my infographics class in which we wanted to create a magazine-style set of infographics to educate readers on climate change. As an assistant art director, I was responsible for developing the style guide and editing the final spreads, in addition to creating my own. 

2019: Year Of The Dreamers

I’ve been taking an infographics class this semester, and our most recent project was designing an infographic with some focus on entertainment from movies to music. With the open-ended nature, I decided to make an infographic about Dreamville Records, a North Carolina based record label who had a huge year in 2019. I designed the infographic in Adobe Illustrator and based the aesthetics on promotional materials used for the Dreamville Festival in 2019.

Web Development

1893 Brand Studio

My final project in my time at the 1893 Brand Studio was a complete redesign of the studio’s website, which hadn’t had a significant update in 3 years. I significantly streamlined the structure of the site, while targeting a more current aesthetic.

The Branding Of Me

The Branding Of Me is a class taught at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill that aims to teach students branding tools and networking strategies to help them stand out to employers and effectively market themselves.

Heels Housing

Heels Housing is a website I co-developed at the 1893 Branding Studio. The site allows students and other Chapel Hill residents to find affordable housing in the area, in addition to allowing property owners to advertise their listings.

BLOG

Planet B

Planet B

This was a collaborative project from my infographics class in which we wanted to create a magazine-style set of infographics to educate readers on climate change. As an assistant art director, I was responsible for developing the style guide and editing the final spreads, in addition to creating my own.

Behind The Infographic: .strandberg*

Behind The Infographic: .strandberg*

My infographics final project gave me a little more freedom than others. The only real prompt was an extremely strong, realistic vector illustration. I decided to tackle my 12-year guitar playing hobby and fascination with progressive music by doing a piece dedicated to one of the most unique, forward-thinking guitar manufacturers out there: .strandberg*.

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

To navigate these times, it’s important to remember the answer to this question.

The Breakdown: April 3rd (It Is What It Is)

The Breakdown: April 3rd (It Is What It Is)

THE BREAKDOWNReleases from April 3rdTable Of ContentsSkip straight to any review of your choice by clicking one of the buttons, or just keep scrolling down to read them all in order!It Is What It IsBy ThundercatThundercat may not be the most frequently talked about...

The Breakdown: March 27th (Future Nostalgia)

The Breakdown: March 27th (Future Nostalgia)

THE BREAKDOWNReleases from March 27th Table Of ContentsSkip straight to any review of your choice by clicking one of the buttons, or just keep scrolling down to read them all in order!Future NostalgiaBy Dua LipaDua Lipa came to the attention of most in 2017 upon the...

The Breakdown: March 20th (After Hours, 3.15.20)

The Breakdown: March 20th (After Hours, 3.15.20)

THE BREAKDOWNReleases from March 20th Table Of ContentsSkip straight to any review of your choice by clicking one of the buttons, or just keep scrolling down to read them all in order!After HoursBy The WeekndThe Weeknd is bound to elicit some emotion in almost anyone...

Behind The Infographic: The Anatomy Of A Gaming PC

Behind The Infographic: The Anatomy Of A Gaming PC

Behind The Infographic: The Anatomy Of A Gaming PCFor this post, I’m taking a step away from music and focusing more on the design side of my work. This past week, I completed an infographic Desktop Computers - more specifically gaming computers. If you want to see...

The Breakdown: February 21st (Miss Anthropocene, Telemark)

The Breakdown: February 21st (Miss Anthropocene, Telemark)

It’s been a busy week with a lot of releases – I spent so much time listening to so much different music that I only had time to give two a full review – but make sure to check out the other new releases listed at the bottom of this post!