Minimalist Christmas Gifts

Prior to the Christmas holiday, I designed a coupon book for one of my bosses to give to her adult children as gifts. The book contained 12 coupons that could be redeemed throughout the year for items like “Oil Change,” “Electric Bill,” or “$100.” I took this opportunity to have fun with design, and I ended up with something my coworker may have described as “deliciously minimalist.”

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Simmons-Domer Wedding Photos

Prior to her wedding, my friend Lindsey had this request for her wedding guests: “Please take a ton of photos at the ceremony and reception — you never know what the photographer might miss!” She also asked guests to post the photos onto their Shutterfly site afterward, a thrifty way to order prints of photos that captured the bride and groom’s special day. The wedding took place at a small church in Maryland. There was little artificial light in the sanctuary, but there was some incredible sunlight streaming in from the one side, which was almost entirely windows. The reception was held in a recreation hall, with fluorescent lighting from the high ceilings and plenty of candlelight at every table. Here are some of the photos that I took at the wedding celebration.

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Halav Lav Headshots

Recently, Halav Lav Ballet Company, of which I am a member, went to nearby Nagley Park in Lemoyne, PA, to take headshots for our new website, which will go live in the coming weeks. Sarah, another Company member, was our main photographer, but I brought along my camera, too. Out of the four of us in the Company, three are photographers. We took turns in front of and behind the cameras to ensure that no shot was missed. What we ended up with were many great photos and options for our individual headshots. After the individual headshots were completed, I set up my camera and tripod to get some photos of the entire Company. Here are some of the photos that I captured during the shoot, without post-processing. (Sarah captured better headshots of Jade, who is pictured in the group photos below.)

L-R: Cindy Agoncillo, Jade French, Hope Dudek, and Sarah Long

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Thanks to Sarah for taking my headshot!

Photo by Sarah Long, Editing by Cindy Agoncillo

PetQuest 2012 Advertisement

PetQuest 2012 Advertisement (click to enlarge)

PetQuest is an annual event my office produces for the dog grooming industry, and I needed to create a new full page advertisement to run in our magazines.

Ever since I worked on some type designs in my free time, my coworkers and I have been looking for opportunities to incorporate hand-drawn type elements into pieces designed for the office. I decided to pursue a completely hand-crafted aesthetic for the ad by hand-writing or hand-drawing nearly all of the type elements and by incorporating the texture of paper fibers and deckled edges to simulate the look of a paper cut-out assembly. As with my previous type designs, I scanned the hand-drawn elements into the computer and then digitally colored them.

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From the Front Page

Inspired by artist On Kawara and Washington D.C.’s Newseum, “From the Front Page” is a series of typographical art. Each piece takes the main headline from one of the Newseum’s “Today’s Front Pages” and graphically interprets it. Like Kawara’s process, each piece must be completed before the end of the day, and with the new day begins a new image.
www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/default .asp
www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/topten. asp

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