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Rainbow Dash MIMOBOT cameo in the movie Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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.

(image & source: Equestria Daily)

MassArtober 2021: 31 days of art prompts

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 x MassArt Illustration

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.

Caroline Barlow‘s illustration was chosen for the WBUR x MassArt Illustration project. Their WBUR Skyline design is full of movement and energy, showing a new listener’s appreciation for public radio’s place in the world — and WBUR’s place in Boston.

It was an inspiring experience to be a part of.

Read more about the project here.

For more information about the Illustration department, including student work, departmental events, and student, alumni, faculty recognition, visit Drawn Onward:

WBUR 2021 Summer Ad Campaign & More

WBUR’s spring ad campaign launched on April 29th inspired by my lettering and headphone / earbud illustration art for the Membership team’s spring fundraising campaign.

The summer marketing campaign was multi-channel, appearing everywhere from highway billboards to news websites — via digital programmatic placements and core outlets like The Boston Globe.

summer 2021 campaign
summer 2021 campaign
WBUR podcast promotional art

MAPC’s Creative COVID-19 Communications Launch

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.

View and Download All Artwork

MAPC’s Arts & Culture and Public Health Creative COVID-19 Communications Grant

Great news to share: I received a grant opportunity from Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations.

It’s the perfect art opportunity fit considering the recent comic work I’ve been creating highlighting life during the pandemic and my interest in sharing vaccine information.

I’m super excited and looking forward to this project.

Hello Kitty MIMOBOT USB Flash Drive As Seen On HBO’s The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant: Episode 5 “Other People’s Houses” (2020)
The Flight Attendant S01E07 “Hitchcock Double” (2020)

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 – stilland featured on the current HBO series The Flight Attendant, I was floored…especially because it was Hello Kitty.

Collaboration with WBUR Project Citrus Team’s Voice-Activated Voter Guide

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.

Read more about the project here.

WBUR’s “We’ve Got You Covered” Face Mask

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.

WBUR 2020 “Mass. Election Prep” e-newsletter campaign

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.

Learn more about the project Become An Informed Voter in 7 Days.

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