2018 Family Calendar

This year’s family (13×19 inches) calendar was a study of the past 200 years in my family history. It is more research intensive than it is beautiful. The purpose of this piece is to place a family name to events in history. It is a personalized resource for my 25 home schooled nieces and nephews, as well as be a bouncing off place for the adults to research further. I concentrate heavily on the 1850s-1870s (pre through post Civil War) and the 1920s-40s (end of WWI, Depression, New Deal, up through WWII.)

I started out by creating silhouettes of my parents. Their silhouette goes on the page that corresponds with their family line being discussed. Elements include:

  • Silhouette
  • Family tree
  • A map of the state and county of birth when appropriate
  • A box outlining historical events during the lives of the subjects
  • Research text
  • Any related photos to personalize
  • 2017 head shots of kids in sepia

My main comment on this whole intense project – never again! But I am glad I did it.


Each page also features a 2017 photo of a niece and nephew in the lower right corner. The final page is an extra page with Jan 2019 to give myself a breather if I don’t get the new calendar done in time (like this year.) The oldest niece is on that page, which is not featured here.

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2017 Annual Calendar

This year the topic was my father’s life in the 1940s and 1950s.


Some favorite months:

As usual, it was quite the production, but the hardest part was pulling the story together from scattered information and secondly, managing so many photos per page. However, the Supervisor was quite pleased.


Gluten-Free: An InDesign Magazine

The final project for Publication Design was to put together a 28 page magazine covering a single social issue. Having just been diagnosed with a wheat allergy and knee deep in research as I was first learning how to change my lifestyle, I chose it as my topic.

This was an activity in detail management! InDesign can be cloogy, but by the time I was finished with this project, I was beginning to grasp it’s idiosyncrasies and to work around them.

Click the photo to go to a flip book of the entire magazine:

Content was gathered from the web and credited.

Photos are primarily pulled from Getty Images and Google and are credited as well.

Special mention goes to my beloved friend and the founder of the Greater Philadelphia Celiac Sprue Support Group, Phyllis Brodgen, who fought for years to bring the issues of wheat allergies to a higher visibility on a national level.

NOTE: This project was taken to my second interview with Rotonics. It played a part in my getting hired for next quarter’s internship. Thank you once again to Beth Remsburg for a portfolio worthy project.

NOTE2: I was pleasantly startled to find this magazine was hung on the wall for the following quarter!