Sustenance is a restaurant that makes local food for local people. With a focus on a pared down menu and simple dishes, high quality, local ingredients take the spotlight. Sustenance is a sustainable restaurant that has several initiatives to reduce or eliminate restaurant waste, and also has a market aspect where the restaurant and farmers that provide ingredients to the restaurant can sell produce and goods.
Sustenance serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Their menus change seasonally. More permanent dishes are printed on menus whose paper comes from printers’ odd lots. The menu is designed in a way to print on a single sheet that cuts into three pieces for a day’s worth of dishes without creating any waste.
Sustenance relies on local farmers to provide their food, and this means their shipments of food can change week to week. If they have an overabundance of anything, Sustenance can sell extra goods as jams, preserves, or pickles in their market section.
Sustenance’s business card also functions as a punch card. For every Sustenance brand jar purchased at the restaurant, customers get a stamp. Collect nine stamps and get a free jar of your choice.
Sustenance also participates in a seed sharing program. They embed seeds from their garden into paper which they sell in their market. These cards have the information about the seeds, as well as a meal to make with what can be grown.
Sustenance has no take out waste. If you get food to go, you put down a deposit and receive your food in a tiffin. When you return to the restaurant for your next meal, they will exchange your tiffin for a fresh one with your food in it. You can also return the tiffin to get your deposit back.
John Ehrenfeld, the author of Flourishing, will be giving a talk during the grand opening of Sustenance. The invitation directs people to the website to RSVP.
The website, in addition to having Sustenance’s daily menu, also has a recipe database. The database identifies your current location and suggests recipes based on what is in season in your area.
The website also has an advanced recipe search where you can check off boxes based on what ingredients, allergies, and dietary preferences you have. The mobile version shows what it looks like once you search the recipes.
When you walk into Sustenance, you are greeted by the market portion of the restaurant. There is a counter where you order your food. Drinks and pastries are stored and made upstairs, while the kitchen is downstairs. There are many options for seating. In the back, there are compost and recycling bins.
Above the counter are framed white boards that feature the drinks, as well as daily specials. These specials can be written in and adjusted with white board markers, or removed if there are too many.
Sprout is a weekly meal subscription service based in the Washington DC & Baltimore area geared toward kids. The box includes a seasonal recipe and all the ingredients needed to make a meal. This will teach kids how to prepare simple meals for their family, encourage them to try new foods, and educate them about seasonal produce.
Selected for Hink Pink: The Sustainability and Social Practice Concentration Colloquium Exhibition 2014
Harvest is a magazine working to make information about local, seasonal food and urban farming accessible to the middle class populations of American cities. Its aim to be fresh, clean, honest, and approachable to people who may have not considered buying or growing food locally before, or do not know about resources for food other than large grocery stores. Issues are aimed towards an audience who may be interested in sustainable living, but cannot donate too much time or money to doing so. This issue focuses on the city of Baltimore.
The following pages serve as a start for visual exploration for my degree project. I am interested in exploring the idea of foraging. Visually, I am interested in seeing how foraging as a concept can integrate itself into my design practice. Here I investigate how type and nature can interact in one image—weaving, seeking, blending, connecting, relating, entwining, combining, and growing.
MICA Admissions Packet
From the Farmer
Illustrations and website layout for From the Farmer, a farm-to-front-door delivery service based in Washington, DC. These illustrations were created to better explain From The Farmer's unique system for delivering local produce.
Sustainable. Graphic Design?
Selected for Impressum, 2014.
An essay on sustainable graphic design and what it means to me both personally and in my practice. This essay was published in the book, Sustainable. Graphic Design?, alongside my peer's writings on the same topic. This essay was designed using the typeface Trade Gothic. Section titles and pull quotes use type and images from the Design-A-Day project. I created a different character set each day using a multitude of methods, and each section has a set whose treatment corresponds to the mood of the passage.
In collaboration with Lauren Sessa. What A Pear is a creative business founded by Lauren Sessa and I in October 2013. What A Pear combines Lauren’s illustration skills with my lettering skills to create designs for various food puns and other food related phrases. These phrases are printed and transferred onto objects that would be used in the kitchen. The designs blend our styles with a vintage twist. We aim to create handmade items that bring a flair of fun to a kitchen’s atmosphere. Currently, we have created screen printed tea towels, aprons with screen printed, hand sewn patches, framed and unframed digitally printed grocery shopping lists, wood burned cutting boards, and digitally printed decorative prints. We print and create all of these items by hand, and try to use as many found or eco-friendly materials as possible in our products. Our creations are decorative as well as functional. I also created a branding system for a website, tags, and business cards for What A Pear.
BAM Next Wave Festival
This guide to the BAM Next Wave Festival allows potential patrons to browse the upcoming events by category or by time. The front of the accordion pamphlet shows the different events and their descriptions separated by expressive headers evoking water and movement. The back is a detailed timeline showing the scope of the entire event.
American Craft Council
Fictional series of posters for the American Craft Council Baltimore show. The poster series began with the creation of a grid inspired by photos I took of grids found in the environment around me. I then traced these photographic grids and mashed them together to produce my final grid. I chose three disciplines featured at the craft fair and handcrafted the letterforms using appropriate media and materials. They were then combined with information about the event to create the final three posters, which would be displayed in different areas around Baltimore.
For this project, I combined selections from Natalia Ilyin’s Chasing the Perfect and Craig Ward’s Popular Lies About Graphic Design. The section I chose from Ward’s text was about having a fetish for design and how it does not make you a graphic designer, and how one must do work in order to be considered a designer. I saw Ilyin’s and Ward’s texts working together. They were trying to get similar messages across, and their ideas wove together. However, I saw Ward’s writing as louder and more powerful than Ilyin’s. While her text meandered, his drove the point home with the powerful but simple statement, “do some work.”
The typeface I chose was the superfamily Eureka. I wanted Ilyin’s and Ward’s texts to have a similar feel. The books starts out more digitally set with Ilyin’s text, then becomes more analog as Ward’s text takes the spotlight. For the analog text, I chose to use materials that were readily available to me. I wanted the analog text to have a quick, raw feel to it. I would pick up the first material I could find rummaging through my art supplies and use it for the letters.
Lettering for a cover for The New York Times Magazine. Scraps of leftover paper from past projects are rolled up to create the iconic T.