Create a service oriented cafe concept based off extensive research of independent and corporate coffee businesses
Explore a variety of cafes, focusing on their unique service qualities, clientel, and the atmospheres they provide
Explore a particular Denver neighborhood
and what qualities a cafe would possess if
located in that area
Chasers is a late-night cafe/bar concept that would be located in RiNo Art District on the north side of Denver. Known for its art galleries, sketchy attitude and bars, Chasers provides night owls and party-goers a place to hang out, catch up, as well as sober up.
The goal of this project was to write a story based on a patient that once lived at the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society (JCRS), a hospital that once treated people with severe tuberculosis during the early 20th century in Denver, CO. The JCRS would later become the campus for the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.
After researching the actual medical records and beautiful hand-written letters belonging to the patients from that time, I came across the file of Ms. Helen Eisenberg; somewhat of a drama queen/tyrant on the JCRS grounds. I wrote, designed, and illustrated the fictionalized story, inspired by Ms. Eisenberg.
The second portion of this project was to create a film based off the book. I have started a motion graphic animation to help bring my story to life.
My friend Marty Corette commissioned me to help design her Interior Design Grad Exhibition project. For this project, Marty designed an entire wolf sanctuary and educational center that would be based in Montana.
I designed a presentation book which laid out all of Marty's wonderful designs, as well as her exhibition display for the grad show.
It is made with small wooden models, paper textures and is a combination stop-animation-GIF. It tells the story of a little blue robot who experiences the marvel and hardships of love.
Song: Before the Earth was Round
By: OK GO
Industry Night at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design is an evening where all the graduating students exhibit their best work and are given the opportunity to network with leaders in the design industry.
In September 2013, Markit On Demand in Boulder, CO celebrated their own Oktoberfest. The MOD Homebrewer's Club had made five different beers for the company to enjoy, and I volunteered to design the label for a hefeweizen beer. The recipe for this beer was made by MOD employee, Stephanie VanLangenhoven. Thus, the delicious brew, Stefeweizen, was created!
Sign & Symbol Group Project. The goal was to redesign an existing restaurant space and base the new identity off a specific geographic location. Graphic Design: James Harris, Natalie McQueen, Ian Tan Interior Design: Katrijn Verhoeven.
For my senior thesis, I decided to make a video that shows the benefits of learning cursive handwriting, as well as the negative effects its absence from school curriculums could cause.
Four major points made in the video are technology is replacing handcrafted skills, cursive handwriting is a threatened artform, students will no longer be able to read letters from ancestors or historical documents, and the tradition and identity of individual signatures will become lost and insignificant.
This is a page dedicated to my personal art and craft projects. To me, nothing is more fun or relaxing than creating a piece of art.
I was delighted when my younger sister and her fiance asked me to take photos and design their Save-the-Dates. They are a friendly, funny and casual couple that didn't want the typical wedding announcements where a couple looks like they are stranded in a field, either giving one another a piggy-back ride or hugging a tree while showing off the rock on her finger.
Our photo shoot started out with lots of awkward poses, giggling, sarcastic remarks, and my sister telling me to "just make it seem like we're in love." After running around my school's campus in the chilling cold and trying to get a few decent shots before the sun went down, we finished the shoot.
After I completed the postcard, I emailed it to my sister, in which she responded: "NATALIE! That is ABOVE AND BEYOND what I was expecting. It is original and absolutely lovely! Travis hasn't seen it yet, so when he gets home we'll look again, but seriously....INCREDIBLE!!!!!"
As much as my sister joked about "making it seem like they're in love," I really didn't have to do too much. The love and admiration they have for each other shines through their photos- This couple is really meant to be together.
Thanks for letting me help in your celebration!
Working with partner Mindy Shepardson, we decided to create large quotation marks for our 3-D Typography project. Using a bench, we positioned the quote marks on each side to make it look like whoever was sitting there was making some sort of statement.
A beginner's guide for the wine novice. Infographic poster and motion graphic video.
Life Is In the Details was the title for my 2013 Graduation Exhibition at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.
I created a screen printed poster, illustrating my personal design process, accompanied by a process book, where I've explained my approach to designing and creating.