Anxiety and depression are by far the most common mental illnesses in our society today and the numbers of those affected are ever-increasing. Those who do seek treatment most often turn to traditional talk therapy and/or medication. For my senior thesis, I decided to focus on an alternative form of therapy that you don’t hear about as often: art therapy. Through researching its history, studies of effectiveness, and speaking with several art therapists I’ve found art therapy to be a powerful tool for helping those suffering from anxiety and depression find peace and healing. As a culmination of my research, I wrote and designed a book titled TheHealing Power of Art: Art Therapy as an Alternative Treatment for Anxiety and Depression.
I’m quite the dog-obsessed lady, and in my spare time I enjoy being commissioned to draw dog portraits. Here are some of my favorites :) These are hand-drawn with India ink on paper.
the yellow wallpaper
A redesign of the classic, Victorian short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. My goal for this project was to create a design that's fresh and contemporary in order to mirror the story's themes of feminism and mental illness, which are still very relevant in today's world.
Soaring + Exploring
A 32-page booklet containing descriptions of University of Minnesota Youth Programs summer day camps along with registration information. I also designed a postcard to go along with the guide, which I included in these images.
I love the challenge of working with a client to design a unique logo! Here are some of my favorite logos that I've created.
Year of the Monkey
My submission for Yunnan Sourcing's annual tea wrapper design contest in 2016. The objective was to create a design for a tea wrapper inspired by the Year of the Monkey. This design was chosen to be used for Yunnan Sourcing's "Green Mark" Ripe Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake.
Des Coffee is a fictional coffee shop that combines two of the best things in life: dogs + coffee! This project was my first go at developing a brand identity, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I created the symbol and logotype, and from there a business card, letterhead, envelope, graphic standards manual, and website mockup.
blue moon bar + grill
Blue Moon is a bar + grill located in Armour, South Dakota. I started by creating a new logo for them and then 4-page menu that embodies the bar's fun, retro, small-town atmosphere.
umn recwell job fair
Graphics for the University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center 2017 Job Fair. Included in these images are the poster and t-shirt design (front + back).
Kay's Kitchen is an adorable family-owned restaurant in the town of St. Joseph, Minnesota. The client wanted a happy, retro menu design in a light blue and orange color scheme that featured their logo on the front cover. With that in mind, I created this 6-page menu for them.