Designed an unconventional resume and created logotype.
Physical version accordion folds so color panels are used as tabs.
Magazine Design Assignment:
Created logotype and designed two covers for University of
Baltimore promotional magazine, Charm. Though it began as an
assignment, my version was one of three selected for actual publication.
Magazine Design Assignment:
Created multi-page layout for section of Charm Magazine to
promote the many interesting locations in Mt. Vernon
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“I feel like a McDonald’s french fry,” one woman sitting
under a heater whispered to the woman next to her. She and her
friend were among the TK students at Midtown Yoga’s popular
“Hot Yoga” class one recent afternoon, working through an hour
of vinyasa yoga poses under three red-hot warmers in the studio
ceiling. The typical class finds more than TK students cramming
their mats into the 90-degree studio, matching the pounding of
their heartbeats to the rhythm of a drum tape playing in
“Ninety minutes of torture, ninety years of happy
living.” This is the motto of owner Kim Manfredi-Blades,
whose ninety-minute hot yoga class is most packed in the
freezing months of winter. But thawing out frozen winter
bones is just the most basic benefit of the class - practicing
this flowy style of yoga in a heated environment allows a deeper
stretch of the muscles and tendons in the body, explains
Manfredi-Blades, and perspiring rids the body of toxins and
promotes its ability to heal.
“There really is yoga for everyone,” says Manfredi-Blades,
and Midtown Yoga brings welcomes them all – from those who
have never exercised before to recovering marathon runners
to lifelong devotees of yoga practice. Even a Baltimore Raven
or two has been known to drop in for a class.
A community class (ninety minutes for only $6.00) is
offered several times a week and welcomes drop-ins. And
drop in they do – mats are rolled out edge to edge by the
time class begins. So whether you hike the few blocks from
UB to the studio or search the for streets a parking space,
you’ll want to arrive early enough to find a spot in this
popular class. What do you need to bring to class? A yoga
mat, at least two towels: one larger towel to cover your
mat, and one smaller towel to wipe the sweat, and water.
Definitely do not forget the water.
107 East Preston Street
Some Like it Hot
Turning up the heat in yoga class
– Megan Scherr
This Just In...
Clothes, Cocktails, Comfort
Local hot spot Dionysus has all this and more
– Natalie Minor
Lynn Hafner, co-owner of Dionysus
Restaurant and Lounge, is on a mission
to “get cool women in the city together”
through a clothing swap, which she hosts
twice a year. “I thought: I’ve got the venue.
Why not have other women, who might
not normally meet, come here and we can
have a good time?”
The idea of the swap started at Club
Charles in the late 90s. Women get
together with a bottle of wine and a bag
of clothes, intended for Goodwill. Any
woman is invited. It’s also a chance to
network in a fun, casual environment.
“People feel comfortable here. A lot of
women come in; it’s not a meat market,
and they don’t have to worry,” Lynn said.
This “bar that tips built” has an
upstairs fine dining area, where the
clothing swap takes place; as well as the
downstairs bar, where friends built the
wooden high-boy seating area as well as
the stone-inlaid coffee table. Soon, Lynn
will remodel the upstairs to match the
darker warmth of the bar area. “This is
what works, so I want to translate it to
the upstairs,” she said. Lynn will retain
the upstairs area for finer dining, but
will make the seating more comfortable
by including ottomans which, she points
out, could double as an eating surface.
This will allow more patrons to try the
The kitchen, which Lynn ran for the
first year and a half, is central to the
success of the place. From it, you may be
served Wild Mushroom Arancini fritters,
the White Pizza (an all-round favorite),
or the Pumpkin Gnocchi (which was a
special last fall). Dionysus also serves
burgers, and is open for Sunday brunch.
The menu changes twice a year, so be
sure to have your last plate of Hunter’s
Sausage before it’s replaced by the falafel.
You’ll know when it’s about to change,
since it happens just after the clothing
swap. This spring’s swap is scheduled for
April. “You can just go on our MySpace
page and find out when the next one is,”
8 East Preston Street
of the globally
is that a charge is required for
internet access, as if the $4.25
you’ve paid for your venti no-foam latte is
not enough. As this fact has driven many to
imbibe their caffeine elsewhere, the chain
has recently announced that they will be
offering free wireless in the coming months.
