“Deep Connections” exhibition catalog

Image of an artist and his photo in the exhibition

Client: Metro Art

Date: Winter, 2020


Artist and photographer Ken Karagozian has documented the construction processes of infrastructure and the forging of human relationships in the creation of Metro capital projects, including subway tunnels. His photos were featured in the Union Station lightbox exhibition. I worked with Metro Art managers and Ken to create the exhibition catalog, which won first place in the 2020 APTA Adwheel Awards.

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Metro Vision 2028 Plan

Metro Vision 2028 book spread

Client: Metro

Date: Summer, 2018


Transportation has tremendous impact on the quality of life for all who live, work and play in LA. In this report, the social facets are parsed, and goals and metrics are set as ambitious targets. Working with the Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation, I contributed to the content through research and editing, and also illustrated and designed the publication, in collaboration with Metro Marketing’s Design Studio.

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“Metro Art Presents” Posters

Dancers in mid-air at Ticketing Hall, Union Station

Client: Metro Art

2014 to present


About once per month, Metro Art Presents invites an artist to stage a public show at Union Station, such as the Capoeira Exchange performance shown above. I created unique posters for many of these events. Each poses the interesting challenge: to capture the spirit of the performance succinctly in one poster.

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Valley Boulevard

A two-page spread from the zine showing a buddha symbol on the left and an excerpt from a paper phonebook of the San Gabriel Valley.

Location: San Gabriel Valley, LA, CA
Date: 2022


Zine on Valley Boulevard, an arterial thoroughfare connecting many Asian-, largely Chinese-American, communities in Los Angeles County. A reflection on the history of Americans with Chinese ancestry.

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What is Time?

cover of the What is Time? zine at higher resolution, showing colorful jumbled letters in the word Time.

Location: Pasadena, CA
Date: 2022


How does one escape the relenetless passage of time's seconds? We can rethink how we define it.

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Crochet Jam, community engagement

Gathering around a table of scrap fabric to make a crochet.

Client: Metro Art

March 2019


Introduced by Metro-commissioned artist Clare Rojas, Ramekon O'Arwisters, a Bay Area public engagement artist, led a group of community members from across LA County to weave strips of colored fabric together. Letitia Ivins of Metro Art asked me to design the poster and graphics for the event in a way that uses all three languages of the community, all with equal emphasis.

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Metro Public Participation Plan publication

A copy of the Public Participation Plan book lying on a flat surface.

Client: Metro Community Relations

April 2019


Every three years, every transit agency in the US which seeks funding from the US Department of Transportation must submit a Public Participation Plan, outlining how it engages the public in civic processes to develop programs, projects, and initiatives. The Metro Community Relations Department sought a livelier design to match the work that they do. With Metro Marketing, I designed this publication.

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“Forward Motion” exhibition catalog

Maria Reynolds, Transportation Director at Metro, poses next to her portrait in the Asselin Exhibition, in Union Station.

Client: Metro Art

Date: Spring 2019


Metro Art organized an exhibition of photography entitled Forward Motion. Artist and photographer Michele Asselin took photos of 21 women employees at Metro and created collages with photos of the intrastructure environment, which were in lightboxes in the corridor. To accompany the exhibition, I worked with Metro Art and Michele to design the catalog.

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“The Makers” exhibition catalog

Image of an artist and his photo in the exhibition

Client: Metro Art

Date: Spring, 2016


Throughout the Metro transportation system, public artwork highlights, accents, and offers meaning to riders’ journeys. The Makers exhibition was a photographic lightbox series of portraits at Union Station that recognizes the artists who have contributed public artwork to Metro. I designed the publication. The photos were taken by artist and photographer Todd Gray.

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“We're on this ride together” Metro Safety Campaign

Simple line drawing of the interior of a bus and bus driver.

Client: Metro Art

Date: Spring, 2016


A safe and pleasant experience relies upon the care of each person on the ride. This campaign is a gentle reminder that a shared ride means being considerate for all around you. And in this vein, the community aboard a bus or a train can be pleasant company. I illustrated and designed this ad campaign.

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Bus Operator Assault Metro Safety Campaign

Saul Bass-inspired visual campaign condemning bus operator assault.

Client: Metro Art

Date: Spring, 2016


To reduce violence against bus operators on Metro, particularly ones driving on routes through the roughest neighborhoods of LA, this ad campaign was posted, in English and in Spanish versions. I contributed the illustrations and designs.

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TAP card

Standard, regular fare TAP card, to ride Metro bus and rail.

Client: TAP

Date: Summer, 2016


TAP stands for the Transit Access Pass, the reusable and reloadable plastic card used for disbursing fare payment every time one rides transit. I illustrated and designed the standard TAP card as well as an entire suite of supporting marketing materials, viewable in the PDF.

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Tappy Reloads Stored Value, a user video


Client: TAP

Date: Summer, 2017


Because TAP is a regional fare medium good for use on all transit systems, Stored Value is the type of fare that is universal. However, many riders do not know to load it. Hence, I worked with TAP to develop this video and animation. My contribution was the script and storyboard. The actual animation was generated by Down the Street.

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Future of Waste Management in LA County, Siting Element publication

Cover of the Siting Element Book

Client: LA County Department of Public Works

Date: Summer, 2014


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LADPW) was working on a plan to eliminate landfill waste by 2025. The LADPW Siting Element outlines the research, impacts of waste, and plans for the future. I created a draft design, including three cover design proposals and layouts for internal pages, for the publication for this plan.

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Contested Visions exhibition design at LACMA

Title Wall

Client: LA County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Date: Spring, 2011


LACMA featured an exhibition on the Spanish Conquest in the Americas from the point of view of the indigenous cultures, via their artworks. I designed the title wall, wall graphics, program and street banners, among additional marketing materials. The exhibition was on show for six months and orchestrated by LACMA Curator Ilona Katzew.

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