Getting lost is not always a bad thing: Let’s talk about Photography


Photography is something close to my heart, next to good design. I’ve been searching all over on the internet and reading books based on photography. The one thing that inspires me the most, next to good artwork, is the artist. Their process, the way they view the world, what makes them passionate and how they stay humble. Their drive enables my drive.

I recently brought myself a Canon AE-1 Program film camera and I’m currently addicted to taking photographs. I’ve been through photos sites such as Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, and aspiring photographer’s websites (Natalie Chyi has been one of my favorites). I’ve been finding myself attracted to portrait photography lately. Why? Because I love capturing moments and people’s personalities. Seeing a beautiful side of someone. Whether they are happy or in a state of not feeling them self. 


I’ve been taking photography as a practice. Not only to take a break from design, but to study the art of composition and light through photography. I’ve been thinking how I’ll be able to associate photography into my design skills. Photography also deals with storytelling, color, shapes, composition, and negative space which can be filled with type.


In conclusion, where do I find myself in photography when I graduated with a bachelor’s in graphic design? Well, simply it broadens my skill set as well as open more opportunities for jobs in photography or design. What I learned through photography: is having a story, with no story there is no purpose. The struggle I had in the past was designing with no purpose, making whatever looks cool with no reason behind it. I have more understanding of the use of composition, lighting, negative space, and story telling. I will associate this skill set into my future designs.


My brain may have many tabs open, but that leaves me open-minded to create new art and experiment with different styles until I find something I’m comfortable with. After-graduation has been a struggle finding a job in the field, but I will always remind myself that getting lost is not always a bad thing. I’m still searching and I have so much yet to discover in the meantime.

Keep updated on my photography here.

Getting lost is not always a bad thing: Let’s talk about Photography

Senior Project Update

Phew! now that is over, I will now be graduating with my Bachelor’s in Spring 2015! Working with Tolentine Community Center was pretty much my first live client (volunteer, not paid) and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Even though I don’t see myself doing work for many 501c3’s, it was very nice practice for future clients.

Here is my completed Senior Project for Tolentine Community Center:

Z Fold Brochure PSD Mockup_outside
Outside Brochure (front cover on the right)
Z Fold Brochure PSD Mockup
Inside Brochure
T-Shirt Design for Soccer Club (Front)
T-Shirt Design for Soccer Club (Back)
Website Redesign (Homepage)
Website Redesign (About Us Page)
Website Redesign (Donation Page)
Facebook Page
Branding Stationery Mockup
Stationery (Letterhead, Envelope, and Business Cards)
Senior Project Update

Senior Project: The Beginning

Last week I met up with Dr. Anthony Mattei, executive director of Tolentine Community Center, to discuss what I can do to help regarding design. Meeting Anthony was very interesting. He is retired, but is a volunteer who is helping his wife (President of Tolentine) take care of the community center. Anthony takes care of maintenance of their old building and helps create events for children. He is very old school and traditional so he wanted no changes to their logo, but he said it was acceptable if I wanted to add some color. What he would like me to design is their:

  • Brochure
  • Add color to the logo
  • Soccer Club T-Shirt
  • Website Layout
  • Possibly come up with a headline

Tolentine’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all people in South Philadelphia, with emphasis on educational, cultural social and recreational services. It is Tolentine’s goal to provide an opportunity for all constituents within our catchment area to develop their full potential as productive members of society while at the same time creating a better community in which to work and live. With much respect on what Tolentine does to improve people’s lives, I developed a paper which consists of the health related quality of life and well-being.

Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being is a topic area for healthy people ever since the beginning of time. Health-related quality of life is a multi-dimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional and social functioning. It goes beyond direct measures of population health, life expectancy and causes of death, and focuses on the impact health status has on quality of life. (Kobau R)

There is not a greater energy sucker in life, than negativity. A healthier mind becomes a happier life. (Campbell) Helping others, loving others, and supporting others to be a happier or a more successful version of who they are is a pathway to increased fulfillment for us. As we stay busy, moving towards a goal, being creative and innovative, we wake up with a purpose. Inspiration keeps us motivated and active in our lives. Find that purpose that is uniquely yours and don’t wait one more minute to start your journey.

