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The Norton Anthology of Drama

BOOK COVER DESIGN: Final designs for the newest editions of the Norton Anthology of Drama.

Art Direction: Debra Morton-Hoyt

The Norton Anthology of Drama

CUSTOM TYPOGRAPHY: Alternate type designs for the Norton Anthology of Drama.


The Last Ship

ALBUM ART: Design for Sting's latest album, his first album of original songs in a decade. Designed Standard, Deluxe, and Superdeluxe edition CD packaging, vinyl packaging, single art, posters, ads, and disc labels.

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Drew Hodges; Photography by Frank Ockenfels 3

The Last Ship

KEY ART: Sting's latest album art began as key art designs for the musical he is developing for Broadway. These are proposed designs created during the process.

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato

Round House Theatre Season

KEY ART: In reinventing their brand and welcoming a new Artistic Director, Round House Theatre wanted a bold, eye-catching look for their 2013-14 season. The last one was rejected. Ah well.

Round House Theatre Season

KEY ART: Alternate (i.e. rejected) designs for the Roundhouse Theatre season.

Much Ado About Nothing type treatment, Art Deco style Title treatment for Guthrie Theater's Sunshine Boys Title treatment for Guthrie Theater's Hay Fever Title treatment for Guthrie Theater's Hay Fever Title treatment for Guthrie Theater's Amen Corner Much Ado About Nothing type treatment, Art Deco style, version 2 Title treatment for Guthrie Theater's Roman Holiday Much Ado About Nothing type treatment, Art Deco style, version 2

Guthrie Theater Season

KEY ART: Title treatments for the 2011-2012 season at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN. The Guthrie asked for a unified season look this year and Nicky Lindeman devised a grid system using black and white title treatemnts and pairing them with inexpensive stock photography. Together Nicky and I designed the whole season's key art in one fell swoop. Here is the whole season's art.

Designed at SpotCo with Nicky Lindeman; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato

Love Wins

KEY ART: Poster and New York Times ad announcing the coming of Rocky, a new musical, set to open in 2014. Poster was on Funny Or Die!

Designed at SpotCo; Copy by Sharyn Rothstein; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato; Photography by Nigel Parry

All the lonely people

KEY ART and TV SPOT: The Broadway revival of the classic Inge play. Collaborated with Craig Shaloiko and Darren Cox on this tv spot based on the chosen key art (left).

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato; Photography by Jason Bell

windowcard for Matilda

Trunchbull v. Wormwood

KEY ART: Proposed key art for Matilda, a new musical based on Roald Dahl's book.

Designed at SpotCo (comp on right designed with Paul Jeffrey); Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato

Look Up

KEY ART: Proposed key art for the 2011 Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, featuring the the lovely vertical gardens by Patrick Blanc.

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato

Manhattan Murder Mystery

KEY ART: for a new musical at the Union Square Theater

Designed at SpotCo with Nicky Lindeman; Photography by Zach Stertz; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato

I may not get there with you...

KEY ART: A play by Katori Hall imagining a conversation between a Lorraine Motel chambermaid and Martin Luther King, Jr. on the night before he is to be assissinated. Marquee of the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Drew Hodges and Vinny Sainato
Photography by Mary Ellen Mark

A house divided

KEY ART: Proposed art for the new MTC production of Ibsen's political classic about about truth and popular opinion.

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato; copy by Sharyn Rothstein; Photography by Henry Leutwyler

windowcard for Peer Gynt at the Guthrie Theater

Peer Gynt

KEY ART: Peer Gynt by Ibsen, performed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN and starring Mary Rylance.

Designed at SpotCo with Gail Anderson
Featured in STEP Inside Design, June, 2008 and 365: AIGA Year in Design 29; one the works Ms. Anderson chose to feature in her AIGA profile.

I've had a few...

KEY ART: for a new play by Matt Charman for MTC at New York City Center.

