My name is Michelle Lamb and I'm a Graphic Designer receiving my BFA in Communication Arts from OTIS College of Art and Design. My work is rooted in creative problem solving and typographic detail with a strong focus on the relationship between ideas and reality. As a designer and a ballet dancer, my work seeks to improve the connection between people and their visual world. I am experienced in publication design, type design and branding/identity work with strong skills in Adobe Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Glyphs. I worked with Poly-mode studio in the exhibition and publication design of Willi Smith: Street Couture for Cooper Hewitt and my freelance includes work for the LA Philharmonic, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Green Dragon Office and the Santa Monica School District.
Movement creates form is a book about how the language of movement can be used to create form and how physically moving through space gives us a new perspective. As designers and artists, we rely on our digital tools but perhaps in some ways, they hold us back. My book is an exploration into using movement as a design methodology. I incorporated many movement experiments and I was able to build the grid structure of the book from those forms. I also created posters and a typeface all from the forms created through dance.
Angela Grotesk is a sanserif typeface based on title sequences from early French New Wave films as well as older Grotesk Typefaces like Akzidenz. Key attributes include narrow apertures, flat terminals, and a stylized capital i. This typeface has recently been used for signage at OTIS.
Hatch is an identity created for a fictional research company that specializes in data protection and public surveillance through the use of birds. The corporate/dystopian packaging design creates a conversation on the collection and use of public data as well as privacy. The long black bars play on the idea of redaction.
A collection of books designed during my time at OTIS. They are process books, capstone, research books, and a letterpressed artist book called Liminal Spaces. Forms of binding include perfect bound, hardcover, sewn, and acetate.
Transcendence is a book that explores femininity within black metal music culture and how the genre has evolved. The design combines aggressive moves with delicate moments of typography. Included are articles, band interviews, and photo essays. 8.5 X 10, Printed on 65lb gray paper.
Alphabetical is a manifesto on what I value as a designer. The content and design reflect how I balance my interest in typography and structure with the freedom and experimentation of image-making. The printed booklet folds out into three different posters.
Expressive therapy is the use of art and movement to treat depression and anxiety. Moving Alone Together is a campaign that allows people to utilize these therapy techniques from their homes during the quarantine. There are two-sided digital posters that can be downloaded and printed at home each week and an Instagram account that allows people to share their work and stay connected to each other. Shown is one of those digital posters. @movingalonetogether