The first package I created as a Features Editor junior year was one about community activists — an especially relevant collection of stories as the nation grappled with a racial reckoning. I illustrated each of our sources holding up signs in order to create a sense of cohesion in each spread while still emphasizing the variety of voices.
This package was focused on the uniqueness of each immigration story in our community, so we created a different alternative copy on each page that was drawn from a survey of our school. We then combined red and blue rectangular elements with photos from our sources to create a cohesive, elegant package.
This package was laden with symbolism. Our shattered glass pull quotes were meant to symbolize the glass ceiling that Kamala Harris broke when she became the first Black and Asian-American female Vice President of our country. Along with our powdery photo illustrations, we were able to create a package as bold as its focus.
I wanted to create a compelling alternative copy for this page, so I turned to a collection of graphics that every student at my school would recognize: Spotify screens. Paired with a bold headline graphic and a pull quote, this page created multiple points of interest for any reader.
When we published our Immigration package online, we wanted something as visually appealing as our print stories had been. We opted for a website that I designed and illustrated. We emphasized the photos and added our own rectangular design elements to create a stunning online package.
When I wrote a story about the release of #SpotifyWrapped, I wanted to emphasize the neon gradients that had highlighted every aspect of the Spotify Wrapped experience. I created colorful pull quotes to match the Wrapped aesthetic and embedded my sources favorite songs throughout the stories to create a visually compelling piece.
In this New York Times inspired piece, I used a Long Form Template from SNO to break up multiple small stories. The short stories and simple but colorful illustrations created a beautiful online piece.
I created an animated short video to teach my community about a legislation that affected them directly: the Voter’s Choice Act. My choice to use red and green as accent colors in an otherwise cleanly black and white video allowed me to highlight important information in complex pieces of legislation.
This video focused on how MV musicians learn new music. I used Premiere Pro in order to create professional, clean transitions and title sequences.
I have created illustrations for El Estoque for the past three years on staff. In quarantine, especially, it was illustrations that created engaging visual elements to compensate for the lack of photos. Some of the illustrations I've created over the years are displayed in the artist portfolio below.
For Instagram posts, I emphasized the importance of editing photos in order to create aesthetically pleasing photos that followed basic photography principles like the rule of thirds. For Instagram reels and stories, I created Canva templates in order to promote cohesion and professionalism.
A Canva template for an Instagram reel I created about new staff profiles