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SPECIAL RELATIVITY Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity explains that motion is relative to space and time within a frame of reference. To me, there are parallels that can be made between design and this theory. For a design to move or to have impact, there must be a relationship created between it, it’s environment and a cultural context. If these elements relate to each other successfully, an idea will be put into motion. Because of this, I feel graphic design is nothing less than a science. I have always been curious about how people interact with each other and with their environments. Designing has given me a reason to be even more inquisitive about how things are working around me.

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Every frame of reference I am asked to navigate and understand, I must be smart, and decipher what it is exactly that I need to focus on in order to make a design move. I must always consider how the core of my concept relates to what is important to the audience, to the environment and to the client. The work found in this book are my explorations of relationships created between the core elements within my design projects. Within each projects introduction, there is an image that represents the subject of the design within or interacting with colored circles which represents a frame of reference. All together, this portfolio is my own interpretation of special relativity. Enjoy!

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Copyright Š 2010 All Rights Resreved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the written permission of Cristina Rotundo. Cristina Rotundo Phone / 780-965-1111 Email / cristina.a.rotundo@gmail.com Web / www.cristinarotundo.com Academy of Art University 79 New Montgomery / San Francisco, CA Department Director / Mary Scott Course / Portfolio Seminar Instructor / Mary Scott Cover Stock, Case Bound / Arrestox BV-19990 Black Cover Stock, Perfect Bound / Arrestox BV-19990, Chip Board Text Stock / Neenah Environment 80lb Text 100% Recycled PC 100 White Smooth Digital Printer / H&H Imaging, San Francisco, CA Bindery / The Key Bindery, Oakland, CA Typefaces / Helvetica Neue, Adobe Garamond, URW Grotesk Software / Adobe Suite 4 Printer / Indigo Printer Camera / Canon Digital Rebel SLR Photography / Personal, Daniel Castro, Erdman Photography

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objective / Create a revitalized look for a company of your choice. This project will require a poster series of 3, a brochure and new logo.

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field of reference / I had been curious for a while now about the well being of bees, especially in relation to the condition of the environment. How important are bees to us? Is it worth paying attention to their health? What could possibly happen if we are not informed about their role and importance within our lives? Burt’s Bees is a company with a long history around being directly connected with it’s natural resources. They are very nature oriented and concerned with being earth friendly. This was a brand that interested me and I felt I could create a refreshed, interpretation of the bee’s important role as a pollinator, and Burt’s Bees values and efforts to protect this creature while creating a successful brand.

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objective / Design and manufacture a clock based around your choice of inspiration. Create packaging, and a logo to showcase and brand. solution / Create a clock design based on the architect, Tadao Ando’s and the architectural call outs that represent the characteristics of his designs.

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field of reference / This project finally gave me the chance to learn more about one of my favorite architects. Tadao Ando’s architecture has an extraordinarily universal appeal. Using little more than concrete, glass, and wood, he manages to incorporate the ineffable forces of nature like sunlight, wind, and water into his designs. I designed this clock based around Ando’s minimal and majestic design, the “Space for Contemplation”, in UNESCO, Paris. Ando’s intention for this building is to create a space where people from around the world, of all races and religions can pray for peace. Essentially, this time piece represents a time for peace.

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objective / Choose a brand name that you wouldn’t associate with home décor and appliances, and create a housewares line around it. solution / Develop a connection between the brand name, Patrón Tequila and houseware that will capture the consumers attention and loyalty.

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field of reference / Through research, I became confident that there was a special connection that could be made between Patrón Tequila and the home. For instance, the blue agave—the plant used to make tequila—also provides sugar, syrup, edible flowers and fibers. Both agave and tequila can be used to cook and bake as well. Also, the Patrón factory is a massive hacienda, traditionally created as a rural, autonomous, social unit which would supply food, clothing and medical aid to it’s surrounding communities. Each item has a headline that references specific bar lingo that relates to each items function in a unique way. This approach maintains Patron’s sophistication and youthful feel in a way that is still fun and approachable. The line is also bilingual, having both English and Spanish content.

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objective / Choose a local brand of your choice and redesign their logo and develop a revitalized packaging system suited for their business. solution / Create a modern, chic shopping experience through a revitalized packaging system, while maintaining the locations core values.

