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.
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.
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!
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.
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*.
Today marks 28 weeks, half a year, of reviewing since I started, and what a perfect week with an incredible Fiona Apple album, alongside some other solid projects.
To navigate these times, it’s important to remember the answer to this question.
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 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 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...
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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...
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!