art director, Graphic Designer
branding, interactive graphic, web design
This project was awarded The David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award for a Large Newsroom at the Online News Association, and was published by the Huffington Post. It was also recently a finalist for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for Student Innovation, final placing to come.
Check out the site here: http://aftermath.unc.edu
I acted as the Art Director for this semester-long project at UNC Chapel Hill. International Projects is a course that choses a country and topic to focus on each year. A group of developers, designers, photographers, videographers, and writers spend the semester researching stories and working in their respective fields. After months, all the students travel on-site to spend a week gathering materials for the final product. At then end of the semester is a website built from scratch, written stories, short documentary videos, photo galleries, interactive graphics, and so much more.
The year I participated was focused on the recovery of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. As Art Director, I designed the logo, style guide, iconography, overall web design of the website that was released in April 2018. Subsequently, I am responsible for producing interactive graphics to accompany the story of Ecology in the project.
This project taught me a lot about working in a collaborative group. This was my first time having to balance multiple opinions, and come up with a result that most people are mostly happy about (even if it isn’t entirely your vision). I also was taught how to successfully do bits and pieces of a project, and be okay with potentially not getting credit on something I helped out on. Lastly, user experience was a very crucial part of this project and this was my first time having to consider it on such a large scale.