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Christopher Burrell

Christopher Burrell

Chris Burrell was looking for a website that could act as a showcase for his editorial illustrations, radio work and writings. He wanted a simple site, clean and clear, that would not distract from his illustrative works. The result was a site with muted colors, keeping the focus on the art and an animated slideshow to display his works. Visit Christopher Burrell.

CSS Zen Garden

CSS Zen Garden Submission

In 2006, I thought it would be interesting to create a skin for the ever present CSS Zen Garden.  The Zen Garden is a “demonstration of what can be accomplished visually through CSS-based design.” (More information can be found on that site.)

The result was a design which contained a relatively muted color palate dominated by a sandy brown with hints of orange, a few key image elements, and overall, a cohesive but simplistic design which I believe to be my best work to date. The process of designing within such rigid guidelines forced me to create a design which turned into a pedagogical exercise in imposing restraints in my creative process forcing new-found consideration in each step of the process.  The site that resulted contained fewer graphics, simpler coding, and cleaner lines. Visit CSS Zen Garden.

School Project #1 - Tschichold Paper

the 20 cent.

Written for an Art History class, this paper is on Jan Tschichold, the man behind the ‘New Typography’ movement. It was styled as a modernization of the style he helped shape throughout the 1920’s and 30’s. The result is a paper embodying the style Tschichold founded. View as a PDF.

School Project #2 - CD Jewel Case

School Project - Jewl Case redesign for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

For my design class we were told to redesign the artwork found on a CD Jewel Case for a band of our choosing. Settling upon Ted Leo and the Pharmacists' first LP, Tyranny of Distance, I created a design that embodies the variations within the music, its sometimes introverted nature, and its recurring allusions to the sea. View as a PDF.

School Project #3 - Menu

School Project - Menu redesign for Cafe Pasquals

For my design class we were told to redesign a menu for an existing restaurant. I chose Café Pasqual’s in Santa Fe, NM. The design attempted to pick up on elements of décor (Mexican for the most part) as well as on the food itself, a New Mexican / French fusion. The result was a menu containing homages to Mexican tiles, paper cutting, and bright colors as well as Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements. View as a PDF.