News - Tapirgraphics Art and Design


Leading the Charge in Rebrands, July 2017

What's great about this job is all the opportunity to lead in the brand direction and visual style of publication, digital and advertising material. I have rebranded and wrote style guides for three multi-media advertising campaigns, created a whole new line of apparel, and redesigned the association's largest publications, the national show programs.  I have also played a part in the rebrand of the association magazine, Arabian Horse Life. 

I can't wait for the next challenges!

Go North Young Woman! Dec. 2016

I put in a year at my design job at MESA (my first out-of-college employer) and now it is time to leave car audio and head north to a little town known as Denver!  I now get to design for my two favorite things: publications and horses! It's a dream job and I'm thrilled to trade in my start-up company for a highly respected and classy horse breed organization and jump into an industry that I have known since I was ten years old. 

Putting Things Into High Gear, April 2016

It's now been three full months at my new job and first full-time graphic design gig.  I have a TON on my plate, from digital and print sales kits, website graphics, responsive email templates, summit branding and graphics, app graphics and a handful of marketing tasks.  New work is going up on my portfolio page, so check back every so often, and check out my blog and Twitter for more regular updates and sneak peeks!

On To Bigger Things! Feb. 2016

I've graduated CSU-Pueblo with a degree in graphic design and another in integrated communications and have landed a full-time graphic design job for an automotive marketing organization. Here's a little sneak peek of what's on my workbench for that job.

New Portfolio Added and New Client Work in Progress, Dec. 2015

Check out the graphic design portfolio for a new gallery showcasing recent website work and also take a peak at the logo gallery for new work for my latest client, the CHASS department SOCO Conference.  More work, to include the finished SOCO Conference logo, to come soon!

My Work Featured In a Blog Interview, Nov. 2015

Go check out this sweet art and design blog from Denver to read my interview on my graphic design and process.

The End Is Only The Beginning, Oct. 2015

The last semester EVER is half finished.  The job hunt is well underway, group projects are beginning, the wireframes of my final website are submitted, and great things are cooking at both internships.  I just covered the emergence of street art within the gallery (such as this break dance competition) at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts internship and I'm working on the strategic communications document for the Riverwalk, as well as refining the visual brand.  It's all chronicled on my blog and Twitter, with lots more to come!

New Portfolios, July 2015

The portfolios have been revamped and there are two new portfolios from my internships.  The Riverwalk internship portfolio will have new work added later this summer, so check back!

Internship Adventures, June 2015

I've been busy as a social media and marketing intern at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP).  Aside from Facebook posts and revamping the Twitter and Instagram accounts, I am also a graphic designer and event photographer.  We have several smaller events and one more major event at the HARP before my internship is over, so check back for a new gallery of work. 

I've also begun revamping my portfolio, so check it out to see some new work.

B.F.A. Senior Show and Thesis, May 2015

May 1st was the last exhibit day and closing reception for the graduating seniors of the CSU-Pueblo art department. As of May 1st, my B.F.A. graphic design requirements have been completed--now to finish the remaining mass communications credits and I will have my double majors next fall.

My exhibit included some of my best photos, the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine fall 2014 edition, my thesis posters, my thesis zine, and the thesis process book. The exhibit was in the CSU-Pueblo Hoag Hall Gallery for the month of April. To catch up on the process behind my thesis, visit my blog.

Winner of the SPJ Best Regional Magazine, April 2015

The fall 2014 edition of the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine just won best overall magazine in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 9 competition in Denver and is moving onto the SPJ national competition. This was the edition for which I contributed the design and the ad design and it competed against the best of the best from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Check out the SPJ awards news article on the online version of the CSU-Pueblo Today!

B.F.A. Senior Thesis, April 2015

My senior thesis project, as well as some of my best graphic design and photography from the past four years, is on display at the Hoag Hall Gallery, CSU-Pueblo, for the month of April.  The senior project was organic synthesis, my term for my attempts to synthesize natural qualities or use natural principles to create more organic, sincere graphic design. The exhibited thesis items include three posters, a zine, and a process book which you can see here.  Photos of the exhibition to come.

Weekend Workshop Project On Display, March 2015

My final project from a colored pencil workshop at CSU-Pueblo is on display at the Capps Capozzolo gallery (also known as the Curved Wall gallery) in the Hoag Hall Arts and Music building. Come check it out as well as the wonderful work by my colleagues and a sampling of the professor's painting skills.

SPJ Region 9 Mark of Excellence, March 2015

CSU-Pueblo Today Magazine, Fall 2014

Last semester, I designed the layout, the cover and the majority of the ads for the CSU-Pueblo Today magazine, fall 2014 edition. It just received a Mark of Excellence in the student publication division by the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9.  It's exact placing (it's in the top three) will be announced at the SPJ Region 9 annual conference in Denver next month. Stay tuned!

Adventures in Printmaking Part II, Feb. 2015

This semester's focus in advanced printmaking is relief, intaglio, and photo intaglio.  The photo intaglio was a lesson in patience last semester--I learned every way not to create photo intaglio plates.  When faced with challenge, fight harder.

My adventures in photo intaglio involve my attempt to marry modern graphic design to analogue process, so my project is a combination of pre-press Photoshop and antique etching.  The intended result is computer generated graphics that have the softer, organic qualities of traditional intaglio printing.