But wait, there’s a catch. “You have to have
a registered Starbucks card and even then
it will be free for only two hours,” explains
a local barista. So where can you find
truly free wifi and a unique atmosphere
within walking distance of the University of
Baltimore? Here are three top choices.
The vast, open interior of the City Café
provides plenty of seating for everyone,
including regular tables, high-tops and
counter space and enough outlets to go
around. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the
space light and airy and especially calming
on sunny days. Conversations are limited
in the front section and the music is kept
at a reasonable level. Whether you plan on
staying all day or are just checking your
email, the white noise of the whirring
refrigerators drowns out all distractions
and makes it a pleasure to get your work
Asqual Coffee Shop is almost
distraction-free – a simple café with fine
Ethiopian coffee, smooth jazz and free
wireless. There is a front section where you
can order and sit at the counter, or you
can take your coffee walk down five
steps to get to a small main room
with tables and comfortable booths.
Asqual caters to the morning and
mid-day coffee crowd who take it
to go ,so there is always room for
customers who want to stay and work.
OUTLETS? The staff is very friendly
and many customers stop in just to
Descending into Red Emma’s Bookstore
you are transported into the dark, secretive
hideout of the socially conscious. There is
a counter with stools as well as two tables
where you can order your fair trade coffee,
and although it is not spacious there is
always an open seat. Not only does Emma’s
provide free wifi access, they even have
public computers anyone can use. However,
if you do bring your laptop, come with a full
battery as an outlet is hard to find. Also,
while the high-energy atmosphere is inviting,
chatty regulars (plotting the overthrow of the
state, no doubt) can make concentration a
1001 Cathedral St. • 410.539.4252
Asqual Coffee Shop
1129 Maryland Ave. • 410.244.1782
Red Emma’s Bookstore
800 St. Paul St. • 410.230.0450
Get Charged Up!
Pay for your coffee, not your internet at these area hangouts
- Betsy Kniffen
Baltimore has a diverse and dissenting
urban culture wherever you look, but
these three locations are sure to stand
out on any radical’s dance card. Join
your fellow proletarians at Red Emma’s
Bookstore and Cafe, a worker cooperative
devoted to radical politics and grassroots
culture and named after feminist, labor
organizer, and anarchist Emma Goldman.
“If I can’t dance,” Goldman famously
said, “it’s not my revolution” -- so it makes
sense that the store added a performance
space this year to their historic location in
the St. John’s Building. A rich calendar of
free events features fundraisers for a family
violence shelter, for the campaign against
the death penalty, for a host of other left-
friendly causes, as well as poetry readings
and open mics where you may find the next
Allen Ginsberg or Jack Kerouac.
800 St. Paul St. • (410) 230-0450
Another stop for the Charm City
unorthodox is The Red Room at Normals
Book and Records, a “laboratory for
paracultural revolution of the
Since late 1996, the
Red Room has produced
concerts of experimental,
improvised, and harder-
to-describe music each
year. It is one of the
most vital and long-
standing experimental music series on the
East Coast, highlighting Baltimore’s unusual
and uninhibited experimental community as
well as talent from across the globe.
425 E. 31st Street
For your burgeoning revolutionary, The
Red Canoe children’s bookstore offers up
some family and children’s activities. Start
with guitar lessons for beginners -- what
better way to get your child on the right track
than having him or her learn how to play
Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie protest
songs? Or pick up a copy of Chicken Man
by Michelle Edwards -- a book about a
little boy growing up on a kibbutz.
4337 Harford Road
Better Red Than Dead
Veer left to find Charm City’s collectivist book & communist culture
- Kelley Martin
Hair with Flair
A salon with great vibes… and a student discount
– Michelle Saltmarsh
“Sorry girls, I’m gay,” says the sailor on one of the many
posters lining the walls of Neal’s Hair Studio -- Millie, the
Ziegfeld Follies, and Bette Midler among them. There is
no absence of flair in this Mt. Vernon studio. But the main
thing that makes this salon different from others in the
neighborhood is huge—Neal, owner and hair guru.