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field of reference / Over the last several years, pet clothing and amenities have grown into a multi-million dollar industry as people have become more inclined to pamper their pets like they would pamper themselves. Bella & Daisy’s Dog Bakery and Boutique, have been offering local, San Franciscans a location where they can access a full range of exclusive products and amenities such as high-end collars, coats and sweaters, fashionable carriers, books, aromatherapy, luxurious beds, and of course, their freshly baked treats ranging from savory to sweet, from bite-sized morsels to birthday cakes. All meticulously decorated to please your pet. Unfortunately, their identity system lacks the luster needed to represent the experience they truly offer. This revised identity and packaging system has infused a sense of couture and delicatessens into this local, family owned business.

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objective / Develop an imaginary invention that help make the world a better place and design a logo and brochure to advertise your invention. solution / Create a logo, stationery system and brochure that successfully informs and represents this innovation, the “Uninque Reprinter”.

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field of reference / Uninque Reprinter is home or office device which allows it’s owner to print and reprint on all new and used papers by clearing off all previously printed materials. This innovation can bring about a new revolution in how we can personally take control of our own paper waste and environmental foot print in a simple and effective way. The logo is a simple and effective representation of this product. The “U” graphically shows ink rising of a surface to reveal a clean, white, reusable material underneath. The brochure is designed to look like an ink cartridge package, which can be displayed among related competitor's products in a clever and enticing way. People will notice the slight similarity and will be attracted to learn about what it actually is.

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objective / Develop a promotional event for your innovation, sponsored by a paper company with event invitation, poster, and take-away gift. solution / Sponsored by French Paper Company, created the event based around a train ride across the French country side with wine tours and tasting.

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field of reference / Because this innovation could be viewed as a threat to business for paper companies in general, I decided to choose the French Paper Company as my sponsor, due to the fact that they also have a wide variety of patterned, illustrated and decorative papers that represent the larger part of their identity and business. They will not have to worry about loosing money to Uninque’s capabilities. People will always need new decorative papers. Even though the French Paper Company is not “French”, I thought I would base my promotional event around a unique train ride across the French country side. On this trip, people will get to learn about the Uninque Reprinter while enjoying scenic wine tasting and dining. People will receive a package that includes a passport with event info and a train ticket invitation. They will also be given a wine aroma kit take-away as a gift.

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objective / Select a TED Conference video of your choice and create a brochure and 3 posters promoting the importance of this talk. solution / Focus on creating strong, comprehensive, information graphics and imagery to best communicate Paul Stamet’s mycelium research.

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field of reference / For this assignment, I was to research a TED video clip and came across the video, “6 Ways Mushrooms Can Help Save the Earth”, by Paul Stamets and was hooked by the message immediately. I will never look at mushrooms the same way again! The focus of mycologist, Paul Stamets’ research is the northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium. The activities of mycelium help heal and steer ecosystems on their evolutionary path, cycling nutrients through the food chain. Fungi are keystone species that create ever thickening layers of soils, which allow future plant and animal generations to flourish. Without fungi, all of the earth’s ecosystems would fail. He believes that mushrooms can save our lives, restore our ecosystems and transform other worlds. In this brochure, I attempt to promote and communicate his message through strong info graphics and iconic imagery.

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objective / Choose a paper line and create a booklet advertising the qualities and uniqueness of the paper through a visual story or info and graphics. solution / Create a visual story around the Dulcet Paper line and the definition of "Sensoria" and how they relate to eachother.

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objective / Redesign Kmart’s packaging by developing a revitalized and refocused branding system that would exceed Target’s own system. solution / Design a 2 tiered “house of brands” system for Kmart, establishing them as the destination most preferred by customers.

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Cristina Rotundo Maya Ostrander Nicole Berman Juancarlos Henriquez Woorim Choi

field of reference / Kmart is a chain of discount department stores in the United States. Though Kmart holds the spot for the third largest discount store chain in the world, behind Target and Walmart, it has been struggling to address the current demands of the American consumer and to keep up with it’s competitors. Our group’s mission was to establish Kmart as the destination most preferred by customers. Kmart needs to focus on design that connects with it’s demographic on a psychological and emotional level. Kmart also needs to communicate quality and sophistication through strong product design and establish a deep brand identity throughout it’s locations. This has included building a sound 2 tiered “house of brands” with striking, unique brands names and fresh packaging that surpasses the standards set by it’s competition. Kmart’s new design purpose is to satisfy a need, simplify it’s customer’s lives, and make them feel good.

