I thoroughly enjoyed working on this year’s Larkin Street Annual Impact Report. At the beginning of the pandemic I was asked to tone down the typical Larkin yellow and black and opt for a softer, mellower tone. That year we used lots of pale shades. This year the team was definitely open to bringing back some color. I picked some abstract background stock images that gave the feeling of happiness,
Larkin Street Youth Services’ Paving the Way event got a fresh new invite design to go with their new event venue. The San Francisco Botanical Garden made a perfect location for a sunday brunch celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary. That day they raised over $1 million to help end youth homelessness. I’m always proud to play a small part in helping this great organization. This invite is a tri-fold card
When the Marin Marauders team captain asked me to design another cycling team kit he wanted it to represent resilience, determination and family. I’ve been a quilter for decades and for some reason I was drawn to lots of colorful quilt designs when I started brainstorming for this project. When I researched the symbolism of quilts, I found that they represent union, family, strength and resiliency.
This is my 4th annual report for Larkin Street! I like how we’ve been changing their look over time, giving their pieces a lighter feel. I don’t know if it was because of the pandemic or working with a different team, but we’ve really gone away from the high contrast of hard lines and lots of bright yellow and black. This year I played with more circles and pale gradients.
Some people might find this kind of report boring to design, but this is the kind of project I find really satisfying. I’m usually given a long text document, a handful of photos, some stats and not a lot of design direction. It usually starts out feeling overwhelming, “HOW am I going to make this look good??” It becomes a challenging puzzle to solve and in the end it’s nice
I’ve proudly been designing the print materials for Larkin Street’s Paving the Way Gala event since 2010. During the pandemic Larkin could no longer host the big in-person events they were used to. They got creative and made a documentary film featuring three of the young people their services have helped. The gala became a virtual event with featured speakers, the documentary and an interview with the film maker and
Coro asked me to design their annual report for a third year. But this year they decided to make it online only, a page that would live on their site and not a printed book like previous years. This meant unlimited space! And then at the end they decided they did actually want to print the annual report. It’s definitely easier to create a website from a printed book than
Everything feels different this year, including the design of this year’s annual report. I was working with a new team, who was working entirely from home and they requested a quieter looking book this year. They also had me design a website for the annual report. The new design has been well received.