the open table is a community of faith in kansas city, rooted in contemplation and liberation. given quotes focused on liberation, freedom, and justice, i worked to embody the essence of each quote primarily within the typography.
collaborators: nick pickrell, victoria litardo, wendie brockhaus, sarah pickrell
naming, visual identity, motion graphics & sound design, teaching materials, certificate
this “storytelling workshop-in-a-box” is based on the premise that data alone doesn’t persuade people to take action and that memorable stories told by people who have lived experience can have a tremendous impact. online delivery of a complete set of video lessons, pdf facilitator guides, and worksheets allow leaders and participants to hone their stories for powerful self-advocacy.
collaborators: laura runnels, gina chiala, steve hebert
visual identity, posters, flyers, misc. ephemera
as part of a larger national initiative to earn restaurant and low-wage workers a living wage, needed benefits, and the right to unionize, this campaign needed to balance national cohesion with local flavor. prominent use of red connects with several other cities for quick recognition as a national effort, while a custom-designed headline typeface provides kc with a unique look. the voice is confident and loud, taking up any space afforded to it. this collection represents the core set of materials for the group.
kansas city was one of the first seven cities to organize workers, with hundreds turning out for rallies, marches, and to hear prominent speakers such as emanuel cleaver III and noted civil rights leader rev. c. t. vivian.
the shirts have been especially popular with workers. five hundred were printed; all were given away on the first two days of actions. as of april 2016, 3000–3500 shirts have been printed.
collaborators: michael enriquez and jeremy al-haj; sam yates, michael jumper, david terrill, alli sevareid, devon wolfe, anthony bennett
for over seven years, stand up kc has proudly taken to the streets, locally and nationally, to fight for a living wage and the right to unionize. visualizing their hopes and demands requires a careful balance of legibility and concept for a quick, yet memorable read, with an understanding of how these messages proliferate as news images through various electronic and print channels.
this collection represents a sampling of the most common messaging formats – posters, banners, flyers. as of october 2019 4,660 large silkscreen posters have been printed.
collaborators: michael enriquez and jeremy al-haj; david terrill [portrait illustrations], sam yates, michael jumper, alli sevareid, devon wolfe, anthony bennett [student collaborators].
photos: suzanne corum-rich and tyler galloway
visual identity, business correspondence, literature, website
through legal representation, workshops, and movement support, hcjf creates opportunities for workers to learn and exercise their rights, realize their collective power, and develop the leadership skills necessary to advocate for a racially and economically just society. the contemporary, bold, and powerful design is meant to evoke nuts and bolts, building blocks, and collective power with a sense of warmth and hope.
collaborator: gina chiala
visual identity, campaign materials
the strong and compact "DNVR F15HT" logo anchors these campaign materials with a punch that reflects the seriousness of effort made by these low-wage workers. orange and navy capitalize on local football pride while spanish and english translations reflect the diversity of the group. a strongly unified visual approach lends credibility and solidarity to their struggles for a living wage and respect in the workplace.
collaborators: michael enriquez and jeremy al-haj; alli sevaried
24" × 36", one-color silkscreen poster // edition of 50
this poster confronts the viewer viscerally by making an emotional, then rational, appeal. these are flesh-and-blood humans, not just images on a newscast or statistics. the individual first names connect with the single torso to shift understanding from an individual to multiple lives; a seemingly unending list. finally, the detail text notes the specifics of the issue – that all of these individuals were unarmed when killed by the police and details of their killing.
collaborator: myles thompson
motion graphics, storytelling, video editing
created as original content under the "bike city kc" brand and distributed via its facebook page, this video series explores stories and issues of cycling in kansas city through discussions with various bike enthusiasts that make up our diverse bike culture. the intent is to further the dialogue about cycling in kansas city and inspire more people to ride bikes, plain and simple.
collaborators: malin brodi, jacqueline chanda, steve conard, joshua hoffman, heidi holliday, mesan john, julie meers, alex olson, maggie priesmeyer, vincent rodriguez, brett shoffner, kenneth walker
“bike city kc” is envisioned as a participatory brand based on the idea of celebrating and developing cycling culture in kansas city. the first incarnation of the participatory spirit is the development of a logo template that has been customized by local designers, most all of whom are also cyclists.
collaborators: rebecca dowell, doug havach, taylor hillestad, michael e kidwell, rachel krause, jessica meurer, richard pool, sara ramirez, matt urlaub
visual identity, business card, annual reports, website
the midwest center for equality & democracy’s [mced] mission is to empower low wage workers to organize with their coworkers to demand a living wages, an end to racial discrimination, and a voice on-the-job. mced supports the organizing efforts of other kansas city labor groups and underserved populations. interested in collective and organized action that moves our democracy forward, their identity is meant to visualize those values in a powerful, organized, and innovative way.
