I started flying a DJI Phantom drone in January 2016. For my senior capstone project at Duke, I created a photo book featuring my best aerial images of the Durham cityscape and successfully published it with Kickstarter.
My first aerial photography book, self-published in 2016
This loop was my entry for a stop-motion animation contest held by Volcom and STAB Surf Magazine on Instagram. The only required element was at least one pair of Volcom's latest boardshorts.
Hand drawn & animated for Volcom x STAB Surf Magazine contest
I designed this model for MakerBot's 2015 #SeeTheWorld Summer Challenge. I brought the 26-piece kit to life with my 3-D printer and finished it with a realistic paint job. The source files have been downloaded over 2,000 times by other members of the maker community.
This video documents the creation of one of my clay Pokémon miniatures. As the clay is air-drying, forming the figure and setting up various shots simultaneously proved challenging.
Model Magic Squirtle Process
The making of one of my miniature clay characters
Discrete x Climbing Hat
I filmed this short sound design piece in two early morning sessions at the Duke Gardens. The cast was made up of a bagful of 300 ladybugs I bought on Amazon and a couple other critters I encountered serendipitously during my shoots.
If You Listen Closely
A macro short film starring a cast of garden insects
In the spring of 2016, I was contacted to create a new coffee sleeve for Saladelia Cafes. The friendly, hand-drawn design I came up with features icons of the Durham skyline. These are now in use, dressing coffee cups at all Saladelia locations.
Saladelia coffee sleeve
This is a fun little project I did to experiment with a few After Effects techniques. Designed to be a splash of movement for a webpage or marketing email, the old school TV provides a unique, static frame for the content to make it appear more like a living picture than a video.
Chubbies: Channel Surfing
Sample mini-ad for Chubbies Shorts
Drawing inspiration from vintage baseball cards, I did original branding and photography for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority's annual whiffle ball tournament in 2015 and 2016.
These are a few samples of the personalized social media graphics I created for the 2016 event.
Theta Philanthropy Promo
Custom marketing & social media materials
As an intern at PermaGrin Films during my 2015 summer, I had the pleasure of working as an assistant to the director, Marc Donahue, on his biggest lyric-lapse project to date. "Imagination" was already over a year in the making when I arrived in California.
I helped with prop design, set building, production, and even got to make a couple appearances in the film (watch for the tin-foil man on the Monopoly board). If you've got a moment, Marc put together an in-depth behind the scenes video, too!
"Imagination" by PermaGrin Films
Role: Assistant to the director
Artcon poster series
Inspired by the mid-20th century work of Dutch designer, Wim Crouwel
With this iteration of my portfolio website, freshly built in 2017, it was my goal to create an engaging visual experience that's a breeze to digest at any pace, on any device.
Duke UniversityPanorama of a peaceful evening on Chapel Drive
Durham, NCAs this tremendous thunderstorm rolled eastward, it left behind a completely clear sky. The damp streets glowed like lava in the final seconds of sunset.
Postcard Views of DurhamOriginal cover artwork with a retro vibe
Durham, NCPeering down the helix at the Corcoran Street parking garage
Durham, NCGrooming the infield at Durham Athletic Park
Grand Teton National ParkTranquil shallows of the Snake River
Sarah P. Duke GardensPerhaps the most pleasant spot on campus to share an afternoon picnic (and fly a drone)
Alliance, OHFireworks mark the conclusion of my hometown's Carnation Festival.
Santa Barbara, CAIn the autumn of 2016, I spent three months traveling the country and living the van-life in my Sprinter. This spot is definitely a contender for best campsite of the trip.
Durham, NCThe city's iconic Lucky Strike water tower against a painterly sky
Seattle, WAVivid urban textures at the Museum of Pop Culture, designed by Frank Gehry
Duke UniversityMy final semester at Duke provided the ideal window to photograph campus from the air, as it preceded the university's implementation of a no-fly policy.
Durham, NCDurham Centre Tower after dark
Muddy Pass, COColorful autumn brush along the Continental Divide
Davenport, CAI took this photo of my first finished lighthouse build at Shark Fin Cove.
