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November 27, 2017

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Julia Fish

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David Hockney Celebrates His 80th Year with MET Exhibition

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Hockney in his studio © Nathanael Turner for the New York Times 2017 “David Hockney” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 27 and will run until February 21st. The exhibition is a retrospective of David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. …

Hockney in his studio © Nathanael Turner for the New York Times 2017
Hockney in his studio © Nathanael Turner for the New York Times 2017

“David Hockney” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on November 27 and will run until February 21st. The exhibition is a retrospective of David Hockney, one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. It is one of many events happening this year in honor of Hockney’s 80th birthday.  A small exhibit called, “Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney” runs until November 26th at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. There was a huge retrospective exhibition of his works earlier this year at the Tate. Additionally, a permanent Gallery opened in Bradford, England. He also currently has an exhibit at the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

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© Credit Nathanael Turner for The New York Times 2017

One of Hockney’s defining characteristics as an artist is his use of perspective. His works often feature multiple vanishing points and irregularly shaped canvases. Hockney has long been fascinated with reverse perspective, and his paintings seem to defy reality. Some of them appear to both advance and recede, and in 2001 he wrote a book on perspective titles, “Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters.”

Credit Nathanael Turner for The New York Times
Garden with Blue Terrace © David Hockney 2015

Hockney’s paintings often depict things from his own life, such as the Blue Terrace in the painting above and just visible behind the artist in the second photograph. But Hockney is not just a painter. He has worked in a wide variety of mediums, and his website features works varying from digital drawings created on his iPhone and iPad to stage design to paper pulp to a car.

Hockney now lives in California, but he is still an enthusiastic British citizen and is he is currently completing a 20-foot stained glass window for Westminster Abbey in Honor of Queen Elizabeth. A Westminster Abbey spokesperson called Hockney, “probably the greatest contemporary British artist,” and has been awarded an Order of Merit by the Queen.

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Untitled, 45- iPhone drawing © Hockney 2009

 

Model with Unfinished Self Portrait © 1977 David Hockney
Model with Unfinished Self Portrait © 1977 David Hockney

November 8, 2017

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Nao Suzuki

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Photographer Mihaela Noroc Presents a New Perspective of Beauty in Her New Book

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Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc traveled throughout the world for nearly four years and shot various portraits of women. She traveled to more than 50 countries, which includes Ethiopia, United States, Guatemala, and France. She photographed portraits of 500 women, accompanied by revelatory captions that captured their personal stories. Finally, she …

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Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc traveled throughout the world for nearly four years and shot various portraits of women. She traveled to more than 50 countries, which includes Ethiopia, United States, Guatemala, and France. She photographed portraits of 500 women, accompanied by revelatory captions that captured their personal stories. Finally, she collected them in her book called The Atlas of Beauty.

In her book, she introduces some of the inspiring women she met on her journey and evokes a question, “what is beautiful?” Noroc’s book collects the portraits of different women from various cultures around the world. The Atlas of Beauty reveals the diversity of women, showing their different ages, skin colors, and body shapes. 

The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today. You can buy her book here and follow her on IG

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September 30, 2017

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Bianca Ng

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Portraits in Creativity by Gael Towey & Co.

At the beginning of the year, the popular documentary about artist and designers called Abstract: The Art of Design was on everyone’s radar. My friend and I binged watched the season together as the design nerds we pride ourselves to be. Perhaps my expectations were too high or I already …

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At the beginning of the year, the popular documentary about artist and designers called Abstract: The Art of Design was on everyone’s radar. My friend and I binged watched the season together as the design nerds we pride ourselves to be. Perhaps my expectations were too high or I already had a preconceived notion of what I wanted to see, but I was disappointed. Some of the narratives were confusing and sporadic, and I wasn’t always aware of the narrative the director was trying to get across.

Portraits in Creativity stood out to me because each portrait tells a cohesive, poignant story. This makes sense since Gael Towey, the brains behind this project, is passionate about storytelling. Previously, Towey was the Creative Director for Martha Stewart Living magazine. She designed the iconic magazine and won numerous awards, including the prestigious American Society of Magazine Editors awards for Design, Photography and General Excellence, the AIGA Corporate Leadership Award, and the Chrysler Design Award. Now she is embarking on a new adventure by directing Portraits in Creativity, a series of short documentaries that:

“capture the bravery of artists and artisans, and delights in the visual seduction of the creative process.”

