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February 16, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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14 Love Theater Posters by Alfalfa Studio

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To end Saint Valentine’s week, we present a selection of 14 posters that Alfalfa Studio designed for Amphibian Stage. For the last 13 years, our studio has been creating theater posters for this Fort Worth-based theatre company to represent dramas, comedies and everything in between. Every season, we launch a …

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To end Saint Valentine’s week, we present a selection of 14 posters that Alfalfa Studio designed for Amphibian Stage. For the last 13 years, our studio has been creating theater posters for this Fort Worth-based theatre company to represent dramas, comedies and everything in between. Every season, we launch a campaign consisting of approximately 7 posters, to date we have completed almost 100!

In looking through our archives we realized 14 posters have something in common; they feature a heart in different sizes, shapes, and forms. To show you our love and to wrap Valentine’s Day week, we present a special curated selection, just for you.

We’re Gonna Die by Young Jean Lee

This production proposes it’s time to get real and sing along about the one thing we all have in common: we’re gonna die. This existential cabaret boldly explores the rough moments of life with humor, insight, and pop music.

Cyrano by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers from Edmond Rostand

Who wins the battle of beauty versus brains? Cyrano is a swordsman, philosopher, poet, and raconteur – everything that the love of his life, Roxane, would want. There’s just one problem: his nose is colossal. Cyrano is ugly and, therefore (he believes) unworthy of her affection. Enter Christian, a tongue-tied, yet handsome, young cadet. Surely together they can win Roxane’s heart.

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Mercy Killers by Michael Milligan

Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down. A surprisingly tender love story, Mercy Killers is an unblinking look at health care in America.

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Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities by Renee Philippi

Backstage at the greatest puppet show in the world solo, Geppetto faces many challenges as he rehearses the legendary love story of Perseus and Andromeda. With broken limbs, three-headed dogs, and a missing scene partner threatening to cancel the show, he must perform the toughest role of his career. Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities is a charming and romantic play about how we improvise when all of the odds are against us.

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Animals Out of Paper by Rajiv Joseph

When a world-renowned origami artist opens her studio to a teenage prodigy and his schoolteacher, she finds that life and love can’t be neatly arranged in this off-beat comedy about finding the perfect fold.

Treats by Christopher Hampton

From the Academy Award-winning writer of Dangerous Liaisons comes a witty comedy about the choices we make when we’re in love. Dave, Ann, and Patrick struggle with each other and their foolish tendencies as they navigate the murky waters of sex, love, and loyalty.

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La Llorona by Kathleen Culebro

A story of love, tradition, superstition, and cultural misunderstanding.

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The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam

This Obie Award-winner gleefully satirizes everything from Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Victorian Melodrama to The Mummy’s Curse. On a “dark and stormy night,” Lady Enid arrives at an estate under the spell of his deceased first wife and haunted by something that’s prowling the moors. She quickly encounters a werewolf, a vampire, an Egyptian princess and the mystery of Irma Vep, whose portrait hangs over the fireplace. With dozens of lightning-fast changes, two actors portray all the characters – men, women and monsters – in a hilarious gender-bending tour-de-farce.

This Is How It Goes by Neil LaBute

A play set in small-town America, about the repercussions of an interracial love triangle.

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Smart Pretty Funny by Kathleen Culebro

People say that there is someone for everyone, but when fate sends a letter to every person on Earth revealing their one true love, Meg is left alone without a match. Confused and hurt while her boyfriend flies across the world to meet his new love, she turns to her family and finds that she may just be better off without a soulmate. Smart Pretty Funny is a provocative and captivating comedy about love, loneliness, motherhood, and the idea that life never turns out the way you planned.

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Not Medea by Allison Gregory

What if the show you came to see is not the show you need to see? When a working mother escapes to the sanctuary of the theatre and encounters a play she desperately doesn’t want to see, she manipulates the show – and the audience – and leads them reluctantly, undependably, humorously into her own very private story. Through a synthesis of myth, magic, and the real world, Not Medea is a fierce slap-down about love, lust, parenthood, and forgiveness.

