Everybody's Inside is a series of stories, memories, and thoughts collected during a three month Art Farm Residency on Oregon Country Farm. These stories are represented by several sentimental objects – hand-spun honey, a marble, feathers, for example – saved during my time in Oregon. This exhibition served as a semi-narrative guide to the objects, the stories they represent, and the friends that the stories are centered around.
My time in Oregon was as much about solitude and personal challenge as it was about celebrating the community of farmers, artists, food lovers, pioneers, and weirdos that made my Residency what it was.
While completing an artist-in-residence position with Art Farm, I opted to design and develop a quick (two-day turnaround) fluid informational site for the program. I used design process material and documentary photographs combined with surprising interaction techniques to convey the oddball, joyful nature of the residency and the people who keep it going.
Completed at Tomorrow Partners
Illustrator, designer: Astra Sodarsono
Art direction: Carl Bender
The State Department approached Tomorrow Partners to create an infographic celebrating Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. The piece focused on the successful Global Partnership Initiative (GPI), a flagship program which took a new approach to diplomacy, cultivating new partnerships around the globe.
With bold colors and a timeless visual vernacular, we distilled the complex initiatives, facts, and impact figures into a clear, engaging graphic story both digital and print formats. The result is a bright, expressive view into the Department of State's innovative progress.
The Epicenter is a community-based housing organization situated in the desert of Green River, Utah. Among countless duties, the Epicenter helps homeowners and renters apply to various programs and supports operations local community center.
I was one of the first Frontier Fellows to visit Green River. I stayed for a whirlwind three weeks. During that time, I created the Epicenter's brand, identity, and designed environmental graphics for the beautiful Epicenter building. I found and commissioned a local artist to hand-paint the signage on the South wall of the building. The message on the wall, "You Are Here," is visible from the train just a few hundred yards away. In addition to brand collateral, I helped write organizational workflows and also organized a talent show for staff members and visiting NCCC members.
I was one of eleven directors to earn a micro grant from Real Ideas Studio to direct a seven minute documentary film around the theme of the Other. The eleven films were shot over five continents and assembled into a feature-length piece, Other Than, which premiered at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.
With a portable café in tow, I approached 100 people in the streets of San Francisco to have coffee and a conversation. Some strangers remained standoffish, and many challenged my intentions. Others passed on fatherly advice. Sometimes we hugged; one woman wept. Ultimately, the project fed my constant curiosity about different kinds of people and provided a safe space for conversations that wouldn't have happened under any other circumstances. It's somewhere between a confessional and a long bathroom line, but with intention, and coffee.
The Green River Epicenter needed help raising $10,000 to build a Habitat for Humanity house for a family of four. I volunteered and partnered with my friend Emma to create Give Get Make. Our mission is to make donation a shared-value experience. You give what you can, you get something in return, and we make something big happen together.
We curated an art show, Shelter, based around the theme of home and donated all proceeds to construction. Emma and I hope this is the first event in a long-running series.
Completed at Tomorrow Partners
Role: Lead designer, illustrator
Art direction: Gaby Brink
Whole World Water is a revolutionary fundraising initiative—and a new model to do business—that unites the hospitality and tourism industries in combating the global water crisis. The Campaign was launched by former (RED) CEO Jenifer Willig and kontentreal production company founder Karena Albers, with an advisory board that includes Richard Branson and other visionaries. The goal is to provide universal access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation to one billion people within a decade.
The solution: invite hotel chains to simply filter, bottle, and sell their own water and contribute 10% of proceeds to the Whole World Water Fund. Our challenge was to educate potential members on this urgent crisis, communicate the complexity of the Fund model with clarity, and urge readers to join the initiative. The result is a modern, fluid website that drives audiences to take action in delivering radical positive change to the Earth and their bottom line—balancing environmental, health, and economic priorities.
I was selected to design the materials for the CCA Career Expo. I chose a saturated, rich color scheme and broadside-inspired typography to carry the message. In order to maximize budget and minimize material, I designed the expo posters to be two-sided: one side advertising the main Career Expo, and the other side prominently advertising a supporting event that was, in previous years, under-attended.
In the initial client meeting, the clients asked for a poster, a table tent, table signage, stickers, a program cover, a plotter poster, and an email blast image. The clients were so excited with the direction, they asked for exciting extras like vinyl bags, foil-stamped napkins, and hand-decorated cakes. I laser cut stencils and stenciled the cakes with cocoa.
Through a partnership with Sundance and the Skoll Foundation, Tomorrow Partners hosted a week-long lab centered on helping five organizations solve for specific pain points. I worked with the Barefoot College, a fully solar-electrified college in India for the built by and for the rural poor. Our team worked to conceptualize a tool that will facilitate Barefoot students' communication. In addition to participating in the Lab, I created several illustrations used in print and web collateral.
When Occupy was in full swing, I noticed that the overall message felt fragmented and that the general tone was one of aggression. I heard people begin to speak about the movement with resentment or worse, apathy. I contributed my voice to the marches in San Francisco and Oakland with a simple message of empathy: I'm your neighbor.
The first time I brought signs out to the Occupy camps, I developed a series of symbolic illustrations to accompany the message. I pasted the posters around San Francisco, and they were beautiful in context, but they felt wrong for the camps. I came back with a more simple version of the sign: a stencil bearing the phrase, "I'm Your Neighbor," which allowed people to make their own version of the sign, or to wear the message, and to spread it quickly.
This project is an experiment from a Motion Graphics class with Real Ideas Studio's Jim Kenney. The assignment was to create titles for a film of our choice using our own imagery and music or samples. I chose The Talking Heads' live concert, Stop Making Sense, a multi-sensory experience replete with costumes, killer dancing, and beautiful analog glitches.
Inspired by the band's look and feel, I employed some glitchy techniques and lots of beautiful patterns. I used a project called In B Flat, a collaborative sound and spoken word project, to create the track for the titles.
I've included drawings, sketchbooks, objects, and B-sides and samples from other projects.
Tucker Nichols, pornography, Olympic synchronized swimmers, botanical drawings, digital clocks, baby hands, shadow puppets.