The focus is authentically capturing the artist’s voice and their story. I appreciate the care and attention to detail this series values and the fact that the artists are empowering woman. (source: about Gael Towey & Co.)

Season 1: Sheila Berger
New York-based painter and sculptor Sheila Berger follows an odyssey that begins with a bird’s nest found at her childhood home in St. Louis. Using encaustic, plaster and steel, she examines nurturing and explores the fragility of nature.

“The stories that we tell, they define us.” – Sheila Berger

Director of Photography Philip Lehman

Season 1: Maira Kalman
“Everyone is eccentric,” Maira Kalman says. “You just have to find it.” With her characteristic humor, tender observations of our human foibles, and gorgeous sense of color, she asks:

“Who are we? How are we documenting ourselves? Is this a dream? Are we in costume?”

In partnership with The Met, MoMA and The Guggenheim, Maira explores these essential questions through painting, publication and performance.

Director of Photography Philip Lehman
Editing by Antoine Mills

Click here to watch the rest of the series.

For more information about Gael Towey, check out Gael Towey & Co.’s website.

September 5, 2017

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Bianca Ng

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Dumb Questions for Smart Designers

I’m extremely grateful that there is a wealth of information about designers today. From podcasts to interviews to Instagram, it’s like we actually know the designer behind the name. My favorite part about the design community is how open, honest, and genuine most people are. When we read interviews, they …

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I’m extremely grateful that there is a wealth of information about designers today. From podcasts to interviews to Instagram, it’s like we actually know the designer behind the name. My favorite part about the design community is how open, honest, and genuine most people are. When we read interviews, they are characteristically serious, intimate, and personal. AR Design decided to do something a little different:

The anti-interview series that dives deep into the quirky crevasses of designers, illustrators, and typographers. Dumb Questions for Smart Designers (DQSD) consists of fun tales and hilarious anecdotes from the most talented creatives around the world.

DQSD successfully made me laugh out loud and also go “aww.” Some of these responses were just sincerely sweet. If you’re in need of a good laugh, here were some of my favorite anti-interviews responses:

1. Aaron Draplin
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2. Steven Heller
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3. Becky Simpson
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4. Scott Allen Hill
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5. Lauren Hom
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6. Jared Erondu
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Click here for more quirky anti-interviews.

July 18, 2017

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Julia Celestino

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Venezuela’s Shield Activists

All images © 2017 The Guardian / Carlos Garcia Rawlins Currently, in Venezuela there is a large population of people dissatisfied with their government. In so many words, citizens are extremely unhappy. This is causing protests that have now moved to the streets and has turned remarkably violent. Since April, …

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All images © 2017 The Guardian / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Currently, in Venezuela there is a large population of people dissatisfied with their government. In so many words, citizens are extremely unhappy. This is causing protests that have now moved to the streets and has turned remarkably violent. Since April, 80 people have died while protesting, this has opened so many eyes and affected the lives of countless people. Carlos Garcia Rawlins-Reuters told The Guardian that:

“Youths bear colorfully decorated homemade shields akin to those used in Kiev’s Maidan Square demonstrations in 2013-14.”

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Aside from the reason these shields are being made, I personally think that they are quite beautiful and very creative. These shields are being made out of satellite TV dishes, drain covers, barrels, and pretty much any type of scrap material that they can find. These shields are so powerful and I think they speak volumes to a lot of people. These photographs show some of the youth with weapons, some masked, and even some have shields with messages on them, like the one below.  “Miraflores on fire” is written on the front of this shield. Miraflores Palace is the president’s official workplace. These shields are being used to form walls, but they aren’t exactly the most effective against weaponry.  The shields do not have the ability to stop bullets but can protect from tear gas and rubber bullets. The youth have a huge impact and show that these citizens are not afraid. They don’t intend on backing down. Venezuela is known for the largest proven oil reserves in the world. Despite that, they are going through an economic crisis causing ridiculously high prices making it hard for many people to afford everyday products, things they need to stay alive.

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“Miraflores on fire” is written on the front of this shield. Miraflores Palace is the president’s official workplace.

