Team: Elite Truong, Project Manager; Ngan Hoang, Illustrator and Desginer
In a company with many offices and locations, and teams spread out between those locations, how do you bridge that gap? How do you connect your employees beyond Slack? Inspired by NASA's Mars travel posters, we designed posters to reflect each office's specific culture while also highlighting Vox Media's family.
Role: Concept, Designer, Branding
In 2014, a group of Vox Product teammates thought it would be fun to host a design battle with folks from other companies in DC Tech at our office. The goal was to use this as a way to get more involved within the community and throw a more inclusive event, while also having a good time. Fast forward and we’ve hosted two successful years of Pixel Punch. Each year we organized the entire event, and created a design system revolving around a chosen theme.
In 2016 the theme was inspired by Halloween and old silent films. As such I wanted to keep a mostly black and white palette and used old framing elements that can be seen on those films while still balancing the idea of the pixel square. We designed T-shirts, stickers, badges, scorecards in the same vein.
Interested in how we did it? Read about how we organized the event.
As a part of enrolling in a Front-End Web Development course through General Assembly, we were assigned to create a website of our own choice as a final project. At the same time, the comic The Wicked and Divine first started being published. The comic had such complicated character background and story line, that I found myself wishing for a centralized location to keep all things straight. Add in a play on words and inspiration from elements in the comics themselves and Wiki and Divine was born.
Inspired by a talk at CSS Dev Conf in 2015 on animated SVG's and holiday cheer. What could be more comforting than hot chocolate with marshmellows and Vox Media's brand logos as cookies?
The Verge Handbooks
Role: Designer, Art Director
Before The Verge's 5 year anniversary and redesign, there was a need to pull together a Manual of Style for The Verge's staff writers, and a Handbook helping to clarify the different teams involved with making The Verge possible and what each team's role was. We created pocket sized printed editions so that the Handbook and Manual could be easily toted around. Due to size restrictions, it was my job to typeset each book so that there was clear typographical hierarchy and easy navigation through a dense amount of information. Dylan Lathrop created different directions for a cover that explored the then-style of The Verge, before we narrowed it down to the presented illustrations.
Eater Awards 2014
In 2014, the Eater Awards Gala was held at the Brooklyn Museum. It was the first year after Vox Media had acquired Eater, Racked and Curbed and all three brands were to undergo a refresh/update. Eater was the first in line, and the Eater Awards being such a vital part of that brand, got some special attention from the rebrand team. The custom Eater Awards label that wrap all the award cans was focused on, as it was the one piece that was likely to be seen outside the event itself. Once the rebrand team had finalized the label, it was passed to me, and I worked with the events team to take that custom label and apply the voice, feeling and direction to all the necessary collateral that an event of this size requires. The most challenging aspect was how to balance the Eater Awards branding, and all the different required sponsor logos while still keeping the email invites, signs, menu cards, photo booth backdrops, stage backdrops, and venue maps, etc easy and inviting for the audience and not have the event space itself feel overwhemlming in an event space that I had never seen in person or through photos.