Who Am I? / I am Christian Solorzano

I live here in Chicago, Illinois and I am a communication designer and problem solver. I find joy in analyzing problems and organizing communication. Currently, I am attending DePaul University where I'm working towards my BFA in Graphic Design. I am constantly learning and observing all surroundings. Inspiration is everywhere. Graphic design is research, aesthetics, innovative ideas, cultural awareness and integrity.

When I am not designing, I am found throughout Chicago, volunteering, attending lectures and cooking delicious vegan food. Also, I am an avid writer and enjoy sharing my ideas, philosophy and opinions online. Here is my virtual home, my personal domain, my website. I never stop working and I never stop doing the things I love (and don't). I will continuously keep updating my website with new work and new thoughts. If you like what you see, stop by often.

Christian Solorzano
Oak Park, Illinois
July 21, 2014


DESIGN

In Plato's Cave / Publication

Publication Design Course at DePaul University | Spring 2014

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In Plato's Cave is an essay by Susan Suntag, where she talks about photography and its impact on contemporary society. Although, the essay was written way before digital cameras, the essay is still relevant today. The objective was to create a rational and expressive layout. My approach was to focus on photography and it's role on society. Right now with the constant use of social media, everybody is taking the role of the photographer and the meaning of photography is changing meaning. My choice of photography was photographs by the English photographer, Richard Billingham. His work speaks to me and I believe that it stands beside Instagram photos and tagged Facebook photos.

DePaul University's College of Computing & Digital Media View Book

Publication Course at DePaul University | Spring 2014

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DePaul University's College of Computing & Digital Media, is a college that has a diverse and broad graduate program. As part of a publication design class, we were asked to re-design the current view book. With the focus on the graduate program, I understood that the target audience is people who are already working professionals or are interested in improving their skills. I found that it was important to have a convincing neutral approach that respects the target audience's previous education. The design choices were all part of my choice to respect the backgrounds of the audience and their level of education.

Book Jacket Design

Personal Book Designs | 2012-Present

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We are told to never judge a book by its cover and this applies to many things but when we are speaking of books, the thought behind book design is always very important, at least from my point of view. A book cover must compliment the author's work. It must reflect the content and ideas expressed within the author's hard work. One of my favorite designers Chip Kidd, says that a successful book cover must make the publisher, public and author happy. I think about that all the time.

Western Recycling

Portfolio Workshop Course at DePaul University | Spring 2014

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Ssome companies rely solely on their work, they put little to no importance on their promotion or marketing. Some are lucky enough to make ends meet, all without the help of a designer. This project was made for a recycling company that I briefly worked for. The entire experience was hectic, as hectic as their identity. As part of a school project, I branded them. Here it is.

CDM Ad

Graphic Design Course at DePaul University | Winter 2013

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Ssome companies rely solely on their work, they put little to no importance on their promotion or marketing. Some are lucky enough to make ends meet, all without the help of a designer. This project was made for a recycling company that I briefly worked for. The entire experience was hectic, as hectic as their identity. As part of a school project, I branded them. Here it is.

Chicago Children's Museum window

Chicago Children's Museum | Summer 2013

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In the Summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to be the Chicago Children's Museum. It was a great experience, that allowed me to work closely with a marketing team and a fantastic set of designers. My final project was to create some window displays for the main entrance. Something inviting that would reflect what the museum is all about.

Volvo Timeline

Advanced Typography Course at DePaul University | Winter 2013

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Typography is what allows us to dress up our thoughts. Choosing an appropriate typeface, modifying the space between characters, building a relationship between our type choice, is all fundamental when creating work that includes text. Being a fan of the automotive company Volvo, I decided to create a typographic timeline of the company's history. Color choice, typeface and format were all created to reflect Volvo's history and simplicity. View full size here.

Sprint / Leo Burnett / The One Club

Professional Leo Burnett & The One Club Chicago | July 2nd 2014

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Last year I had the pleasure of being hand-picked to be part of The One Club's, creative boot camp. It was an intense 4 days of work. We were given a project brief by Leo Burnett, then we were placed in groups of 4 people and were asked to create a creative ad campaign for Leo Burnett's client, Sprint and their unlimited data plan on their iPhone. With my group, we came up with a campaign that emphasizes the unlimited data and encourages its users to use Sprint's data to compete with one another for a chance to win prizes. Our campaign was judged by Leo Burnett and out of 14 groups, we made it to the top three and were presented with an award.

Posters

Personal and Academic | 2013 - Present

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Graphic designers love to design posters. Posters are an expressive and effective way to illustrate ideas. Posters can be informative, they can be for a social cause, they can promote awareness, they can also let us know about an upcoming event. They're powerful and a good poster design will be effective.

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Chris Solórzano

Favorite Songs of July 2014

Lydia Loveless - Really Wanna See You • Brian Eno - By This River • Elvis Presley - It's Midnight • Sparks - All You Ever Think About Is Sex • Berzerk - Eminem • Double Barrel - Dave & Ansell Collins

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Special thanks to the internet and the great professors at DePaul University, who made taught me how to code. I am still learning and will help those who wish to learn. Typefaces used are Sorts Mill Goudy & Ropa Sans. If you have any questions on how this website was created, feel free to e-mail
me. Thanks to Foundation Zurb.