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Assistant Professor of Practice of Graphic Design at the University of Nebraska _ Lincoln Attentive to the everyday occurences that make up our lives.
Everything communicates.

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Index of Wind


By abstracting forms of items around a small Icelandic town, I show how their shape changes when moved by the wind. This is a poster series of three.

18” x 24”


Heteronyms


These words are a particularly wicked part of learning the English language. A simplified line changes its form to communicate two different meanings of a word spelled and often pronounced exactly the same.

This work was selected for the C-IDEA 2020 awards cycle and was exhibited in the Doosung Paper Gallery in South Korea as well as the Poznan Design Festival in Poland.

24” x 36”















Join the Circle


After having received my vaccination I had this simple circle bandage placed on my arm. Using that shape, I create a boundary between those participating in close, mask-free, social situations against the monochrome masked distancing representing life before vaccination.

My process consisted of scanning in imagery from a stamp collection my grandfather gave me years ago. I then digitally trimmed and altered the imagery to create the final.

This poster was featured on the Hope Wall during the month of August 2021, in Richmond, Virginia .

36” x 48”





Unholy Communion


Combining this small plastic baby toy – with a striking similarity to Donald Trump – and Christian iconography. I satirize the “holy” relationship between he and Putin. Like a child, Trump fawns over dictatorial leaders. I question any semblance of innocence others find in this association.

This poster was selected as one of the Top 100 in Mutzurwut’s international poster competition for 2019. It was displayed in Heidelberg, Germany during the summer of that year.

24” x 36”





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Icons of Home


Representing each item as its own icon, this small book travels through the home I grew up in as a child. The fuzzy distorted effect created by my cheap inkjet printer  communicates the fuzzy edges of my memory.

4” x 6”



Colors of Olafsfjordur


Finding children’s board books at the local library helped me beging to decipher the Icelandic language. Through them I understood colors, animal names, and sounds. Photographing and altering captivating, color-coordinated subjects from around the town, I used bewildering placements to echo the emotions I had when trying to communicate in Iceland. These ideas are expressed through the creation of my own board book.

8” x 8” board book







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Sentree Backpack


Up until I was 15, my mother had epilepsy. When in a public space with her I often felt as if I had little to no power to control what materialized around me if a seizure struck. Strangers panicked, calling emergency services that were unnecessary. It was as if roles reversed, placing me as parent while parent became child. Yet, I was still perceived as a child.

This backpack is for children who find themselves in this same situation. By placing the blanket, inside the backpack, over the top of a loved one experiencing a seizure, a nervous crowd is informed about the normality of the event. The blanket empowers the child by giving them a voice in this challenging situation.

My process in developing this product began by photographing forms within nearby trees. From those photos, I pulled out faces seen in the bark. The imperfect, atypical, endearing face I chose reinforced the vulnerability I wanted the character to project.

Backpack 8” x 13” x 3”











Allay Series



These characters are the latest versions of continued research into aiding children of epileptic parents or caregivers. Timers within each figure delineate the
duration of two phases of a seizure (the seizure itself and Automatisms). By turning the head and legs of the character simultaneously, the child has a visual gauge for how long their caregiver’s seizure should last.

When twisted, the square forms also communicate the distortion happening to a loved one/caregiver while experiencing a seizure. As the timer winds down the figure realigns, signifying a return to normalcy. Functioning like a progress bar, this character reassures the child during these moments of high anxiety. 

7” x 3” x 2” (on average)





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Letterpress historical processes (clockwise from left):

Druksel / Massin / Calligram / Dada / Futurism

The use of elastic exercise bands with “language” printed over top summed up the dynamic nature of language Johanna Drucker speaks about within her book The Visible Word.

12” x 16” prints
13” x 17” container





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Sunshine Grocers


American consumerism symbols paired with progressive oddity portrays a message of satire upon the consumer. Utilizing a standard busy ad template from American grocery stores, a tongue-in-cheek story is told of the unconscious desire to consume whatever an ad may put in front of us. The use of the Qatari cart in the closing frames speak to the globalization of this ideal.

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6” x 10” Print Ad 











Hammer These


Once instructed in a unique and captivating manner, will people do just as they are told? This interactive installation in downtown Richmond, VA, showed that this was the case. Inspiration for this project derived from reading Edward Bernay’s book, Propaganda.


48”x 24” x 36”

wood, MDF, 1/8” nails