Julian Crespo
Product Designer

Hi, I'm Julian.

4 years ago I dedicated myself to the craft of design and to the philosophy of design thinking. I chose to become a designer because I feel it provides practical boundaries for me to express my creative curiosity. I believe that constraints are essential for harnessing creativity because they require deep evaluation which grounds expectations to reality. I understand boundaries of business and how to be creative within them. My pathway to finding design may not be conventional, but my journey has taught me how to accept change, how to be vulnerable, how to adapt, how to silence my ego, how to fail and how to overcome.

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A photo journal project that focused on the beauty and diversity of Oakland's bustling City Center

Project Overview

The Problem

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Challenge

Use digital photography to connect a narrative to a place though images that evokes emotion and feeling. I chose Downtown Oakland, a place where existing residents (myself included) are feeling an economic nudge.

Skills

Digital photography, Storytelling, Primary Research Interviews, Photoshop.

Teammates

Bibiana Bauer - Project Manager, Systems, Video Production
Joanne Lee - Visual Design, Brand and Voice

TImeline

4 Weeks +

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The Photographs

abstracting atmoshperes

This set of images is a style inspired by photography legend Ray Metzker. Who used a technique that reveals hidden compositions revealed by contrasting shadows and highlights. I kept my distance and let the sunlight and structures frame the human experience.

abstracting atmoshperes

This set of images is a style inspired by photography legend Ray Metzker. Who used a technique that reveals hidden compositions revealed by contrasting shadows and highlights. I kept my distance and let the sunlight and structures frame the human experience.

Decisive Moments

A term coined by the pioneer of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson. I applied this way of seeing as I moved in closer taking snapshots of my neighbors and travelers. Timing and observation and interactions are essential.

Decisive Moments

A term coined by the pioneer of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson. I applied this way of seeing as I moved in closer taking snapshots of my neighbors and travelers. Timing and observation and interactions are essential.

Conversational Portraiture

To have meaningful interactions with people meant getting personal. I engage and trade stories with people to build trust before asking to take their portrait.

Conversational Portraiture

To have meaningful interactions with people meant getting personal. I engage and trade stories with people to build trust before asking to take their portrait.

Sights and sounds

I wanted to add a layer of experience to this project beyond images. I recorded the sounds of Broadway and 13th. All the audio was added to 24 images in the form of a video. Enjoy.

Thank you.

Hi, I'm Julian.

4 years ago I dedicated myself to the craft of design and to the philosophy of design thinking. I chose to become a designer because I feel it provides practical boundaries for me to express my creative curiosity. I believe that constraints are essential for harnessing creativity because they require deep evaluation which grounds expectations to reality. I understand boundaries of business and how to be creative within them. My pathway to finding design may not be conventional, but my journey has taught me how to accept change, how to be vulnerable, how to adapt, how to silence my ego, how to fail and how to overcome.

If you have any questions or feedback about any of my projects feel free to send me a message.

View my résumé.