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    Our NC State College of Design worked with Hip Hop Haven, an outreach program for inner-city youth in Raleigh, to produce an exhibition which bro… Read More
    Our NC State College of Design worked with Hip Hop Haven, an outreach program for inner-city youth in Raleigh, to produce an exhibition which brought hundreds of visitors to a place that deserved recognition during the First Friday gallery tours. We also donated our time to mentor the Haven students by teaching photography & screen printing seminars. Our coursework turned into contribution to a cause greater than just the portfolio. We were located in the College of Design's Downtown Studio, where we worked with real clients on real jobs. Our upper-level class acted somewhat as a professional studio. Material experimentation, and new methods of working were stressed. Emphasis was placed on invention. Our exhibition was also featured in an article on AIGA's Voice: Frontin' vs. Keepin' it Real: A case study in design education http://www.aiga.org/frontin-vs-keepin-it-real-a-case-study-for-design-education/ Read Less
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Hip Hop Haven Exhibition 
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Designed while a student at NC State University College of Design, our studio worked with Hip Hop Haven, an outreach program for inner-city youth in Raleigh. We produced an exhibition which brought hundreds of visitors and donations to a place that deserved recognition during the busy First Friday gallery tours. We also donated our time to mentor the Haven students by teaching photography & screen printing seminars. Our coursework turned into contribution to a cause greater than just the portfolio. We were located in the College of Design's Downtown Studio, where we worked with real clients on real jobs. Our upper-level class acted somewhat as a professional studio. Material experimentation, and new methods of working were stressed. Emphasis was placed on invention. Our exhibition and process was also featured in an article on AIGA's Voice: Frontin' vs. Keepin' it Real: A case study in design education.
One of my jobs for this exhibition was to create an installation for the space. Using tape deck tape to create typography, this treatment referenced old hip hop mixtapes of the 90's. The quote is from the renown emcee, RZA, and was extremely appropriate for this exhibit, which encourages inner city youth to keep out of gang violence and drug usage.

Later received a 2010 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Honorable Mention in the Installation Category.
I worked on developing various labeling systems for our studio-wide exhibition. My main goal for developing labeling systems for the work, was to push the boundaries of what a gallery label could be. Do labels really need to just be black type on white foamcore? How boring is that? Can I push it further, especially within the hip hop context of this exhibition? How can I utilize more than just a computer?

In turn, this generated some intriguing results. I worked quickly through various ideas, and primarily off the computer, using with many different found and reclaimed items, a concept that runs throughout hip hop culture like utilizing samples in beatmaking or typographic inspiration in grafitti.