Graphics Supervisor: Jen Hiatt
Designer: Johanan Colon, Graphics Intern
Client: Office of Communications – Events Team

Blues-BQ-Poster

I love our interns.

They always bring fresh ideas, lots of excitement and incredible talent to our small but mighty team.

This past spring was no exception. Johanan Colon, a student at the University of Central Florida joined the Office of Communications & Neighborhood relations for the Spring semester. One of his first tasks was to conceptualize and create an event flyer for one of the Mayor’s signature events, Blues-BQ. Needless to say, he knocked it out of the park.

Johanan’s original concept was to use strong typography and “blues” related words. After a few early drafts, we brainstormed how to make that typography more eye-catching and an effective display. One of the ideas was to build a guitar out the “blues” words, using very stylized fonts that invoked Blues music. Using the name of the event as the anchor, Johanan built a word-guitar that looked great across all mediums. His final portfolio for this event included a event flyer, event posters, billboard, VIP passes, social media graphics and Facebook banner.

From Johanan Colon, Spring 2014 Graphics intern:

As my design internship at the City of Orlando comes to an end, it’s time to showcase some of my best works from my time here in the city. I can honestly say it has been a pleasure to work under the leadership of my Graphics supervisor, Jennifer Hiatt, who has been gracious enough to give me almost total and complete creative freedom on everything I’ve been assigned to do during my time here. It’s very unusual to have a creative director put so much faith into an intern, especially with such important and large projects. Nothing says “prosperity” quite like a leader who delegates work with minimal hand-holding throughout the process, at least in my opinion.

You can check out his post about his internship and other designs here.