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Design + Illustration

A glimpse into my daily watercolor and ink sketches.


Mercedes Padro

Rawxies is a raw, gluten free, soy free, dairy free cookie company based in Kansas City, Missouri. I worked on the August 2015 packaging redesign with art direction from Rawxies founder and C.E.O. Callie England. Illustrations are hand painted with watercolors and implemented on the packaging for shelf display.

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Honest Tea

Mercedes Padro

Honest Tea’s bottled iced tea focuses on the core ingredients that are natural, organic, and fresh. In this rebrand materiality plays a vital role with the soft and fluid tones of the watercolors. After all, Honest Tea's product is "just a tad sweet."

An Honest Process + click to expand

Christian Howes Poster

Mercedes Padro

Christian Howes' jazz music is eclectic, emotive, and energetic. The only way to advertise for his performance is a piece with just as much energy as Christian Howes himself.

Both the print and motion pieces are tactile and emotive, however motion puts that liveliness in a more energetic format.


Mercedes Padro

Mancha is a stain. A mark punctuated by life’s daily occurrences. Join in the Mancha craze and experience bathing like you never have before. Pineapple, coconut, and mango scented soaps are made with fresh fruits from Barceloneta, Puerto Rico. These tropically inspired scents are guaranteed to kick off the funk and leave you smelling like paradise. Mancha is completely organic, GMO free, and vegan.



Color palette & typeface

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Mercedes Padro

Bite is a food journal that teaches kids, healthy eating can be fun, playful, and colorful too! This journal exists in a grocery store where families can do a scavenger hunt, then go home and make fun snacks and learn about healthy portions. Collaborative project with Marie Krikorian.

Poppy's Ice Cream

Mercedes Padro

Poppy’s Ice Cream and Coffeehouse is an upbeat little ice cream parlor in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Although they have a home location, Poppy’s has recently been popularized by their ice cream truck seen around the Kansas City Metro area. This hypothetical rebrand focuses on the homemade quality of the ice cream, the youthfulness of their customers, and the dependability of the Poppy’s Ice Cream and Coffeehouse brand.

To Death With a Smile

Mercedes Padro

Branding for the Mexican Museum of Design's international poster contest, exhibition, and gala "To Death with a Smile" based in Mexico City, Mexico. This concept focuses on the quirky, humorous, and playful quality of death with a roadside twist.

Call for Entries Poster

Exhibition Catalog

Gala Invitation

Ticket + ID Badge


Exhibit Signage

Responsive Website

Promotional Video

Deadly Process + click to expand

Pierre Koenig

Mercedes Padro

Codex on Pierre Koenig’s architectural designs. Koenig was a California based innovator known for his houses made of steel. The book predominately focuses on the contrast of the cold steel with life.

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