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January 18, 2018

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Edel Rodriguez Announces New Exhibit “Agent Orange”

As we embark at the end of Donald Trump’s first year as president, you will find it difficult not to think about the editorial illustrations created by Edel Rodriguez. Advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy and Edel Rodriguez have teamed up to present a collection of all of his images of Trump in a …

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As we embark at the end of Donald Trump’s first year as president, you will find it difficult not to think about the editorial illustrations created by Edel Rodriguez. Advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy and Edel Rodriguez have teamed up to present a collection of all of his images of Trump in a new exhibit called “Agent Orange,” in Portland, Oregon. On January 25th, there will an opening reception exhibiting the many images by Rodriguez for many pivotal publications documenting American politics such as Time Magazine and Die Spiegel. All of his illustrations that will be exhibited were created between the 2016 primaries until now.

“About a year ago, I began to think that this work could be collected in a book. The title that came to my mind for such a book was ‘Agent Orange,’ a toxic orange chemical in the body of a Russian agent.”

– Edel Rodriguez

If you are in Oregon this month will be a fantastic exhibit to go to reflect on the changes that our country is experiencing and the creative narrative that Rodriguez has built up over the last year.

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AGENT ORANGE Works by Edel Rodriguez Wieden+Kennedy | Portland Opening Reception, January 25th, 5:30pm I’m very honored to have been asked by the Wieden+Kennedy ad agency to have a show of my work from the past two years at their agency’s main gallery in Portland, Oregon. The show will open next Thursday and consists of numerous of works from the beginning of the 2016 primaries until now. This is the first exhibit that will be showing all of my artwork and magazine covers about the 45th president of The United States. About a year ago, I began to think that this work could be collected in a book. The title that came to my mind for such a book was “Agent Orange”, a toxic orange chemical in the body of a Russian agent. The book will hopefully come one day, for now we have the show. Signed prints of this image, a combination of many of my well known images, will be available at the opening, with a portion of proceeds going to refugee causes. Hope to see you at the opening if you’re in town. ————————————— Wieden+Kennedy is an independent American advertising agency. Founded by Dan Wieden and David Kennedy, and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, it is one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies in the world. #edelrodriguez #portland

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November 23, 2017

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Design Inspiration: Gail Bichler

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The New York Times Magazine’s Design Director, Gail Bichler is all about collaboration. When she moved to Minneapolis to work on her freelance career, she realized the importance of having a design community. I was very isolated for a while. I wanted to continue making books for publishers and museums, …

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The New York Times Magazine‘s Design Director, Gail Bichler is all about collaboration. When she moved to Minneapolis to work on her freelance career, she realized the importance of having a design community.

I was very isolated for a while. I wanted to continue making books for publishers and museums, and to do other kinds of cultural work, but I think it was a pretty hard move to make because I really didn’t know anyone when I arrived. So not only did I not have a business partner, I didn’t really have that many friends either.

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When she moved to New York with her husband, she explored the idea of working with a team. Bichler took a leap of faith and called the The New York Times to work as a designer. What was a three month contract turned into a special collaborative relationship with her team at The New York Times Magazine, working with talented designers like Arem Duplessis and Matt Willey.

She accredits her love for type as the main inspiration behind the design direction The New York Times Magazine. With it’s signature covers that dominates white space and color, Bichler and Willey’s beautiful type is the icing on the cake. Every cover looks crisp and graphic.

Gail Bichler has been at The New York Times Magazine for several years. I’m excited to see what new sleek design they will come up this coming year!

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November 8, 2017

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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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October 8, 2017

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Design Inspiration: Valerio Pellegrini’s Infographic for WIRED UK

In my opinion, WIRED magazine has one of the most striking collections of accessible editorial design on news stands. In each issue, the overall design is impeccably consistent, original, and subtly rebellious with its vibrant color schemes and energetic graphics. Today’s design inspiration is Valerio Pellegrini’s design for WIRED UK. Pellegrini’s …

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In my opinion, WIRED magazine has one of the most striking collections of accessible editorial design on news stands. In each issue, the overall design is impeccably consistent, original, and subtly rebellious with its vibrant color schemes and energetic graphics.

