I designed and led the promotions for this 2012 comedy documentary. My work began when I organized a screening of the film at The Comedy Attic in Bloomington, Ind., featuring a live stand-up set from one of the film's stars. Based on that event's success, I was brought on to coordinate ongoing publicity. In that role, I created promotional graphics, a press kit and website for the film, managed the social media marketing and put together submissions to film festivals. In April 2013, I traveled alongside producer Susan Seizer to New York City to represent the film as a selected title at the 2013 Friars Club Comedy Film Festival.
I created online content and contributed to social media and email marketing for sproutrobot.com, a startup gardening web app, in the summer of 2011. I often interacted with SproutRobot customers on the blog, answering garden- and service-related questions. I developed serial content structures for handling topics, like SproutRobot's Most Wanted, posts that were dedicated to educating users about garden pests. After taking leave for the academic year, I returned in the summer of 2012 as a market researcher and designer to help visualize interactions for a proposed update to the pricing model.
While interning at Serve IT, a technology clinic at Indiana University, I was part of a team charged with developing a database for Middle Way House, a local domestic violence and rape crisis shelter. I designed and prototyped the interface and worked with programmers to synthesize the needs of our client into the core of our product. When my time with the project came to a close, I designed and presented a graphic to investors. My content and design know-how were at work for Middle Way House the previous year, when I volunteered to put together a website for Women Exposed, an annual art show that raises money and awareness for the non-profit. This experience primed me to represent Lambda Pi Eta, a communications honor society, as the 2012-2013 academic year president of Indiana University's Kappa Alpha chapter. My duties in that role included designing fliers and invitations for our events, as well as planning and hosting the Indiana University Department of Communication and Culture's 2013 graduation reception. The website I set up for the group offers samples of some of my work.
Much of my print output has catered toward classwork, such as this design analysis I made in 2012 for a class in form and function. However, in 2010, between assignments, I began taking work as a freelance graphic designer. My clients included a pizzeria owner whose business I helped rebrand by creating a logo and redesigning the menu, and a baker who needed stickers for the packaging of her gourmet dog treat product line. In the process of developing my skills, I've had fun and saved money by designing invitations for baby showers and graduation parties.
My first video, Voice Tales, was the byproduct of a research project about remediation and remix culture. With the premise of taking old media and reimagining it with the help of new media, I captured audio from voicemails that I had saved and produced digital video vignettes that corresponded to the messages. The video, which was featured as a selection of the 2013 Iris Film Festival, has recently been reimagined as a participatory culture project forthcoming to the public in early 2014. The next two videos stem from my documentary theory and practice coursework. Man With A Kodachrome puts my grandfather's slides from his Cold War-era Mediterranean naval tour in conversation with the development of cinéma vérité, as well as Dziga Vertov's landmark film Man With A Movie Camera. Cache in the Pan is an experimental meditation on filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s ideas about temporality in women’s cinema. The piece played at Indiana University Cinema's 2013 Student Film Showcase.
I've been working in media since I graduated high school and landed a job as a newspaper reporter and photographer. I went on to work as a project manager in the promotions department of one the busiest publishing companies in the world. Then I went to college. At Indiana University, my studies focused on communication and design. I've honed my creative skills through courses in interactive media design and film production. I've learned how to be a strong team player by collaborating with classmates to develop interfaces for everything from databases to drones. My marketing internships gave me tactical experience in capturing the attention and influencing the behavior of a digital audience. My specialties are brainstorming, composition, paying attention to details and knowing when to crack a joke. The tools I use regularly include a Canon T2i, a Macbook Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut, HTML, CSS, Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and pencil and paper.