Red Canyon State Park, UTAn extraordinary view from a precarious perch
San Francisco, CALombard Street's famous zigs-and-zags
US Route 20, OROn the drive from Bend to Eugene, we stopped to marvel at this vibrant post-fire landscape.
Seattle, WAView of the Space Needle and Elliott Bay
Model Magic MiniaturesThe members of this tiny trio, crafted using Crayola's colorful air-drying clay, stand about two inches tall.
Chicago O'Hare International AirportA kaleidoscope of color to brighten your layover
Clear Lake, ORAfter spending the better part of a day timelapsing gargantuan banana slugs in the Northwest drizzle, I took advantage of a short break in the rain to send the drone up for a quick flight.
Chicago, ILCan you spy the seagull, also in flight over Diversey Harbor?
Ellicottville, NYEarly morning turns at Holiday Valley
Discrete x Climbing HatWith this submission I won a 2015 design contest hosted by Discrete Clothing and Climbing Magazine.
Discrete x Climbing HatWith my entry I included this mock-up to communicate the color scheme I had in mind. The limited edition snapback was released in summer 2016.
Duke UniversityKrzyzewskiville on the day before the 2016 Duke-UNC basketball game
Duke UniversityWallace Wade Stadium during 2016 renovations
Durham, NCThe 15-501 ramp over Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard
Duke UniversityTilt-shift miniature edit of the Chapel on a snow day
Durham, NCNighttime field lights at the ballpark
Durham, NCAt sunrise on this brisk April morning, the One City Center construction site was already abuzz.
Duke UniversityMy clownfish, "Chub"
Yosemite National ParkOur last day in Yosemite was a stormy one; from these clouds came rain, thunder, and snow.
Duke UniversityA dorm room double exposure
Yosemite National ParkAn unforgettable sunset + moonrise viewed from North Dome
Oshkosh, NERumbling across the heartland
Aspen, COWhen the lift seats five, you get to ride with all your friends!
GermanyPausing for a gummy-bear break in the Bavarian Alps
Duke UniversityMorning flag-raising duty
Western Utah Alive in this landscape is the spirit of the American West.
Aspen, COHiking for powder on a bluebird day
Yosemite WildernessA chilly night of backcountry camping at Boothe Lake
Ashley National Forest, UTMany miles of dirt road led to this remote vista in the Uinta Mountains.
Yosemite National ParkThe Milky Way sparkles above the valley's granite walls.
LDOC 2015 shirtMy T-shirt design submission for Duke's highly celebrated Last Day Of Classes concert
LDOC 2016 shirtThis design for my final Last Day of Classes was very well-received; all 2,000 shirts ordered by the LDOC Committee sold out in a single day!
Model Magic MiniaturesA selection of favorites from my collection of over 70 miniature Pokémon and movie characters, these figures all measure between ½" and 3" in height.
Duke cookie cutterI modeled and 3-D printed a couple of these to give as Christmas gifts.
Boardshorts Stop-motionA small sample of the handmade animation elements
Thank you to my friend, Katherine, for the product shots (I wasn't living in Durham when the sleeves became available).
Core conceptUsers shouldn't have to click through menus and flip between pages to explore my work. Within this layout it's all there, all at once. Too much to process? Filtering by category is a snap.
Secondary informationBackground text is essential for some items. I wanted to provide it in a manner that doesn't require viewers to leave the page or lose their place. Swiper modules were the most straightforward solution, and are quite pleasant on touch devices, too.
Custom load animationThe content grid is ready for immediate use in only a few seconds with a speedy connection, but can take longer using mobile data or slow internet. I created a mildly entertaining CSS animation to pass the time.
DEMAN & DonutsThis sticker for a 2017 Duke Entertainment, Media, & the Arts Network social event is inspired by the Monuts #Artstigator donut.
Guac & TalkI created an icon for this monthly arts & media get-together hosted by Duke Artstigators. These stickers have been a hit on campus!
"The Double-Tap"An illustrated GIF depicting the most common interaction in the social media sphere