Gravestone Design

While a grad student at Cranbrook Academy of Art, which is just outside of Detroit, I was asked by a client (I was designing promotions for her art gallery) if I would work on designs for her dad’s gravestone—her dad died six months earlier and they never marked the site. The project included roughs, changes, and refinements, just as a standard job would, but during the final placing of the stone there were tears and statements by the family. It was all quite overwhelming for me as a young designer, but I still cherish the opportunity I had back then.