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The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of the woman telling her story backwards while the man tells his story chronologically. The two characters meet only once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

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Music City, USA by Peter Zinn & JT Harding

Romeo and Juliet meets Cabaret in this exciting Texas developmental premiere with music by Nashville royalty JT Harding. The play includes his smash country hits “Smile” (made famous by Uncle Kracker), “Somewhere With You” (a hit for Kenny Chesney), “Somewhere in My Car” (made famous by Keith Urban), “Sangria” (performed on The Voice by Blake Shelton), and “Different for Girls” (which was recently performed on The Late Show by Dierks Bentley and Elle King) as well as brand new songs. It’s a story about passionate love, big dreams, and tough choices.

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Fiction by Steven Dietz

Best-selling authors Michael and Linda Waterman treasure their honest marriage until a harsh twist of fate compels them to read each other’s diaries. Between the lines, stretching deep into the past, a secret liaison with a mysterious stranger surfaces, forever altering married life’s delicate balance of fact and fiction.

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January 22, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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We Tried Google Arts and Culture’s New Face-match Filter, Here’s Who We Matched With

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Google’s Arts and Culture app is nothing new, yet recently went viral after the release of their new face-matching filter. This new filter is not just your typical face-match, its one that matches you with a face from Google Arts and Culture’s vast collections of art. You may look like …

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Google’s Arts and Culture app is nothing new, yet recently went viral after the release of their new face-matching filter. This new filter is not just your typical face-match, its one that matches you with a face from Google Arts and Culture’s vast collections of art. You may look like Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa or find a new artist to admire.

How knows who you may look like? So why not give it a try?

Over here at Alfalfa Studio, we decided to give it a try for ourselves. We are huge fans of Google’s initiative to make learning more about the world’s ever expansive collection of art and culture more accessible than art history was in the past.

I must say, it took a couple of attempts to get a match. At first, we stood out in the frigid cold to hoping that natural light would give us better results. But what we found after trial and error, that smiling makes a significant difference in your final results.

We had so much fun comparing our sensible and ridiculous doppelgängers from Arts and Culture’s boundless collection of artworks. Below are our matches that we enjoyed the most. Have you tried the new app? Send us yours in our comments section below.

Don’t have the app? Download their app to get your match.

Rafael

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Rafael matched with “Jaspar de Charles van Nieuwenhoven” by Sir Anthony van Dyck, 1599/1641

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Chuy

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Chuy matched with “Ma’an” by Ali Al Jabri, 1979

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Celeste

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I matched with “Alma Sewing” by Frances Criss, 1935

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Chengyu

 

 

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Chengyu matched with “Portrait of a Lady in Pink” by Fang Junbi, 1926

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Heewon

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Heewon matched with the “Artist’s Daughter Alice” by William Merritt Chase, 1899

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January 8, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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Alfalfa’s 7 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

The Make America Great Hat vs the Pussyhat; The Women’s March in Washington; Hurricane Harvey hits Texas and Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico; the #MeToo movement; The California’s wildfires and the earthquakes in Mexico; Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” sets auction records sold at $450.3 million while millions of refugees …

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The Make America Great Hat vs the Pussyhat; The Women’s March in Washington; Hurricane Harvey hits Texas and Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico; the #MeToo movement; The California’s wildfires and the earthquakes in Mexico; Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” sets auction records sold at $450.3 million while millions of refugees flee their countries; a historic solar eclipse in America; terror attacks in Turkey, the UK, and the US; The Grenfell Tower fire in London; New planets were found by astronomers; Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia; A big mix-up at Oscars Best Picture; Adele’s “25” wins the Grammy for the Best Album while her single “Hello” wins Best Song, Best Record, and Best Solo Performance of the Year.; And, the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were some of the news that shook the work in 2017.

Despite the ups and downs out in the world, here at Alfalfa Studio, we continue publishing our blog — our labor of love. In our seventh year, many people contributed and deserve credit for this herculean effort. Sharing inspirational posts every single day is not an easy task!

