This is some work completed during my MFA program at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University
An interactive iPad application designed to explore the relationship between sneaker culture and hip hop, from the early 70's in New York City, to rise of the Air Jordan, to the billion dollar industry sneakers are today.
Alphabones is an interactive set of building blocks designed for children to learn letterforms and structure. The kit contains six different block types which can be combined in an infinite number of ways to create letters, numbers, and shapes. Each box comes with 56 blocks and an instructional booklet to teach children how to get started using the bones.
Each Alphabones piece is 3D printed, and tadhere to each other using embedded magnets on each end, creating a product that appeals to the tactile tendencies of children while teaching them about the construction of type from an early age.
"The language of hip hop music has been culled for optimistic gems in Zan Barnett’s recent book project, Hip Hoptimism. Using bold typesetting and hand lettering, the book is an A to Z guide with a different music artist for each letter— from Andre 3000 to Jay Z. The text is paired with creative illustrations and fold out pages quoting notable lyrics."