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Free Project: Create and Improve

While working towards my final product I attempted to look for a color palette. I used Adobe Color, and quickly realized that the vibe of the palettes were off, because the colors weren’t colors that ISB uses. Luckily, I found ISB’s style guide and used that to my advantage, within the guide lays a color palette of ISB, and this helped a lot, and more importantly fit ISB’s aesthetic very well.

In the picture above I have included a mockup of the sign in a hallway, the color palette used by ISB and the same sign in different colors. The sign is minimalistic and clean, which is makes it aesthetically pleasing, however while getting feedback the functional side had ups and downs. Some people thought that the design was functionally successful, while others weren’t pleased by the placement of the First Floor symbol and the fact that Corridor and 3 didn’t look associated enough to be considered one title. if I were to do this project again I would get more frequent feedback in order to perfect my design every step of the way. If I had more time I’d have either cut it out of vinyl or print out a very large sticker for it. When this project began I talked to Ms. Jo Cole on signage in ISB and her thoughts on the signage guided the path that I took throughout the whole project. She said that she really likes the floor signs in the PA and Design hallways, which is the reason why I chose floor signs in the first place. I am very happy on the renders that I created and hopefully my work can be used in ISB in the future.

(Picture above shows other forms of signs that I could span out towards)

Looking through a larger scope I think that I can go beyond floor signs on corridors and potentially make wall signs for bathrooms, classrooms, and many other areas for ISB, perhaps, if I were given the luxury of time then I would color code subjects and areas in ISB to make finding certain classrooms easier. I also thought about making signs to teach people how to read my signs to eliminate confusion that there might be.


Free project Develop and Plan

Upon further progress in this project, I had many Ideas for what specifically ISB is lacking in signage. I went to the halls of the school for answers on this, noticing that the answer was right under my nose, literally. The PA and Engineering hallways both have their labels on the floor, so even from a distance one can easily identify where they are heading. The text is large and contrasts the floor color well. At this point I looked at ISB’s color palette for further inspiration, considering that the floor signs are both colors in the palette, I saw no reason to choose colors any different than the ones given. I uncovered that personally, and with other students experience, that  identifying the corridor numbers are a pain, thus as a first prototype I made a simple arrowhead shape with the text “Corridor 3” written large and clearly. It is evident that the prototype is no where near to being used in real life due to its imperfections (bad alignment, unparallel lines, scale), however it’s a good start. I also used the fonts that were given to me in the design code which is the “Lato” family of fonts.

The text is a clean white that contrasts on a “Red Coral” arrow. (ISB’s color palette below)

Free Project Define and Inquire

When starting this project I had 3 ideas: To digitally renovate ISB and if good feedback is given, make changes to one hallway and make it mine. My second idea was to make a logo for the design space in ISB due to the lack of a logo. My third idea was to draw students away from WAB and into ISB, because WAB is inferior to ISB (All just a joke). I decided to remove the ISB ad against WAB because it is a really controversial idea and is not ethically good. I didn’t receive feedback that helped me at all, I did receive a question asking if the design space already has a logo and a claim that renovating ISB is too simple and making a logo isn’t. I am not happy with the feedback so making the choice of what I will do will rest on my shoulder.

As a part of my research I looked into the ISB design code, this helped me get a color palette to match ISB’s demeanor, and I decided to focus heavily on signage, therefore, I also used inspiration from airport and hotel signage to help, since both premises rely heavily on icons due to the vast diversity of nationalities and languages of people who set foot there. (Link to my padlet below)

Using the resources that I have gathered I am looking forward to making prototypes that appeal visually, and function properly. These are aspects of my final product, that would state its success.

Made with Padlet

KNGDM Klothing Logo Design

For this project I started by looking at logo jobs on upwork to find a company who really needs a logo to be made for them. I stumbled upon an apparel brand with the following description “KNGDM Klothing Is a lifestyle apparel company focused on selling edgy, hyp-cool, comfortable basic streetwear.  Target Demographic will be 13-25 yrs old. We are seeking a graphic artist logo designer/brand development candidate.” personally I will not be taking the job, as this job was aimed to experts in graphic design, however I will give it a shot and see what I can create.

Crop Bookmark

Design Principle and Plan

For this assignment I was assigned to the principle of cropping, which is the purposeful removal of certain shapes to add to the piece of art. I plan to use negative space to my advantage for this project, by removing parts of the main artwork with shapes. I used inspiration from the sun and moon to juxtapose each-other in order to leave the user feel slightly unsteady with the two opposing ideas of day and night. I felt that a scene had to be created for the aim of showing day and night successfully, thus I created pyramids with basic shading, because they were easy to create. in the final product you may notice the color palette chosen which resembles a sunset with the deep dark reds and the dark overall color-way, I felt the need to put detail into the shading, for example you can tell that each pyramid that is further away from the sun has a darker shade of red on the side facing the sun.