Like many other groups, we also like to participate in the “end-of-the-year lists.” Today I’m presenting our seven most popular blog posts of 2017. The criteria to make it into the most popular list come from seeing last year’s most viewed pages in our analytics.

I’m very grateful to all the generous people who tirelessly contributed to keep the blog alive. Big thanks to Bianca, Calum, Chuy, Celeste, Chengyu, Dana, José, Julia Celestino, Julia Fish, Michael, Nao, and Tyler.

Before viewing the 2017 most popular, why not share some numbers?

  • 129,938 Pageviews
  • 81,309 Sessions
  • 67,585 Users
  • Top 7 countries: United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, and India.

Without further ado, the most popular blog posts of 2017 are…drum roll please!

7. Someday We Can, A Solo Museum Show by Shantell Martin

Published on May 12, 2017, it’s no surprise to see this post in the top seven. Shantell Martin collaborated with ‘who is who’ in pop culture including the lifestyle site Refinery29 and American rapper and songwriter, Kendrick Lamar.

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6. Aeropuerto Internacional de México and Their Fail Logo

Published on May 31, 2017, this post demonstrates how wrong it is to let the public design. The Mexican International Airport invited people to submit logo designs for the brand new airport. The results? Disastrous!

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5. Project Runway S15 Winner Erin Robertson Relaunches Website

Published on June 19, 2017, this post announced the launching of Utah fashion designer Erin Robertson. She was the winner of Season 15 of Project Runway.

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4. Polly Nor’s Exhibit: “Its Called Art Mum, Look It Up”

Published August 20, 2017, this is a post about artist and internet celebrity Polly Nor and her provocative exhibition titled “It’s Called Art Mum, Look It Up.”

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3. 220 Metro Maps Simplified

Published on November 20, 2017, this post captures everyone’s fascination with maps. Designer Peter Dovak created a project called “Mini Metros” where he simplified 220 maps of transit system from around the world. The results are artistic and beautiful.

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2. The Illustrator Behind the Casper Ads on the Subway: Tomi Um

Published on May 20, 2017, these charming illustrations for the mattress company Casper have captured audiences around the world. When I first saw them in the subway, the illustrations along with the copy really caught my eye. Bianca introduced us to Tomi Um, the illustrator behind the work.

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1. Inside Supreme Logo: What You Should Know About Everyone’s Favorite Logo

Published on April 22, 2017, the big winner of the year is a post that takes an inside look at Supreme, one of the hottest indie brands of the day.

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Rounding up the top 10, here are some honorable mentions:

8. Life is Magnanimous: Rebeca Méndez and I

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9. The Art of The March

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10. Be One of 1612 DOTS Today

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See you in 2018!

January 1, 2018

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Are You Ready for Alfalfa Studio’s Resolutions?

It’s not until the end of the year that we are able to really contemplate our lives and enjoy the fruits of our labors. New Years and the holidays, for many people, are a special time to bond with the people we love and show our gratitude for the life we …

It’s not until the end of the year that we are able to really contemplate our lives and enjoy the fruits of our labors. New Years and the holidays, for many people, are a special time to bond with the people we love and show our gratitude for the life we have.

This year to the next, we would like to show our gratitude for your support. We shared our New Years resolutions and our goals for 2018.

Do you have any resolutions? Share it with us below.

Happy New Years!

Rafael

“I love giving myself time in the morning to ride my new bike to work.”

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Chuy

“Exercising makes all the difference in keeping your body fit.”

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Celeste

“I worry and run around a lot. I think stopping and being present would benefit me. ”

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Chengyu

“I miss going to gym. Joining a gym would make it easier to make it a part of my schedule.”

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November 29, 2017

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Alfalfa Studio Levels Up with Wolters Kluwer

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The Warrior For this new project, the Alfalfa Studio team collaborated with global information services company Wolters Kluwer to better visualize their customer’s progress in TeamMate Connect rewards program. The design brief was to create five original characters that reflect the accomplishments of their customers: the Scout, Warrior, Scholar, Celestial, and …

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The Warrior

For this new project, the Alfalfa Studio team collaborated with global information services company Wolters Kluwer to better visualize their customer’s progress in TeamMate Connect rewards program. The design brief was to create five original characters that reflect the accomplishments of their customers: the Scout, Warrior, Scholar, Celestial, and the Wizard. Inspired by iconic archetypes from the Middle Ages, we proposed a set of characters that are playful and uplifting. Our approach was to use basic geomtric shapes, bright colors, and a friendly attitude.

