Christopher Taylor

Becca Abbe
Wes Adams
Max Ackerman
Dan Brewster
Nina Chidichimo
Seokhoon Choi
Dana Davis
Noah Frase
Dylan Hayes
Jack Jennings
Jeremy Klemundt
Kayla Mattes
Rebecca Manson
Sang Mun
Simone Nuquelle
Julia Panek
Laurel Schwulst
Justin Seibert
Simon Slowinski
Lily Wong
Caleb Wood


b.1989
graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012
Available for freelance. Please email for resume and
additional examples.

Currently living in Seattle, WA.
570-417-4081





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Client: RISD Museum under the direction of Douglas Scott (instructor for the history of Graphic Design)

2012

This school project consisted of researching the identity of a notable graphic designer in order to design a historical timeline of their accomplishments. This was later given more context by developing an identity for a mock-exhibition at the Risd museum. Will Burtin's involvement with the modernist movement in America as well as his development of exhibition design were vast topics to cover. I decided the timeline would work well in brochure format. I focused on his exhibit design projects inserted a bit of his personal life for historical context. Burtin was one of the first designers to bring Helvetica over to the United States, so it was chosen for the copy. The titles on the poster, brochures, and postcards are in Brauer and rendered in perspective to allude to his spacial exhibits. All designs were made to print single-color.
Client: Alex Goodfriend

2014

This was a personal project for a friend who has a magpie-like habit of picking things up off the ground and are sometimes taken home with him. I find that designers do the same thing with inspiring typefaces, design, or concepts they encounter. How designers organize their collections has always interested me. Curation is something a graphic designer deals with constantly. Alex finds these playing cards on sidewalks, under bushes, in gutters, etc… He has gathered them for years into stacks wrapped in rubber bands. I wanted to showcase the hundred or so cards he's found in a book that also offered some context to his collecting habits with an interview and photo series that is meant to immerse the reader into the environment where these articles were found.

Client: Self-initiated

2014

Poster for the generous person(s) who give away wifi in the alley between University Way NE and 15th Ave.
Client: RK Projects

2013

Poster for a show of the work of sculptors Lauren Fisher & Lu Heinz. We wanted to showcase images from the show and complement their work with playful typography that would catch the viewer's eye.
Collaboration with Dan Brewster.
Client: Self-initiated

2013

Exedra took inspiration from a few 20th century typefaces. Herbert Bayer's Universal, created at the Bauhaus, offered a geometric emphasis as well as a quirkiness that inspired me. Bayer had a rigid geometric structure for completing his typeface but the idiosyn-
crasies that resulted from its logic show quite a bit of variation. The disparity between some characters may have developed out of Bayer's intent to create an "idealist typeface" that eschewed uppercase letterforms. A legible typeface requires a balance of geometry and optical correction. It is a kind of entasis that allows letterforms to appear more satisfying or alive then a perfect geometry would allow. I tried to synthesize Bayer's Universal with DIN Mittelschrift 1451's structure to put the typeface on a more rational track.

Client: Hope Bindery & Box Company

2013

Working at Hope Bindery taught me how to slow down and focus on what I was doing at every step of production. It began to inform how often I was designing arbitrarily with my graphic work and helped me develop projects with a more strategic frame of mind.
The projects we produced at the bindery ranged from the repair of old and rare books to case binding and hot stamping multiples to more intensive projects like custom portfolio boxes and clamshell cases. Projects ranged from one-off custom work to production jobs of 50+. Shown here are business cards I designed for the business. The crossed finger illustration was inspired by a previous design that was updated for a cleaner look.
Client: RCSRI

Work In Progress

Posters announcing the monthly open house for the Retro Computer Society of Rhode Island in Providence. I wanted to utilize photographs of the collection taken by Dave Fischer and attempt to reference the period machines with retro-looking typography and single-color Riziographic printing process.
Client: Rebecca Manson

2012

Rebecca Manson's initial schemes in clay are grandiose and quite fragile. They tend to shatter in the oven or fall apart during assembly. She often recycles the broken clay to assemble something completely new. Rebecca wanted a portfolio to showcase her work that would reference her process.
We decided to create booklets for each of her creations. For the outside cover of each booklet, we used brushed ink patterns based on some of the forms and glazes in her sculptures. We chose a thin low-opacity paper to emphasize the layering that happens in her work. The booklet was bound using a coptic stitch for easy removal.
Client: Self-initiated

2013-2014

Here are a few rule-based typographic experiments I've created in my free time.
While they far from being sufficiently legible for text use, they gave me some experience in harmonizing self-imposed rule systems with the alphabet's intrinsic structure.

