Coates Kokes + Design Week Portland
Illustration | Creative Direction | Event Planning
Coates Kokes is a full-service agency including both PR and visual storytelling. In 2019, we decided to host our first-ever open house for Design Week Portland. I was tasked with creating the visual identity for the event, including wayfinding, illustrations, and collateral development of what the company does. The main inspo came from the interior artwork the creative pod did as a team and I applied that visual language to everything from posters, social graphics, to cute little buttons. It was a huge hit, and the event “sold out.”

Some of the things we decided to do were a free photoshoot to the public for anyone who signed up, taken by the in-house camera guru, a color mixing workshop by our video professional, and of course a buffet of amazing snacks from local B-Corp businesses. Even though this was an internal project, we tackled it the same way we’d treat a client and crafted a plan to execute what all was needed for the event. Below are samples of the work I did and some photos of the event.

Signage that went around the building to hype the event.

A few poster designs from the different stations during the event.

An icon set to use on nametag lanyards, buttons, postcards, etc.

Mock of the buttons in action. Personal fave being the dino-dude of course!

Inspo came from the creative pod interior artwork we developed collectively. 

We wanted to create artwork that captured a bit of everyone's personality and roles from web development to graphic design.

Creative pod in action with new office interior artwork.

An interactive piece where I illustrated type on the wall to encourage guests to share what good things they did.

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