In early 2013, just after my gallery show but before Sac30, I was picked for Google & Semi-Permanent's event called "+20". This event was a search for a "top-20" selection of emerging creatives from around the world, and much to my honest surprise, I was chosen as one of the 20. Participants flew to Hollywood, CA, and made their way to the legendary Siren Studios for an all-day design sprint, alongside some amazing designers from Google, Maud, Semi-Permanent, Ignition Interactive, art directors from Wieden & Kennedy, and creative leaders such as Danny Yount and Jonathan Zawada. Following the event, a highlight reel of our design sprint was shown at the Semi-Permanent Los Angeles main event - a huge art & design conference of sorts, attracting speakers such as Banksy, Shepherd Fairey, Pixar, Pentagram, and dozens of other world-class creative agencies and professionals.
+ London Gallery Show
In early 2013 while attending university, and just before Google & Semi Permanent's +20, I was invited to do a gallery show in London, England. The show attracted a significant opening night crowd, with a number of attendees driving hundreds of miles (or in one case, flying from Spain). 23 pieces were on display, ranging from painted antique suitcases to ink sketches. A number of these pieces are in the Art section of my portfolio.
+Sac30 - Design for Good
I was so inspired by +20 that I wanted to try my hand at running a similar event, so others could experience it. With support from of a small team of designers from Google, I created, iterated, and tested an entirely new event based around the core format of +20. Teams used design thinking to create solutions to the problems cities face as they expand into "super-cities": infrastructure, food production, and energy production. Supported by world-class designers and mentors from various technology verticals, teams used an agile & lean methodology along with gamestorming to craft completely new, original, actionable proposals to create the cities of tomorrow. My work in creating Sac30 would later help catalyze and be incorporated into a kit released by Google to recreate similar events around the world.
+ Maji Water Purifier
During my chemotherapy sessions, Hurricane Katrina was ripping apart coastal regions in the United States. People went without clean water for days - weeks in some areas. This was unsettling to me, especially because I felt a sense of guilt having my life-threatening circumstances be treated with more care than the life-threatening circumstances of millions of people caught in the storm; or more-so, the billions of people in the world without access to basic things like clean water. So one day between classes at university, I started researching and designing a better, cheaper, foolproof water purifier. A hellish mixture of pond water, sand, mud, oil, charcoal, and salt were put through this design and then registered at 139 PPM through a ZeroWater brand water-testing device (before and after in this photo). That's roughly the equivalent of tap water. It was designed to be used in disaster situations, hurricanes, war zones, and things of this nature.