Today’s design inspiration is Valerio Pellegrini’s design for WIRED UK. Pellegrini’s design is a beautiful infographic that displays data on the use of nuclear reactors for the article, “Nuclear Slowdown,” by Matthew Reynolds. Mycle Schneider co-author of the 2016 Nuclear Industry Status Report provided the information for the infographic.

Looking at data on nuclear energy has never looked this good. Those vibrant colors of the data and background paired with contrasting sans type successfully continues visual consistency with WIRED‘s brand and remains faithful to his personal aesthetic. You can see more of his work on Behance

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September 26, 2017

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Nao Suzuki

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NY Art Book Fair 2017

If you are fed up with digital books or common best-seller books, the NY Art Book Fair is the right place for you to find that hidden gem. This past weekend, Printed Matter hosted the NY Art Book Fair, the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, and zines. This …

If you are fed up with digital books or common best-seller books, the NY Art Book Fair is the right place for you to find that hidden gem. This past weekend, Printed Matter hosted the NY Art Book Fair, the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, and zines. This event was presented by the independent non-profit organization Printed Matter.

Printed Matter celebrated the NY Art Book Fair’s twelfth year with more than 370 participating artists, publishers, and booksellers from all over the world.  This event gave them the opportunity to expose their creativity and ideas. In opposition to the recent boom of e-books, some people yearn for the printed book and that’s why this kind of printed book festival is going to be more precious than before.

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August 14, 2017

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Bianca Ng

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The Tokyoiter: Faux Magazine Created by Local Illustrators Inspired by The New Yorker’s Magazine

We were all taught, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but maybe there is some truth to the cover? In fact, book cover design is an entire career that many young designers aspire to. I would argue the cover is pretty damn important. Illustrators and artists who have the …

We were all taught, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but maybe there is some truth to the cover? In fact, book cover design is an entire career that many young designers aspire to. I would argue the cover is pretty damn important. Illustrators and artists who have the honor of creating an iconic cover for The New Yorker make history. It is a unique platform young designers dream of working on. Since its inception, The New Yorker has been a catalyst for conversations on controversial political and cultural issues happening in the modern day. The covers have the power to reach a broad audience and spark ideas, conversations, and discussions. It is known worldwide, not just in New York.

The Tokyoiter is a project conceived by illustrators and I quote, “drawing freaks.” I love a well-done spoof, and what better city to achieve such a feat other than Tokyo, one of the largest, most influential cities in the world. They were inspired by the New Yorker covers and essentially created their own version, Tokyo styled.

Some of us are illustrators and some are just living in Tokyo a wonderful city full of stories and daily inspiration. We want to celebrate the passion for this city and its inhabitants’ story.

We hope that each cover will be a testimony of what’s make Tokyo such fascinating place to live and experience. We are sure that with this tribute to The New Yorker traditional cover art and The Parisianer, we can both celebrate illustration, cartooning, drawing, design, creativity… and Tokyo.

What better way to celebrate a bustling, significant city like Tokyo? These covers are filled with personality, whimsical details, and beautiful aesthetics. Check out some of my favorites below:

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July 31, 2017

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Jesus Ortega

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The Premier League 2016/17 Season Annual

By this time most of you know how much we are fans of soccer, here at Alfalfa Studio, especially me of the Premier League. Whether it’s recent transfer news, rumors, illustrations, and even animations, bet to believe I am up to date. This past season was good. Things went back …

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By this time most of you know how much we are fans of soccer, here at Alfalfa Studio, especially me of the Premier League. Whether it’s recent transfer news, rumors, illustrations, and even animations, bet to believe I am up to date. This past season was good. Things went back to normal with Chelsea champion and we didn’t have another David and Goliath story where a small team crowns themselves’ champion.

