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Projects exemplifying photographic skills
Projects exemplifying illustrative skills
Logo, identity, and packaging design for Restaurant Sixteen, located in Washington,DC. The restaurant utilizes 16 different cuisines, and features a culinary core of five oriental flavors. The design reflects this spirit of harmonizing various flavors, with five distinct yet harmonious color schemes.
The idea of coming together is the inspiration for this restaurant's identity package; the logotype pairs a sleek, geometric sans serif with elegant calligraphic script
The featured flavors are noted in the descriptions of the dishes, and the shape for the restaurant's business cards and menu is both orthogonal and organic
A rendered demonstration of the "X" on the restaurant's signage
Re-brand of Champagne Chocolates, a Michigan chocolate store that prides itself on its decadent, handmade chocolate. The re-design features an updated logo, packaging, business card, promotional postcards, and website. The design reflects the company's elegant yet amiable image.
Visit the website
(note: Home & Toffee pages function)
The new logo evokes the design of the company's luxurious chocolate
There is a detachable promotional postcard with chocolate sauce lettering in the pre-packaged truffle box
The website features original photography
Re-brand for Door to Door Organics, a Michigan company specializing in online groceries. Marketing materials includes an invoice, promotional postcards, shipping labels, and brochure. Combined with original festive food illustrations, these print pieces provide a memorable experience for potential and existing customers.
At the bottom of the invoice is a promotional postcard that customers can detach and send to friends and family for first-time customer discounts
Colorful food illustrations and an unconventional fold provide the potential customer a memorable and pleasurable experience
Re-branding for San Fu, a Chinese restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The design gives them a memorable identity while keeping their emphasis on fresh ingredients, delicious cuisine, and friendly customer service.
Located on the edge of a college campus and geared toward a family-oriented audience, the company's new colors and logo are modern with traditional roots
The stamp and sticker labels are designed to integrate with existing packaging
Because the restaurant often receives large orders, one set of sticker labels includes a space for writing the name of the dish
A limited edition of promotional carry-out bags screen-printed to recycled paper
To-go and dine-in menus
The dine-in menu features photography of San Fu's most popular dishes
San Fu's website includes their online menu; it also includes coupons and special deals
West elevation drawing, proposing signage solution: because San Fu is located at the far end of South Main Market plaza, new customers have a difficult time finding the restaurant
North elevation drawing, proposing storefront presence: because San Fu faces a parking lot, the window treatment will provide customers a better view, encouraging them to dine in
Display typeface inspired by scientific plant illustrations. Each letter-form integrates different plants whose common name begins with the respective letter. The forms are based on the existing typeface Georgia for its larger features, allowing for the intricacy of ornate floral elements.
This display typeface can be used for many things, such as postcards, headlines, or article drop caps
Brochure for an organization that promotes the value of origami. This brochure showcases the joys of recreational paper folding by allowing viewers to create their own piece of origami.
The concept of this double-sided brochure is that with just paper and one's own hands, an entire universe can be folded and unfolded
The brochure directs readers to cut it into 6 squares, which have additional instructions on how to fold them
Readers are instructed to assemble the six pieces they folded based on a matching system of symbols
The brochure is designed so that the organization's website will still be displayed on the finished box
Magazine design for Coilhouse, an on-hiatus coffee-table art magazine that is "a love letter to alternative culture." For a last hurrah, this "postscript" volume is a special edition made specifically for the (RED) campaign, which fights AIDS in Africa and achieve the first AIDS-free generation in over 30 years.
A photograph entitled (Help) was created for the cover to promote the (RED) campaign
The magazine is divided into three main sections to organize its articles and art: Inform, Inspire, and Infect
An infographic for readers to learn about the (RED) campaign
Coilhouse magazine is known for the featured artist paper dolls at the end of its issues; Melani Amphibia is a character created for this special volume
Logo and research study website for OutsmartHPV, a project conducted by principle investigators Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH, and Paul L Reiter, PhD, MPH.
Geared toward gay and bisexual young men throughout the US, the website features a linear path of initial and follow-up surveys, and either an informational page showing the standard CDC facts about the HPV vaccine (for the control group), or the project team's informational page, which presents in-depth information relevant to the target audience in a more engaging fashion (for the study group).
