Loch Haven Cultural Park Banners

Loch Haven Cultural Park Banners

One of the last projects I spearheaded at the City of Orlando was environmental signage at the recently rebranded Loch Haven Cultural Park. The park covers 45 acres and serves as the region’s premier cultural park. The City was awarded a grant that would cover signage printing and installation costs for the initial branding of the park. I worked with the 8 entities of the park (Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Fire Museum, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Garden Club, Orlando Ballet) to establish…continue reading →
The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier

I was fortunate to go on the trip of a lifetime this year – we spent eight days exploring "The Last Frontier" – Alaska! I put my DSLR to good use during the trip, but was faced with the challenge of putting a digital storybook together to share with family and friends upon returning. Around the same time, Adobe launched Spark – a digital storytelling platform. I wanted to test this product and see if I could find any practical applications for it in my daily work. After sorting and editing hundreds of photographs, I…continue reading →
AIGA – January Community Meeting

AIGA – January Community Meeting

One of our departmental goals for 2016 was to become more involved in the local design community and to foster relationships that could inspire and empower our local community to use their skills and talents to make a greater impact. Coincidentally, the AIGA Orlando Chapter reached out to the City and asked if I could be their guest speaker for the January Community Meeting. The topic? How the City is using digital strategies to create change within City Hall—to be less government and more conversational. A few of the highlights Natalie (the City's Web Developer) and I touched on: User-centered web…continue reading →
Walk for Trees

Walk for Trees

Graphics Supervisor/Graphic Designer: Jen Hiatt Client: Green Works Orlando Recently during an AIGA workshop, I was reminded that as designers, it's important to have passion projects. And one of the topics I get excited about is sustainability – I live and breathe recycling and repurposing in my personal life, and love when (as a City) we get to promote sustainability initiatives for residents. So I was excited when we got to start planning the Inaugural Walk for Trees event marketing that will kick off Earth Month this April. IDEAS For Us, a local 501c3 nonprofit, is hosting a "Walk For…continue reading →
One Person, One Tree launch

One Person, One Tree launch

After many months of planning, strategizing, designing (and re-designing) marketing collateral, the City's new innovative tree program One Person, One Tree officially launched November 13. This initiative is part of the City’s continued effort to be one of the most sustainable cities in America. This innovative program is another way the City is transforming the urban environment by providing residents with the tools necessary to conserve, preserve and reuse valuable resources, ensuring a more livable Orlando for future generations to come. As part of the team involved with this project from the start,…continue reading →
Mayor Dyer’s State of Downtown

Mayor Dyer’s State of Downtown

    Graphics Supervisor/Graphic Designer: Jen Hiatt Client: City of Orlando Office of the Mayor & Downtown Orlando Partnership Each Fall, the Mayor delivers his annual State of Downtown address. This year’s speech, themed, "Downtown's Winning Game Plan," will share the latest on the City’s comprehensive visioning process for the continued revitalization of Downtown Orlando. The event will be held at the newly reconstructed Citrus Bowl, hosted by the Downtown Orlando Partnership. Mayor Dyer will also made several announcements on the City’s priorities to keep Downtown Orlando moving ahead for generations to come. The design of…continue reading →
Interactive Capital Improvements Map

Interactive Capital Improvements Map

Graphics Supervisor/Graphic Designer: Jen Hiatt Web Developer: Natalie Bednarz Client: City of Orlando Office of the Mayor This map was prepared to accompany the Mayor’s 2015 Budget Address using ArcGIS Online Story Maps. A relatively new tool for our office, Story Maps offered a way to visually show that the 2015/2016 budget includes funding for more than 100 projects focused on ensuring that Orlando remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.  Using GIS map layers, we sorted the projects into five categories: Transportation, Recreation, Streets and Stormwater, Wastewater and Parks. Then,…continue reading →
Parks Division Hybrid Car Wrap

Parks Division Hybrid Car Wrap

Graphics Supervisor: Jen Hiatt Graphic Artist: Bret Thomas Client: City of Orlando Parks Division When the opportunity to wrap the new Parks Division Hybrid arose, I knew that this would be a great place to showcase hand-drawn illustrations of the City's many diverse parks. With 83 parks in the City limits, we had no shortage of inspiration.  I tapped Bret for this project; his hand drawing skills have come so far in the past year and this was a great place for him to flex his illustration muscles. It started with a brainstorm – what park…continue reading →

Downtown Orlando Historic Walking Tour Interactive Map

Graphics Supervisor: /Graphic Artist: Jen Hiatt Web Developer: Natalie Bednarz Client: City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board This was a little bit of a passion project for myself that took me way out of my comfort zone. Not only did I (finally) find a good way to represent interactive maps on our website, but I also built the City's first StoryMap for the Downtown Historic Walking Tour using a platform I was completely unfamiliar with. So, from the beginning. For about the past 6 months, Natalie and I have been researching different options for interactive…continue reading →
#BuddysBike

#BuddysBike

Graphics Supervisor/Graphic Designer: Jen Hiatt Client: Downtown Development Board Adding to my transportation repertoire, this week the City is unveiling the new official Mayor’s Bike, dubbed #buddysbike.  The bike will be released into the Juice Bike Share system as part of the expansion beginning Friday. Riders of the Mayor’s Bike can use the hashtag #buddysbike to post photos and video featuring the bike online via social media. The bike features a specialty basket, showcasing Orlando's skyline. Our design concept was simple – we wanted the easily recognizable skyline to be visible from afar. The…continue reading →
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