The most prominent and evident use of cropping in this bookmark is the moon and the sun blending with the white outline, I think that gives outline more meaning than just a printing flaw. to make the two shapes I started with 3 circles one big one (the sun), one slightly smaller (moon’s body), and another one much smaller for the circle cutout in the moon to achieve the crescent shape. I used pathfinder to help me make the cropping out of the shapes. someone who comes across this piece may also say that I was assigned contrast because of the three quite different colors (red, white, and black), or tone with the obvious gradient sky and the slow darkening of the pyramids towards the moon. Nevertheless the main body of the bookmark is the negative space used for the moon and sun, one could put a city full of skyscrapers in the middle, countryside hills, or a famous monument and each piece would mean different things, however without light, there is no meaning. To conclude, the bookmark is utilizing the cropping out of the plain rectangular frame of the bookmark to paint a picture of the scene in the middle. I call the bookmark “Eclipse”

Final Bookmark PDF

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Persona Poster


The five pieces of art above really inspire me. Every work was made by a greek graphic designer by the name of, Charis Tsevis, I really like the works above, because they pertain to the style that I plan to go by, mosaic. What makes Tsevis’ work so special compared to other designers is the textures and themes in his artwork. Steve Jobs was made with computer application icons, since Jobs was and still is revolutionary to the tech industry, introducing macintosh, iOS, iPhones, and many more creations that live on as his legacy. Every design is special, however I find the Steve Jobs picture the most special.


In order to make sure that I am able to successfully recreate a mosaic I decided to practice on a dogs face, however instead of using complicated textures I decided to just use shapes made by the pen tool on adobe illustrator. After making the mosaic I really liked the style and chose to use it for the final piece








Before making the poster I started with the portrait as a seperate project, For the eye and forehead part I used small shapes for detail, however I quickly realized that I wouldnt have enough time to put so much fine precision, thus the hair, the mask and everything below are made of much bigger shapes in order to save time. Even though the detail isnt so fine, I was satisfied with the outcome.

For the final poster I went with a modern, sort of, futuristic font because I think the style worked well with the portrait, in order to add some hidden depth I made the letters have a glitch effect, which is basically the words with two copies of it on either side, one blue and one red. in order to make the glitch effect look more realistic I put both red and blue at around 50% opacity which looked great, because when they mixed at the intersections, it came with a purple color which made it look like proper glitching.

I also added the steps of design which really shows who I am, since I have been really passionate about the subject since I was a middle schooler. if I were to do this project again I would refine the portraitm, because if you were to look closley you can see little gaps in between shapes. This was the largest scale digital mosaic project that I have made, so I am still really happy either way with the turnout. compared to my portrait from last year I see big amounts of improvement in the artistic and design perspectives. (a photo of my old portrait below)

Designer Persona

My inspiration:

  • What is design?

Design is a plan, its a blueprint. Something that serves a purpose. Graphic Design in particular is more visual than other types of design, graphic means visual so rather than having a something that functions mechanically, Graphic design is the idea of making something that functions mentally to the audience.

  • What inspires me about design?

What inspires me about design is the real world connotations of projects. Changing the world is a big responsibility that design has.

  • What are my favorite design examples?

I like designs that are simple, or minimal. The point of minimalism is to show something in the easiest possible way without removing function. Such as this chocolate bar, where the amount of cacao is shown with the black and white circles

  • Who are my favorite designers?

I dont know any specific designers, however, anyone with a vision to change something is a good designer. For example, Steve Jobs, who wanted to revolutionize technology. His vision became reality as electronics are very accessible today, even if his work isn’t accessible to everyone, he has most likely inspired and motivated other people to work on electronics for other demographics. a website by the domain of has a lot of graphic designs that are visually appealing to me as well.

Me as a designer:

  • What’s my most memorable experience designing (or creating) something? Why?

In seventh grade I wanted to create a perpetual motion machine, in the hopes of creating electricity to help third world countries who don’t have enough of it. However I found out that creating or destroying energy is not possible.

  • What would I like to get better at doing as a designer? (Eg drawing, presenting, digital design, fabrication, photo-editing, sharing, collaborating, etc)

As a designer I want to I want to work more on Digitally designing things, whether it is for the laser cutter or if it’s just a drawing. the more accurate and creatively I can incorporate drawing into, the better I am and the more skills i cover.

  • What do already do pretty well? (Eg drawing, presenting, digital design, fabrication, photo-editing, sharing, collaborating, etc)

I am good at 3D modelling on sites such as tinkercad, and using adobe illustrator as a whole

Poly ©ase Create and Improve

In this stage of the design process I created a variety of prototypes ranging from air dry clay and foam board prototypes to ones that are made of recycled plastic fabric

First set of prototypes:

Air dry clay (top)

Foam Board (bottom)

Although these prototypes were the most simple form of my projected goal it did teach me about how precisely a phone case must be made in order to function comfortably. Another feature that I was planning on adding to my end product is a little groove that is large enough to fit an ID card or debit card, and I have been showing that feature in both of these prototypes.







