Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Your turn (last post of this class)

Julie Murphy, via Juxtapoz

For this last assignment, I guess I want you to tell me what you take with you from this class.  

(Honored to be your teacher this semester). :)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dear class: student evaluations have been sent to you. Good or bad, please, take a moment to evaluate my job in this class. I appreciate it and thank you

list of images & concepts for the final exam (fall 2017)

list of concepts for the final exam.

there are 46 images from which I'll pick about 28. same as before: author, title, year.

as per the concepts, this time I'm more interested in you remembering the names of the designers for each design school. these names are underlined in red.

nicole martinez (under 30)


nicole martinez is from miami florida. she works from miami beach.

the dead good young, website project.
excuse me while i kiss the sky, illustration.

juri zaech (under 30)

juri zaech is a Swiss Art Director, currently living in Paris, France. He works in advertising while doing other projects on the side, which is what you're looking at.

Nils chair.

Telemark typeface.

leslie david (under 30)

David is a Paris-based illustrator and designer who got her start at the fashion-forward French ad agency Petronio Associates. There she had the opportunity to apply her background in design and illustration to the agency’s biannual fashion and culture magazine, Self Service, as well as projects for clients like Colette, Chloe, Pucci, and Miu Miu.

Illustration for Bromance Records

tomi um (under 30)

new york times sunday review

Born in the year of the monkey, Tomi Um studied fine arts and received an undergraduate degree at Parsons School of Design. She is a textile designer at Tom Cody Design by day and a freelance illustrator by night & weekend.

new york times, sunday magazine

I have loved drawing since I was a kid, but although I did fine art at university I spent a lot of my college time not working very hard at all, to be honest, I came to what I wanted to do at a pretty late stage. I was 26 and travelling around Korea after graduation when I saw some beautiful illustrations in the New York Times online – and thought “I’d like to do that!” When I got home I signed up for a silk screen class at a continuing education college – and that was where I created my first portfolio.

aaron koblin (under 30)

As Aaron Koblin walks me through the two floors of cereal bars, scooter parking, and conference rooms in Google’s New York office, he apologizes. “I wish I could give a better tour,” he says. “But it’s just so huge.”
the sheep market
Using the Processing programming language, developed by his UCLA thesis adviser, Casey Reas, with Ben Fry, Koblin turns the messiest sets into beautiful, if equally complex, images. These days he’s playing with Mechanical Turk, an crowd-sourcing tool that pays tiny sums for menial tasks. For his project the Sheep Market, 10,000 users drew left-facing sheep for two cents each. The human error made it interesting. “Six hundred and sixty-two of them didn’t meet sheeplike criteria,” Koblin says, so he cut them out. But in another project, Ten Thousand Cents, he left the mistakes in—one contributor wrote “$0.01!!! Really?”—to see if the data, warts and all, could resolve into a convincing image. It did.
ten thousand cents
For Koblin, order hides even in chaos. Which is why his new job as technology lead of Google’s experimental marketing department, Creative Lab, is tinged with irony. “The first thing you realize here,” he says, “is that you’re never going to understand the entirety of everything.” (taken from print magazine).

jean jullien (under 30)

jean jullien is best known for creating cheerful characters that he cuts out of paper and captures in photographs. his simple, appealing scenes got a big break on the website Manystuff in 2008 while he was still in art school, and since then his work has appeared in The Guardian and The New York Times, and on a host of design blogs.

jullien studied graphic design at the french school Le Paraclet and then at Central St. Martin’s, and is now enrolled at the Royal College of Art. he comes by both his visual inclinations and his fascination with three-dimensional forms honestly: his mother is an architect and a curator, and his father is a town planner. he says that he and his brother, a musician, were “always shown design and art.”

katrin schacke (under 30)

from the series clothing as food
Katrin Schacke is an interdisciplinary artist, freelance graphic designer and photographer in Offenbach am Main.

