Elena Foraker


Freelance graphic designer based in Providence, RI. (Moving to Los Angeles soon!)
RISD Graphic Design MFA, 2020.

elenacforaker@gmail.com
@eforaker




Louisadonna

CD label, packaging, and booklet, 2021.

44 pages, 137x125 mm, hardcover.

Art direction, graphic design, and pre-press production for French pop singer/ psychologist/ feminist activist Louisadonna's first EP, Fatigue. Booklet features lyrics, anecdotes, testimonies and collaborations with other French feminist artists.

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I Think We Have Some Connection Difficulty

David Waite’s RISD M.Arch Thesis Book, 2021.

70 pages, 7.75x10 inches.

Art direction and graphic design of David Waite’s thesis book: A Review of Architectural Vocabulary and Representation in Our Condition of Remote Communication.



Not Here to Make Friends

Zine, 2021.

62 pages, 5.5x8.5 inches, neon pink stitched binding. Each zine comes with a duo of stickers.

Editing, publishing, and design of a reality TV anthology featuring 6 critical (yet entertaining) essays that reflect our current moment in both pop culture and broader society. Topics include: how to grieve and heal from the death of a loved one, the increasingly large presence of algorithms in every aspect of our lives, the line between escapism and cultural appropriation, the complicity of the viewer, and the pressures of constant documentation and public disclosure.

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Free Britney

Blender form experiment, 2021.



Sweet Life

Type Design & Branding, 2021.

Custom bubble type and logo designs created for (soon to be launched) fashion brand Sweet Life.



Sandwich Summit 2021

Branding, 2021.

Flirty graphics for the 9th (Mostly) Annual Sandwich Club Summit: NO LIMITS, ONLY FANS which will be hosted virtually on OnlyFans. Designed almost entirely within Instagram stories, in collaboration with Mary Banas.



Mall

Type Design & Collage, 2021.

Custom bubble type and digital collages created for Instagram and postcards to promote MALL’s February drop. Featured in W Magazine profile of Ella Emhoff.

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Basenote Bitch

Website Design and Development, 2020.

A website to built to showcase the work of Elizabeth Renstrom’s fragrance project, Basenote Bitch. Satirical reviews of retro fragrances are paired with heavily saturated still life homages to the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s.

The site features 91 fragrances and counting. The typography is inspired both by contemporary beauty design trends and a spritz of perfume diffusing in the air.

Each fragrance has been given an individual color scheme, which is revealed when hovering over its name on the homepage. The background image on the homepage randomly changes with each visit to the site. “Basenote Bitch” sparkles when hovered over.

BASENOTEBITCH.COM



MARVIN Magazine

Editorial, 2020.
94 pages, 310x420 mm, unbound.

Editorial design, collage, and type treatments for the premier issue of MARVIN, a large format punk rock “fanzine” magazine by Marvin Scott Jarrett (of Nylon and Raygun). Art directed by Gary Koepke.

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Binge [Fantasy Reality]

RISD MFA Thesis Book, 2020.
314 pages, 7x10 inches.

Design work, research, and writing around the topics of performative femininity, reality TV paradise, Britney Spears, glitter theory, Dead Girls, and more! Includes an in-depth interview with photographer and New Yorker senior photo-editor Elizabeth Renstrom about her work about teen girls, perfume reviews, and nostalgia.

Thesis Abstract: My appreciation for mainstream pop culture is genuine, but I am not a passive consumer. Drawing from embodied experience and contemporary feminist theory, I design as a participant, cultural surveyor, and critic. From these vantage points, I binge-watch to discern the tropes of media such as reality TV romance and dead girl shows. My data bingeing leads to a process of archiving, de/recoding, and making visible the algorithm structuring pop culture. “Fantasy” is derived from the Greek phantazein, meaning “to make visible.” In this thesis, I demonstrate that the reality-fantasy relationship is not an either/or. Reality TV challenges this notion directly: it is more fantasy than reality. The line between reality and fantasy is further blurred when real women play fantasy dead girls; The plotline may be fictional but the violence against women is a reality. Like binge-watching, Binge fully immerses you in my pop culture world through both critique and celebration.

Advisors: Lucy Hitchcock, Cara Buzzell, Ryan Waller, Alicia Cheng.

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Mall

Branding, 2020.

Graphic elements and creative direction for the website and instrgram presence of MALL NYC, an independent online retailer promoting the work of independent artists, designers, and curators who use unique methods, reimagined materials, and vintage pieces.

LETSGOTOTHEMALL.XYZ



flirty-sweet-perfect-sensual-fun-confident-feminine-fantasy

Website Design and Development, 2020.

This website is a karaoke-like continuous scroll of 41 descriptions of perfumes released by female pop stars including Britney Spears, Shakira, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, J Lo, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera. Each description is also a hyperlink so the user can easily purchase the perfume online.

Every adjective on flirty-sweet-perfect-sensual-fun-confident-feminine-fantasy.com is typeset in a script font, in reference to the typography found on celebrity perfume packaging. This script font changes with each new perfume description, allowing the user to see where one description ends and then next begins. The user can also click on the music note icon to play the karaoke version of the Britney Spears song “Everytime” while the text scrolls.

FLIRTY-SWEET-PERFECT-SENSUAL-FUN-CONFIDENT-FEMININE-FANTASY.COM



SVU Dead Girls

Website Design and Development, 2019.

A digital memorial to/ archive of the 148 women and girls murdered during the first 20 seasons of Law & Order: SVU. The website’s landing page is a gravestone engraved with one of their names at a time. The user must click on the name to advance through all 148 of the murdered women and girls. The SVU opening credits “dun dun” plays with each click. This sound is humorous at first, but quickly becomes grating. Fake flowers rest at the bottom of the page as well as links to individual SVU season pages. Within each season page are gridded screenshots of the Dead Girls killed during that season as well as their names and the titles of the episodes in which they were killed.

SVUDEADGIRLS.COM