By Sarah Jane
client: Mindo Chocolate Makers
This work was produced as a two part project – brand strategy followed by sustainable package design. In the initial phase, I performed research on the social (cultural), economical and environmental aspects of chocolate making, through which I gained an intimate knowledge of the process from farm to table. I also interviewed the client and other stakeholders in an effort to learn as much as I could about their goals, perceived needs, behavior and values.
For the second phase of the project, I created sustainable packaging solutions for Mindo. I reviewed artisan chocolate making, explored the competition and market, looked at potential materials and processes, explored the supply chain of those ideas and finally outlined a solution that encompasses all the data collected.
client: Apostrophe Brands
Brand identity design – logo and stationary – for a beverage company. The design represents liquid elements without identifying a specific beverage. This was done by creating the illusion of three-dimensional droplets sitting on the paper. The printing was done with six colors – four, plus a metallic, and a gloss varnish on the droplet elements.
Recipient of an American Design Award.
By Sarah Jane
Visual Communication: The Environmental Impact of PVC Vinyl
This infographic was part of a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) project I undertook about PVC vinyl . I compared the environmental impact of a PVC vinyl banner to that of a comparable banner made of organic cotton canvas.
This LCA looked at all aspects of environmental impact, from the mining of the metal for the grommets to the petroleum in the inks used for printing. I also calculated the transportation miles for all the elements of the final product.
During the course of the project, I learned how destructive PVC materials are to the ecosphere. PVC is the number 1 producer of dioxins in the environment. It is toxic to make and toxic to dispose of. Once manufactured, there are few options to recycle PVC, and it continues to break down, off-gas and produce environmental toxins throughout its time on Earth.View Entire Report
By Sarah Jane
client: Turning Point Macomb
When Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter in Macomb County, Michigan, approached me to redesign their website, I used the opportunity to put systems thinking and sustainability principals to work.
I first identified the systems involved; all inputs and outputs of the main and sub-systems. This gave me a good overview of all stakeholders and potential outcomes of the systems.
The next step was to identify the problems with the current system. This involved isolating patterns. What wasn’t working and why?
I identified pattern solutions that truly utilized human-centered design and improved the site use (User Experience) for all stakeholders in the system (users, Turning Point staff, as well as website managers).
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Tax Trilogy: Branding and Web Design
Tax Trilogy came to me with an idea for a social and informational website for tax professionals. After a brand strategy meeting and some break out brainstorming, Tax Talk Forum was born. Launching in January of 2013, Tax Talk Forum is a user forum and social network for tax professionals. The site is a fresh vision of professional tax resources on the Web and is unique in both its approach (young and social) and its content.
The Tax Talk brand was designed to be clean, professional and fresh. The orange shows the energy and youth of the firm, and subtly ties to the parent company Tax Trilogy’s brand of yellows and oranges.
The web design incorporates the branding and user-centered design to create an integrated blog, social network and forum.
A character named “Onerous Bastard Tax” was created as a humorous character to add levity to particularly difficult taxes. Each month a super tricky tax is featured in the “Onerous Bastard Tax” post. A Flash map graphic was created to display the various “Bastard Taxes” in the states in which they apply. The goal was to make the map fun and engaging. When the user mouses over a state, it is highlighted and a tiny version of the Bastard Tax character pops up. When the user selects the state, it enlarges and bubble pops up identifying the onerous taxes. When the user clicks a bubble, they are taken to a full explanation of the tax within the forum.
This poster was created as part of a project I developed to encourage community engagement, increase network connections and promote sustainable practices as a business strategy for small business. The idea began as a meme and morphed into a community event.
client: Woll & Woll PC
These concept designs were developed for a potential client rebranding. The clients primary objective was to market the company as an elite, high-end firm.
The designs were developed to appeal to the defined target market’s personal life experience with luxury in spaces such as a high-end hotel (luxury, service, having needs met ) or a spa (calm, nurturing).
The architectural elements in the concepts denote structure, strength and confidence. The linen texture speaks to intelligence and stability and the tones and hues portray both professionalism and comfort.
The stationary was designed to print 4 color on a specialty linen stock. The logo was speced to emboss, the white block being raised, while the letters are debossed. This would have the effect of smoothing the linen texture in this area creating a contrast of texture, color and dimension.
By Sarah Jane