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Activate photography

Sharing a series of photos I’ve been working on for the last two years to promote the Campus Recreation department at Illinois State’s ACTIVATE campaign. I have several more of these (big emphasis on “several”) but these are some of my favorites. The series won a Silver ADDY Award in 2011.

Photos were taken by Lyndsie Schlink while I directed and did the post production work. All models were current students and recreational athletes only at the time of production. Glad to finally get some of these online. I’ll be sharing more from the series soon, so come back!


Red Frog Events

Illinois State University alumni-owned business Red Frog Events ranked Number 9 on Crain’s 2012 list of the 20 Best Places to Work. I’ve worked on several stories about Red Frog over the last few years and had the opportunity to visit the last 3 iterations of their office space, with this current space being one of the coolest office environments I’ve ever experienced. The video captures just about everything: tree houses, zip lines, a conference room hidden behind a book shelf. There’s even a small rock climbing wall in one corner of the office. Check this place out!

Here’s the cover shot I put together when we last visited for a feature in the College of Business magazine, which recently won a Regional ADDY Award. The shot features owner Joe Reynolds along with a few of his fellow Illinois State alumni employees.

Cover from the first feature I designed about Red Frog; 2 offices prior when they were still located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. At this time they had about 800 square feet and less than 10 employees, only 2 years prior to opening the office shown above. Downtown Chicago skyline in the background.

Setting up the tree house shot.

Congrats to us!

My colleagues and I at Illinois State University Marketing and Communications took home 16 ADDY Awards from the Peoria Ad Club on February 16, 2012, including a Judge’s Choice award, 3 Gold, and 12 Silver awards. I was honored for 8 of my design pieces, including the Judge’s Choice award and a Gold ADDY for my Pride & Passion brochure. We partied like rock stars till 8 p.m., it was a work night.

UPDATE: 2 projects went on to win Silver ADDYs at the District level, including the Pride & Passion brochure.

Recognition in 2011

The American Graphic Design Awards annual showed up this week and I had 3 projects chosen this year: my A Little Redbird Told Me and Ewing Cultural Center brochures, both in the brochures and collateral category, and the 2010 College of Business Magazine in the publications category.

The American Graphic Design Awards is a four decade-old flagship competition that honors outstanding design work in 23 categories from print and packaging to internet and interactive design. More than 15,000 entries are received each year. This is the third year in a row that my work has been awarded and published in the design annual, and it’s an honor.

In addition, back in February I was awarded a silver regional ADDY Award for photography for our ACTIVATE campaign to promote Campus Recreation, and more recently received 2 silver CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Design Awards for my Get in the Game logo and the previously mentioned Ewing Cultural Center brochure.

Thanks to the organizations that recognized my work this year, and I look forward to topping it in 2012. Stay tuned for more images of the above mentioned projects.