Hi, I'm Robby. I'm a Portland-based designer using research, intuition, and accidents across a variety of mediums including drawing, photography, books, prints, sound, time, and software to push boundaries and thoughtfully engage with people.
My work began as an outlet for coping with the turbulence of living under a fundamentalist Pentecostal community in rural Georgia and with the difficult process of escaping it. Critically shaped by this experience, I make and pursue work to learn, question, and engage with authenticity, cognition, belief, relationships of power, the production of meaning, the inner life of nonhuman things, contemporary culture, etc.
Available for work proposals, collaborations, conversations, and trying new things. Let's meet! firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPOSITION GENERATORS (CODING)
I created a series of programs in Processing that generate compositions. These drawings can be used as-is, or to inspire new compositions or to help get through creative block. The programs can create in a range of styles from mathematical and geometric to more organic forms.
EIGHT (TYPEFACE DESIGN, ART DIRECTION, PHOTOGRAPHY)
Eight is a typeface for after the end of the world, using marks cobbled together from vague memories of western high culture as it was once represented in typographic form. Eight was made by attempting to imperfectly replicate fragments from a variety of typefaces into a coherent but uneasy whole.
SOME HOME (ART DIRECTION, PRINT DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY)
Tourism to Wallowa County, Oregon, has boomed in recent years, but locals have faced increased difficulty finding affordable housing as a result. The town of Joseph is often promoted to tourists as a nostalgic, idealized experience of the rural west. This zine presents the county as a real place in the modern world, combining personal and archival photography, contributions from locals, newspaper archives, and social media classified ads. 5.5x17" Stitched with orange thread through five holes. Purchase here.
WHAT ARE HYPEROBJECTS?
(ART DIRECTION, TYPOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION, LASERCUTTING)
“Hyperobjects” is a term used by philosopher Timothy Morton to describe objects that are massively distributed in time and space relative to humans, such as climate change and styrofoam. I wanted to share Morton's writing in a visually exciting way that might engage a different audience. The deck is bound between two lasercut acrylic plates by an x-band and includes an introductory poster.
ANNEX: THE BREAKDOWN ISSUE
(ART DIRECTION w/ CHARLIE HILTON, TYPOGRAPHY, ILLUSTRATION, RISOGRAPH)
The Breakdown Issue is a special edition of Annex Zine, a quarterly publication produced by Portland State University’s A+D Projects. Our team used multiple meanings of the word “breakdown” as a way to explore PSU’s graphic design program inside and out.
(ART DIRECTION, COVER PHOTOGRAPH, TYPOGRAPHY, LAYOUT)
Exworld is a journal of critical texts related to the subject of the Anthropocene, a name for the current period of Earth’s history, during which human activity has become the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The thinkers featured in Exworld offer challenging examinations of the relationship between climate change and capitalism, art, technology, and culture.