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penny fant

designer . coder . late bloomer . early adopter

brand identity

user experience


graphic design


content creation


web design

art & illustration

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The U and the X of it all. More imagery, less text. Logo design. Content creation. Mobile too.
CURRENT PROJECT: Book Cover Art Design; Attorney Robert B. French Jr.’s account of his defense of Judith Anne Neelley in her capital murder trial.

Bob hired Claire to design and develop his soon-to-be-published book’s website. We hired Godwin Photography to shoot images of Bob for the website and book cover art.  Bob and I discussed using a sketch of the cliffside of Little River Canyon that he had kept all these years. It was sort of a doodle he’d made during the trial. While I liked that idea, I also kept thinking that it would be amazing to have his face on the cover.

As I was researching concepts, I came across this amazing hand drawn art piece by Norwegian artist, Bengt Andre`Kolsrud. I asked the Godwin’s to capture an image during their photo shoot similar to Kolsrud’s, with the idea of superimposing Little River Canyon into Bob’s iris. I  implemented a high pass filter technique in Adobe Photoshop and chose a hunt club green overlay, because, for some reason, dark blue and deep green make me think of the law and justice.

I have to admit I had mixed feelings about the project. Having worked for Bob as a paralegal, I always wanted to ask him about the case and I knew there were hundreds of case files stored away in boxes in the basement of the law office. But for some reason, I never brought it up. I have a great deal of respect for him as a person and as an attorney and was honored to have the opportunity to create the cover art for the book. However, at the time of the murder, my Daddy was one of the investigators assigned to the murder case. I remember overhearing my Daddy telling my Mama about the calls that came from the murderer to the police department describing where she had thrown the body. I remember their frantic search. I also remember the day that my Daddy and the other members of the team pulled Lisa Anne Millican’s body from the canyon. I had never seen him that angry. The whole community shared in the horror and shock when we learned what exactly had happened to Lisa Anne. Without having read the book, I was attempting to illustrate that the book’s point of view is entirely from Bob’s vantage point at the edge of the cliff, as he recalls the fight to defend Neelley from Alabama’s electric chair.

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the social science of repins

Pinterest has over 100 million active users and we’re starting to get some data on their repinning habits
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web design contest

First place winner: Heli Ski Extreme
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ticket design

Pearl Jam Ticket Throw Pillow
Caitlin’s husband, Clay, surprised her with tickets to Pearl Jam for her birthday.  I wanted to make a pillow out of the ticket for her as a Christmas gift.  I pulled together elements from Pearl Jam’s album artwork and traditional ticket designs with the particulars of the event to create this pillow case design. I printed the artwork on an iron-on transfer and sewed a rectangular pillow form.


Southern Living Features John Emerald Distillery

Named one of the South’s Best Bars, this small batch craft distillery located in Opelika makes some of the best whiskey, gin, vodka, single malt and rums I’ve ever tasted

Many Women in STEM Fields Expect to Quit Within 5 Years

A survey of Australian women in STEM jobs found 26% said their employer rarely or never proactively ensured men and women had equal opportunity to progress

I Shopt the Sheriff

Selecting a Background The right background has the correct perspective or view angle in relation to the original image and should look as though it fits with the local landmarks and geography. I like the backgrounds below, but none were right for this project. The...

Elon Musk and Tech Elite Plan to Spend $1 billion to Keep Us Safe From Evil AI

The Tesla CEO, who has long warned of the dangers of artificial intelligence, announced the formation of OpenAI, a nonprofit research company. Musk and Hastings along with a handful of tech elite committed $1 billion so that its AI research can be conducted without a need to generate revenue. This, OpenAI believes, will support research that has a positive impact on humanity.

K9 BLAIRE 48195

Five years of being on duty later, we’ve added a new family member who’s also a cop. Blaire, a black lab, borne of Auburn University’s exclusive canine breading program. Her assignment is drug detection work for the City of Auburn and Auburn High School.

GoPro’s new app lets you control your camera with an Apple Watch

GoPro’s iOS app is great, but the new Apple Watch integration makes it a killer. GoPro released an update to its iOS app Thursday, which includes an app for the Apple Watch for the first time. The Watch app is essentially a wrist-mounted remote control for a GoPro’s most important functions.

Cotton Christmas Tree Poster Design

Caitlin was asked to designed this “Cottonseed Christmas” poster for the benefit concert for Opelika Grows. “It’s not every day you get asked to make a Christmas tree out of cotton.”

recipe for pinterest style pinnable layout

I love my healthy smoothie in the morning.  After months of tweaking, I came up with a yummy way to get down a lot of bitter but healthy greens without actually tasting them. Even raw kale tastes good in this mix. I decided I’d try creating a step-by-step long-length Pinterest style image design following the directions for re-pinnable goodness. Food is the top category of images that get re-pinned.  Learn more at Pinterest Analytics.

mobile RSVP assignment

Green Dot Bystander Intervention

logo re-design

Adobe Illustrator CC

godwin photography

Amazing portrait and commercial photographers based in Opelika, Alabama.

pen and ink illustration

For my granddaughter, Aliyah’s, birthday, I drew her portrait as the princess that she is.  I drew her on a piece of paper, cut out the drawing and glued it to a white gift bag.  Then I drew in background elements as in Disney’s “Tangled”.

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portrait sketch project

I created this digital portrait piece for my daughter, Claire’s, website, She was looking for a featured image of herself for an article she wrote entitled, Hype Cycle. We liked the way it turned out so much that she decided to use a cropped version for her site’s favicon. I’ve learned the reason these types of Photoshop projects sometimes turn out badly is because the original image is poor quality, so I started with a beautiful image from one of Claire’s portrait sessions with Jesi.

matchbox label design

Born With Matches

branding project

Cooper Manley & Associates
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