Still Here Now


An event celebrating the design integrity, resilience, and the beauty of the Volvo 240.


Still Here Now changes the narrative of the perceived obsolescence of the Volvo 240 – by showcasing the car as an example of a tangible and intentional lasting design that challenges the norm of planned obsolescence in the our modern age.









Changing the narrative is accomplished by branding physical and digital collateral that highlight the design integrity of the Volvo 240 – and by using visual language that create space for the viewer to find deeper meaning.



 




To physically campaign the event, printed collateral was distributed to Volvo dealers and mechanics around town.



Love letters were given to Volvo 240 owners in hand or on windshield as an invitation to the event with a call to action to RSVP on the Still Here Now website.
















The website continued the narrative of the event, and the RSVP also doubled as a way to gather peoples stories about their Volvo 240. Asking attributes of their cars – mileage, year, inheritance, number of owners, car name, and what teachings the car has brought.







Here are their stories.


















The narrative continues further on social media with animations that highlight the cause.







The event was held in a cold and bright afternoon on March 8th, 2020 in the Grant High School parking lot.



Doughnuts, fizzy water, and bumperstickers were free to all who attended.



Prize ribbons were handed out for various categories – Most Mileage, Least Mileage, Best Bumpersticker Collection, Most Travelled, etc...



Friends were made, and Volvo 240s were cherished as people filtered through the event.



Coloring sheets and crayons were provided, too.






More stories were collected from the guests throughout the event.




















Next steps for Still Here Now is to continue to collect stories from owners, and to eventually host more events. 


More love letters will be purveyed.


Be Honest 2020



Be Honest is the annual PSUGD student portfolio showcase, and the programs biggest event of the year. Every spring, sophomores, juniors, and soon-to-be graduating seniors come together to show off their work to professionals and the community at large.

Project Roles:
Ideation, Production Manager – onboarding 300 professionals and students for one on ones, participant communications, content creation, copy.




For the past 10 years Be Honest has been held in physical space, and the last few years it has been hosted at Wieden + Kennedy.







 Be Honest 2020 was different.

Be Honest 2020 was 100% online,
but still 100% PSUGD.

The challenge was to recreate the experience of Be Honest by using only the digital tools and platforms we had available to us, we did this in the following ways.

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We broke Be Honest down to its core, 
and built it back up with a digital solution.






CORE ONE:
Be Honest is an opportunity for creative professionals and alumni to check out all the great things coming out of PSUGD.

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DIGITAL SOLUTION:
We took the experience of displaying ones work in person and created a website that highlights each participating students work with added links to portfolio websites and social media.

CORE TWO:
Be Honest is a valuable opportunity for graphic design students to gain experience presenting their work and engaging with the community.

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DIGITAL SOLUTION:
We invited over 150 professionals from all over the country to come and have 15 minute one on ones with participating students over Zoom. 


Here is how this process worked.

STEP ONE:
Invite professionals to join us in offering their time for 15 minute one on ones with participating students of Be Honest.


Using Google Forms, the professionals selected what hours they were available to meet with our students and provided their Zoom ID’s.



STEP TWO:
The information from the Google Form invite was filled into a Sign Up Genius. Students then had access to sign up with the professionals of their choice. 122 students signed up to participate in one on ones for Be Honest.





STEP THREE:
Students were given access to a Google Sheet that had the information of each participating professional. This Google Sheet had contact information, links to instagram handles or websites, company, title, Zoom ID and Password.



This Google Sheet served as a resource for many reasons:
︎It allowed the students to do research on the professionals before the event.

︎Students were encouraged to contact the professionals they signed up to establish a direct line of communication.

︎During the event it served as a check point of information regarding misplaced Zoom ID’s and Passwords.

It was all there – Transparency.

STEP FOUR:
Zoom How To’s
Even though many of us had been using Zoom for the past few months, there was a clear lack of definitive language on how to navigate this new digital tool. This led to following instructionals for better user experience.

How to find your Personal Zoom ID and Password:



How to join a meeting using a Zoom ID and Password:




CORE THREE:
Be Honest is a fun and social event that highlights the multidimensionality of PSUGD.

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DIGITAL SOLUTION:
Events were hosted on the PSUGD Be Honest Instagram Live, a special Show & Tell was hosted on YouTube Live, students led workshops over Zoom, and so much more!


The schedule of these events with links were available on the Be Honest website.




Over all the day looked like this –





But in the end, it felt like this –




a well connected, loving and supportive community of people.




Creative Coding


An elective class in the PSUGD program, where we learned how to use the program Processing – a humbling and rewarding process much different than Html/CSS.

Creative Coding


Class Goal: Generating visually pleasing 2D, 3D sketches and interactive sketches and translating them into printed and motion collateral for promotion of the classes final project showcase.






Printed and motion collateral for promotion of the classes final project showcase using products from Processing sketches.









Winter Lights Festival


Creative Coding classmate Mia Dorsey and I conceived and constructed a projection mapping piece for the CETI Winter Lights Festival. Using MadMapper, Processing sketches, cardboard and white paint we built a dynamic display.

 Winter Lights Festiva


We created a fun and enticing piece of light based art for the public to enjoy and interact with using Creative and Emergent Technology. Favorite take away of the evening was engaging with the public about the magic of projection mapping.







Websites


My love for problem solving, motion, design and interactiviy is reflected in my passion for developing and designing  front end parts of a website. 


 

Using HTML, CSS, JQuery, and an interactive Processing sketch from Creative Coding. Websites range from conceptual, to narrative. 






Reflections of the Internet. The good, the currupt and the misinformation.
Thankfully there is a Log Off option. The elemental beauty of our terrestrial world – You Are Here.





An animated Tan Lines poster.








A Butterfly’s Perspective.