celebrating 2 years in LA with a FREE e-book

I celebrated two years in LA last month, which is really no big deal EXCEPT the whole story of how I moved here is so innately tied to my faith. I thought that to celebrate (and also to do some design work because I miss doing book/magazine layout), I’d create a nice coffee-table type bookContinue reading “celebrating 2 years in LA with a FREE e-book”

i did a photo series inspired by my debut novel

Photography is a sweet solace for me, if not a bit chaotic. When I get an idea, I pull out my camera and begin snapping. I live by myself so I have to rely on my camera’s self-timer, which can be frustrating. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. That frustration—that marriage between ideaContinue reading “i did a photo series inspired by my debut novel”

Writing as a Graphic Designer

That first line— That engaging, poetic first line is my anchor point. All I need to begin writing is an engaging first line. I know and you know that the line will probably be changed one day, but for now . . . it anchors my story. Letters and words are my shapes. I tossContinue reading “Writing as a Graphic Designer”


Our latest school project was for my typography class. We didn’t get many instructions; we were simply told to make a 3-5 letter word out of paper. So I hit up Pinterest and collected about 100 old advertisements from the ’60s. I already knew I wanted my word to be retro (I honestly was aContinue reading “retro”

type comparison book

for my end of the year project, i was tasked with creating a type comparison booklet. I     used typefaces from the magazine I run (Oh Beloved One) because I thought that would make the research more interesting. I mentioned the cover and someone was like we already know it’s gonna be yellow. well, they weren’tContinue reading “type comparison book”

colored mandala

Originally, this blog was also supposed to feature things that I create. Hopefully, one day I    can look back on all this and reminisce about the “good times” I    had in all these crazy creative classes haha. Our latest project was creating a colored mandala. Follow my process below! ONE // choose a photo IContinue reading “colored mandala”

encouraging friends // digital painting

School has started up again, hence the sudden quiet sleep that has descended upon both of my blogs. It’s February, so all the students around America are beginning to causally lose it. Coffee intake is going up; hours of sleep are going down. Insanity is on the rise. BUT WE GOT THIS. Here’s a challenge forContinue reading “encouraging friends // digital painting”

universe inside of her

Sometimes, creativity comes from the craziest place. I created a book cover for The Memory Jumper and fell in love with the process. Then I    moved to Photoshop and wanted to make a poster for promotional purposes. I found a tutorial on Envato Tuts and used the general idea to create my own manipulation. I am SOContinue reading “universe inside of her”