Shrapnel juts out of bones and plaster
Filling of iron shards
Inches from the spinal cord
Scrap of exploded kitchen metal.
Next door to the alleged training center
Home in Miram Shah Pakistan
7 deaths, 4 injured, 0 children death, 0 civilian deaths, in strike on a house.
This weaponry is new
Video game controller guides fiberglass and steel
Armed and fired with the “X” button,
Desert of Nevada.
Young man who grew up with controller in hand
Call of Duty one day,
Duty calls the next.
Home in mountains in Pakistan
4 injured, 7 confirmed deaths.
Alleged training facility in a country where no war has been declared.
Psyche of a boy at a controller,
Given power and anonymity
Executing 10,000 miles around the world.
During my internship with Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) I was asked to write and coordinate articles for the quarterly newsletter that is sent out both electronically and in print form. The article I was asked to write specifically was based on the study done by MEC towards the feelings of the new taxes for infrastructure. Overall the survey found favorable results of people who wanted to pay more in taxes for improvements to roads, public transit, and most importantly light rail systems.
This article shows how I was able to take dense data and findings and put that into a detailed yet easily digestible piece for our readers. I also learned how to craft articles in the proper tone to match the overall narrative of MEC and was able to receive some accolades from my superiors when the final version was printed. I also created the infographic on the side of this article and our communications director chose the stock photo for the highways.
One of the most rewarding and research projects I have worked on was a comprehensive communications strategy for The Ave community project. The Ave is the brain child of professors John Monberg, Vincent Delgado, and designers at Red Head Design Studio. Meant to do many things this project had three main audiences and purposes.
- Create a vibrant community between students at Michigan State and the corridor of Michigan Avenue
- Connect the artists of the greater Lansing area
- Be a major linchpin for the businesses of Michigan Avenue and build viral marketing
This project was worked on by a fantastic and talented team consisting of Rebecca Zantjer, Jamison Sheppard, Emily Dixon,Laura Allen, and myself. Using multiple methods of research we worked for two months straight on developing out this communications strategy. Starting with ethnographic research and stakeholder interviews we were able to get a feel for the organization and where the stakeholders mentioned above wanted the project to move towards. Taking this into consideration we developed a strategy that used the already existing goals but focused on creating personas, place-making, and network building. The entire project culminated in the document you can view below and is one of the most comprehensive projects I have had the privilege of working with.
For this visual project I was asked by my insanely talented and smart brother to help him create a logo for his new student group, Students Organized Against Prisons (SOAP). It is a group that was birthed out of his work at the University of Michigan and is an advocate for prisoners and those affected by having their family members incarcerated. There has been flood of young men into the prison industrial system, specifically black and brown young men, and SOAP works to break the cycle through advocating for prisoners rights, abolishing mandatory drug minimum sentences, and recitivism of released prisoners.
For this logo I was tasked to create something that was simple while conveying the overall message of SOAP and make sure to have the groups acronym in the logo. As you can see below I am very much a minimal designer as I chose a font with strong lines to emulate the bars of prison, the fist for the O, and stark contrast to make the image stand out when printed or in web form.