He doesn’t look like someone who cuts hair—more like a
retired linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. But under his large
exterior is a sensitive man, a teddy bear, a connoisseur of Broadway
musicals, a poet, a comedian, an artist. He appreciates everything
beautiful but with a splash of absurdity. You may come in and ask
for a trim, but as soon as he sits you down and starts massaging your
shoulders you begin to relax and wonder, “What else can you
do?” As you talk to him about your day—or perhaps your
life, if you’ve never been in for a visit—he interrupts the
conversation (which he is carrying on with you, other
patrons, and his employees) to ask, “Did you know
Twiggy can sing?” Before anyone can answer he is
already out of his chair and scrolling through his iPod.
Aside from being a therapeutic experience Neal’s
services are affordable—especially if you’re a college
student. Every Tuesday, students can receive half off
any service by bringing in their student IDs with a
current term sticker. After you’re freshly coiffed and
ready to wreak havoc on the town in your new ‘do be sure
to double check you have all of your belongings. “I know
I’ve made a real connection with a client when she leaves
things behind…it means she feels at home,” Neal observes.
204 W. Read Street
This Just In...
EAT THE CLOCK!
Putting area eateries to the test of time
- Lauren Golfer
Maps can tell us where we are,
where we want to go, and in some
instances they can tell us where we have
been. Take a detour to the Maryland
Historical Society during the city-wide
Baltimore Festival of Maps and you’ll
see what we mean.
The Festival, running from
March 16 - June 8, features a boundless
array of cartographic wonders
interpreted with dose of contemporary
attitude and a lot of latitude. Some far-
flung examples include images from the
Hubble Space telescope on view at the
Walters and the mapping of the human
genome at the Science Center.
Among the treasures on display at
the MdHS is a rare 1768 original map of
the Mason-Dixon line. Few geographical
locations have had a greater impact on
the American psyche than this division.
Blood was actually shed over the borderline
between Maryland and Pennsylvania in two
wars preceding the American Revolution,
causing Charles Mason and Jeremiah
Dixon to be dispatched from England
to settle the dispute between the Calvert
family of Maryland and the Penn family of
The survey took five grueling years to
complete and was quite cutting-edge for its
time, the first to use astronomical and
timekeeping instruments to determine
longitude. However, less than ten years
after the “line of peace” was drawn, both
Penns and Calverts lost their colonial
empires in the American Revolution.
Historic maps are composed of unequal
parts of conjecture, science, art, and
cultural revelation. They fascinate not
only because of the skill and challenge of
making them, but what they reveal about
the preoccupations of human beings as
they occupy space and time.
Check out the festival’s website
for a full list of events:
Maryland Historical Society
210 West Monument Street
Not Your Nephew’s Google Map
– Pam Jeffries
Calling all hungry/poor/time-crunched students: We hear your plea. You want to be fed now, and your student loans don’t
allow you the luxury of splurging on food. Where can you get a decent meal that’s close to class and quick? Since you don’t
have the time or money to experiment, we scoped out a variety of places for you around the 5:00 p.m. hour.
Bibliophile Alert: Drusilla’s Books
A Peter Pan Paradise
– Laura Melamed
Once upon a time, according to librarian Ivy Owens,
the Empress of Japan visited the Library of Congress
and was so taken by the books in the children’s section
that she wanted to take them home with her. The library
was not willing to part with its books, but did not want
to disappoint the Empress either. So who was called?
Drusilla Jones, owner of a cozy, independent bookshop
located on Howard St.’s Antique Row. The library
purchased the coveted titles from Drusilla’s store and
gave them to the Empress.
Drusilla (not to be confused with Drizella,
Cinderella’s stepsister in the Walt Disney version of
the story) opened her store, called simply Drusilla’s
Books, in 1985, after the shop she had been working
in closed. She decided to specialize in children’s books
and to feature books in a variety of other genres and, to
include rare and out-of-print books, as well.