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Kmart Design Mission

Kmart Target Audience

· Create a “House of Brands” made up

· 8-45 years of age

VALUE

Catherine & Sebastian

COMFORT + SMART + RELIABLE

c+s

RELIABLE + VALUE + SMART

K Soleil

SMART + HEALTHY + VALUE

Serendipity

HEALTHY + COMFORT + VALUE

SMART of 4 private lines that will strengthen

· Young women / Mothers / Wives

Kmart’s identity

· Families with young children

· Create strong, cohesive packaging design that will add value to the consumers shopping experience · Attract a younger consumer base · Fusion of Whole Foods, Target and Anthropologie

HEALTHY

· Affluent people who appreciate quality but who are price concious · Ethnic

COMFORT

· People who want a one stop shopping experience for name brands that are cost effective

Catherine & Sebastian · home · food · pets

RELIABLE

c+s · clothing · accessories · food

Each tier will reflect an element of Kmart's history brought back to life through the design objectives listed above. Tier 1: “Catherine & Sebastian”, a higher end line dedicated to kmart’s founding couple, and c+s, Catherine & Sebastian’s children’s line. Tier 2: “K Soleil”, our Blue Light special line providing everyday, eco friendly products at affordable prices, and “Serendipity”, an affordable Kmart bath and body products line.

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Catherine & Sebastian

c+s

K Soleil

Serendipity

A premium line of Home, Food, and Pet

A premium line of children Food, Clothing

Kmart’s eco friendly, organic and local

A line of beauty and body products that

products offering higher end comforts with

and Accessories offering value for the

Home, Food, and Pet line offering the

offer the consumer quality results through

reliability through smart design and quality.

parent though reliable quality and design.

consumer a smart, healthier, unprocessed

healthy, beautifying, formulas and higher

alternative at an affordable price point.

end comforts at an affordable price.

Visual Tool Box:

Visual Tool Box:

TIER 1

TIER 1

Visual Tool Box:

TIER 2

Visual Tool Box:

· elegant patterns

· old, cartoon illustrations

· bold, san serifs

· clean + simple graphics

· photography

· bright colors

· info graphics

· geometric

· bold, ornate typefaces

· cloth + buttons

· bold shapes / illustrations

· strips + bars

· customized pattern system

· second use

· one / two color

· san serifs

· handmade typeface

· unprocessed cardboard, craft paper

· photography

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Catherine & Sebastian

objective / Redesign Kmart’s packaging by developing a revitalized and refocused branding system that would exceed Target’s own system. solution / Create a premium line of home, food and pet products offering higher end, reliable comforts through smart design and quality.

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Michael Osborne

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Daniel Castro

field of reference / Sebastian Spering Kresge began his legacy with a handful of small stores called Kresge’s Five and Dime. Through profitable business practices, Sebastian went on to form this well-known retail company, Kmart. Sebastian Spering Kresge was born July 31, 1867 to Sebastian and Catherine (Kunkle) Kresge. His strong Pennsylvania Dutch upbringing of a belief in hard work, and thrift was inspiration for us to create a premium line that offers higher end, reliable comforts through smart design and quality to hard working people all over the country who deserve to spoil themselves at an affordable price. Catherine & Sebastian is this line, dedicated to Kmart’s traditions of thrift, while looking forward towards a more modern, luxurious product and design experience.

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c+s children’s line

objective / Redesign Kmart’s packaging by developing a revitalized and refocused branding system that would exceed Target’s own system. solution / Create a premium line of children’s food, accessories and clothing, which offers value to the parent through reliable quality and design.

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California Model

field of reference / c+s is Kmart’s premium children’s line inspired by the quality and luxury of Catherine & Sebastian. Through research, we determined that, though Kmart might believe they are targeting the young female shopper with children, it has lost site of it’s demographic and are actually targeting 55+, low income persons. While Kmart should focus on catering to their current clients, they should be focusing on recovering their original demographic and capturing new shoppers for the future. c+s is designed to appeal to these families with young children, specifically, young mothers, who want a one stop shopping “experience” for name brands that are cost effective for their families. c+s is also designed to attract the more affluent consumer who appreciates quality, but who are also price conscious.