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“A shield reads ‘Promise me you will come back tomorrow, Venezuela’. Other shields carry quotes and images of Venezuela’s constitution, paintings, and religious symbols, depictions of the faces of slain protesters, or slogans such as ‘SOS!’, ‘No More Dictatorship!’ or ‘Murderer, Maduro!”

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June 23, 2017

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Tyler Unger

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Retrospect and Alternate Universes in Art and Design (Written by a Frog)

The Multiverse Retrospect is a valuable thing to humans. Looking into the past and reconsidering your choices changes what the past looks like. So, if you look back and regret an action of yours, would you change it if you could? What if I told you that you already made the …

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The Multiverse

Retrospect is a valuable thing to humans. Looking into the past and reconsidering your choices changes what the past looks like. So, if you look back and regret an action of yours, would you change it if you could? What if I told you that you already made the other choice, just in a different universe. That line of thinking is summed up in the multi-verse theory. This is probably old news to most readers and doesn’t need regurgitation on my part. To sum it up quickly, theoretically, there are an infinite number of alternative universes where your reality could be exactly the same or strikingly different. The differences could be as minuscule as high-fiving someone versus shaking their hand, or as vast as that same handshake taking place but everyone is giant a frog.

But, as a designer, the notion of having made or being able to make a different choice is tantalizing for every project. It could mean adjusting the kerning in a particular block of text, or it could the need for a completely different visual direction. Either way, every designer at one point or another has probably felt this way. Michael Bierut expressed a similar sentiment when he spoke at 2015’s AIGA Design Conference, questioning his approach to the new Verizon logo, or at the very least addressing the backlash in retrospect.

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Verizon’s old logo

 

Verizon New Logo from Pentagram
Verizon New Logo from Pentagram

And it’s not limited to design either. Kanye West and his release of The Life of Pablo in 2016 gave an interesting insight into the creative mind, questioning when creative work is really “finished.” After being released to fans, the music changed multiple times with many still arguing over what version is the strongest. For a moment, it felt as if art was impermanent and listeners got insight into the endlessly scrutinizing minds of creatives. In Kanye’s situation, however, there was no alternate universe to wish for. He changed the album and moved on.

The Life of Pablo before it was The Life of Pablo (A.K.A. Swish)
The Life of Pablo before it was The Life of Pablo (A.K.A. Swish)

 

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The (possibly) final album art

Luckily, designers can (in a sense) do the same. Not with the use of alternate universes, but simply because design is not static. In this day and age, change and evolution are essential to keeping things relevant. Every time you download an update for your phone’s application, it’s because someone looked back in retrospect. They looked at what had been done before, probably regretted the implementation of a function or icon, and chose to make it something else. In an alternate universe, they might have made the latter choice before the former (or made neither, or they were a frog). The advantage in this universe is that we get to make the change.

So next time you make a mistake, or look back on past decisions and feel regret, knowing that you don’t have to wish for an alternate universe. You can admit mistakes were made, and change them. In doing so, you will effectively change the past from the future, which is subsequently another scientific theory I don’t have the time to get into but is none the less pretty cool. 

P.S. This blog post was written by a frog. 

 

June 10, 2017

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Nao Suzuki

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“Irving Penn: Centennial” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

All images @2017 Irving Penn Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) is one of the greatest photographers of the Twentieth century, best known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn’s career included editorial photography for Vogue magazine and independent advertising work for clients. This retrospective exhibition is …

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Irving Penn (June 16, 1917 – October 7, 2009) is one of the greatest photographers of the Twentieth century, best known for his fashion photography, portraits, and still lifes. Penn’s career included editorial photography for Vogue magazine and independent advertising work for clients.

This retrospective exhibition is for the sake of marking the centennial of Penn’s birth. This exhibition covers his nearly 70-year career from the work at Vogue magazine to the portraits of indigenous people in Cuzco, Peru.  The greatest part of his work is his usage of shadow. Penn generally worked in his studio with a backdrop.  The backdrops were made from an old theater curtain that had been softly painted with diffused gray clouds. Some pieces of his work were captured in foreign countries such as Peru, Morocco but he always worked in a traveling tent with a simple background of white or light gray tones that served the same purpose. Some people call him as “graphic photographer” and I agree with this. Not only grabbing the essence of subject matter but also he took care of graphic elements such as composition and contrast with the keen eyes for details.

