Placed second in the 2017 - 26th annual Walt Disney Imaginations competition. The top 6 teams of 336 submissions presented to Walt Disney Executives over a week in Glendale, CA. I was a member of a multi-disciplinary team of engineering and design students that designed a new outdoor space for Notre Dame students and faculty using human-centered design and research. We created digital concepts, storyboards, animation and user experience videos using Solidworks, Keyshot, Adobe Creative Suite and After Effects. I accepted a position as a professional design Imagineering intern in Orlando for the summer of 2017.
Lead was designed over the course of a semester in my 5th year at the University of Notre Dame for the 2016 Housewares Competition as a crate to aid in the transportation of stray dogs off the street to move them to animal shelters. While working with local animal control officers I discovered that due to a lack of other available equipment, officers will use an animal control stick to lift the dog by its neck or physically lift the dog by its body into the control vehicle. This can be dangerous for the control officer dealing with a viscous animal and potentially harmful for the animal as well. My design, Lead, has a hole at the top of the crate allowing officers to walk stray dogs directly into the cage while still on the animal control stick. This makes the dog easier to control, gives the officer more time to get the dog into the van and establishes a distance between the officer and the dog make the situation more safe for both.
I worked through the stages of design, development, prototyping, testing, modeling and rendering. All research, illustration, photography (unless otherwise marked) and design work is mine.
I entered my design into an international shoe design competition for Bucketfeet, an retailer specializing in artist-designed footwear. My design was voted the first place winner is now being sold at mass production online and in several in-store locations throughout the US.
The design was meant to inspire people struggling with ADHD or other learning disabilities to continue to create. I originally sketched the design in a notebook to use creativity and art as a median for my ADHD tendencies. As I encountered random thoughts and things I noticed throughout the day, I sketched a small doodle of it. Instead of allowing these random thoughts be be distractions, I allowed them to become inspiration and art. At the end of the day, my day's worth of random thoughts were documented into a design. I hope by to encourage people struggling with learning disabilities to realize the beauty in how each individual thinks and to embrace it and express it through art.
During my position as Graphics Editor at The Observer, Notre Dame's student run newspaper, I served as project manager for weekly special edition features called Irish Insiders that were printed throughout the Notre Dame football season. I worked with a team of photographers, writers and editors to feature a football player or team position throughout the 2015 Notre Dame football season. I would aid in the preparation of the interviews or photoshoot, but my main job was to direct or photograph the player[s] and design a visually striking photo illustration within 24 hours of the shoot that fit the weekly focus. This was an amazing experience that helped me gain leadership skills and taught me to work with people from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. My team with the Observer won an award for "Best Special Section Front/Cover" for one of the editions during the 2016 Indiana Collegiate Press Association Awards (ICPA).
Hue-Go is a toy inspired by volunteering in a low-income school in South Bend. It is designed to teach children color theory through the use of light shining through layers of different colored clear acrylic sheets. There are slot on the back of his body for the colored plates to be inserted. A small led flashlight is held inside his form. The button of the flashlight is exposed as an easy off and on switch for the toy. There is a flap secured by velcro to open and close Hue-Go to change the flashlight batteries. This prototype was laser cut from plywood and fits together like a puzzle, using minimal glue.
In this self-guided class project I designed and branded Paws All-Natural Dog Treats, a line of high-end dog treats that contain carefully researched ingredients to target the specific needs of three different groups, puppies, adult and elderly dogs.
I focused a majority of my research on young dog owners wanting a healthy city life style with their dog. My designing a gourmet line of dog treats that extend through all stages of life, it encourages health-conscious owners to greater understand the needs of their dog as they age.
Photographing the abandoned South Bend Studebaker Factory was such a great experience. The automotive factory was built in the 20's and closed in 1963. The building covers nearly .2 square miles, most of which has been left untouched since the 60's. A Notre Dame alumni bought the property and is renovating the factory into a high-tech children's science center within the next 10 years. I got to photograph the building before the renovation went into full force in the spring of 2015. I'm inspired by the photography of #MatthewChristopher in his series #abandonedAmerica in which he captures the beauty of abandoned spaces and advocates for the reservation and reuse of buildings around the country, much like the Studebaker Factory.
Throughout two semesters at Notre Dame, I took an intro and advanced course on 3D Digital Production, covering Maya and Mudbox to model, animate and rig from video. I also have experience using After Effects, Flash Animation and creating stop-motion animation to create 2D animations. I enjoyed the detail-oriented projects during modeling that allowed me to explore character development. This course helped me further understand a 3D form in a 2D space.
In the summer of 2015, I had an internship at Digital Kitchen, a creative digital agency whose focus on experience design, branding and motion graphics gave me great exposure to the use of 3D digital production and animation in the actual field. It was this internship that inspired me to take further courses during my time at the University of Notre Dame.
I will be taking a motion graphics course in the spring semester 2017 at the University of Notre Dame.
Through a variety of mediums from lithography to charcoal, I used the combination of illustration, words and visuals to make social commentaries on some of the issues I feel most strongly about.