Visit the website
Visit the project team's HPV vaccine information page
(note: There is limited access to the actual study site; the second link is provided to demonstrate functionality for all audiences)
The standard CDC facts about the HPV vaccine, which are currently handed out at doctors' offices, are presented to the control group of participants; participants are randomly and evenly distributed into either control or study groups
The project team's HPV vaccine page presents relevant facts in a more engaging display to the study group of participants
Participants answer survey questions to help the principle investigators in their research
The site is mobile-friendly so that participants can quickly go through the site even when they're on the go
For study participants, the summary content additionally provided to them is tailored based on their survey responses
This educational website illustrates the eight major typeface classifications, utilizing examples through recognizable fashion logos to demonstrate characteristics of different classifications.
Use of these logos is purely for non-profit educational purposes. Logo copyrights and trademarks remain with their respective brand names: Armani Exchange, Versace, Dior, Chanel, Hermes Paris, Louis Vuitton, Barneys New York, and L'eggs. Absolutely no infringement is intended
Inspired by Stefan Sagmeister's experimental typography and his publication "Things I have learned in my life so far," these pieces of unconventional typography feature three things I have learned so far from life.
The project comprises of three main images and three supplementary booklets that show insight into the process and meaning of each life lesson
Lesson Number One:
Slow down and live
The booklet reveals how the quote was made and shows it stretched across in accordion format, forcing the reader to slow down and step back
Lesson Number Two:
Lose yourself to find yourself
The booklet shows in-progress shots of how the quote was set up and how one can only find "to find" from a specific point of view
Lesson Number Three:
There's more than one side
The booklet shows in-progress shots, how a partition wall aids the meaning and experience of the quote, and uses pages to mimic dividers, exemplifying how more than one side is needed to see and understand the whole story
Illustration and layout for a robot-themed calendar. To celebrate the robots' long limbs, the calendar folds out in landscape format and provides a page in each spread for notes.
The stretchy robot arm unifies the front and back covers; use of a clear spiral helps prevent the binding from visually interfering with the continuity of the design
The layout for the month of January; all spreads have the robot on the left and the page for notes on the right
Logo and website for ELX, a DJ-owned and operated warehouse dance club and live music venue in Detroit's Eastern Market.
The website features vibrant digital art created for ELX; it is a visual manifestation of the venue's electronic dance music
Book design for William Strunk Jr.s and E.B. White's "The Elements of Style." The design uses a geometric approach with a retro-inspired color palette to appeal hip college students and young professionals.
The cover uses velum cut-outs to create an abstract geometric E
Illustration, photography, book design, and book binding for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This rendition of Lewis Carroll's classic story is inspired by Alice's belief that a book is useless without pictures or conversations, and the book's layout and illustrations reflect this concept, along with the fact that she is a very imaginative girl who loves to pretend to be different people and have conversations with herself.
The book features coptic binding and measures a half-letter page in size, vertically, to give it an unconventional sense of length and a unique reading experience
To emphasize dialogue, conversations are pulled to their own pages; in the illustrations, one girl acts out all the characters' parts
Alice's inspirational quote for the book's design
Some illustrations incorporate hand-lettering
This first volume features Alice's adventures in chapters one through four; this goal for a complete book design is a self-initiated work-in-progress endeavor, so look for more volumes and chapters to come!
Logo, re-brand, and educational research website for PuffCity, a project conducted by principle investigator Christine LM Joseph, PhD, and developed by Henry Ford Hospital in collaboration with the University of Michigan.
Started in 2001, PuffCity is a mobile asthma program for teens that aims to help them better manage their asthma. It first began enrolling teens in Detroit public high schools; after the program's positive response, PuffCity expanded to emergency departments and outpatient clinics.
Designed for teens in middle and high school, the site is mobile-friendly
A set of posters was created for schools and organizations interested in participating in the PuffCity program to hang in their establishments to pique teens' interest
Re-design for The School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at Washtenaw Community College. Marketing pieces are primarily geared toward prospective students, and are intended to be handed out at high schools and informational fairs, or mailed.
