Briana Gordon

My name is Briana, and I am a senior student of design here at Seattle University.

I believe that one of the most important aspects of design is communication with and connection to other people, and it is something that I like to keep in mind whenever I am creating something. I enjoy making things that I think will have an impact on others, and that I hope will show them a little about how I think and what I care about. I take a lot of inspiration from nature, storytelling, and color, and I try to incorporate those things into my work as much as possible.

The Sound of Music

For this project, I wanted to speak about my experiences as a band student beginning when I was in fifth grade all the way through my senior year in high school. I chose to create illustrations for this project instead of using personal photos, because while it was my story that I was telling, I wanted readers to be able to relate with the overall message of the story. I wanted the visual design to reflect that relatability. The illustration is of a clarinet, because that is the instrument that I played.

Anatomy of a Palm Oil Plantation

I have been interested in issues surrounding the global environment and climate change for a while, and I used that interest as the basis of this project. I chose the issue of palm oil plantations specifically because it is a problem that affects everyone to some degree, whether they are aware of it or not. The goal of the project was to spread awareness about the effects of the unsustainable practices of the palm oil industry.


I based all four typographic illustrations in this project around the word “levitate,” which means to rise or hover above the ground. For each illustration, I wanted to capture a different aspect of levitation. The first illustration shows the similarity between levitation and an object that floats through space, the second shows levitation in motion, the third shows static levitation, and the fourth shows the connection between pop culture and the concept of levitation in the form of a supervillain.