Besides selling books, Drusilla has been known to
rent them as props, to moviemakers who do their filming
in Baltimore, says Ivy, who, in addition to being a
librarian, has worked part-time in Drusilla’s store for
the last 8 years. Books from Drusilla’s store appear
in Guarding Tess, with Shirley MacLaine and
Locked away in an antique glass case at the back of
Drusilla’s store is a work of art – a book called Peter Pan
in Kensington Gardens.
This thick hardcover version of
the story, written by J.M. Barrie, is
intricately illustrated, with delicate
fairies and a Peter Pan who is depicted
in the form of a baby, on color
plates, by Arthur Rakham.
This treasure was published
in 1906 and bibliophiles find
it fascinating to behold, even if
they cannot purchase it for $850.
Books throughout Drusilla’s
store are marked with prices
ranging anywhere from the extremely
affordable “free to a good home” all
the way on up to $6,750.
Bibliophiles might be excited to
stumble across a $25 book called
Enchanted Places, the autobiography
of A.A. Milne’s son, the real Christopher
Robin, who ended up opening a
bookshop of his own when he grew up.
817 N. Howard St.
At Club Charles. patrons drink with
ease under the flying trapeze.
– Amanda Burnham
On any given Saturday night, the
bartender at the super-hip Club Charles not
only works hard behind the bar, but also
swinging above it – costumed, on the flying
trapeze. “It was the hottest thing I’ve ever
seen,” said bar patron Ryan Dibeler.
After learning her skill at the Trapeze
School of Baltimore, bartender Nikki
LeBlanche decided to bring her love for the
circus into work to share with moviegoers
and laid back hipsters alike, who flock to this
dive bar on the weekends.
LeBlanche danced ballet for years, but
decided to give it up to try something more
exotic when she began trapeze school three
years ago. With dim red lights, grinning
clowns painted on the walls, and an overall
carnivalesque motif, one might assume the
low-hanging trapeze was purely a decorative
touch. Yet, whenever LeBlanche is working,
she inevitably finds a moment to hop up on
the bar and perform a fantastic show under
the spotlight with sequins dazzling and
David Bowie guiding her movements.
“It was my suggestion to add the trapeze
to the whole scene, my boss loved the idea,
and I’ve been [performing] ever since. I
have a great time,” said LeBlanche. “And, I
love the chance to dress up,” she added,
adjusting her Little Bo-Peep bonnet.
LeBlanche performs almost every shift
she works, which varies throughout the
week, but always includes Saturday nights.
Perhaps dressed in faux fur, a leather mini
skirt, or as a swamp creature wrapped in
green, LeBlanche displays her love
for costume and performance alike.
Although it is not widely publicized,
those who are aware of the show adore it. As
Dibeler put it, “the bartender’s show is one
of the only reasons I come into the city on
Club Charles offers low-priced drinks,
serves a tasty menu from the adjacent
Zodiac restaurant, and attracts a casual
crowd with eclectic tastes. With the smoking
ban now in effect, this club still maintains
its alluring atmosphere with a packed
jukebox, and fantastic people-
724 N. Charles St.
Open Daily 6pm-2am
This Just In...
Created conceptual illustration poster to promote
Bengie’s Drive-In Theater
Created conceptual illustration poster for 30th Anniversary of the
Publications Design program at University of Baltimore
30 YEARS OF CREATIVELY INTEGRATING
WRITING & GRAPHIC DESIGN
IN ONE MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE
Created multiple identity packages for stationery company
7668 El Camino Real • Suite 104-103 • Carlsbad, CA 92009
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7668 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Designed logo illustration from pre-existing logo, created
all marketing materials, advertisements, and products.
Words & Images Assignment:
Wrote, photographed, designed layout and diecut
of instructional booklet.
Back cover includes
a die-cut folder for
storing origami paper
Created fan concept, designed layout and original diecut wedding
program for outdoor wedding in September.
Magazine Design Assignment:
Created sell sheets for high-end coffee magazine advertising kit.
Developed logo and covers in a team.
The Food Issue
Some Like It Cold
Espresso at 8
The convergence of
Created typeface & logotype, as well as
identity package for modern furniture company