collaborators: michael enriquez, jeremy al-haj, gina chiala; anna [de sando] gonzales, jessi wilson
24x36” laser-print and silkscreen posters // edition of 50
this self-initiated project articulates an alternative to traditional majority-rule voting. printing on cheap paper (with an accompanying sale price of $5) works in direct opposition to the notion of political posters sitting in a gallery rather than doing their work in the streets. perforated pull tabs with a url lead readers to a web page with much more detailed information on consensus.
newspaper design template, graphic standards
a regularly-published newspaper chronicling the life, hospitality and community-building efforts of a catholic worker house in the historic northeast neighborhood of kansas city. this redesign gave the newspaper a strong sense of order and clarity balanced with an approachable and peaceful typeface. included in the project was consultation on using adobe indesign, which allowed cherith brook to produce the newspaper internally and properly maintain the visual standards.
collaborators: nick pickrell and sarah cool
visual identity, campaign materials
a public campaign that brought together a coalition of labor, faith, student, occupy kansas city, and community organizations from around the city to demand that the utility company kcp&l pay its fair share in taxes (they paid none from 2008–2010) and stop raising rates on kansas city’s 99%.
the campaign was widely covered in the local print, radio, and television media. the shareholder action even garnered national press coverage. the design of the materials lent visual cohesion, narrative continuity, and gave the campaign a professional credibility that reflected in the campaign’s actions, media coverage, and in their online footprint. the logical appeal to viewers told the story of a regional energy monopoly as a corporate tax scofflaw that had heretofore been untold.
collaborators: michael enriquez and jeremy al-haj;
david duncil, abby carr, jessi wilson, erica downing
visual identity, campaign materials
KC99 was an organization dedicated to defeating racism and fighting for economic equality, viewing themselves as part of an american tradition of working and poor people who continuously engage in efforts to improve their lives.
borne out of an idea to leverage existing sources of kansas city (and american) pride came a logo, banners, t-shirts, posters, and a web banner and numerous flyer designs. all materials are designed to maximize clear public communication of KC99's core messages during actions and, in doing so, also take advantage of possible media coverage that might further the message of the people.
collaborators: michael enriquez and jeremy al-haj
18” x 24” two-color silkscreen, perforated and laser cut poster // edition of 50
designed in response to an invitation to participate in “printervention”, an exhibition underscoring the necessity for for the support of artists and the ideas of civic responsibility to the greater society.
this poster focuses on practical, humanizing, and non-judgmental ways we can help our friends without homes. serving as both a poster and a stencil, it allows viewers to spread the message on their own terms.
a collaborative and inclusive process was integral to the project. to that end, content was developed with nick pickrell of cherith brook catholic worker house, whose mission is to show hospitality and practice works of mercy to people without homes in their neighborhood. further, a group was assembled to spread love throughout areas of kansas city where people most come in contact with people without homes. this created a sense of shared purpose and provoked thought on the subject as posters were being hung and stencils made.
exhibited: chicago tourism center gallery in chicago, 2010; open lot in nashville, 2010
collaborators: nick pickrell (content development); chris chapin, justin ruggieri, david scott, abby gallagher, ben hlavacek, brandon lyon.
motion graphics, logo design
this raleigh/durham/chapel hill public access cable news show is created by the people, for the people. the sequence was designed to embody the do-it-yourself spirit, networks, public participation, and production values of this group of activist reporters. the soundtrack features cakalak thunder, a north carolina radical drum corps.
collaborator: manzoor cheema
motion graphics, storytelling
two excerpts from a 20-minute film exploring our various relationships with animals. this was a thesis exploration at north carolina state university of how various storytelling devices like animation, voice-over, typography, and live action footage can be sequenced in an effective and memorable manner.
a graduate school project, this display typeface was conceived as a public stencil-based system for use by anarchists. three weights of grid-based concentric circles allow for a unique take on the stenciling process while allowing for flexibility in application. to circumvent corporate co-option, distribution would occur through laser-cut stencil sets distributed one-at-a-time amongst trusted colleagues.
visual identity, stationery, posters
centered around social gatherings such as monthly potlucks, restaurant outings and an annual vegan bbq, this group’s goal was to expose the public to the wide-ranging benefits of a vegetarian/vegan diet. the logo reflects both the social and plant-based core of the group. recycled, naturally-colored paper was used throughout, with visual puns providing that “a-ha” moment on the logo and posters.
a personal, yet public, editorial comment on the 2000 presidential elections.
published: “the design of dissent” by milton glaser and mirko ilic