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 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.