I’m Ken, an interdisciplinary design practitioner
and passionate advocate for its ability to create
positive change in everyday life.
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AIGA Seattle Changemaker Series
Since the summer of 2015 I've volunteered with AIGA Seattle's Changemaker Committee helping to plan and organize their annual series focused on design for good. In addition to other work behind the scenes, I also created the primary illustration used to identify and promote this year's series.
AIGA Get Out The Vote
My submission to AIGA’s Get Out the Vote 2016 campaign.
Is the “I Voted” sticker a badge of civic pride, or a symbol shielding us from judgement? When paired with this message, the answer is not so clear. At face value, “Join the club” can be read as a rallying cry urging others to participate in the democratic process. But as an idiom it is decidedly more pessimistic, and instead reads as a comment on the state of American politics. Both scenarios underscore research that says many people will vote because of social pressure.
Branding and Graphic Design
As Senior Designer for National Journal Group, I created and implemented new design systems and templates for marketing materials, while also contributing to an overall brand refresh and website redesign.
NAIS Inspiration Lab
User Experience and Web Development
A community-driven showcase of inspired learning within independent schools, Inspiration Lab is a project I helped develop and build during my time at KINETIK. We took our client, the National Association of Independent Schools, through a discovery process, identifying their audiences and goals, and then developed a site populated by user submissions and organized around themes. Our solution allowed NAIS and their member schools to share stories that showed the value and excitement in independent schools to parents and prospective students.
AIGA Seattle Design for Democracy
I designed the identity and supporting collateral for AIGA Seattle's Design for Democracy event, House of Learning.
ECOLO is modular system of do-it-yourself kits for growing herbs and small plants. Intended to be a learning supplement for primary and middle school-aged children, ECOLO facilitates systemic thinking, fosters sustainability, and teaches children to grow and care for their own plants.
ASCE Game Changers
A campaign from the American Society of Civil Engineers highlighting the most promising infrastructure innovations being implemented today. I worked with KINETIK to provide planning, design, front-end and WordPress development of the site.
NEXT at the Corcoran
Exhibition and Identity Design
Seniors at the Corcoran have a unique opportunity to show their thesis work in an exhibition at the end of each year. For the class of 2012, the Corcoran changed the format of the exhibition, expanding the scope and giving it more prominence, while branding it under a new name. As part of Design Lab, a select group of design students working directly with the gallery’s design director, I helped craft the exhibition’s identity and collateral.
Dirty Laundry Magazine
Web Design and Development
An online publication featuring interviews and essays by contemporary artists. I designed and developed the website, creating a flexible template system that allows the editors to layout visually diverse articles.
International Museum of Design
Branding and Environmental Graphic Design
The Mies van der Rohe International Museum of Design is a concept for a design museum in the heart of Washington, DC. The museum would be located in the current Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the only building in DC designed by Mies van der Rohe. The branding includes the museum identity, the identity for a museum shop, exterior signage and an environmental installation, as well as the design for the museums inaugural exhibition.
National Behavioral Health Network
Website Design and Development
The National Behavioral Health Network was looking for an online presence that communicated their mission and provided resources for stakeholders and constituents. As the primary designer on the project, I drove the site’s strategy and information architecture, visual design, front-end and WordPress development. The site allows staff to curate collections of articles and resources around important themes in behavioral health.
Web Design and Development
During my time at PCI, I worked as the primary designer and developer to revamp the website of a large IT consultancy. I restructured the navigation and content hierarchy while also introducing a new visual language featuring customized iconography.