Design work

Siena Art Institute, Italy

Business card for course promotion.
Promotion card for font design course at the Siena Art Institute.

Providence Youth Arts Collaborative (PYAC), Providence

This work is the result of a year-long project where I researched the value of graphic design to create positive social change in Providence youth. My exploratory research resulted in a communication strategy, a visual identity, a city map of PYAC programs, a website, tote bags, and a video montage. Below are the two signature options, the color palette, and the map. Please view the website and the video montage at A book of my creative process and an essay on this project can be found on my News & publications page under 2013.pyac-1 pyac2

Community MusicWorks, Providence

Since 2003, I have been the design consultant for Community MusicWorks (CMW); one of the top fifty after-school arts programs in the Untied States. You can read more about CMW on their website The following images represent various print media I created to promote their events.

Jonathan Biss promotion card for Community MusicWorks.2013-2014 program book for Community MusicWorks.cmw-winter-2009 cmw_2003Cd packaging

Icograda, Montréal

The core of this visual identity was created by Pentagram. I completed the standards manual, designed variations of the logo with Icograda’s tagline, and developed several identity signatures.icograda

Blank Canvas Magazine, Worcester

Identity and publication design for an arts magazine.blank-canvas-logo blank_canvas

Sotheby’s, New York

This project was done in collaboration with Bouchez + Kent & Co, New York. I created the identity manual. Shown below is the logo size page, image templates and guidelines, and color palettes for their catalogs.sothebys

Visible Language, Providence

Visible Language is an international journal for visual communication. I designed this issue under the art direction of my former professor at the Rhode Island School of Design; Thomas Ockerse. The design concept was based on photograms that I made from previous journals. I used the photograms for the cover, chapter separators, and inspiration for shaping the typography.visible-language

Kodak Nordic, Oslo

Newsletter redesign to accomodate five languages; Icelandic, English, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Kodak Newsletter

Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco

Exhibition catalog design.Radial Gradient exhibition catalog for Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco.

Samsung Art and Design Institute (sadi), Seoul

I created this poster to promote a conference on the future of design education. After reading the presenters’ essays, I found their diverse philosophies lent themselves well to an atmospheric staged photography approach and imagery with multiple points of view. In this poster I tried to reflect the optimism of the event’s theme as well as the ephemeral nature of design. The circular part of logo is intended to represent the school and “round” is meant to represent new ideas coming to the table. The word round is an acronym for “research on understanding new design”.sadi-logo sadi-poster

Phil Fox Photography, Massachusetts

Logo for wedding photographer.
Logo for Phil Fox Photography

MacAuley Residence, Portland, Maine

I designed this annual report for a transitional housing program for women and children.Annual report for McAuley Residence, Maine

Moha, Oslo

CD package design and photography for rock duo.Cd packaging and photography

Kyoto Protocol, fictional conference poster for study

The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement connected to the United Nations with the aim to reduce greenhouse emissions. I designed this poster using staged photography. Set against an image of grey smog-filled skies, the blue Kyoto is intended to signify the cleaner skies that the Protocol is hoping to active through its policies. The red dot visually connects the word “Kyoto” with the Japanese flag, since the agreement originated from this city.

Hong Kong Design Institute/HKDI, Hong Kong

For this project the client asked me to create their visual identity from an existing logo. Below are sketches for the business card, color palette, a school catalog spread, and a family of sketchbooks that they had produced. I derived the colors from my impressions of Hong Kong. These colors act as a system to represent the different departments at the school. The rounded corner was inspired by the rounded bowl-like shapes in the logo and their custom designed typeface.HKDI-identity

Hemisphere Consulting, Boulder

Visual identity and stationery set for a consulting company.hemisphere-consulting

Presentations Media Group, Oslo

Logo and icons for web technology and design firm.Logo and icons for Presentations Media Group, Olso, Norway


Photographic illustration and cover design for academic conference.


I designed the websites below in collaboration with a web programmer. (also designed the logo)