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. It was great, but it still didn’t feel right. So I kept looking and ended up studying Interactive Multimedia in UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, finally finding somewhere I could be challenged in the right way. 

Since finding “my place”, 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. Although I was only required to take IM classes, I also tried photojournalism, graphic design, motion graphics, and a handful of other great opportunities offered by the Hussman School. In my free time, I pursued my interest in music by beginning a music review series, while also tying in that interest into my classwork and professional work. By always being on the lookout for the next great new adventure, I stay motivated and excited to see what life has to offer.

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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.

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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

Web Development

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.

Spotify Around The World

Spotify Around The World was one of my final web development class projects. I used Node.js and React to comb through over 3.4 million lines of spotify data, and present an interactive and well-organized summary of that data.

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Graphic & UI/UX Design

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.

Envision Carolina

During my senior year, I was elected to lead the Envision Carolina campaign for my New Media Technologies class. In addition to my leadership responsibilities, I handled about 50% of the project’s graphic design, as well as the website.

GrocerEasy

As a part of a UI/UX Design course, we were tasked with designing an app to make grocery shopping easier. I went through an in-depth process, creating a style guide, wireframes, and an interactive prototype on Adobe XD.

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The Breakdown (March 27th: Future Nostalgia)

The Breakdown (March 27th: Future Nostalgia)

THE BREAKDOWNReleases from March 6th & 13thTable 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...

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

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

THE BREAKDOWNReleases from March 6th & 13thTable 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...

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 PC For 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!

The Curious Case of Threatin: How a One-Man Metal Band Manipulated Social Media to the Extreme

The Curious Case of Threatin: How a One-Man Metal Band Manipulated Social Media to the Extreme

Imagine: You manage a popular rock club in London. You book an up-and-coming rock star with a flair for the dramatic. He tells you the show is all but sold out. The day of the performance comes, the band takes the stage, and the show begins – but nobody’s there.

Today, I want to share with you the story of the biggest rockstar you’ve never heard of – Jered “Threatin” Eames.

2019: Year Of The Dreamers

2019: Year Of The Dreamers

Dreamville Records is a record label founded by North Carolina rapper J. Cole. Since its conception in 2007, it’s had plenty of time to grow – setting the stage for their triumphant 2019.

Why I Do What I Do

Why I Do What I Do

Time for a more personal look at why I write about music, and music’s impact on me.