Inventabet is an alphabet exploration toolkit. With 26 stamps and an array of alphabet-inspired activities, Inventabet encourages you to see letters at more than face value.
You’ll notice Inventabet’s stamps don’t exactly resemble letters. Instead, they are composed of shapes that are stamped on top of one another to build a new letterform. Children tend to learn shapes before they begin to understand letterforms; they’ll see an A as a triangle before they understand it to be a letter. Therefore, Inventabet is a new way of looking at the alphabet that is worthwhile to kids (and also adults, at least the type and design nerds, so there’s some bonus material included in the toolkit for them too).
The toolkit will get them to think about the alphabet as an activity rather than a chore, which will inspire kids (and their grown ups) to build and understand their own unique alphabet.
The kit comes with several activities, including an alphabet poster and a crossword puzzle designed to get a child interacting with the stamps in a meaningful way. To use Inventabet, all you need to do is choose your stamp and ink, press the stamp to paper, and repeat. Inventabet hopes to motivate a child struggling to learn how to write to keep trying.
In my own work I've found that adding an element of play to parameters allows me to produce the most stress-free, intriguing, and creative work. Inventabet aims to do the same for children learning how to read and write.
Scarlet Sticker: The Bad Feminist Project
Scarlet Sticker: The Bad Feminist Project—After reading Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist Essays and participating in the Feminist Thought and Action course at The New School, I was inspired to create a piece of work that questioned the idea of labeling a feminist ‘good’ or ‘bad. You can read more about the inspiration behind the project here.
Printed on a 170” long and 58” tall poster is a quote from the self proclaimed bad feminist, Roxane Gay—“I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all."
In her collection of essays, she ellaborates on this– ”I embrace the label of bad feminist because I am human.I am messy. I’m not trying to be an example. I am not trying to be perfect. I am not trying to say I have all the answers. I am not trying to say I’m right. I am just trying—trying to support what I believe in, trying to do some good in this world, trying to make some noise with my writing while also being myself.”
Scarlet Sticker invites the viewer to interact with the poster by taking a marker and writing their name on one of the labels that fill the letterforms spelling out ‘bad feminist.’ They can then peel off the label and wear the scarlet sticker.
Edwin Sans is a revival of a robust sans serif typeface designed by Edwin Allen for George F Nesbitt & Co. Edwin Sans is almost as loud and awesome as its accompanying feminist GIF set. You can view all GIFs here.
DERT Book Design—A set of four book jackets designed for the non-profit literacy foundation dert. I chose four children's novels—The Time Machine, Kidnapped, Aesop's Fables & 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Bits and pieces of the plot from each story are displayed on each dust jacket using stencil and watercolor.
Space Cowboy (hi Steve Miller & 'N Sync) is a western / Barnum style typeface with a bit of wonky flare.
The delicate thins of Space Cowboy's characters are sandwiched by incredibly robust serifs.
A type specimen inspired by wanted posters.
Yellow journalism inspired type specimen.
Yellow journalism inspired type specimen.
Laser cuts of Space Cowboy's ampersand and interrobang.
Serves One—A cookbook born out of loneliness and homesickness.
Dust jacket is made to resemble a care package sent from home.
The book cover is the white, wood texture of the kitchen table that serves one (me).
Food photography is shot with dramatic shadows and blue lighting.
Original recipe from home placed on bright fields of color serve as section separators.
The book highlights the drama and humor in feeling less alone with the help of comfort food.
FORTY FIVE SYMBOLS is a collaborative exploration of visual language that unites students, teachers, scholars, and ideas from 5 cities across 4 continents.
Book showcasing the collaborative project.
Exhibition June 5–July 7,2014 Cologne, Germany
Encouraged to explore the culture of our childhood, I created 45 symbols representing life and culture in the Suburban Midwest.
The symbols focus on the conflict between religiously supported morals and subjects long considered taboo in the culture.
The symbols were stamped on communion wafers and served in a dish as part of the 45 SYMBOLS exhibition.
All symbols in the collaborative exhibition were placed on the ground of the church in a radial pattern.