2019

Huffpost Highline

Investigative journalism meets digital storytelling.

HuffPost Highline is a digital magazine of investigative journalism. Its stories are intended to change the way you see the world or influence the course of policy—stories that stay with you. As Creative Director, I updated the Highline brand identity and website experience, worked with internal teams to build audience engagement and accessibility, and oversaw art and design for our stories.

  • Art Direction & Design: Kate LaRue
  • Editors: Greg Veis, Rachel Morris, Kate Rodemann
  • Photography: Finlay MacKay, Adrienne Grunwald
  • Illustration: Neal Fox
  • Development: Gladeye
  • Links: Obesity, Suicide 1, Suicide 2, Midwives

2018

Airbnb

An exploration in making destinations desirable.

Airbnb asked for vision work to inspire their internal creative team for their new luxury platform. The challenge was to design a flexible look and feel for their property templates that felt elevated and unique from the core Airbnb identity. I delivered two distinct explorations. The first focused on beautiful curated imagery and refined typography. The second felt more bespoke, using color and layout as a nod to the location itself. Both options were narrative-driven and aimed to tell a wholistic story of the property and the destination.

  • Head of Design: Brooke Ellis

2018

Condé Nast Traveler

A fresh aesthetic for the experts in travel.

Condé Nast Traveler relaunched their website with a new approach to their content and a design refresh to go along with it. This vision work was used as inspiration for the internal team working on the redesign. Leveraging CNT’s incredibly rich content library, we married moments of bold imagery with subtle graphic details to design an experience meant to feel like a curated gallery of travel destinations.

2018

BMW

A narrative-driven introduction to a luxury line.

BMW asked for an engaging experience that would inform potential customers about their 7 Series vehicles. Using narrative-driven content, subtle animation, and distinct photography, we built a section into their existing navigation that speaks to luxury, advanced performance, and their signature German engineering.

  • Creative Direction: Conor Brady, Ryan Frank
  • UX: Jon Mok
  • Link: 7 Series website

2017

Mary Review

An indie magazine making moves for women.

Mary Review is a magazine of news and ideas written and produced entirely by women. Our goal was to bring parity to the wider journalistic conversation. Initially funded by Kickstarter, Mary grew from print and online content to events and fundraisers supporting women's rights affected by the political climate. As Design Director, I was responsible for the identity, print edition, website, editorial art direction, fundraising decks, marketing collateral, and overall brand aesthetic. In 2016, our website was selected for permanent inclusion in the Library of Congress Web Archives.

  • Owner & Editor: Jillian Goodman
  • Photo Director: Leonor Mamanna
  • Illustration: Simone Noronha, Chloe Scheffe, Najeebah Al-Ghadban
  • Photography: Lauren Poor, Caroline Tompkins, Brea Souders, Alice Proujansky, Ashley C. Ford
  • Links: Mary Review website, NYT Press, Stack Press

2017

CLF

Clara Lionel Foundation

A new face for Rihanna's non-profit.

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) supports international education, health and emergency response programs, and engages in global advocacy initiatives with the goal of improving the quality of life for children. It was founded by Rihanna in honor of her grandparents.

In 2017, our team worked on repositioning the non-profit as a strategic organization with roots and momentum. We proposed ways in which the CLF team could engage Rihanna's fan base, and redesigned their website to foster engagement and individual donations. Our studio team shot 360 video footage and photography with Roc Nation in Malawi. As Art Director, I led the rebrand of the CLF identity, proposing a dynamic logo and visual system that mirrored the youthful energy of the children supported by the foundation.

  • Creative Direction: Conor Brady
  • Design Team: Gabby Burleson, Andy Wong
  • Link: CLF website

2017

Marriott Magazine

A travel magazine for a hospitality giant.

Marriott Hotels repositioned themselves as an innovative travel company and launched a multi-channel campaign to communicate their new POV. We were tasked with creating a responsive website that could communicate their new brand positioning with content that can be repurposed and distributed throughout their digital ecosystem.

We developed Marriott Magazine—a quarterly digital magazine catered to the modern traveler. We leveraged Marriott's brand recognition to book interviews with well-known people like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and integrated quality video and photography assets by collaborating with existing partners TED and VSCO. The Wordpress-based solution was designed as a modular system of templates to maximize flexibility of content within their budget. Our team also found unique ways to integrate booking flows within each article type. As Art Director, I oversaw the design of the platform from concept to production.

2016

McKinsey Digital

An introduction to the consultancy's digital chops.

McKinsey Digital is the in-house design studio of McKinsey & Company—one of the largest and well-known consulting agencies in the world. We were tasked with designing a site to promote their services leveraging their new brand identity created by Wolff Olins. This pitch was an exploration of ways to extend the art direction past their basic brand elements, and tell an engaging and comprehensive story of the services they offered.

  • Creative Direction: Emil Lanne
  • UX: Jon Mok

2015

One Hundred Agency

A first impression for a non-profit service collective.

One Hundred is the world’s first multi-disciplinary, fully integrated service collective for the modern nonprofit. It’s a small group of agencies who combine their individual capabilities to do work for social change. Our team developed the website as a digital extension of the brand system Interbrand had designed.

  • Creative Direction: Emil Lanne
  • UX: Jon Mok
  • Identity: Interbrand
  • Copy: Matt Gilbert
  • Link: One Hundred website

2014

North

A study in using technology to get us outside.

North is a location-based mobile app that helps you discover meaningful places in nature through the stories of others. By aggregating locations and personal experiences from its users, North creates a curated database of places in nature from around the world. While we often fault the digital world for our lack of engagement with the outdoors, North explores how technology can be used to bring us closer to nature.

This concept project was developed over one year and is comprised of a business plan, identity and visual design, experience design, pitch book, marketing materials, video, and a public pitch presentation as thesis requirements of the MFA Design Entrepreneurship program at the School of Visual Arts.

  • Advisors: Steven Heller, Lita Talarico, Anthony D'Avella
  • Photography: Carina Skrobecki
  • Awards: Grand Prize, Media Segment, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, 2014; First Prize, Web & App Design, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, 2014.
  • Links: North website, North Tumblr

MFA Design Entrepreneurship, School of Visual Arts; BFA Visual Communication Design, University of Washington. HuffPost Highline, Mary Review, Critical Mass, Pentagram. Airbnb, Condé Nast Traveler, Google, Planned Parenthood.

Donica Ida is a Hawaii-born designer who loves beautiful typography and a well-told story. She is the former Creative Director of HuffPost Highline and Design Director of Mary Review. Donica lives in Brooklyn with her husband and splits her time between freelance work, traveling, hikes, and ramen. She is currently available for freelance work. Email, Instagram, LinkedIn, WorkingNotWorking.