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.

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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

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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

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.

The Power Of Good Album Art

The Power Of Good Album Art

The power of a good album cover can’t be overstated. It’s the first thing listeners see and remains present on all platforms, from vinyl to CDs to streams. More than that, It’s a chance for musicians to develop their persona visually in addition to their natural sonic development. Some musicians choose to do this by using artwork based on the same themes as the album, some use it to show the next step in their evolution as an artist.