Designed at SpotCo with Nicky Lindeman; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato; Retouching by Rob Kolb; copy by Sharyn Rothstein

Then lunch at Cartier

TITLE TREATMENT: Proposed title treatment for the upcoming revival of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato

Wolverine returns to Broadway

TYPE: Proposed title treatment for Hugh Jackman's Broadway return.

Designed at SpotCo; Creative Direction: Vinny Sainato

 Cast page for Hair's program. Handmade typeAquarius spread in Hair program

Love Will Steer the Stars

SOUVENIR PROGRAM: Spreads from the program for the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Hair.

Designed at Rogers Eckersley Design (RED) for Creative Goods; Art Direction: Sam Eckersley; Photography by Joan Marcus, Chase Newhart, and Robert J. Saferstein

 

I had a pony!

LOGO: Made as part of a logo exploration for PoNY, a non-profit benefitting up-and-coming New York playwrights.

 

Hiya : )

LOGO: Logo, stationery, and other collateral designed for a new street promotions company, emphasizing engaging and friendly marketing street teams.

 Peep Show logo, not picked

Peep Show

LOGO: This logo was pitched as part of a series of windowcard designs for Peep Show, a burlesque show in Las Vegas.

Designed at SpotCo; Art Direction: Darren Cox



Logo for A Fine Romance, not picked :( I designed the one they DID pick, but I prefer this one.

A Fine Romance

LOGO: A Fine Romance is an annual benefit show for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

Designed at SpotCo with Greg Coleman; Art Direction: Gail Anderson

Adventureland

LOGO: Proposed logo design.

Something Blue

WEDDING INVITATION: Invitation, envelopes, RSVP card, information card, matchbooks, menus, and a logo on the ringbearer's pillow, all for a stylish Manhattan wedding. See more at StyleMePretty.com.

Letterpress printing by Greener Graphics. Photography by Khaki Bedford Weddings

Everything in the world

DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD: This double truck in The New York Times was the basis for a series of season ads for the 92Y, a New York cultural institution featuring an eclectic line-up of lectures, concerts, classes, talks, camps, festivals, performances, holidays, etc.

Whiff of Uncertainty: Urban Odor Canopy of Dunkin' Donuts. This is my favorite piece I've ever designed. For Scott Stowell's (awesome) class, Explaining Yourself

The Whiff of Uncertainty

INFORMATION GRAPHIC: During the school semester, a classmate and I would take the same path to the subway home every night, and every night there would be a moment along the way where we caught the distinctive scent of baking at Dunkin’ Donuts. For 11 nights, I recorded the time, location, and duration of the smell and then documented the weather conditions for that time and place, looking for a pattern. Alas, the study was inconclusive.

Featured on First Nerve, Avery Gilbert's blog on the science of smell, and on Mapping Weird Stuff.

Designed as a class assignment; instructor: Scott Stowell

Mayan Apocalypse Holiday cardMayan Apocalypse Holiday card, detail

Take That, Mayans!

HOLIDAY CARD: A card to celebrate our miraculous survival of the Mayan apocalypse.

Designed as a personal project. Foil stamped on Poptone cardstock.

Selected Clients

SpotCo
W. W. Norton & Company
The New York Public Library
Roundabout Theater Company
Atlantic Theater Company
New York City Opera
Hospitality Quotient
Round House Theatre
Tablet Magazine
Rogers Eckersley Design (RED)
Capacity Interactive
Children's Theatre Company
Empax
Allworth Press
MTV Networks
BAM

Résumé

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About

Hello, I'm Esther. I'm a graphic designer from Philadelphia, now based in Brooklyn. I studied Biology at Penn State, worked in a lab, and then studied Design at SVA. I'm currently a key art designer for at SpotCo. I'm available for freelance design and lettering work. Please drop me a line at mail(at)estherwu(dot)com. Thank you for stopping by.

In case you were wondering, this site uses FF Scala by Martin Majoor.

Contact

mail(at)estherwu(dot)com.

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