Update: I moved to Austin, Texas!

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St. Louis was GRAND, but opportunities to put my educational writing and design skills to use as the Communications Officer for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission came-a-knockin’ and I couldn’t resist the lure of Texas (and tacos…. ok mainly tacos). I whipped up this geometric banner using images held in the collection of the Texas State Archives.

Campus Vote Project Logo

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Logo redesign for a  D.C. based, bi-partisan voting rights and education organization, as part of an upcoming site/rebranding project. Stay tuned for more!

The Ball Pit: United Story Interaction at #PXSTL

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Click the screen grab to view Nine Network’s STAY TUNED STL story featuring the ball pit.

On June 21st, Catalysts by Design hosted United Story: Interaction at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s PXSTL Pavilion. Over 80 individuals gathered and engaged in an afternoon of interactive storytelling. United Story teamed up with storytellers, story-makers, and story-based groups across the city to cultivate both traditional and innovative ways to share stories about the way we engage.

The afternoon featured a slew of story-themed activities ranging from hanging stories to crafts, photography, and more. The highlight of the afternoon came in the form of the United Story ball pit. The pit encouraged friends and strangers to dive into a hand crafted wooden container filled with balls printed with conversational prompts. The prompts ranged in topic from hard hitting social questions about the effects of gentrification to softer lobs designed to elicit warm fuzzy feelings. By the time I emerged from the multicolored spherical filled field-trip I felt enlightened and engaged. The ball pit may prove to be the perfect way to recharge faith in humanity and sharpen your social skills.

*Disclaimer I did not have a hand in creating this event, I was merely an engaged, satisfied and grateful participant. That being said- I may replace my couch with a ball pit. 

 

 

Good News for ALL Hoosiers in Love

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Good News for ALL Hoosiers in Love! Indiana’s Ban On Gay Marriage Has Been Ruled Unconstitutional! Just a friendly reminder, that I am a Licensed Wedding Officiant with many happy couples under my clerical collar. I’d love to be a part of your special occasion and this historic step forward for human rights and equality  in the State of Indiana!

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I was fortunate enough to preside over the Civil Union Ceremony of my friends Fred and Peter following the State of Illinois’ 2011 decision to recognize same sex partnerships. The status of their union was recently recognized as a marriage by means of a law signed on November 20, 2013 by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn that took effect on June 1, 2014.

 

 

Keep Families United

 

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Project: Keep Families United

Client: Catholic Charities of St. Louis Advocacy Department/ Latinos en Axion

Content Created: Logo, Photographs and Print Materials

Brief: I was approached by the advocacy department of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to design a campaign to help raise awareness of the deportation and separation of immigrant families in the city of St. Louis and the State of Missouri and to promote the passage of comprehensive immigration reform. As part of the first phase of the campaign, collateral was created to be used as mail action pieces to be signed by parishioners and sent to key decision making legislators in Washington D.C. The second phase of the campaign will include additional print materials and an art installation on Cherokee Street, the thriving epicenter of multicultural St. Louis.

 

ABC Preschool and Daycare Website

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Recently I had the pleasure of working with St. Charles, Missouri based ABC Daycare and Learning Center to update their web site and freshen their look. The new site features many updated visual elements, sliders, parent testimonials and maps to help prospective parents find the perfect location for their preschooler.

Old World Snacks for the Train Trip to Chicago

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Train travel is one of my all time favorite ways to get from point A. to point B. ( thanks, middle school algebra). One of the best parts of the trip is deciding what types of edibles to bring along to nibble upon while en-route. This particular journey to Chicago called for pumpkin seeds, smoked kielbasa ( I love stinking up the train car with the smell of Eastern European smoked meats), hard boiled eggs (laid fresh from a very talented South City St. Louis chicken), Afghani flatbread, a hunk of pepperjack cheese, butter and mustard. Alllllllllll abord!