Magazine Design and Launch, Dec. 2014

This semester I had the privilege of designing the ads, layout, and cover for the Colorado State University-Pueblo Today magazine, which is now on the racks at the university as well as several locations in downtown Pueblo (such as the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, the Pueblo Visitor's Center, St. Mary Corwin hospital, and the Latino Chamber).

At 64 pages, this magazine was designed and sent to press in under three weeks and it introduces a new graphic style to a publication that has won several awards for its feature writing.  Stop by and check it out!  The publication will be on display until the middle of spring semester, 2015.

Get a sneak peak in my publication portfolio.

Winner at the Art Directors Club of Denver's The Brief Competition, Nov. 2014

The Brief is a design competition for advertising and design students in and around the Rocky Mountain region.  It is a late night event full of brainstorming, strategy and tactics planning, industry professionals as mentors, and a real client.  This year the client was Purple Door Coffee, out of Denver, and my team presented the winning concept. Check it out here. Thanks to Cactus, in Denver, for hosting this rich learning experience and fun event.

Artwork on Exhibit at CSU-Pueblo Fine Art Gallery, Nov. 2014

If you're in Pueblo, perhaps touring our growing arts circuit, stop by the Hoag Fine Arts Gallery and view the annual juried student show. I have a photo/alternative print titled Relics of Propagation 3 on exhibit in this show. The show is on display now to January 23, 2015.

New Work Uploaded Oct. 2014

Check it out: there is now advertising design, poster, layout, and social media design and writing portfolios.  Shirts, hangtags, logos, cards and others are now in the other graphic design portfolio.  These portfolios feature new work created over the spring 2014, summer 2014, and fall 2014 semesters.

New Portfolio Added to Site Aug. 2014

Check out samples of my digital art on the portfolios page.  Also check out the graphic design portfolio as I periodically update new design work this fall.

Colorado State University-Pueblo 310 Portfolio Exhibit April 2014

This exhibit in the Capps Capozzolo Gallery (aka The Curved Wall Gallery) features some of the work from the 310 course, a junior level portfolio review required for acceptance into the B.F.A. program.  My exhibited work is Americana #3 (featured on this website under the photography portfolio) and three of the nine wallpaper prints created for this semester's printmaking course.

Adventures In Printmaking April 2014

Another sneak peek into the body of work I am creating for my introductory printmaking course.  This wallpaper design is a four color reductive woodblock print. The fourth color is an overprint.  The requirements for the design were the use of complimentary colors and two objects (one inanimate and one animal) that mimic each other's shapes.

Graphic Design Trip to San Francisco, March 2014

For spring break, I and three other students from the advanced graphic design course visited San Francisco to tour museums, galleries, graduate programs, and the following design studios: Hatch, Landor, Micheal Vanderbyl, and David Lance Goines.  San Francisco was a wonderful creative experience full of inspiration, great people, and great places.

Adventures in Experimental Videography March 2014

Sometimes courses collide, sparking new projects, and in this case the courses are digital art and audio/video production.  Much like an artist's quick sketch, this short test clip is an initial exploration into Photoshop's video editing capabilities.

Adventures in Printmaking Feb. 2014

A sneak peek into the undergraduate body of work I am creating for my printmaking course.

Design Work Featured In University Magazine Jan. 2014

In 2012, I and a team of three other designers created a brochure for the Colorado State University-Pueblo Art Department that featured the sculpture work on campus.  The CSU-Pueblo alumni magazine featured our brochure on page 3 and showcases my cover design as well as the map created by Sarah Nako.

Photo Wins Finalist at International Competition Jan. 2014

One of my photos from a series titled Pseudo was accepted into the 2014 Best of College Photography Contest held by Photographer's Forum Magazine and Nikon from over 16,000 world-wide entries.  It will be featured in a hardbound book of the same name as the competition and published by Serbin Communications (to be available for purchase summer 2014).

Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Art Show Fall 2013

One of my photos from the Americana series was accepted into this annual juried show at the Hoag Hall Gallery.  This is my third year having work accepted into this show.

Photo Wins Finalist at International Competition Jan. 2013

One of my photos from the series titled Ephemeral was accepted into the 2014 Best of College Photography Contest held by Photographer's Forum magazine and Nikon from over 16,000 world-wide entries.  It was also featured in a hardbound book of the same name as the competition and published by Serbin Communications.

Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Show 2013

I have been entering this show since I was a teenager and this year one of my photos from the Americana series won third place in the Emerging Artist/Student Division of this annual juried show.

Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Art Show Spring 2013

Three of the five photos from my photographic essay on penguins and polar warming was accepted into this juried show featured at the Hoag Hall Gallery.

Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Art Show Spring 2012

Three of my artworks were accepted into this juried student art show at the Hoag Hall Gallery (my first year submitting work).  Accepted were an artist's book, a pen and ink drawing, and a landscape matte painting.

Photo Wins Finalist at International Competition Jan. 2012

One of my photos from the series titled "BioTreasures" was accepted as a finalist in the 2012 Best of College Photography Contest held by Photographer's Forum magazine and Nikon from over 18,000 world-wide entries. It was also featured in a hardbound book of the same name as the competition and published by Serbin Communications.

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