graphic design

I used to despise Photoshop and Illustrator, because they were beasts that I just did not understand. So many tutorials online were created with Photoshop, instead of Gimp, and my poor 15-year-old self couldn't afford the Adobe suite. When college rolled around, I was pleasantly surprised at how much EASIER the Adobe suite is to use than programs like Gimp. Granted, they are still difficult to master sometimes. My life drastically changed when I truly started working with Illustrator in 2014. Vector-based graphics are incredible assets to have on your side, whether you use them for web, apparel or business assets. The following designs are some of my favorite examples of work from the past few years. They showcase many different design styles, all created with Photoshop, Illustrator or a combination of the two.

"Rocket League: Octane ZSR [2D]" is an example of creative work I designed as a fan of the video game, Rocket League. It is a 2D representation of my favorite car in the game, designed entirely in Adobe Illustrator. I love projects like these, because I enjoy designing the individual components that make the design pop as 2D concept art.

"Rocket League: Octane ZSR [2D]" is an example of creative work I designed as a fan of the video game, Rocket League. It is a 2D representation of my favorite car in the game, designed entirely in Adobe Illustrator. I love projects like these, because I enjoy designing the individual components that make the design pop as 2D concept art.

"Rocket League: Octane ZSR [3D]" is another example of creative work I made as a fan of the video game, Rocket League. Using a screenshot from the Xbox version, I masked out my favorite car and turned it into a standalone desktop background. I loved working with the Spin Blur filter in Photoshop to create the illusion of spinning tires. I added lens flares on the headlights and smoke from the tires to give the car an even more dramatic effect.

"Rocket League: Octane ZSR [3D]" is another example of creative work I made as a fan of the video game, Rocket League. Using a screenshot from the Xbox version, I masked out my favorite car and turned it into a standalone desktop background. I loved working with the Spin Blur filter in Photoshop to create the illusion of spinning tires. I added lens flares on the headlights and smoke from the tires to give the car an even more dramatic effect.

These "Star Wars/Starbucks Parody Stickers" were created for the die cut sticker, Twitter page, Stickergrub. Being a fan of both Star Wars and coffee, this was an insanely, fun project to work on. I'm a huge fan of puns and parodies, and I used these skills to create five stickers based after popular characters from the Star Wars franchise.

These "Star Wars/Starbucks Parody Stickers" were created for the die cut sticker, Twitter page, Stickergrub. Being a fan of both Star Wars and coffee, this was an insanely, fun project to work on. I'm a huge fan of puns and parodies, and I used these skills to create five stickers based after popular characters from the Star Wars franchise.

"MedHere Today Rebranding" was created for MedHere Today, a pharmaceutical consulting firm based out of Nashville, TN. Before my career in design, I was a Pharmacy Technician for 6 years, so this was definitely an exciting project to be a part of. 

"MedHere Today Rebranding" was created for MedHere Today, a pharmaceutical consulting firm based out of Nashville, TN. Before my career in design, I was a Pharmacy Technician for 6 years, so this was definitely an exciting project to be a part of. 

"SWFLC Rebranding" was created for the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center in Charleston, MO. SWFLC is a great organization dedicated to providing a safe environment for youth and families in need of care. It was an honor to help them with their logo redesign. 

"SWFLC Rebranding" was created for the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center in Charleston, MO. SWFLC is a great organization dedicated to providing a safe environment for youth and families in need of care. It was an honor to help them with their logo redesign. 

"May the Fourth" was an apparel graphic created for, you guessed it, May the 4th. Being a long-time fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, I always look forward to Star Wars Night, which usually takes place on or around this particular day, which has become sort of a parody on the phrase "May the force be with you." I enjoyed redesigning the popular droid, BB-8, as a baseball and creating this Website Conversion ad for my client. 

"May the Fourth" was an apparel graphic created for, you guessed it, May the 4th. Being a long-time fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, I always look forward to Star Wars Night, which usually takes place on or around this particular day, which has become sort of a parody on the phrase "May the force be with you." I enjoyed redesigning the popular droid, BB-8, as a baseball and creating this Website Conversion ad for my client. 

These "Star Wars Pillows" were created for a throw pillow company in 2016. It's always a pleasure doing design work when it incorporates a brand that I absolutely love. The graphics you see were created with Adobe Illustrator and placed into Photoshop on these square, pillow mockups. 

These "Star Wars Pillows" were created for a throw pillow company in 2016. It's always a pleasure doing design work when it incorporates a brand that I absolutely love. The graphics you see were created with Adobe Illustrator and placed into Photoshop on these square, pillow mockups. 

"Golf Digest" is an app icon I created for enjoyment using Adobe Photoshop. It allowed me to get practice using a long-shadow action I had created at the time, while also giving me a distraction during the (seemingly) HOURS worth of commercials during the Masters tournament in April of 2014.

"Golf Digest" is an app icon I created for enjoyment using Adobe Photoshop. It allowed me to get practice using a long-shadow action I had created at the time, while also giving me a distraction during the (seemingly) HOURS worth of commercials during the Masters tournament in April of 2014.

"Marriage 2016" was a design created for the same client as the Star Wars pillows above. I am a huge fan of typography-based designs, so this project was very enjoyable to be a part of. Normally, I would never use more than three fonts in my work, but this was a project I could break the rules on. The first thing you should see as you look at the design is the word "Marry," which is definitely the most important. The struggle was to find a font for "2016" so that it would stand out, but not as much as "Marry." I am pleased with the fonts I used to overcome this. 

"Marriage 2016" was a design created for the same client as the Star Wars pillows above. I am a huge fan of typography-based designs, so this project was very enjoyable to be a part of. Normally, I would never use more than three fonts in my work, but this was a project I could break the rules on. The first thing you should see as you look at the design is the word "Marry," which is definitely the most important. The struggle was to find a font for "2016" so that it would stand out, but not as much as "Marry." I am pleased with the fonts I used to overcome this. 

"Tülē Brewing Co." is a branding logo I created for a startup brewing company based out of Springfield, MO. The client wished to incorporate hops and barley into a badge-style design, which I developed using Adobe Illustrator. 

"Tülē Brewing Co." is a branding logo I created for a startup brewing company based out of Springfield, MO. The client wished to incorporate hops and barley into a badge-style design, which I developed using Adobe Illustrator. 

"Mona Lego" was a project I did for fun to settle an issue I was having with pixel graphics. My theory was that if I could convert  an image into pixels using the Photoshop "Pixelate" filter, then I could apply a pattern of 1x1 lego blocks to create the illusion that I did all of the work putting together the pieces in person. This way, fortunately, I could create a Photoshop action and save myself HOURS, while also gaining infinitely many colors to work with. The complexity of math in this project proved to be overwhelming at first, but after a couple of coffee breaks, I was successful in creating a working template that could be used for virtually any source image.

"Mona Lego" was a project I did for fun to settle an issue I was having with pixel graphics. My theory was that if I could convert  an image into pixels using the Photoshop "Pixelate" filter, then I could apply a pattern of 1x1 lego blocks to create the illusion that I did all of the work putting together the pieces in person. This way, fortunately, I could create a Photoshop action and save myself HOURS, while also gaining infinitely many colors to work with. The complexity of math in this project proved to be overwhelming at first, but after a couple of coffee breaks, I was successful in creating a working template that could be used for virtually any source image.