About

Hi there! And welcome to my portfolio sight. My name is Ben Markoch and I am a student at North Carolina State University studying Graphic Design and the French language. I am also a member of the University Honors Program as well as the University Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. Besides design and music, my research interests include communication and the psychology of language, and my hobbies include photography, mapmaking, reading, biking, golfing, astronomy, and travel. This past January, I visited several different parts of Spain with the NC State Marching Band. Feel free to wander around and explore some of my work!

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Work In Progress: “Polyglot” Conference Booklet

Coming Soon! A booklet designed for a conference called “Polyglot” (being able to speak many languages), focusing on how global communication is changing our perception of language.

Work In Progress - Ahoj! Czech Phrasebook App

As part of a new project, I am currently working on the development of a graphical Czech Phrasebook focused on aiding users speak and understand the language in environments without wifi or cellular service. The previews above are just the beginnings of the full app, which will include a fully searchable offline dictionary, word or phrase suggestions based on search options, a pronunciation guide, and more! Přijde brzy!

This foldable poster was created in order to showcase observational research I performed at The Daily Planet Café in the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. In addition to mapping the floor plan of the space and the ways in which people move through it, the poster was created to raise awareness about the often-overlooked importance seating areas play in public institutions. This was done through several case-study examples that used the café as their setting, in addition to references of works by urban designers Jane Jacobs and William Whyte. While the interior of the poster is primarily focused on information mapping, the exterior aims to draw the reader closer through emotional appeals and several reexaminations of common assumptions.    

In addition to the poster, I created a companion panorama website where you can view the space for yourself! Visit the site here: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~brmarkoc

Trifold created for the Journal of Reflective Inquiry, a student-lead research journal I am a part of at NC State University. The journal focuses specifically on reflections about the research process. The trifold was used recently as a promotional display for the NC State Undergraduate Research Program’s “Research Speed Dating” on February 27th.

To learn more about the Journal of Reflective Inquiry, visit: jori.ncsu.edu

This January I had the privilege to travel to Spain with the NC State Marching Band - It was an awesome experience! Overall, we visited four different cities including Madrid, Toledo, Zaragoza, and Barcelona, each with their own unique story, charm, and breathtaking scenery. In addition, I was able to perform with the Band in the 2014 Cabalgata de Reyes Parade in downtown Madrid, lights and all. This is definitely an experience I will never forget! I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to visit someday. For more pictures, visit my Flickr page by using the direct link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/benmarkoch/sets/72157639780592975/

Hasta luego!

"Your Brain is Weird: An Emotional Guidebook, about your brain"

Community Mapping slideshow created for a new proposal for Que lo Que’s community outreach program sponsored by the NC State University Honors Program.

Materials created for Star Trek Movie Marathon, an event I’m hosting in the NC State Honors Village through the Quad Area Council. The designs are meant to invoke lots of Trekkie nostalgia as well as invite newcomers to find interest in the series!

Advertisements I made for Katherine Freeman for her run for NC State University’s Leader of the Pack. The Leader of the Pack award “recognizes students who make outstanding contributions to NC State in the areas of leadership, scholarship and community service.” Advertisements will be posted online and hung around key areas of the campus.
Kat has majors in both Materials Science Engineering and Mathematics and is president of the Quad Area Council, the hall council presiding over the Honors Village. Last year, she won the Spirit of the Village award for the Honors Village community. She is also a drum major in the NC State Marching Band.  Kat has done so much for NC State! (more than she will tell you) In her leadership roles she has always worked to define and reshape the visions of the organizations she assists, and she is always a source of advice for other students. Most of all, she has inspired many people at State and in the surrounding area to take an active role in their education and in their community.
Please consider voting for Kat as this year’s Leader of the Pack! For more information, please visit:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatforthePack
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kat.freeman.7?fref=ts
To vote: ncsu.votenet.com
Thank you!

Advertisements I made for Katherine Freeman for her run for NC State University’s Leader of the Pack. The Leader of the Pack award “recognizes students who make outstanding contributions to NC State in the areas of leadership, scholarship and community service.” Advertisements will be posted online and hung around key areas of the campus.

Kat has majors in both Materials Science Engineering and Mathematics and is president of the Quad Area Council, the hall council presiding over the Honors Village. Last year, she won the Spirit of the Village award for the Honors Village community. She is also a drum major in the NC State Marching Band.  Kat has done so much for NC State! (more than she will tell you) In her leadership roles she has always worked to define and reshape the visions of the organizations she assists, and she is always a source of advice for other students. Most of all, she has inspired many people at State and in the surrounding area to take an active role in their education and in their community.

Please consider voting for Kat as this year’s Leader of the Pack! For more information, please visit:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatforthePack

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kat.freeman.7?fref=ts

To vote: ncsu.votenet.com

Thank you!

"The Psychology of Sharing" Timeline

In correspondence with the concept map and publication concerning the subject of user-generated content (see below), this timeline maps out some of the objects associated with sharing over a 100 year period. In particular, the timeline focuses on developments in photography, radio, and internet.