As ambassadors for the brand the design of the outfits and backgrounds use Wolters Kluwer’s official colors. Why is it important? To ensure brand consistency in all touch points. Their function is to be used as badges by Wolkers Kluwer’s customers in a kind of digital game; As you gain points you earn a new badge going from being the Scout and moving all the way to the Wizard. Even though the logo might not be present, the five characters tastefully represent the Wolkers Kluwer’s brand.

The five characters are being used as the main visual for the TeamMate Connect program as well as in wearables and other promotional items. We had so much fun creating these five cute little guys!

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The Wizard
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Early sketches for the Warrior
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The Celestial
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The Scholar
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The Scout

July 30, 2017

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Alfalfa Studio’s Top Album Covers

This Sunday, I thought I should present something lighthearted to you readers. No design critics, no reviews, and no opinions, just some good old fun with the crew. Last week, I asked our designers at Alfalfa Studio what were their favorite album covers. This is a difficult question, especially for …

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This Sunday, I thought I should present something lighthearted to you readers. No design critics, no reviews, and no opinions, just some good old fun with the crew. Last week, I asked our designers at Alfalfa Studio what were their favorite album covers. This is a difficult question, especially for creatives. Album covers are the first thing you experience before you listen to music. The face of your album can impact everything in regards to it’s success, from the overall reception to people even bothering to pick it up. So these albums here are important to us and have made a lasting impression. We want to get to know you too. Share with us your favorite album covers and leave us a comment below. Enjoy!

Bianca

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Album: Coloring Book

Artist: Chance the Rapper

Cover art: Brandon Breaux

Release date: May 13, 2016

 

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Album: Singles

Artist: Future Islands

Cover art: Beth Hoeckel

Release date: March 24, 2014

 

Celeste 

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Album: Songs About Jane

Artist: Maroon 5

Cover art: Gregg Gordon

Release date: June 25, 2002

 

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Album: Wonder Where We Land

Artist: Sbtrkt

Cover art: A Hidden Place

Release date: October 7, 2014

 

Chuy

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Album: My Dark Twisted Fantasy

Artist: Kayne West

Cover art: George Condo

Release date: November 22, 2010

 

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Album: Operation Doomsday

Artist: MF Doom

Cover art: Keo (Original1991 / Jason Jagel (Box set reissue) 2011

Release date: April 20, 1999

 

Tyler

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Album: Divorce Lawyers, I Shaved My Head

Artist: George Mason and the Horse Museum

Cover art: Tara Fillion & Jordaan Mason/ Interior drawings by Josh Pogue

Release date:June 6, 2009

 

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Album: Mista Thug Isolation

Artist: Lil Ugly Mane

Cover art: N/A

Release date: February 11, 2012

 

Nao

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Album: Cosmic Explorer

Artist: PERFUME

Cover art: Yuni Yoshida

Release date: April 6, 2016

 

Rafael

June 2, 2017

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Michael Enten: The Next Destination

Michael Enten has always surrounded himself with creatives from all walks of life as if it was innate. “I look at it all day, I can’t help but look at it. It’s something that I just notice and critique in my head and something that I’m always thinking about.” Within the …

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Michael Enten has always surrounded himself with creatives from all walks of life as if it was innate. “I look at it all day, I can’t help but look at it. It’s something that I just notice and critique in my head and something that I’m always thinking about.” Within the last couple of years, Michael translated his life-long inspirations into explorative design work that speaks to others. Over the last six months, at Alfalfa Studio, Michael has worked alongside our Principal Designer, Rafael Esquer, and the rest of the designers at Alfalfa Studio to create work that is clear and simple, yet surprising and beautiful.  Michael and I discussed what was next for him as well as what drives him to become a graphic designer.

