The Mimoco team lives on in group chat and a few weeks ago, we received a low-res video from a scene in the latest Ghostbusters film Afterlife because MIMOBOT continues to live on – this time My Little Pony’s Rainbow Dash makes an appearance.
There are so many options now for art prompt projects in the month of October. This year, I’ve decided to join MassArt’s #MassArtober. The running theme for my work will be whatever the prompt is but….make it cute 🙂 View the entire project here.
WBUR partnered with MassArt’s Professional Freelance Studio program to create a limited-edition tote bag that features work from a new up-and-coming Boston artist every year. Working alongside professor Irena Roman, we provided art direction and weekly feedback for the artists to interpret the station’s signature sound from their creative points of view.
In 2021, The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Arts & Culture and Public Health teams partnered with local artists and designers to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations.
MAPC hired nine artists and artist groups to create materials encouraging under-served communities to get vaccinated. As one of the nine artists, I chose the Cantonese/Hong Kong slang 加油! Add Oil! to be the rallying cry for the community to get their vaccine and to stay safe. The comics, animated gifs, prints, and web graphics are designed to connect to the Chinese immigrant community.
These materials are available for public use. Municipalities, health agencies, community groups, and members of the public can freely use them to encourage vaccinations in their communities.
So many fond memories of my time at Mimoco and so when my I got a text message about Hello Kitty MIMOBOT being spotted out in the wild – still – and featured on the current HBO series The Flight Attendant, I was floored…especially because it was Hello Kitty.
Whenever the opportunity to work cross-functionally opens up – and with time permitting – I make myself available. It’s a great chance to work with colleagues I normally wouldn’t work with and it’s always fun to work on new projects to stretch my creative brain.
My latest work collaboration with Project Citrus at WBUR, which explores the future of on-demand audio and emerging platforms, involved creating design assets for a voice-activated Massachusetts voter guide. It’s a companion to WBUR’s explanatory coverage on statewide ballot questions in the 2020 election.
“Thanks to some crackerjack design work, we were also able to incorporate a colorful image card for the skill, which appears on devices with a screen.” (Read more)
The deliverables included image cards and graphics for the Alexa skill icon.
It was great to see all the different parts of the organization – editorial, tech and design – come together for this valuable resource. It’s currently available on Alexa-enabled devices.
The WBUR face mask has been a wildly popular premium this season.
It was truly a station-wide effort to bring the face mask to life. There were so many design concepts flying back and forth – well over a dozen designs – but they just didn’t resonate. And then, at the eleventh hour, an editor came up with the winning idea, “We’ve got you covered.”
The WBUR face mask is a subtle reminder that we’ve got all of your news, culture, and facial-barrier needs covered. This reusable mask features adjustable elastic ear loops, a flexible nose clip, and a filter pocket (filter not included). It is washable and made of three layers of 100% cotton. Nose and chin darts create a contoured fit to keep the mask off your mouth for added breathability. (This mask is not medical grade and is for personal use only.)
It’s a great mask – super comfortable and has the DNA of WBUR written all over it.
Partnering with members of marketing and digital teams, we worked together on an extension of WBUR’s 2020 on-air and digital election coverage, “Mass. Election Prep.” The goal is to get people ready to vote in just 7 days.
We met up on a video call and discussed:
design direction for colors and graphic elements like stars and highlighting the state of Massachusetts
things to avoid, especially people
the various digital and prints assets, such as web banners, e-mail newsletter and print ads
leaving room for language translation as needed for our partner in the project
and, of course, the tight turnaround
I’m really happy with the way the piece came together. The illustration of the state and transforming it into a ballot box came together as I was working on brainstorming sketches.
What was also great about the project was being able to work cross-functionally. When I get an opportunity to work with a new group – with time permitting, of course – I jump at the chance. It’s a great way to meet / get to know colleagues and new projects help to stretch the creative muscles.