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K soleil organic line

objective / Redesign Kmart’s packaging by developing a revitalized and refocused branding system that would exceed Target’s own system. solution / Create an eco friendly, and organic home, food, and pet line for Kmart that offers a smart, healthy, alternative at an affordable price point.

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Pack 4

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Michael Osborne

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Plotnet

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Daniel Castro

field of reference / Kmart became well known for it’s “Blue Light Specials” back in the early 90’s. They occurred at surprise moments when a store worker would light up a mobile police light and offer a discount in a specific department of the store. We recognized the value in the strong connection people made between the “Blue Light Special”, Kmart and savings, and wanted to expand this idea into Kmart’s own private line, K Soleil. This line would offer organic, eco-friendly, home items at “Blue Light Special” prices, always. The name “Soleil”, means sun in french, and this to us, was a way of thinking of “light” in a different way. The sun is a representation of all things natural and of the most powerful source of light. This would represent Kmart’s new, “special” light and the new Kmart.

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objective / Redesign Kmart’s packaging by developing a revitalized and refocused branding system that would exceed Target’s own system. solution / Create a line of bath and body products that offers healthy, beautifying formulas and higher end comforts at affordable prices

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Pack 4

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Michael Osborne

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Gemmeti Model Art

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Daniel Castro

field of reference / The word serendipity can be described as having a talent for making fortunate discoveries while searching for other things. “Serendipity” to us, represents a line of luxurious Kmart bath and body products that consumers would never expect to come across in a Kmart, but would feel fortunate in discovering it. Because we wanted to target a younger, female audience, we create a line such as this within Kmart’s own salon and spa. Women would have the opportunity to pamper themselves while purchasing their day to day necessities at an affordable price, further enhancing the new Kmart shopping experience. We also wanted to stress a very gender neutral feel along with Spanish translations to create a sense of inclusiveness and appreciation towards their minority consumers.

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New orleans Jazz festival

objective / Create a revitalized identity and look for a festival of your choice and design a new logo, event poster and promotional item. solution / Design a fresh, iconic identity for the New Orleans Jazz Festival, while maintaining a feel of tradition that identifies with all generations.

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field of reference / According to the official New Orleans Jazz Fest website, “From the very beginning, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was envisioned as an important event that would have great cultural significance and popular appeal. The Festival is the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city’s legacy as the birthplace of jazz.” Because of this, it was very important for me to convey this sense of pride and culture. I graphically represented this by creating a vibrant and vibrating, colorful and organic emotion through the hand drawn trumpet and sound waves. It was also necessary to update the look of the current event identity while maintaining traditional symbols of jazz, such as the trumpet. Overall, I wanted the composition to evoke an uplifting, inviting, and iconic feel.

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NE W O RLEA NS

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J A ZZ HE RI TA G E

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336 Camp Street ste 250 New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 410-4100

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logo collection

objective / All identities require marks that communicate the name, personality and value of the person, company or place. solution / Through thorough research and understanding of a subject's identity, create a logo that will represent it in the most effective way.

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field of reference / This section is a collection of some of my strongest logos created over the term of my degree. They are presented in both black and white and in color. Each was developed through extensive research and acquired appreciation for my “client�. They are all the back bone of every identity, so therefore, must represent exactly what the client is all about in the simplest, boldest, most honest and effective way possible.

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thank you Family / To my loving mother Maria Gardella, father Sal Rotundo, boyfriend Steve Javiel, sister Angela, grandparents Angelo and Anna Scozzafava, and step father David Gardella. Faculty / To Mary Scott, Roland Young, Sue Rowely, Michael Osborne, Tom McNulty, Max Spector, Laura Milton, Chris Rolik, Carolyn Meyer, Nathan Berneman. Friends / To Peter Jan Synak, Jessica Willkens, Maya Ostrander, Nicole Berman, Jayde Cardinalli, Derek Smith, Maria Janosko, Eric Carnes, Caitlyn Gibbons, Rika Putri. Services / Plotnet, Califonia Model, H&H Imaging, The Key Bindery, Alexanders Book Store, Patricks & Co., Amazon, Flax, Kelly Paper, Paper Source, Daniel Castro, Erdman Photography,

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