Where is your next destination? I believe if everything goes according to plan, I will be going to the School of Visual Arts in the Fall starting in the fall in September for a Master’s degree in Graphic Design. In between those two, I’ll be going to Washington D.C. and also lot of traveling this summer.

Have you chosen your classes yet? Yeah, I’ve chosen my classes, but I think there aren’t many choices in the program to make within the program. Maybe there are some electives or something, but I think it’s more of a foundation year. The second year is the thesis.

What inspires you to get into graphic design? I look at it all day, I can’t help but look at it. It’s something that I just notice and critique in my head and something that I’m always thinking about. I think that graphic design specifically is a really great way to showcase art. I was always into art growing up, such as sculpture and drawing. I never really saw myself make a living or pursuing those as a profession. I think graphic design, especially their commercial aspects, is really a great way to do what you love for a living.

What was your favorite project? Probably one of those two things, which is funny because they are both theater companies.  I think either the Repertorio Gala and Amphibian projects. My pitch for Repertorio Gala was picked, so I got to do the branding all the way throughout.  I learned a lot. But I also loved picking up the Amphibian project while Bianca (Junior Designer) was out, especially with the annual report and the brochure. Editorial design is really cool. I really like to create brochures, text layout and stuff like that. That was a really great skill I learned.  Probably one of those two things, which is funny because they are both theater companies. But all the projects were great.

You can find Michael’s work and contact him through his portfolio site here.

 

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2017

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Missing Dana Chou

Soomin [left], Dana [right]I find it hard to believe that Dana Chou is a high school student.  At eighteen, I began my undergraduate journey with a look of a small baby bird, “Do I have to grow up?” Even with a regular part-time job, I clearly behaved as if I …

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Soomin [left], Dana [right]

I find it hard to believe that Dana Chou is a high school student.  At eighteen, I began my undergraduate journey with a look of a small baby bird, “Do I have to grow up?” Even with a regular part-time job, I clearly behaved as if I was still expecting others to pick up the pieces. Dana is quite different than I was and many others at eighteen years old.  I couldn’t tell she was juggling finals, winning fencing tournaments, or deciding what to do with her life. Each time I saw her, her eyes were full of intent and unwavering confidence.

At eighteen she isn’t trying to prove that she is a graphic designer or wants to be a graphic designer.

She is a graphic designer.

For a full school year, Dana interned with Alfalfa Studio. Last week, I talked to Dana and we discussed what was next for her after Alfalfa Studio and graduating high school.

Okay Dana, now since this is the end of your time at Alfalfa Studio, how do you feel right now?  I’m feeling sad. I’m pretty bummed that this is the last day I will be here at such a great place. But I’m incredibly happy and lucky to have been able to be an intern here at Alfalfa Studio. I’ve come away learning a lot of different skills: both technical and marketable that I can use in my future studies in the visual arts field and all around in real life.

That’s great. What kind of things that Alfalfa Studio that you learned that you will use out in California. You’re going to California, am I correct?  Yeah, there’s a lot of things.  Many important design principles and what works and doesn’t work in projects. I learned a lot of things that tend to be overlooked like how to be flexible when you working on certain projects and the requirements, that clients are always changing their minds so you have to be to adapt quickly to them.  Other important things I learned is how to be a teachable person, to listen and accept feedback, to manage your time and being able to get all of these things done without getting lost.

Could you say one thing that you came in with that you wanted to improve and was improved as you stayed here and progressed? These are silly examples: lateness or even you honing in on your style. Allowing myself to take risks in what I am doing. I know that coming in, I was scared to go outside of what I know what to do and what I am comfortable with, in terms of design and ideas, and visual themes. After coming to Alfalfa, one thing that has developed a lot was for me to explore and experiment.  When I first started here, I was very conservative and very in-tune with what was trendy in design trends and things like that. But I never really felt comfortable enough to step outside of what is trending and doing something different, or looking at other people’s work and saying: ” Oh, this different from what I usually see. How can I sort of not copy, but integrate this kind of general idea or theme into what I am working on?”  So that is one thing that changed a lot for me here.  I am really happy about that.

