A responsive website design concept for (the late great) Al Jazeera America. The site focuses on flexible editorial tools, aligning to Al Jazeera's "voice of the voiceless" brand aesthetic, and has a darker theatre mode for rich media.
A classic western-themed music video; art directed, edited, and musically composed by me.
Music: I participate in a Music Writing Day, with some fellow musician friends. The purpose of the day is to write and record 20 original songs in a single day. I've always loved Westerns and film scores, so this is my loving homage to that vibrant and turbulent genre. It took me roughly three hours make.
Video: I created a narrative arc around my film score, splicing classic Westerns scenes and characters together to showcase the land, town, hero, villain, love interest, battle, and the inevitable victory over "the bad guy."
Driving is unsafe, phones are distracting, and here in California the combination is down-right illegal. This concept is built around simplified management of a drivers go-to mobile needs: navigation and communication. It’s principles are simple: voice first, forgiving touch targets, and consistent module layout for increased muscle memory.
Al Jazeera was launching their new brand, AJ+, devoted to engaging viewers with easily digestible and relevant content anytime, anywhere. But that wasn’t all, they needed a flexible editorial tool that would also allow content to be modified to tell evolving stories at the lightning fast pace of news.
The AJ+ mobile application uses a modular card sequencing system, wherein each content type is represented by distinct card design, which is sequenced and reshuffled to tell the story. The app also breaks down the wall between editorial team and reader, allowing users to follow and connect directly with the AJ+ team.
The Digitalist video presents vignettes of excellent customer experiences and sets the tone for Helsinki, Finland's 2016 Digitalist Conference. The goal of the video is to introduce and position Ixonos as a thought leader and trusted moderator for this conference – not an easy task for a small team and a single week. The variety of video content was extensive, needing a unifying visual and editing system to ease viewer comprehension and breath life into each story. The answer was simple: Brady Bunch grid! The modular grid system organizes each of vignette with Ixonos' brand guidelines as the vibrant visual backbone. The camera loosely floats between modules, allowing the viewer to sneak a peak at off-camera content while inside each module, a floating block system stylishly slides content about the screen. The video ends with a slow pan out shot revealing even more stories that Ixonos has yet to tell.
A change of editor, content, and future objectives fueled Juxtapoz magazines 2013 redesign to be friendlier and more engaging. I used urban retro art deco typefaces and graphics, a warmer and more playful color palette, full bleed images, and dynamic and adjustable layouts to give Juxtapoz a style that appeals to our hip, urban readership.
Collected album artwork and live show promotional pieces from my wacky, heavy, and somewhat confusing San Francisco rock band, Two Headed Spy. We had no illusions or intentions of "making it," so the work was always motivated by our own convoluted comedy.
A thought leadership summit including heavy-hitters like John Maeda and Yves Behar, discussing the crossroads of experience and technology, and held at the San Francisco Autodesk gallery inspired a design vision where dynamic angles and soft focus inspire and enliven attendees and followers.