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Grad Work; BlackBook Contact Manager II

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Grad Work; BlackBook Contact Manager

This past semester, while pursuing my Graduate Degree at Academy of Art in San Fransisco,  I was assigned the task of creating a feasible bid presentation for a web-based contact manager application. While the client was fictitious, we were directed to approach the project as an actual job whose deliverable was to include a fundamentally working prototype. In the early stages of development, my mind often wandered through thoughts of branding and establishing an identity for our project.

Three refined concepts were presented to the group, including this first, simple, yet bold, design. The exterior containing shape is intended to resemble that a 'tab,' from an address book, while the color was chosen based on it's engaging qualities. The letterform's placement is deliberately off center to intrigue the viewer, while the right alignment of the text eases branding usage as a compositional element.

Concept A

In 'Concept B,' the main letterform was molded around a simple book translation and set inside of a 'tab,' shape, similar to 'Concept A.' Adding a gradient also helped give the brandmark a bit of dimension through subtle color usage. Font choice, as is the same for all three presented ideas, was intended to call back to the basic sans-serif found in most address books, however a conscious effort was made to stay away from the over-popular Univers and Helvetica.

Concept B

The chosen logo focused more heavily on readability and avoiding cliche. The translation in this piece stayed away from the obvious book imagery already over-used in hundreds of popularized brands. Instead, it focuses on an abstract interpretation of address book 'tabs,' a representation found in the negative space of the 'B,' letterform. It is simple, direct and intricately delicate, which keeps the viewer interested.

BlackBook Brandmark, 2010


DaimlerChrysler Capital Ventures, Auburn Hills, MI

Working for DaimlerChrysler a few years back, I was able to be part of their Capital Ventures Presentations, held in 2007. This particular year, I was paired with a wonderful group of engineers who had developed an idea to sell an energy-drink sponsored by HEMI.

HEMI Energy Drink Can Design Concept, 2007

After consulting with our local print vendor, we were able to produce a small run of 'label covers,' with a laminated matte finish that allowed them to be temporarily submerged in ice without damaging the printing. This clever solution allowed the judging panel to enjoy and experience the product, ice-cold, while the team presented their concept.


Amber Lou, Boston, MA

Vocalist Amber Lou, recently requested some identity work to help brand her new blog and supporting print materials for a new career in cosmetic artistry. Sketches started typographically-based, but evolved through common symbols found around her work-place.

Sketchbook Photo, Erik Hartley

These sketches gave way to several draft pieces, however the most successful of these became a heart-shaped option developed through typographical investigation of the letters 'a,' and 'b.'

Concept A

Further investigation yielded a few more solutions, but this final design was ultimately selected by the client. The surrounding translation is intended to resemble flower petals, while the star within the flower's interior uses negative space to create the letter 'A.' Color choices were simply based on the client's preferences.

Amber Lou Brandmark, 2010