What was your favorite project?  Oh, my favorite project! That’s also a tough one. I would say the German for Hire project that we worked on. It was for the Goethe Institute. They had a new program “German for Hire” which is kind like a high school exchange program for American and German students, in which they get to immerse themselves with each other cultures.

They needed a logo for this specific program and this was a lot of fun. It was my first project that I was here for the very start of the project rather than me coming into the project. I was here for the whole process! Coming up with ideas, then sharing them with the team and then looking at each other’s designs  I also did research on the institute on the program – learned about the Bauhaus art movement. I came away doing a lot of research.

And if I remember correctly, I think my design made it to the top 2, but then they ended up picking [Chuy’s] and I was like mad [laughter] no, no I’m kidding I wasn’t mad, but it was definitely a really amazing experience and I was really lucky to have been a part of this.  To have just been able to immerse myself into this whole exploration process and to learn so much from it was great.

April 20, 2017

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Rafael Esquer

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Alfalfa New York Top 7 Instagrams Part XIII

The four runner-ups include our work published by Gestalten; Our very own Bianca Ng doing her lettering work; A clever street billboard spotted on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; and Rafael Esquer captured at the Woman’s March in Washington, D.C. It’s time to bring you the most popular images and videos …

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The four runner-ups include our work published by Gestalten; Our very own Bianca Ng doing her lettering work; A clever street billboard spotted on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; and Rafael Esquer captured at the Woman’s March in Washington, D.C.

It’s time to bring you the most popular images and videos from our Instagram account. In three years of using the app, we have shared just over 1,300 images. From things that inspire us, to showing you our work process, and from exquisite trips to highlights of our portfolio, our Instagram covers it all.

Our latest most popular Instagrams series include a handful of videos. Check them out! You can travel with us to some of the most impressive waterfalls in the world or just take a peek inside Alfalfa Studio and see our designers in action. Don’t forget to check out soon-to-be-published Alfalfabet Poster and typeface as well as to marvel looking at the glamorous Iconic New York Illuminated poster.

Even though lately we have neglected our account a little, we promise to keep posting more content created specifically for you. Also, we’ll make sure to share more videos. Please follow us on our Instagram account. Not an Instagram user? Then “like” us in Facebook!

Without further ado, here are Alfalfa New York Top 7 Instagram posts. These were selected by you out of our last 100 posts.

 

7. This image showcases Alfalfa Studio’s poster designs for Amphibian Stage. The campaign’s energy and brightness didn’t go unnoticed when they hit the streets in Fort Worth, Texas.
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6. This is a sneak peek into our latest poster. The Alfalfabet was inspired by Impossible Objects and the trippy work of M.C. Escher and Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd. Each letter was carefully designed as an impossible letter. The Alfalfabet set will be available exclusively in our store really soon! Watch the video here.
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5. Visiting the Cataratas de Iguazu (Iguazu Falls) in Argentina was eye-opening. The majestic monumentality of nature makes you humble, makes you feel very small. I created this short video to send my mom back in Mexico. If you ever visit South America make sure to stop by Iguazu, it will give you impressions that you will never forget. Watch the video here.
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4. This freaky baby was a thrift store find. This doll is so creepy that I just had to make a little video. Watch it, just don’t do it before going to bed. Watch the video here.
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3. Late last year, Alfalfa New York released the Klimt-esque Iconic New York Illuminated. It took us many years and a dozen printers to make it happen. But, it was all worth it. The piece is stunning and some of the most respectable blogs in the world such as DesignBoom, Colossal, My Modern Met, and Laughing Squid agree. The Iconic New York Illuminated was printed on a limited edition, get yours here before they are gone.
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2. Chuy is one of the hard-working designers at Alfalfa Studio. This video directed by Tin Tin show us Chuy at work. Take a peek inside Alfalfa Studio and get to know the work of this talented designer. Watch the video here.
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1. The winner this time really deserves gold. The 60-sec film captures the shimmer and exquisite details that make the Iconic New York Illuminated a masterpiece in design and production. Big thanks to Tin TIn for creating this gem of a video. The hand-lettering was done by international renown typography and lettering artist Minal Nairi. Don’t miss it. Watch the video here.
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January 5, 2017

