July 2, 2018

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Chandni Poddar

CATEGORY

Mosaics or Fauxsaics?

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Izmir by Nick Misani and Madiha Malik Fauxsaics is a passion project by freelance designer, Nick Misani who is based in New York City and specializes in historically inspired illustrative lettering. The project is a series of illustrative typographic mosaics that are inspired by travel. The form of the mosaics is …

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Izmir by Nick Misani and Madiha Malik

Fauxsaics is a passion project by freelance designer, Nick Misani who is based in New York City and specializes in historically inspired illustrative lettering. The project is a series of illustrative typographic mosaics that are inspired by travel. The form of the mosaics is determined by the restrictions and the practice of traditional mosaic design. Each Fauxsaic is composed of 6,000 to 10,000 hand-drawn and individually-colored tiles and takes between 12 and 24 hours to create, depending on the complexity of the tiling pattern. 

This personal project combines my love of lettering, interior design, and decorative arts (which, before this project, had never found a point of intersection for me). I first started experimenting with creating mosaics digitally while working for Louise Fili, where a technique emerged organically over the years. When I posted my first mosaic illustration on Instagram, the term “fauxsaic,” a portmanteau of “faux” and “mosaic,” popped into my head.

-Nick Misani, Society6 Art Quarterly

Have a look at this timelapse of a design he created for the cover of Society6 Art Quarterly. It was made using Rococo-inspired flourishes and traditional floors. He starts his process by sketching out the word he plans on lettering and then uses Adobe Illustrator to prepare his design for the grouting phase. Finally, using Photoshop, Nick individually colours each tile and finishes the piece by adding textures and subdued lighting.

Achieving that realism starts at the individual tile level: they each have to be created with a sensitivity to the methodology used to cut tiles in real life. For example, smooth curved lines are difficult to create when cutting stone with a tile cutter, so most tiles in real mosaics tend to have squared off sides even if they are on a curved line. When combining several tiles, their flow and pattern must be consistent with classical technique. The biggest challenge, however, is probably resisting the temptation of overdoing it in Photoshop by adding unnecessary effects.

-Nick Misani, Society6 Art Quarterly

His passion project has since been featured on a variety of design sites and blogs including the ADC/The One Club blog, DesignTAXI, Abduzeedo, and Designboom.  Check out some of his jaw-dropping designs below!

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La Jolla
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Kansas City, MO
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Mexico City, Mexico
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San Diego, CA
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Milano
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Edinburgh
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Austin by Nick Misani and Mark Caneso
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London, UK
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Love
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All Images © 2018 Nick Misani