Graphic Design

The art displayed below is part of the Senior Show Spring 2021. Artists include: Leah Banky, Rachael Bruce, Angela Colandro, Brendan Felch, Samantha Frost, Megan Hainley, Savannah Kaye, Jaelin Kim, DaiJah Metoyer, Allison Rakhamimov, Shreyesh Shrestha, Genesis Smith, Sera A. Taylor, Christopher Vitek, Cameron Waiters and Kayla Washington.

Leah Banky

This project functions as a memorial to things we’ve lost and did not get a chance to cherish. I see roadkill as a visceral metaphor for losing life in a violent and quick manner. I illustrated twelve images of found roadkill, intertwining them with symbols, like protective amulets, to encourage a peaceful passing. I utilized a scanner to incorporate the typographic elements with the digital illustrations. I crown these animals as patron saints. A historically catholic concept is being used to expand on the value we give to certain lives, and the power we have to create concepts of immortality. I am working to create a positive narrative in response to our everyday interactions with the fleeting concept of death, which is ultimately our common denominator as a body of living things. There is positivity and healing to be found in facing these reminders of mortality.

Rachael Bruce | The Visual Vegetarian

The beginning of this idea for an online recipe collection of The Visual Vegetarian was spurred on by my love for food being coupled with being a financially conscious, vegetarian college student. Over the years I’ve been learning how to cook for myself, my own set of recipes has started to amass into a go-to repertoire for any moment. I strongly believe in health-conscious eating that is filling, delicious and not too hard to make no matter your cooking level or style. The illustrations throughout the entire collection set a lighthearted, comforting and approachable aura. This recipe collection is not meant to be intimidating and not limited to anyone of any cooking level, age or dietary preference by any means. This recipe collection is meant to fill you up, comfort you and show you how to love what you make at any moment you desire.

Angela Colandro

There’s nothing to guide you through a pandemic winter except yourself. Whether I make it apparent or not, all of my work stems from an anxious mind in the foundations of my thought processes and conceptualizations. I have learned not to fault myself for my mentality, as it grants me a unique vision, perspective and opportunity for creation. My book is essentially a tool to seek relief from anxiety and the current state of the world. Since I cannot experience a world I want to, it was important to my coping mechanisms to create my own. I escape by thinking perceptively, through memories, and fantasy. I think about the limitations of the real world, where my pastel lens is not confined to. I want my work to be remembered as a period piece, a documentation of my survival of each day, and as a tool of escapism for my readers.

Brendan Felch | Conowingo Awareness Project

I saw an issue. I saw studies about it and data. I saw what felt like mountains of reasons to care. When I asked people though, I was met with a lack of knowledge that this issue even existed. To many it was the first time they had ever even heard of this problem. So I decided to do something about it. The result is a two-pronged awareness campaign that can reach both younger and older audiences. An in person, canvassing campaign tended to resonate with older audiences so I designed an expanding infographic that would grow as you opened it. Within it are relevant images to help convey scale and keep the reader engaged, and elements of this can also be seen in the social media campaign that was aimed at younger audiences. Ultimately, this project should at least spur someone’s interest to dig deeper on this. 

Samantha Frost | Forever Thing

I define “forever thing” as something that is intrinsically part of a person. No matter what changes around them their forever thing will always stay the same. Forever Thing is a short animated film made that combines character-based frame-by-frame animation and abstract elements inspired by my undying love for art. The central character in the film feels like she is locked in a forbidden love affair with art and struggles to come to terms with the fact that her life will never feel whole without it. When she isn’t creating she feels like she’s on the verge of drowning in a deep grey ocean. Her love for art is represented through vibrant pink moving lines and colors that swirl within her head and manifest themselves onto the physical canvas.

Megan Hainley | Graphic

Like all other movements, they take time to develop. Graphic design is a concentration that has fine art roots but is perceived as commercial. My work plays on the idea of graphic design as a fine art rather than commercial by combining the traditional “graphic” process of designing on the computer with the traditional “fine art” element of creating with physical materials. To challenge the way graphic design is traditionally seen, placement is intended to be painted on a billboard to juxtapose the alternative way graphic design should be seen. The intent of pushing graphic design as a fine art is to give it a higher level of respect than what commercial art is given. The knowledge and skills that go into design is the same as any other medium of art. Graphic design is a fine art.

Savannah Kaye | Just Picklin’

Just Picklin’ is a small homemade fictional pickle delivery business that sells three different varieties of pickles. The pickle jars come in a box along with an infographic of the health benefits of pickles. Pickles are very popular today, but many contain synthetic dye that is used to make them look more appealing. Every summer, my family grows large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables in our garden. Due to the abundance of cucumbers, my brother decided to start making pickles. Recently, the pandemic caused an increase in having items delivered door to door. The jars would be shipped locally to family and friends, so they don’t miss out on receiving the pickles in person. My pickles are made with all-natural ingredients that come straight from my garden. My design inspiration comes from the theme of homemade canned goods. The logo shape resembles a ball jar and features cursive type for a more personal touch.  

Jaelin Kim | Color Personality Application 

Color is a characteristic of visual perception. I was always interested in color study because I was always curious about why I see color. Many times people compare their personalities with colors. Color can represent a personality. For my BFA project, I wanted to focus on color theory. Color is especially important in terms of imaging something. I want to create an app that is about color personality tests. There are going to be 14 questions. At the end of the test, the result will come as a color character design. I researched the color personality test questions. People can use this character design as emojis in the chat. This app is not just a color personality test but also an AI chatbot.

