Center for Global Studies Magnet Elementary School

Interior Murals

The Principal of a magnet elementary school wanted to refresh the school’s interior space. This project aimed to showcase the school’s magnet theme of being a Center for Global Studies and better reflect the diverse student population. The murals are used to welcome people into the space with friendly energy. They also serve as a launching point to share how the school uses its magnet theme in education.

The project started with sketches of students engaging in activities that felt current and embraced the diversity of learning opportunities embraced by the school. 

The color palette used the school’s logo as a starting point yet pushed the possibilities with hue and saturation. Once the palette felt good to the team, the primary colors were elevated, and the remaining colors were delegated to supporting roles. Representation matters. It was crucial the palette both complimented and contrasted a range of skin tones. 

Once the color palette was established, I explored how color would work with line art. 

The type was both hand-lettered and utilized a font with a hand-drawn quality to express enthusiasm and the imperfect nature of growth. 

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Spirit Gear

Center for Global Studies Middle School Interior Signage


The Principal of this magnet middle school wanted a visual representation of the their global learning theme. Illustrations showcase students practicing the domains of global competence.

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