The new materials feature photos of artful dishes to pique student interest
The three business cards include a general one for the whole department, one for Garrett's, WCC's restaurant venue for students to gain hands-on experience, and one for The Sweet Spot, WCC's student-run retail bakery
The three handouts and their brochure counterparts include a general one for the program overview, one specifically for the Culinary & Hospitality track, and one specifically for the Bakery & Pastry Arts track
WCC can specify the package's marketing contents; the department can include extra materials like advisers' business cards
This re-design features original photography for the marketing materials
Book design exemplifying six principles of design through conceptual and emotional portrait photography.
The book measures a half-letter page in size
Look book design for photography, featuring portraiture shot in natural ambient light throughout the seasons and including professional wedding event photography, fine art conceptual and emotive portraiture, and lifestyle photography for Sirena, The Sirens, three talented Renaissance faire performers.
As a collection of professional portrait examples, the book is organized by seasons to show year-round photographic opportunities
The design features screw post binding
The pages are French-fold bound to help provide thickness for the screw posts
Album art and design for Retrologik's first album, Elemental. The music is a journey of introspection, darkness, and transcendence, capturing the traveler's path within himself to finding the essence of his being.
The album art utilizes the product's
3-dimensional aspect to reflect the idea of this two-sided journey on the interior and exterior panels
The art created for this album seeks to visually capture the musician's musical depiction of a journey to enlightenment, to discovering the elemental truths of one's reality and essence, through introspection of oneself
Logo, identity, and packaging design for Taneko, a handmade plush toy business based in Michigan.
Packaging materials feature hand-stamped logos, giving a unique variant quality that matches the brand's handmade individuality
The minimalism of the packaging ties the brand together while highlighting the products' multitude of colors and patterns
Galleries primarily featuring digital photography pieces
Galleries primarily featuring mixed-media illustrations and digital art
A collection of nature scapes evoking feelings of serenity and melancholy.
Holding Your Absence
The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Calm and Calamity
A Quiet Crescendo
A collection of mixed-media illustrations featuring intricate line-work
Sandstorms on Mercury
Anguish of Scorpio
A collection of surreal specters
Instinct & Morphosis
Song of the Siren
Memory (of) Loss
Legend of the Phoenix
The First Breath After Winter
Spring still slumbers in my skin
By any other name
A collection of surreal and abstract digital portrait photographs
The Past Is A Lingering Distortion
Of Hope and Demise
Of Hope and Ambivalence
Of Hope and Realization
A Consideration of Aspiration
An overwhelming gravity of ideas
Thoughts About Saturn
A collection of mixed-media illustrations
Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder
A collection of black and white portraits
In Every Collapse There is Starlight
Eyes On Fire
A collection of surreal color portraits evoking feelings of solace and solitude
And it will still be wonderful
Where Sky Meets Sea
A Symphony for Surrender and Salvation, IV
Moments of Hyperopia
A Desire for Departure
A Fractured State of Reality
A collection of photographs exploring the emotional concept of hopes and dreams
This fragile realization of dreams
She voyaged amidst dreams
A Story in Progress
She set sail for dreams
She dreamed she spoke to stars
Lightly, my love
She dreamed she was a cloud
These dreams fly on fragile wings
What it means to dream
Fantasy collaboration with Sirena, The Sirens
Mixed-media illustrations for the project Anthrocemorphia, a playing card deck series featuring fifty-five unique fantasy drawings.
The term "anthrocemorphia" was invented and derived from the words "anthropo," a prefix meaning human, humanoid, or humanlike, especially in regards to sentience; "centric," meaning central; and "morphosis," a suffix meaning development or change. The series explores theories of origin, philosophies of evolution, and the meaning of life as condensed by the lens of one's humanity.
November 2012–August 2013
A collection of portraits exploring color and composition
Welcome to my online portfolio. I'm happy you stopped by!
My name is Sophia, and I'm a photographer, illustrator, and multimedia designer. I believe graphic design is problem-solving with art, and I like to blend my skills and artist intuition with my design sensibility.
Basically, I'm a diligent designer, avidly appreciative of alliteration and wordplay, and exude imagination and self-initiation. I thrive independently but also love collaboration, so get in touch with me!
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