for Vitra

Her fields of work include the one of the classical areas of graphic design, such as editorial design, book and magazine design, and information and event design, corporate design and screen/web design. In addition, she develops visual concepts for three-dimensional illustrations,


Banksy is a household name in England—the Evening Standard has mentioned him thirty-eight times in the past six months—but his identity is a subject of febrile speculation. This much is certain: around 1993, his graffiti began appearing on trains and walls around Bristol; by 2001, his blocky spray-painted signature had cropped up all over the United Kingdom, eliciting both civic hand-wringing and comparisons to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Vienna, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Paris followed, along with forays into pranksterism and more traditional painting, but Banksy has never shed the graffitist’s habit of operating under a handle. His anonymity is said to be born of a desire—understandable enough for a “quality vandal,” as he likes to be called—to elude the police. 

BANKSY aesthetics:

1- be subversive,
2- be invisible,
3- be omniscient,
4- be accessible,
5- be humorous.

Gabriel Martínez Meave: to find yourself go back to typeface

Gabriel Martínez Meave is a self-taught graphic and typographic designer, illustrator, calligrapher, educator and author. 

He is the founder of Kimera, a studio in Mexico City. 

 Martínez Meave is consider a master calligrapher.

Adbusters (the power of anti-design)

Adbusters Media Foundation (called Adbusters or the Media Foundation) is a not-for-profit, anti-consumerist organization founded in 1989 by Kalle Lasn and Bill Schmalz in Canada. 

They describe themselves as "a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age." 

The foundation publishes Adbusters, a 120,000-circulation, reader-supported activist magazine, devoted to numerous political and social causes, many of which are anti-consumerist in nature. 

the message?

1- be subversive,
2- use the message against the message,
3- fight the system within the system.

The art of Andrey Logvin

Russian artist Andrey Logvin became known in the late 1990's for his witty, bright, energetic posters. In 1996 he received the gold medal at the International poster Biennal in Warsaw, Poland.  

International Design from New York, featured him as a master pushing the boundaries of the profession (the first Russian designer to be so honored).

Logvin tries to break through to the general public. Despite of the bad rap for political posters as a form of propaganda,

Logvin message?

1- be green!
2- speak to the masses, no the elite,
3- be honest with your message.

Strange Attractors (design is environment)

Based in The Hague, the Netherlands, the international design firm Strange Attractors was founded five years ago by Ryan Pescatore Frisk and Catelijne van Middelkoop. Their work reflects a keen interest in the intertwining of culture, media, context, experience and history. While they take a highly experimental approach to each of their wide-ranging design projects, their custom designed type and typography are hallmarks of their work. Through lectures and workshops they encourage designers and design students to see, value, and reinvent the vernacular around them—rather than capitulating to a generic globalist design approach.

Winners of numerous awards, Ryan Pescatore Frisk's and Catelijne van Middelkoop's work was recognized by I.D. Magazine's ID Forty 2006. Their clients have included FSI Fontshop International, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo Lab, Studio Dumbar, and Museum Boijmans.

Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer whose work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and Business Week. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. 

Niemann's philosophy:

1- come up with fresh solutions to old problems,
2- reinvent yourself,
3- be witty,
4- the more out there the better!

Flamingo Studio, Tokyo (bad-is-good design)

Flamingo Studio is a powerhouse led by Teruhiko Yumura, who pioneered the heta-huma, which translates as bad-good. It doesn't mean so bad it's good, but rather refers to the use of "bad" art.

Michael Punchman

Michael Punchman (Hong Kong), tries to erase the boundary between art and design. He has designed NO PEACE NO BOOM a series of colorful, polished, garish, fiberglass sculptures.

"BOOM" according to Punchman is not the explosive sound of destruction, but the rich reward for making a difference -a call for action!

Iman Raad

Iman Raad fell in love with Arabic script while teaching a typography class at Cooper Union in NY. Raad's work comes from typography, calligraphy, pottery, weaving, talismans, religious flags, and posters. "I try to explore the language of myths in the contemporary world" he says.