4ORCE Spring Events Calendar Poster

For this poster assignment for a Spring Calendar of Events, I gave myself a unique challenge: How to convey the central mission of digital agency 4ORCE, “interactivity,” through a static display poster? The solution I devised uses distance to create that sense of discovery and interactivity.

From a distance, the poster appears to be a rich pop-style portrait of Kojak star, Telly Savalas with a foppish birthmark. As the viewer moves closer, the image breaks up into a pixelated pattern of colored blocks, concentric circles and a heart at the center of the composition. The overall effect is fascinating.

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Selected Posters

I think that great poster design is so often ignored in the marketing mix. It is a tangible link to our past as designers and I relish the opportunity to work on posters whenever I can.

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Principia College Athletics “Think Bigger” Book

This book, created for Principia College, was a clear statement of something that Principia athletes have known for years: The mark of the Principia sports program is in the personal growth and changed lives of the young men and women on the field. A sports program for a small liberal arts school like Principia College can’t compete with Division 1 sports machines on sheer field experience. It can, however, compete when personal growth is the bar for measurement. That’s the goal of this piece — to  convey that message.

Used as a recruitment piece for the college, this book carried that “growth” message forward in a very robust way through clear typography, bold use of color, immersive photography and evocative messaging.

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“It’s A Totally DIfferent Experience” Brand + Campaign Materials + Video

Faced with a target enrollment pool that were either attending the “feeder” Principia private boarding high school or being pushed by their alumni parents to attend, Principia College had an image problem. The college needed a way to differentiate itself from its’ high school “sister” while conveying to an international student audience that this was definitely not their parents’ Principia College.

To combat this, I led the “itsatotallydifferentexperience.com” campaign. The fully branded campaign featured a compelling site with real stories from real students wrapped in a progressive design that differentiated itself from the more stately main Principia College brand. I also created video motion graphics pieces set to music recorded by college students themselves to help convey the “PC” experience. Live events at unique locations also carried the brand and the campaign directly to select groups of prospecive students with video pieces and live Q / A sessions with current Principia College students. other promotion materials such as posters and a “Summer Survival Kit” helped prospects take the brand home.

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David McCullough at Principia College Event Package

David McCullough: best-selling author of historical hits including “1776”. “John Adams” and “Truman.” Recipient of numerous honors and awards including 2 Pulitzer Prizes, The National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. ONE heck of a nice guy.

I led a branding effort for this celebrated author’s events at Principia College. The campaign bridged the gap between the subject matter of our nation’s early history and a contemporary college audience through bold, unexpected imagery and a wink. I took the campaign to NPR advertising, a full banner inititative throughout campus, a postering campaign on and off campus and into the digital space as well.

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Principia College Speakers Series Brand Package

With a roster of luminaries like Margaret Thatcher, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Jane Goodall, George H.W. Bush, Corretta Scott King and Erin Brockovich among others, the Principia College speakers series is a truly unique opportunity. Consequently, it needed a brand that reflected that uniqueness as well as communicated the nature of the confluence of ideas that the series represents.

The resulting brand uses a spectrum of colors and concentric rings to communicate that confluence and black and white photography and clean, simple typography to underscore an unadorned sense of equality. The campaign lived online, in posters, banners and in NPR ads.

I was the Designer and Creative Director for the campaign.

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