Creative Research

  • 20/20 A Retrospective of Two Decades at War is a publication of twenty works of art that has won the AIGA 100 show in Salt Lake City. The AIGA 100 Show is a Design Competition in Salt Lake City that has around 250 submissions from the top design firms from the area. They give out 7 awards each year. Competition, completed 09/01/2021.
  • The Openroom is a out of the ordinary gallery located in SLC. The show curated called "Please Touch the Art" was an interactive exhibition hosted by the UMOCA and published online. This show included work by artists both locally and nationally. With the members of the Openroom designing the exhibition and producing the interactive website that debuted at the UMOCA in July. Exhibition, in progress 07/01/2020.
  • Branded the Cove Gallery in Baltimore MD, a gallery that will go virtually in the next three years. This was an initiative started by an Alumni at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Commission, completed 02/01/2020.
  • "Out of Range Vol 1" is a sculpture / photography project that allows the viewer to see the effects of PTSD. This art piece is part of an ongoing practice to show veterans experiences in art. It is currently in the progress of being submitted to several shows and is currently in the 35 x 35 show at Finch Lane in 2020, showcasing the best work in Salt Lake City from Artists under the age of 35. Other, completed 12/01/2019.
  • The Symbol of style is a Poster Essay currently in negotiation for publication. It touches on ideas of how signs and symbols are all around us and that no matter how functional a design is, it will always have meaning. It tells this story through the lens of camouflage and its history. Literary Arts, submitted 09/01/2019.
  • The Openroom is a out of the ordinary gallery located in SLC. Our mission is to curate and give arts a chance to speak to their audience about their work. We were founded in 2019 and since then have a year of shows booked out with 6 shows in 2019. Shows happen once a month and all graphic design and promotion is done by myself. We have been featured in Slug Magazine and 15Bytes about the events. Exhibition, in progress 01/01/2019.
  • Branding for Sound Education, a educational podcast conference that takes place at Harvard University. This is sponsored by the Boston Globe and the Ministry of Ideas. The conference is an on going initiative by Harvard to create a large dialog within the community. Over 1,000 attendees showed up to this conference which took place in 2018. Other, completed 11/01/2018.
  • Did the Branding and Identity Design for TEDx San Fransisco. This included Posters, Website, Social Media Ads, Badge Design and Teaser videos for the event. This projected lasted for over Six months and is still an on going project. Other, completed 09/15/2018.
  • Targeted Speech was an exhibition shown at the Gittens Gallery and also at BYU which featured work from both Universities. The exhibition design was done by myself. Exhibition, completed 03/19/2018.
  • (de)Polarizing a Politicized Polis is an Interactive space where designers can submit posters that tell their thoughts on tough Political debates. This Project is currently a work in progress between myself and a professor from BYU, Doug Thomas. We have submitted a proposal at the Art Center to do a Summer Residency to complete this project over the summer. Competition, in progress 12/01/2017.
  • Umma Mass Game: Motherly Love for North Korea, was an exhibition at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in Chelsea NY. The Exhibition needed to be branded and needed an exhibition catalog. This catalog was 150 pages and had 500 copies that were printed and given to donors and sold at the gallery. This opened a connection with myself and the gallery and I will continue to do work with them in the future. Commission, completed 09/10/2017.
  • Interchangeable poster systems: Doug Thomas, a Professor at BYU, and myself continue to create interchangeable posters as part of our research. We have over a dozen examples of these experiments which has lead us to more progressive teaching methods. We did this research as a way to explore new Technology at BYU and the U in such equipment like the Risograph, so find a project that would teach students design principles while still learning printing methods. Other, in progress 08/01/2017.
  • Living Bridge Banner Project was an open call competition for Chinese Culture Center to install a design on the bridge to their open gallery space. Emma Zhang and myself had the winning design which was installed during an open Gala show where we were the special guests. This award also came with a prize. The design included 16 different illustrations that still sit on the bridge to the Chinese Culture Center in San Fransisco. Competition, completed 07/15/2017.
  • Unexpected Rhetoric was an exhibition shown at the Gittens Gallery which featured work from the University of Utah. The exhibition design was done by myself and the work shown there was about the rhetoric of both the DNC and RNC parties during the election. Overall the show was a huge success with over 200 people showing up to the opening. Exhibition, completed 02/01/2017.
  • Speculative War Training Device, a design project where I had taken the readings from Speculative Everything and put them into practice. Teaching myself about how to cast molds and how to use design as a means for social critique. Other, in progress 12/01/2016.
  • Wrote and published an essay on being being decisive called "Be Decisive". The article was posted on medium online and talks about the intersection of being a designer that comes from the military. This a tool that I use when I talk to my students, informing them that they need to make decisions rather then trying to find the perfect answer sometimes. Literary Arts, completed 10/01/2016.
  • Wrote and published an essay on being being critical called "Be Critical". The article was posted on medium online and talks about the intersection of being a designer that comes from the military. It is a key staple in my philosophy in the classroom. Literary Arts, completed 09/01/2016.


  • Type is Culture: War, Politics & Racism. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/28/2022.
  • Juried Lecturer, “Speculative Interactions: Designing Critical Dialogue about the Future” SECAC Southeastern College Art Conference Co-PI: Henry Becker, Doug Thomas. Conference Paper, Presented, 10/27/2022.
  • Invited as part of their visiting artist program to talk about Post Internet Art with the Senior Class and the work created at the UMOCA as part of the Open Room Collective. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/01/2021.
  • 2018 Gave a TED talk on the relationship between designers and clients, which was published on the TEDx official YouTube channel. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/15/2018.