Report of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas
We know now what we only suspected on September 1, 2017: Harvey was one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. It caused at least $125 billion in damage in Texas, more than any other natural disaster except Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of Texans were left to salvage what they could. Ultimately, it produced the largest disaster response in Texas history.
A year after the hurricane, The Texas A&M University System chancellor, John Sharp—who is the commissioner of Governor Abbott’s Rebuild Texas—tasked AgriLife Communications with designing Eye of the Storm.
In this 182-page report, we try to create as clear a picture of Hurricane Harvey as possible. We document how the storm developed and how it affected Texas. We also offer a frank assessment of the federal, state and local response, and recommendations for how Texas can be better prepared to withstand future disasters. The report is both a record of a milestone event in the state’s history and a guide to “future-proofing” our state to mitigate the impact of future Harveys.
Almost every chart and table throughout the table was redesigned.
Maps were recolored to match.
Chapter dividers are created from satellite images from during Harvey.
Redesigned charts and tables helped clarify the information.
The Leach Teaching Gardens is the first completed phase of The Gardens at Texas A&M University. It was funded in large part by donor contributions, which meant we needed to give them a very special grand opening event.
The event began with an indoor cocktail reception.
Event programs with attached lapel pins.
Custom lapel pins were attached to the programs for each donor.
The donor preview began inside and was followed by a tour of the gardens.
The party then moved outside for the revealing of the donor wall.
Temporary “walls” were created in order to “reveal” the donor wall.
The donor wall after being revealed.
The main mark/design element for the event.
Finally, the attendees were invited into the gardens for an exclusive preview. They were greeted by students and treated to cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvre throughout the gardens.
Volunteers were used to help hand out programs and welcome donors into the gardens.
Stations were set up throughout the gardens.
Rack cards with information for potential donors were placed throughout the event.
Volunteers and event staff all received custom Gardens t-shirts.
Research @ Texas A&M curates online research articles from the University’s colleges, schools, and System agencies. The site includes original illustrations and videos.
It is my job to curate the image selection that goes along with each published story. Every now and then, we are stumped for art to go with a news story and our graduate student illustrator takes on the task of illustrating the abstract, the bizarre, and the impossible. Visit the Research @ Texas A&M Pinterest site for an up-to-date list of illustrations.
Promoting Research@Texas A&M
This jumbo sized 6″x11″ postcard was used to promote research@Texas A&M, a website that captures and delivers newly developed narratives by University-affiliated campuses, colleges, divisions, units, and agencies that demonstrate research advances, impacts, and successes.
Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library presented a World War I exhibit, featuring the Aggie experience. It was exciting to not just be able to promote the exhibit, but to finally get to have a hand in it.
The centerpiece to the exhibit is a rescued Aggie Service flag that was sewn together in 1919 to commemorate the Aggies who served in the war (maroon stars) and those who made the ultimate sacrifice (the gold stars). The flag is far too fragile to be presented/hung for the exhibit and is disintegrating more and more as time passes. With this at heart, it was decided to embark upon photographing the flag and creating a reproduction that could serve as a presentable, archivable representation of the flag.
A close up of the fragile flag seams
Gentle hands unrolling the flag
Ensuring the flag is not getting snagged
The flag from above
Photographing the flag
The flag being ever-so-carefully unrolled/folded
Postcard designed from photographs of the flag with the history on the back.
We also contributed to the exhibit (and preservation of materials) by reproducing the Gold Book from cover to cover. The cover art, including type, was made from scratch as a vector file so we could print in a metallic ink — just like the original. Every image on the inside was cleaned of dust and scratches. Even the type on the inside pages was manually set to match the hyphenations and line breaks of the original.
A fresh vector was created to reproduce the seal featured on the cover of the Gold Book
Gold Book Reproduction
Gold Book reproduction included manually set type and detailed image cleaning
Original 1919 Gold Book
Finally, the World War I exhibit:
Aggie Service Flag photo reconstruction
The original Aggie Service Flag on display
Finally, the World War I exhibit:
The Great War exhibit brochure
This digital display features images and descriptions of postcards to demonstrate the varying views and propaganda tactics used during the years of the war. There was not enough physical space available to have the postcards laid out as part of the exhibit. Numerous other pieces were designed to brand and promote the exhibit including web banners, invitations (web and print), and a brochure.
The Libraries’ 2013 campaign needed to do two things: get people to want the posters and put the Libraries’ services out there.
To do this, we selected a number of iconic Aggie images that would speak to both the K-12 schools throughout Texas requesting the posters (Librarie Louie and Kyle Field especially) and to the over 2,000 freshman (Sully’s boot and the Century Tree) who would be attending our Gig ‘Em Week Open House. The images were key in getting our audience to want the posters, but it is the clever copy that takes the posters to the next level in promoting the Libraries.
The Deeper than Swords exhibit launch and exhibit catalogue won “the most prestigious award of the American Library Association (ALA),” the 2014 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award. The exhibit catalogue also won ALA’s Leab award, which is given annually in recognition of excellence in the publication of catalogues and brochures that accompany exhibitions of library and archival materials.
Deeper than Swords is an exhibit hosted by Texas A&M University Libraries celebrating the work of George R. R. Martin. The exhibit was kick-off with an opening event featuring a themed dinner with GRRM, author signing, a lecture by GRRM followed by an advanced screening of the Premiere of season 3, Game of Thrones.
Marketing the event involved developing a micro-site, social media skins, graphics for digital advertisements, building banners, event programs, and even table arrangements and dinner cards for the VIP feast.
The centerpiece of design was the 70+ page Deeper than Swords exhibit catalogue which can only begin to be portrayed here digitally.
Custom building banners on Cushing Memorial Library to promote the event and exhibit