Client: I (heart) Sicily

2013

This was a small identity project for a long-stay vacation group based in Sicily. We decided to base the type treatment off of some work by Italian graphic designers (the logotype is based off of Aldo Novarese's typeface, Recta.) The red diagonal motif is meant to reference the red half of the Sicilian flag, and is used on correspond-
ence as well as postcards for advertising.
Client:Sequel Communications for EMC2

2012-2013

My time at Sequel was mostly spent working on collateral, web maintenance, and advertising for EMC2, a large computer storage company that focuses on virtualization, security, and cloud computing. Day to day projects consisted of print and web maintenance. During downtime I'd play around with the company logo and create different type treatments that alluded to clouds through pattern and modularity.
Client: Luther Taylor

2013

Maple Shade is the name of a client's home in Culpeper, VA. He wanted a professional looking sign at the entrance to their drive because he operates a machine shop behind the house and often receives clients and deliveries there. I was given a massive inch-thick cutout in aluminum to produce the design on. We decided that a realistic rendering of both sides of the house would look good with a background gradient to allow the house to stand out. It reminded me of some early tinted photography and suited the home's period well.
Client: AGMA Magazine

2013

This was a sketch for a quarterly art publication's website that works as an archive of contemporary art shows from around the world. I was approached by AGMA to create a brief for translating their magazine into web format. After dissecting the functions of the publication and what they wanted in a webpage I began to research into similar websites and blogs and what they were offering. Most subscribers tended to be those interested in the emerging art market.
The lead on the project mentioned they eventually wanted to build their brand to incorporate a mobile app and decided that there were opportunities in creating an interface that dealt with their content in a way that used mobile and social capabilities. In my sketch users had the option to create profiles, browse upcoming shows in a timeline or search by location, and add them to a personal calendar that acts as a record of events. On the site, the user could browse photos of the shows as well as archives of the publication's past issues. I tried to maintain the aesthetic of the magazine as much as possible.
Client: RISD Liberal Arts Department

2012

Coco Fusco is a prominent Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses around race, politics, war, gender, and other related topics. She has become famous for using self-imprisonment as a provocation in her work. Morir Sonando, her talk, is named after a traditional Hispanic beverage of orange juice, milk, and ice. Given these descriptions, I chose to make a poster that abstractly referenced the artist's work and the drink. I rendered a 3-D mesh (alluding to a porch screen) over the typography. This created a Moiré effect that offered the poster some organic movement.

Client: Jeremy Klemundt

Work In Progress

Jeremy's work is full of complex references and motifs that aren't immediately apparent. His sculptures develop as a pastiche of his own interests that range from materials research, browsing youtube, the artist's own past, and unique investigations into fabrication process. For his website I wanted to create a simple and strong layout that reveals and hides content fluidly so that the screen can be used to showcase one section at a time. The site loads with a blog that Jeremy will use to show process and development of his projects.
It is important for Jeremy, who is also a fabricator, to display not only finished art pieces, but also commissioned work. The blog feed works as a quick way to upload this sort of content. Opening the "projects" panel leads to a more traditional gallery layout where one navigates to particular projects by clicking images. Jeremy wanted an identity that would be fun but professional. We decided that a logo based off of the "Coexist" bumper stickers would contrast the austerity of the layout. As a brand, "Coexist" references the develop-
ment of unity between different belief systems through solidarity. Jeremy literally bonds iconography from contemporary cultures in his work.

Client: Self-initiated

2014

Interstice Regular & Bold are the most recent typefaces I've been working on. I was attempting to make a high-contrast font based on some earlier sketches I made using a broad nib pen. I was also inspired by Gerard Unger's typographic carpet designs. It is called Interstice because of the vertical gaps that break up the terminals of the letterforms. Designing this typeface made me realize how important the personality of each letter becomes when it is made into an alphabet. Creating a typeface with a rigid vertical emphasis and repetition makes it slightly less legible. In my next attempt I'd like to work with the letterforms to create some idiosyncrasies that make it easier on the eye.

Client: Dr. Clerico

2013

Renderings for an Otolaryngologist's publication in a medical journal.

Client: Sequel Communications
for L'Artisan Cafe & Bakery

2013

Slide from a website sketch for a cafe in Providence, RI.
Client: RISD Typeshop

2012

I spent a summer working for RISD's type shop, putting away abandoned piles of lead type with my colleague Jack Jennings. We also worked on printing the school's wood type collection to be made into a catalog and poster for previewing before use. After scanning all of the prints we decided it might be interesting to show the type forms in a new way. I traced out the letters in Illustrator and extruded them in C4d. I then added the wood grain textures back from the original wood blocks. The statement "I have lost confidence with myself the Univers is against me" is an adaptation of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. I wanted it to personify the type and how it must feel with so little use. I think it yearns to be to be used in new ways in contemporary design even though its process is a tad retro. The digital rendering is just a result of how adaptable it can be.