illustration

Circle, Illustration

Circle product & brand illustration

When I joined Circle as a product designer, I was hired, in part, for my background in illustration. But that “nice to have” soon became my central focus. I’ve spent years defining and evolving the Circle illustrative brand, cementing its place in our products, website, marketing campaigns, and more.

Illustration, Design, Podcasts & Events, Music

How to Draw a Startup

How to Draw a Startup is a new personal project of mine, a podcast miniseries about the evolving role of illustration in the tech industry. I spoke with over a dozen illustrators, designers, art directors, educators, and more to understand why illustration is used, how illustrated brands are crafted, and where illustrators fit in creative teams.

Circle, Illustration

Circle UI icon library

With the limitations of a small design team, early versions of Circle Pay primarily relied upon off-the-shelf icon sets. But after I joined and began creating illustrations for product and brand, I soon set my sights on icons. I made a few as needed, but replacing the old set entirely wasn't worth the design and development commitment. But with Circle Invest, I was there from the beginning.

Illustration, Circle

Circle crab wallpapers

In addition to my usual product design and illustration duties at Circle, I have a fun little side project: creating custom wallpapers for my colleagues' phones. Each illustration features a few of our unofficial mascots, a crew of adorable crustaceans. What started as a monthly project has since become quarterly, as I kept getting more and more ambitious. So much for a "side project!"

Fresh Tilled Soil, Illustration

Digital Design Leader portraits for Fold

After nearly ten years of working in the fast paced, ephemeral realm of online experiences, we at Fresh Tilled Soil decided to stop, think, and get some ink on our hands. The result was Fold, the company's first-ever print publication. In addition to design and editorial contributions, I illustrated nine portraits for a feature story on leadership in the digital design industry.

Fresh Tilled Soil, Illustration

Roberts Collection illustrated map

The Roberts Collection is a set of inns set in the heart of beautiful, historic Nantucket. When Fresh Tilled Soil created a new website for the inns in 2013, I created an illustrated map to represent the once disparate buildings as a cohesive group. The Gate House, as well as the courtyard before it, was under construction during our engagement, and was thus rendered from blueprints and in-progress snapshots. In addition to the full color map, I produced four additional images (each highlighting a single building) for the inns' individual information pages.

 
 

More Illustration Projects

Fresh Tilled Soil, Illustration

Fresh Tilled Soil office illustrations

Since I joined Fresh Tilled Soil in 2012, the company has known four offices: two headquarters and two satellites. It's been my joy to illustrate them all for our website, to capture the architectural spirit of each environment. From brick-and-beam New England mills to downtown San Francisco, they presented unique challenges and opportunities.