Second set of prototypes: Both made of recycled plastic bags or sheets of some sort of plastic pressed together in a heat press, the one on the top was made before the one on the bottom. The difference between the 2 is that the one on the top was too thick and the variety of plastics did not work well together and slowly came apart, this issue was attempted to be fixed by tape however that could not be a permanent fix. The second prototype was created to be thinner and to be made of one material, bubble wrap, pressed on itself.

Annotated Artifact

Cultural Dynamics

This artifact shows the relationship between ancient Egypt and its cultural dynamics. The ancient Egyptians have a tradition to have a death mask made for dead people, in their culture, they believe that a death mask is essential so that the deceased person has a face in the afterlife. Thus, the soul can recognize its own body.

Political Dynamics

This artifact demonstrates the relationship between ancient Egypt and its political dynamic because politically, this gold and lapis lazuli mask is a status symbol that shows the hierarchy based on the materials used for the cover.

Economic Dynamics

This death mask demonstrates the relationship between Ancient Egypt and its economic dynamics because this mask is composed of costly materials such as gold and lapis lazuli, with the current price of gold per kilo of 47,000 dollars, and this mask is about 11 kilos of gold. King Tutankhamun’s mask must cost approximately 700,000 dollars to buy the materials alone. Although slaves most probably made this mask, however, slavery is a thing of the past. In today’s standards with the high precision of the mask, this work of art could have been worth well over 1,000,000 dollars, this mask shows how rich Ancient Egypt was to have access to all the gold or to have bought it from another country. Although it is nice to have these masks for people eventually, bankruptcy would arise from the mass spending on conservative things.

Poly ©ase Develop and Plan


Prior to thinking about a phone case I was also looking into making a light out of a broken monitor or small TV however this idea was out-ruled, because I couldn’t find a broken monitor or tv that was available, whether through someone else or personally. The phone case idea seemed to work better, first of all, its an accessory that the majority of people my age, and older need for their phones. another reason why the phone case idea is better is because the materials are in everybody’s trash cans, which is type 2 and 5 plastics, so not only is it a needed product it is also better for the environment since it is made of recycled plastic. Finally, the handling of the plastic also helps me develop in a new skill which is molding. by adding molding to my skills in design I can implement, molding to future projects. another project that was in consideration was a nature inspired chair that I designed to have a 3d printed cushion however, it didn’t seem to show challenges because I have already designed the chair and that would not use the time I have for this project.

Things that I could change about my design

  • The Form. Perhaps instead of the full covering case I could make a more minimalistic design or a less minimalistic design. as in some cases are made merely to cover the edges of a phone and the case has a little bit of depth that acts as a spacer, what this ‘spacer does is is makes a little bit of room between the back and front of your phone to prevent your phone from making contact to a surface therefore minimizing potential scratches. however the “minimal spacer design’ has little to no shock absorption, while the more rugged cases look ugly and in my case wont be easy to mold, specifically it would force me to make a 2-piece case which wouldn’t come together well. therefore I have chosen a design that is neither too little nor too much.
  • The Material. The idea for materials surrounds the idea of recycling the material. things that could have been considered is discarded leather that for some reason wasn’t used. another idea could have been aluminum cans (soda cans), although this would make for an interesting phone case, aluminum melts at a very high temperature which I can not realistically acheive

Detailed Plan

I will start by creating a prototype of a phone case with air-dry clay to give me a basic shape, afterwards I will design and 3d print a precisely made phone case which would be the model for my silicone mold. I will make this silicon mold by pushing the 3d printed model into a pool of silicone and after the silicone cures it would be ready for molding, at which point I can remove the 3d print from the mold and fill it with recycled plastic pellets. afterwards its a matter of inserting the mold with the plastic into the oven and waiting for the plastic to melt into the mold. once that is done and the plastic has cooled down, and assuming that the silicone doesn’t change in physical properties. background info- silicone can withstand temps from: -20°C to 300°C. The plastic i’m using requires at least 170°C to melt, therefore nothing should happen to the silicone. Silicone also doesn’t stick to anything other than silicone so the plastic should have bonded together and it should come off without much force.

Prototypes and Feedback

This is my first prototype that relates to plastic. The material used for both these cases is a plastic fabric that was made by pressing and heating two pieces of plastic in a heat press. The way it comes together is that a rough net was made like nets used in making 3d figures. The cases are aesthetically fine, however my phone doesn’t fit in the case ‘snug’ which means that if I turn the case upside-down the phone will fall out. My next design needs to be tighter and I have to work on designing the corners of the net.


Goals for: Create and Improve

I have to make a case that is tighter around my phone in order for the case to stay on the phone.

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