Andrés Rivas-Cruz | Web Design & Branding | Kansas City, MO

Old School

Showcasing my best work from the University of Kansas from sophomore through senior year.


Old School

Student projects

Showcasing my best work from the University of Kansas from sophomore through senior year.


short strand mural project

One of my last projects at KU was to help paint a mural in Belfast, Ireland. Three other designers and myself worked alongside Kansas City artist Chuck Hoffman to create connections through art. We collaborated on the project for a semester and each provided a concept for the mural. I shot and edited this time-lapse video showing the mural that was chosen, our process and the kids in Belfast we hoped to inspire with the piece.


The Dream Act

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is for undocumented students who were brought to the United States as minors, and have attended and completed elementary and secondary education in the US. Current law does not provide clear paths to citizenship or higher education for these students following high school graduation. The DREAM Act would provide those paths and it does not require states to provide any benefits to undocumented students, nor does it make these students eligible for federal financial aid. The audience I will be focusing is someone who is just graduating high school to someone who is graduating college (18 – 24yrs). The organization is the National Association for College Admission Counseling who are dedicated to serving students as the students make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.



The Environmental Stewardship Program assists the KU campus community in developing and implementing waste reduction and recycling programs. They strive to make a positive impact on the campus through service performance and efforts to encourage waste reduction and recycling. They are the only recycling organization that encourages recycling to the KU campus community. However, they are a program that whispers when it should shout.


When The Streets Speak

Throughout cities there are pieces, tags, posts, scribbles, and marks that make walls, streets, doors, mailboxes, etc. stand out more than others. This is a photo essay book about Graffiti in the cities of Lawrence, Wichita, and Kansas City. Being the author, photographer, and designer of the book was a new and challenging experience.



“Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is a book about the hidden side of everything from an economist perspective. Human beings respond to incentives and this book views the world with numbers and finds out what the relationship is between seemingly unrelated topics. The original design of the book didn’t appropriately fit the topic. They explain everything clearly, down to the table of contents and the design should reflect that voice. This voice led to the analytical design where simple icons, a very minimal palette, and infographs are used.

Oscar Wao

“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz is about a young overweight Dominican Republic kid who has trouble fitting in. Three cover redesigns, each referencing a different idea from the book and a pattern on the inside cover to accompany each cover design.