DaiJah Metoyer | First Black Woman

This project is a series of educational cards presenting African American women who have made huge accomplishments. The main purpose of these cards is to educate and bring recognition to some of these women who do not receive adequate recognition in school. Furthermore, the project aims to motivate children to do their own research about these historical figures. I tried to choose African American women that may not be talked about a lot inside of school. I wanted the illustration style to be loose and not too detailed, to appeal to children more. Each border has aspects of the women’s field sand accomplishments to personally connect to the illustration. The font chosen for the name is meant to be bold and eye-catching as if the person is being presented, while the font used for their accomplishment is subtle while still complimenting.

Allison Rakhamimov | The Heart

Medical illustration serves as a tool for medical professionals and students in the medical field. It helps others understand the inner workings of the object displayed. In this case I drew the human heart and its surrounding organs. I wanted to create the illustration to act as a guide for medical students, but also people without a medical background. It is important for all of us to understand the inner workings of our bodies and how we can take care of it.

Shreyesh Shrestha | KamDay

Let's break free from guessing which career is right for you. Kamday helps solve that problem with an app where you get to choose what’s right for you. With the answer you pick, you will be directed to the top three carriers that are right for you. Then you will be Prompted to sign up so that you could connect with professionals in the field of your liking. Where you are able to get a real-world idea about what the field actually is like.

Genesis Smith | TSGS

TSGS is a collection of ideas surrounding the topic of skin wellness. I’ve executed that idea into a series of branding components including a logotype, product design and web design. TSGS stands for “twinkle,” “sparkle,” “glimmer,” and “shine.” The point of this acronym and the stars standing behind the letters is a straight forward message to the customers that the product is meant to help your skin glow.  The color palette is muted and has a variety of colors to appeal to the young as well as the old. The bubble-like lettering gives the logo a cheerful undertone. The packaging is not uncommon but it has its own style and is meant to be aesthetically pleasing to the buyer. I’d like for consumers to feel light and happy as if they’re buying a treat when buying these products, knowing they will receive major results.

Sera A. Taylor | The Healing Black Project

This project consists of posters and banners emphasizing the importance of mental health awareness in the black community and the promotion of healing and progression. As a black woman from a low-income neighborhood, I was always subjected to the dismissal of mental health and a witness to the problems that arise from doing so. From familial dysfunction to lack of understanding of self and others. It was important for me to showcase this issue, all while informing others in the community of resources and encouraging the spread of this vital information that can transform the community.

Blue, indicative of joy, has always been a controversial lighting hue for casting on black actors/actresses in film. It transitioned from this unspoken forbidden lighting to being used to showcase the beauty of black skin in film. It was important to use blue to evoke joy and progression and prominent typeface.

Christopher Vitek | Vortec Invader 

Stimulating your villainous side has never been more enthralling than driving the 2025 Vortec Invader. Inspired by Darth Vader himself, this vehicle seeks stealth but demands curiosity and attention. This car embodies sportiness, off-roading, and luxury both stylistically and functionally to appeal to the flourishing SUV market.

Using sleek curves that taper from sharp to soft makes the car appear sporty yet approachable. The all-electric engine allows for smaller front-end vents making it more aerodynamic with a mean face that warrants fear like a true villain. Riding on an elevated suspension will grant you access to conquer any terrain desired. This car offers a 500-mile all-electric range with additional solar panel support so you can maintain power even longer for those fun off-grid adventures. Nothing gives you more freedom than being a villain. So don’t just traverse new land, invade it — Vortec Invader.

Cameron Waiters | 24 Monsters to Avoid

The monster book I am creating is a project that I have been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve always been interested in doing a project like this because I feel like we need to see more monsters in media. Nowadays people just keep recreating iconic monsters from 20 years ago, but that becomes old real quick. There are plenty of legends and monsters that have existed for decades that everyone has overlooked or forgotten. This project is giving me the opportunity to research and create my own version of these monsters. This project will give me the opportunity to bring these monsters to the limelight. I didn’t specifically want to create a monster book for children, but I did want to create a bunch of monsters. I wanted to illustrate my version of some of the most legendary monsters. I decided to turn this idea into a book because I think that this would be a fun way to engage people. My artistic style is very simple, fun and whimsical. My illustrations would fascinate children because they are cute and stimulate their imagination. The first part of my process that I’m going to do is research. My main source is the internet. I’m going to use several websites to learn about different types of monsters from around the world. Some of these monsters are from centuries ago. I look up the description of the creatures that look or sound interesting and I create my own version of the monster. After I create a quick sketch, I take it to the computer. The software, I will be using is Adobe Illustrator. I am going to sketch over the designs with the pen tool and then add a base color to it. Once I add color to all of the monsters, I’m going to move into adding textures to my illustrations. After my illustrations meet my design standards I format them in Adobe InDesign. Inside the book the illustration will be on the left side and the creatures description and/or weaknesses will be on the right side. I will then have the book produced into a physical form by blurb. 

Kayla Washington | The Wealth Disparity in Baltimore City

Baltimore, “the greatest city in America,” probably is not the first statement one thinks of when referring to the inner city. Baltimore has many good attributes, which can include the people, food, and entertainment here; however, Baltimore faces a plethora of issues that have been unaddressed for years. These issues range from food deserts to income inequality. For the purpose of my senior project, I set out to bring more awareness to the issue of income inequality. The income inequality in Baltimore City is not an easy task to address in one project. Baltimore’s history of income inequality relates to decades of redlining and other segregation tactics that forced minorities, particularly African Americans, into impoverished areas. I felt the most authentic way to address this issue was to use photography as my medium of choice.