For the second year straight, designers Charlie Sims, Sam Smith, and Josh Williams launched a season annual printed book that gives you a recap of what went on in the best of the league. In case you missed the major highlights, these designers will keep you up to date and no…don’t worry it’s not your average book full of text that’ll bore you to death. This book is full of wonderful illustrations of the protagonists of this league, as well as important events that went on throughout the course of the season. This season annual gives you a week by week analysis. Something to note is that this project was made possible with the help of other creatives: 39 illustrators stamped their work in this book and three sports journalists contributed to the whole analysis.

In this book, you’ll see cool illustrations that include “the special one,” Mourinho, John Terry‘s Chelsea farewell. You’ll also see how many shots Philippe Coutinho took outside the box, and how much Eden Hazard could move on the pitch. This season annual is a must get for all soccer fans. If you interested in buying, click here.

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June 22, 2017

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Julia Celestino

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Three Men Charged With Selling Fake Damien Hirst Prints Online, $400,000 in Purchases

  Many of you are familiar with the name Damien Hirst and his unique collection of artwork. But are you familiar with the men that could be selling you knock off “authentic” Hirst pieces? Currently, three men are being charged with producing and selling counterfeit Damien Hirst prints. Vincent Lopreto, …

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Many of you are familiar with the name Damien Hirst and his unique collection of artwork. But are you familiar with the men that could be selling you knock off “authentic” Hirst pieces?

Currently, three men are being charged with producing and selling counterfeit Damien Hirst prints. Vincent Lopreto, Marco Saverino, and Paul Motta have fooled thousands of collectors from all over the world into purchasing these forged works, helping this group earn more than $400,000. All three were charged with multiple counts of theft, or grand larceny, and scheme to defraud.

With a high demand in the online market, it tends to lead to fake pieces with little or no value. Cyrus Vance a Manhattan district attorney spoke out “In this case, the alleged fraud went beyond plain imitation, and the defendants are charged with deceiving a multitude of buyers into purchasing counterfeit art that was falsely passed off as genuine.” One of the crooks, Vincent Lopreto, was released from jail after being sentenced to two to four years in state prison just 15 days prior to a similar charge. In 2014, Lopreto pleaded guilty to identity theft and scheme to defraud, for doing the exact same thing! Yet again he was selling forged pieces of art, which were advertised online as originals. Lopreto was then sentenced to two to four years in state prison.

The latest investigation revealed that these three men were making fraudulent certificates of authenticity and sending out fake purchase receipts to buyers in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, South Africa, Canada, Taiwan, and South Korea. This scheme had lasted from October 2015 to February 2017.

This is a red flag to future buyers, Vance said there was “no substitute for due diligence.”  He continued:

“To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, I encourage prospective buyers to confirm an item’s authenticity with the artist, advertiser, or an academic expert prior to making a significant investment.”

On a lighter note, if you Damien Hirst’s work, you may also enjoy this post.

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June 16, 2017

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Rafael Esquer

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Emigre Magazine: Design, Discourse and Authorship

Emigre 15 cover, ‘Do you read me?’, 1990. This issue, focused on new typefaces and legibility, features typeface designs and interviews with Peter Mertens, Zuzana Licko, John Downer, Jeffery Keedy and Barry Deck, among others. As I was coming of age as a designer I witnessed and was influenced by …

Emigre 15 cover, ‘Do you read me?’, 1990. This issue, focused on new typefaces and legibility, features typeface designs and interviews with Peter Mertens, Zuzana Licko, John Downer, Jeffery Keedy and Barry Deck, among others.
Emigre 15 cover, ‘Do you read me?’, 1990. This issue, focused on new typefaces and legibility, features typeface designs and interviews with Peter Mertens, Zuzana Licko, John Downer, Jeffery Keedy and Barry Deck, among others.

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 the ‘established’ publications such as Graphis, Communication Arts, and Print along with award annuals. And then, Emigre Magazine, the ‘rebel’ of them all, suddenly popped into the scene. University of Reading’s Department of Typography & Graphic Communication is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking publication, “Emigre Magazine: Design, Discourse and Authorship.”

