One North Dearborn is a turn-of-the-century Chicago icon reimagined with NextGen innovation in mind. Ready to boast their configurable office space to brokers, Beacon Capital Partners reached out to Pivot Design to conceptualize a direct mail piece that catches the eye and creates a canvas for the potential these spaces bring for tenants.
This concept is a tabloid, saddle-stitched booklet that folds in half—much like a newspaper. Inside, the use of bold, pink typography acts as the main visual element—highlighting the features of the space and why One North Dearborn should appeal to brokers. Since the space itself is under construction, the photography was used in an artful way—allowing the type to drive the visuals.
Sterling Bay is revolutionizing real estate by targeting often overlooked and undervalued assets in emerging locations and transforming them into high-demand strategic destinations to maximize value. With a portfolio in excess of seven million square feet and tenants including Google, Uber, and Twitter, Sterling Bay provides fully-integrated in-house resources to execute transactions end-to-end, including legal, architectural, construction, and asset management departments.
Sterling Bay asked Pivot Design to help them reposition and rebrand themselves to more accurately capture the spirit of their organization and better align with their evolution and trajectory. For my concept, I proposed that Sterling Bay transition to a clean and bold typographic approach paired with an established yet energetic orange and grey palette.
My explorations for the brand evolution covered their website, capabilities brochure, and a sales kit.
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Baxalta Incorporated (NYSE: BXLT) is a $6 billion global biopharmaceutical leader that develops, manufactures and commercializes therapies focused on hematology, oncology and immunology. Launched in 2015 following a separation from Baxter International, Baxalta has advanced biological manufacturing operations across 13 international facilities and its therapies are available in more than 100 countries.
Each year, the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) hosts a conference that brings together, educates, and inspires patients, families, and caregivers from the bleeding conditions community. This conference is a vehicle for providing support to the patient community while promoting the latest in technology and therapies for treating hemophilia. Pharmaceutical giants such as Pfizer, Bayer, Biogen, and Novo Nordisk, to name a few, are in attendance each year.
The team from Baxter/Baxalta partnered with Pivot Design in 2014 and 2015 to develop and implement integrated conference themes that drove the visuals and experiential touch points of their corporate booth. For both conferences, I played a vital role in designing the creative and messaging and that supported both themes—including the design of both conference logos, generating the overall look and feel for the printed collateral and booth design, and making recommendations on corporate giveaways and activities that supported each theme.
My role during these conferences stretched far beyond the design realm. Top-to-bottom project management was key during the planning and design process for each conference. A few of my responsibilities included:
- Assisting with the art direction and layout of each booth design
- Managing communication between Pivot and Baxalta’s meeting planning team
- Overseeing the submission of concepts and collateral to Baxalta’s legal and regulatory review system to assure all works created were in compliance
- Coordinating print production with our trusted vendors
- Overseeing shipments, tracking, and deliveries
- Sourcing and art directing on-site photographers and videographers
- Individually owning and directing separate events that spun-off of the main conference, such as Baxalta’s Afterglow Lounge—an educational evening event set to inspire and engage the hemophilia community with their peers
- Being on site during each conference to take inventory and provide support where it was needed
Baxter at NHF 2014
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TTSG reached out to Pivot Design to reposition their brand as a leader in the managed print services sector. For this rebrand, I managed the high-level visual creative develop with the Pivot team, worked with a copywriter to develop and finesse TTSG’s overall brand messaging and assisted with the implementation of print and digital materials.
Inspired by the geometry found in .html and binary code, I created a typographic logo mark that reflects both established brand credibility and minimal design aesthetics. The use of the bright yellow brings energy to the brand palette, and brings a different aesthetic to the competitive landscape.
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In order to demonstrate and exercise a new line of paper, we were asked to develop a promotional piece that paired the dual messages of reasons to choose this paper line against a strong theme that can relate to printers and designers alike. For my concept, I chose to tell the story of paper quality, durability, and performance alongside the story of cultivating and preparing foods using quality ingredients and home-grown techniques.
Similar to the farm-to-table movement, this paper line prizes the process of selecting quality ingredients, manufacturing with pride and integrity, and genuinely caring about craftsmanship. Both paper and food add authenticity to our lives by providing necessary tactile moments lacking in our increasingly digital world. It’s about fundamentals and honesty.
With this piece, the paper is pushed to demonstrate vibrant, full-color photography and illustrations while acting as a guide on making sustainable choices in life outside of the print and paper world.
GrowUp is a new hydroponic farming system currently developing in previously unused commercial space in Chicago, Illinois. The project was to design a website concept to introduce GrowUp to Chicago.
Sending mail art to pen pals has served as a way to reinforce the traditional techniques of hand written communication, and leaves room to share thoughts and motivation in unconventional ways. After I send each piece of mail art, I create a digitally illustrated version of the letter to keep as my own copy of the piece.