The significance of quality of life and well-being as a public health concern is not new. Since 1949, the World Health Organization (WHO) has noted that health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease and infirmity.” Because people are living longer than ever before, researchers have changed the way they examine health, looking beyond causes of death and morbidity to examine the relationship of health to the quality of an individual life. (Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being)

By creating events and bringing people together in a community, we have the capability to help each grow through positive activities such as sports, games, and other fun programs. It’s healthy to see life as full of opportunity. Learning to see and appreciate all that we do have, makes us grateful. This attitude gets noticed by others, make us more attractive and more opportunities open up.

People with higher levels of well-being judge their life as going well. People feel very healthy and full of energy to take on their daily activities. People are satisfied, interested, and engaged with their lives. People experience a sense of accomplishment from their activities and judge their lives to be meaningful. People are more often content or cheerful than depressed or anxious. People get along with others and experience good social relationships.

Physical activities also improve quality of life. Physical activity may also help encourage you to spend some time outdoors. Becoming more active can help lower your blood pressure and also boost your levels of good cholesterol. Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function well. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about 7 years longer than those who are not active and are obese. (Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life)

During the past century, psychology has helped unlock many of the mysteries of human behavior and clarified the sources of many illnesses of the mind. But, until recently, this young science did not have much to say about what made life worth living. Happiness, hope, courage, and other positive experiences that are so important to our private existence were considered too subjective to be amenable to rigorous investigation. Only in the last decade have scholars recognized that quality of life is too important to be ignored any longer. (Eunkook)

Campbell, Sherrie. 10 Ways to Improve the Quality of Your Life in 2015. Huffingtonpost. Jan 9, 2015. Web.

Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being. HealthyPeople. Feb 9, 2015. Web.

Kobau R, Sniezek J, Zack MM, Lucas RE, Burns A. Well-being assessment: An evaluation of well-being scales for public health and population estimates of well-being among U.S. adults. Health and Well Being. 2010;2(3):272-297.

Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life. HeartOrg. Jan 8, 2015. Web.

Suh M, Eunkook. Culture and Subjective Well-Being. Feb 9, 2015. Book.

Senior Project: The Beginning

Portfolio Progress Continued

I’ve learned a lot during finals week, reviewing work at the portfolio show, and reviewers providing helpful information to keep in mind. Here is what they mentioned to fix.

Nikon Cameras – redo the hand lettering, sketch out more and make cleaner, different quotes on other pages, and don’t need descriptions.


Deer Springs – box design, advertisements, and expand.


Porter Robinson Worlds – fix white text on liner notes.


Smokeshack – tagline, watch margins, consistent fonts, paper too white, t-shirts, coasters, and expand.


iCocoa – fix pixelation, box design, and expand.


Reading Terminal Market – aprons, photography, tagline, and expand.


Game Stop – make interactive game within website and app, and provide rewards.


Art of Glitch – expand.


Type Book! -NEW self-initiated phone app.


With the help of reviewers, I’m able to understand from their viewpoint on having a successful portfolio. I understand a portfolio is never perfect, but I will try my best to get it close to it. Revisions will continue.

Portfolio Progress Continued

Hand Lettering is Wonderful

So lately I’ve been truly inspired by designers specializing in typography and hand lettering. Everyday I’ve been drawing and playing with new ways to hand letter inspiring quotes. Playing around with ligatures, swirls,and thick and thin lines. I still have a lot more to practice, but I know I’m on my way there.


I found a tutorial to make my hand lettering digital. The link is found below.


I like how this turned out and planning to find more creative ways to add images into hand lettered typography. What do you think?

Hand Lettering is Wonderful