Emigre gave voice to a new wave of designers that challenged the design establishment. The magazine sought to provoke, with its adventurous fusion of self-publishing, critical writing, and experimental typography, the design community. It was a critical time in graphic design when everyone felt the impact of digital technology like never before.

The magazine was also one of the first publications to be created entirely using Macintosh computers. This bold move greatly influenced graphic designers as they were moving into desktop publishing. In a strange way, Emigre opened the door to current design criticism and showcase blogs. Somehow, it freed designers to express their opinions and unabashedly publish their work.

Emigre was co-founded in California in 1984 by Rudy VanderLans who, also, art directed it using fonts designed by his wife, Zuzana Licko. Amongst notable collaborators were Jeffery Keedy, Gail Swanlund, Anne Burdick, and Andrew Blauvert.

Personally, all of the designers who either were featured or collaborated with Emigre became my heroes. Through this publication, they greatly influenced the work I was doing as a student. Its dynamic pages served as a stage that launched designers like Vaughan Oliver and David Carson into design stardom.

Emigre published 69 issues in a range of formats, from tabloid to paperback book, before closing in 2005.

If you have a chance check out the show and see for yourself. “Emigre Magazine: Design, Discourse, and Authorship” will run from June 12 to July 14, 2017. The show has been co-curated by Francisca Monteiro and Rick Poynor.

Interviews with April Greiman and Glenn Suokko in Emigre 11, ‘Ambition/fear’, 1989. The early issues of Emigre coincided with the adoption of Macintosh computers by graphic designers. Emigre 11 is devoted to a series of interviews with designers about the new tool. The magazine’s pages often offered multiple reading paths.
Interviews with April Greiman and Glenn Suokko in Emigre 11, ‘Ambition/fear’, 1989. The early issues of Emigre coincided with the adoption of Macintosh computers by graphic designers. Emigre 11 is devoted to a series of interviews with designers about the new tool. The magazine’s pages often offered multiple reading paths.

 

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June 5, 2017

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Lotta Nieminen’s New “Cook in a Book” is Everything You Didn’t Know You Wanted Out of a Cookbook

All images © 2017 Phaidon and Lotta Nieminen Teaching a child to cook, even with a cookbook, isn’t easy. So why not cook in a book? Literally. This is the concept of a new book published by Phaidon, illustrated and designed by the extraordinary, Lotta Nieminen. Last week, I attended …

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Teaching a child to cook, even with a cookbook, isn’t easy. So why not cook in a book? Literally. This is the concept of a new book published by Phaidon, illustrated and designed by the extraordinary, Lotta Nieminen. Last week, I attended the panel discussion for the book. I must say, I was blown away.

Why may you ask? Well, although I am a huge fan of Lotta Nieminen’s illustration and design work, the impeccable amount of thought put into this book was a collaborative process. Alongside Nieminen, Publishing Director for Children’s Books at Phaidon, Cecily Kaiser, and Art Director for Children’s Books at Phaidon, Meagan Bennett, transformed a normal recipe into an experience like no other. Nieminen’s adaptable illustration style was applied in an unusual manner that allowed children to get a near close experience to cooking popular recipes like pancakes, pizza, and tacos. So children get to cook new recipes, without the hot dangers of an oven.  Every parent’s dream… But the illustrations aren’t the only things to admire in this book. This pop open book cleverly recreated the preparation of the recipe with mechanisms. I purchased the Ppizza! recipe book (because who doesn’t like pizza) and I loved how they took advantage of what practically feels like every trick in a book.

The discussion panel, hosted by AIGA/NY, brought to light the unexpected complexities of Cook in a Book’s inception, as well as the process. They elaborated on many aspects of the creation put into this book, but what stood out to me the most was the enthusiasm and idealism Kaiser and Bennett had for this project. They knew they wanted to work with Nieminen. In fact, they previously asked her to participate in another project and was turned down. Ultimately, she joined them on this exciting project in an effort to explore new terrain. The book overall is worth it!

And who said this book should just be for kids? I will use this crafty this weekend when I get a little hungry.

You can buy her new book on Amazon.

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