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Rafael Esquer

CATEGORY

Alfalfa’s 7 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

2016 has been one of the weirdest years in recent history, a year as absurd and dramatic as a Mexican soap opera. Don’t believe me? Just take a peek at what is in most Year in Reviews: The millions of people trying to capture imaginary Pokémon Go; Angelina and Brad …

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2016 has been one of the weirdest years in recent history, a year as absurd and dramatic as a Mexican soap opera. Don’t believe me? Just take a peek at what is in most Year in Reviews: The millions of people trying to capture imaginary Pokémon Go; Angelina and Brad broke up; The death of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Muhammad Ali, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is captured; The Zika virus; Flint, Michigan, water crisis; The Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series; The 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II; Brexit; Summer Olympic games in Brazil; iPhone 7; Donald Trump is elected president of the United States.

As there is little we can do to alter the course of the world at large, we can all make a little difference in our personal or professional worlds. We believe in sharing creativity and inspiration. We do it daily through our creative blog. Therefore, to add the end of the year lists, today we present our 7 most popular blog posts of 2017.

As we present our 2016 Top 7, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the blog contributors who tirelessly searched all over the place for interesting content to share with you. This blog would not have been possible without their generosity: Thank you! Jonathan Amarante, Merel Brouns, Bruno Cervantes, Alicia Chen, Dana Chou, Rafael Esquer, José Fresan, Calum Harbison, Soomin Kim, Bianca Ng, Chuy Ortega, Mateo Ramirez, Tintin, and Michelle Walliser.

Just for fun, here is a quick statistical re-cap:
143,514 pageviews
86,502 Sessions
71,578 users
Top 5 countries: United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Germany.

And the most popular posts of 2016 are:

…drum roll please…

7. Bowie is Bowie by Maia Valenzuela
Mr Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, and icon. After his passing, graphic designer Maia Velenzuela begun designing posters for each of Bowie’s 350 songs, naming her project Bowie is Bowie.
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6. 2015 by Patrick Seymour
This post introduced audiences to the work of Montreal-based design Patrick Seymour. The designer has taken Adobe Illustrator to a whole new level, some even called his work “insane.” See for yourself here.
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5. Yves Saint Laurent vs Saint Laurent Paris
As Creative Director at Saint Laurent Paris, Hedi Slimane shook things up. Some say he took the brand to a whole new level, while others think he completely destroyed the fashion house’s legacy. This post chronicles his vision…What are your thoughts?
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4. “No. 2: Story of the Pencil” Documentary Premieres in NYC
This post is about one of the most interesting documentaries released last year “No. 2: Story of the Pencil.” A labor of love of professor and filmmaker William Allen who embarked on a quest to uncover the story of the pencil. I’m honored to be one of the characters in the film along with David Rees, Henry Petroski, Caroline Weaver, David Carson, and Sean Malone among others. If you have not seen it, you can watch it in iTunes here.
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3. Behind The Rio 2016 Branding
For anyone interested in Branding, this post takes you through the careful steps involved in creating the visual identity for an Olympic game. Love it or hate it, no one can argue the branding of Rio 2016 is very well thought-out. Fred Gelli, one of the creatives behind the graphic says: “The logo was not designed for designers, but for everybody in the world.”
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2. NBA Logos Crossover with 80s and 90s Cartoons
This post presents a series interesting images made up of NBA logos mixed with 80s cartoons. In addition, they came up with creative and hilarious team names and logos like Miami Snorks, Brooklyn Turtles, and Vancouver Carebears. If you are NBA or 80s/90s Toon fan, you will love this one.
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1. Frank Stella: The Power of Color
Earlier in 2016, the Whitney Museum in New York presented an exhibition called Frank Stella: A Retrospective. Alfalfa’s own Michelle Walliser wrote this post about Stella’s powerful use of color. The result? The most popular blog post of the year.
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See you in 2018!