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40 Years/40 Posters: The Steppenwolf Theatre

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Founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney, and Jeff Perry, Steppenwolf Theatre Company is recognized as the premier ensemble theater in the world. To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, they created a collection of 40 beautiful posters. Ogilvy & Matter Chicago was in charge of the project. The agency assembled 40Continue Reading

November 21, 2017
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Bon Voyage: a Heart-wrenching Animation by Fabio Friedli

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Migration is a phenomenon that has existed for millennia. Humans, as well as animals, are forced to migrate to escape difficult situations. To leave everything behind is not an easy choice or even a choice for most. Immigrants flee wars, inhumane conditions, lack of opportunity, forced labor camps, hunger, discrimination, and otherContinue Reading

November 18, 2017
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HEAR ME HERE For AMPL!FY at the Museum of Arts and Design

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This evening, I’m part of a panel discussion for Adobe at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. I’m presenting my poster HEAR ME HERE alongside some of the artists and designers who also participated in AMPL!FY. AMPL!FY was created and produced by Janeil Engelstad / Make ArtContinue Reading

November 10, 2017
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Today at Pratt! Rafael Esquer Speaks

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I’m thrilled to share the news! This evening, I will be speaking at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. The lecture I’ve prepared is about image-making.  The students will see 87 theatre posters Alfalfa Studio has created for this long-standing client, Amphibian Stage Productions. When I opened my studio in 2004, AmphibianContinue Reading

October 31, 2017
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Google Arts & Culture Features Rafael Esquer and Influential Latinx Designers

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Have you heard of “Google Arts & Culture”? It’s a unique online initiative that features rich editorial content including tons of rich media and sound. It is a place to explore, to learn, and discover events that shape our world. It’s composed of galleries carefully curated by experts from theContinue Reading

October 21, 2017
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Dark Homonyms by Nikolaz Bionika

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Today’s inspiration comes from the country of Georgia. These striking set of black and white portraits were created by Nikolaz Bionika, a designer based in the city of Tbilisi. The self-taught painter and designer combine traditional methods like photography with computer software to achieve these eye-catching results. A self-initiated project, “Dark Homonyms”Continue Reading

September 20, 2017
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Life is Magnanimous: Rebeca Méndez and I

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There is one reason why I became the designer that I am today: Rebeca Mendez. It all goes back to more than two decades ago when I was starting out. I had completed an Associate’s Degree in Los Angeles and I was working as an art director for a bilingualContinue Reading

September 14, 2017
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U.S.P.S. Stamps & Playmakers by Daniel Nyari

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“Domingos de fútbol” says everyone in Mexico. A soccer country, there are two things that Mexicans do every Sundays, go to church and watch a soccer game.  To honor this tradition of my homeland, I present to you a selection an exclusive selection of portraits created by Daniel Nyari. It features someContinue Reading

August 27, 2017
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The 1000 Things

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The lobster clasp, the water closet, postcards from Surinam, spiders, how we experience reality, exaltation, and Max’s Kansas City are just a few of the thousand peculiar things contained in The 1000 Things. A website project initiated by LUST and Erik Viskil in The Hague, Netherlands. A sort of digitalContinue Reading

August 12, 2017
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Gilles de Brock: Bizarre, Bold, Beautiful

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Graphic Designer and Art Director Gilles de Brock has an idiosyncratic approach: exploring new visual possibilities inspired by the ever changing media around us. His creations often find their final expression as posters, most notably, his work for the Stadium Generale at the KABK in The Hague, Holland. The posters offer aContinue Reading

July 26, 2017
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Replacing ‘Integrity’ for ‘Trump,’ A Sad Story of Design Plagiarism

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The branding of the Donald Trump’s company is a lovely coat of arms. The Scottish looking design is used on golf properties and merchandise in the US. It flaunts three lions and two chevrons on a shield below a gloved hand gripping arrow. The branding is appropriate for the kindContinue Reading

July 15, 2017
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New York’s First Monument Honoring the LGBT Community

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While the acceptance of same-sex couples has greatly improved within the last few decades, many countries still punish homosexual acts with prison time, torture and even death. We are lucky to live in New York City, a place that is welcoming and safe for everyone regardless of who they worship,Continue Reading

June 28, 2017
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Emigre Magazine: Design, Discourse and Authorship

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As I was coming of age as a designer I witnessed and was influenced by Emigre Magazine. At the time, we didn’t have blogs, or social media. Therefore, the only places design students were able to look at new work were books and magazines. In the 90s, there were theContinue Reading

June 16, 2017
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The LGBTQAlphabet

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President Barack Obama declared June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month on June 1, 2009. To celebrate a community that, despite being suppressed for so long, has given so much love, creativity, and joy to the world, we are proud to present “The LGBTQAlphabet.” Made with Equinox and TheContinue Reading

June 9, 2017
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Two Exhibitions of Design Master Franco Grignani

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Most of us know his work, but very few know the name, Franco Grignani. His Woolmark logo was voted ‘Best Logo of all Time’ by Creative Review Magazine in 2011. Designed in 1963, the logo was selected as the symbol of ‘Pure Virgin Wool’ for the International Wool Secretariat. ThisContinue Reading

May 29, 2017
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“Azulejos,” an Intoxicating Visual Homage to Portugal

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“Azulejos” is an homage to the unique beauty found in Portuguese tiles. “Azulejos” is an animated music video for Italian producer Populous. Its patterns, colors, lines and movement is nothing short of intoxicating. Created by artist Emanuel Kabu, the concept is simple: “A kaleidoscopic journey through Barrio Alto’s narrow lanes, hoppingContinue Reading

May 25, 2017
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