If you are in New York City or planning to visit Manhattan, I definitely recommend visiting this exhibition. The exhibit is at the MET until July 30th. Another photographer that is worth reading about is Mary Allen Mark, who’s work greatly contrasts Penn’s.  

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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 29, 2017

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All Things Hand Painted, Van Zee Sign Co.

Ithink the best part about working in Soho, isn’t the beautiful people, the millions of food options, or the history per se, it’s the art and inspiration found in every corner. Colossal Media are constantly painting signs by hand, new shops that dictate style all over the world are opening …

Ithink the best part about working in Soho, isn’t the beautiful people, the millions of food options, or the history per se, it’s the art and inspiration found in every corner. Colossal Media are constantly painting signs by hand, new shops that dictate style all over the world are opening up every day, and Canal Street is bustling with vendors selling literally anything you want (handbagperfumefirecologne anybody?) As a designer, it’s so important to keep your head up and really take in everything that’s around you. You never know what will spark your next great work.

That brings me to this morning. Walking to work from the B train I was looking around and reminiscing about my time here. It’s been so nice to feel a part of this community, to have a purpose walking through Soho, a sense of belonging. So when I saw a sign painter through the window of the new Chef’s Counter Club on Spring Street, painting their signs by hand, I smiled and thought about how nice it is they value something like that. When I saw him waving to me I was surprised and did a double-take. I recognized that face, Will Van Zee, from Pratt. Turns out I went to school with this kid like 4 years ago and he’s up here doing big things.

Started from scratch 3 years ago, Van Zee Sign Co. has been carving out a name for themselves as a premier NYC sign painting company, doing work for companies like Industry City, Chelsea Market, Deluxe Cycles, and Flyrite tattoos. Will Van Zee is the principle painter, a great dude, and always willing to chat about all things sign painting. With careful attention to detail and always trying to better himself and his craft, he’s exactly the kind of person you want painting your sign. If you happen to be in Pittsburg this weekend you can also check out his work at the Artsmiths Of Pittsburgh’s THAT TYPE SHOW, opening May 27th, and make sure to check out his Instagram which features all things hand painted.



May 27, 2017

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Michael Enten

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All Things Hand Painted, Van Zee Sign Co.

I think the best part about working in Soho, isn’t the beautiful people, the millions of food options, or the history per se, it’s the art and inspiration found in every corner. Colossal Media are constantly painting signs by hand, new shops that dictate style all over the world are …

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I think the best part about working in Soho, isn’t the beautiful people, the millions of food options, or the history per se, it’s the art and inspiration found in every corner. Colossal Media are constantly painting signs by hand, new shops that dictate style all over the world are opening up every day, and Canal Street is bustling with vendors selling literally anything you want (handbagperfumefirecologne anybody?) As a designer, it’s so important to keep your head up and really take in everything that’s around you. You never know what will spark your next great work.

That brings me to this morning. Walking to work from the B train I was looking around and reminiscing about my time here. It’s been so nice to feel a part of this community, to have a purpose walking through Soho, a sense of belonging. So when I saw a sign painter through the window of the new Chef’s Counter Club on Spring Street, painting their signs by hand, I smiled and thought about how nice it is they value something like that. When I saw him waving to me I was surprised and did a double-take. I recognized that face, Will Van Zee, from Pratt. Turns out I went to school with this kid like 4 years ago and he’s up here doing big things.

Started from scratch 3 years ago, Van Zee Sign Co. has been carving out a name for themselves as a premier NYC sign painting company, doing work for companies like Industry City, Chelsea Market, Deluxe Cycles, and Flyrite tattoos. Will Van Zee is the principle painter, a great dude, and always willing to chat about all things sign painting. With careful attention to detail and always trying to better himself and his craft, he’s exactly the kind of person you want painting your sign. If you happen to be in Pittsburg this weekend you can also check out his work at the Artsmiths Of Pittsburgh’s THAT TYPE SHOW, opening May 27th, and make sure to check out his Instagram which features all things hand painted.

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Sign Painting new york city creative graphic design studio

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