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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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The Louvre Abu Dhabi: Architectural Masterpiece

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I recently saw a photograph of the most beautiful building I have ever seen. Located on Saadiyat Island, which means the island of happiness, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will not only house pieces of art, it is a piece of art. Jean Nouvel was the architect for the project. ItsContinue Reading

November 9, 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, sheContinue Reading

November 8, 2017
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Exploring Nicolas Party’s Crayon Paintings

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Nicolas Party is a Swiss artist who likes to play with color. His colors are so bold, bright and full of energy. He developed his style from different artists. He developed his artworks from David Hockney’s artworks. His colors were inspired by Fauvism artist, Henri Matisse. But of course, hisContinue Reading

November 7, 2017
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The Political Paintings of Abdalla Al Omari

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In the day of high political tensions its important that we are aware of what’s going on around us. A big issue revolving around our country is immigration and refugees: People who escaped and abandoned their beloved country to give their family a better future and most importantly hope. Unfortunately,Continue Reading

November 6, 2017
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Meet the Creatives NY Offers Insightful Advice from Creatives

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There are so many good podcasts for creatives, that it has become difficult to stay committed to just one. One day I’ll listen to Design Matters by Debbie Millman, another day I switch to TGD‘s relaxed conversations, but the point is that there are a LOT of good content out there. Continue Reading

November 5, 2017
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Color Your Cup at Starbucks

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Tis the season to be jolly, Starbucks’ “Give Good” holiday cups are back! Since 2006, Starbuck fanatics have enjoyed their signature, festive designs wrapped around their favorite hot cup. This year marks the first time that Starbucks started a different design approach, color your own cup. Over the last couple of years,Continue Reading

November 4, 2017
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Love Poems from an Artist

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There is an artist who is very romantic like a poet. In his exhibitions, security won’t tell you to stay away from the art. They would tell you “try one.” This artist is Felix Gonzalez-Torres (November 26, 1957 – January 9, 1996). Gonzalez-Torres was a Cuban-born American visual artist. He wasContinue Reading

November 3, 2017
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Limited Edition MetroCards by Artist Barbara Kruger

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The blue and yellow Metro Card is an instantly recognizable symbol of New York, but not all metro cards are alike. On Wednesday, the MTA began releasing 50,000 limited edition MetroCards at four stops. The MetroCards will be randomly sold at automated ticket machines in Queensboro Plaza, Broadway-Lafayette Street, East Broadway,Continue Reading

November 2, 2017
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Unveiling the New Grand Central Terminal Logo

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The historic global landmark in Midtown Manhattan of transportation has changed the way it will be perceived. Earlier this month, Grand Central Terminal revealed their new logo. Their new logo generated some different opinions, especially among the design community in New York. Since February 1913, Grand Central Terminal became oneContinue Reading

November 1, 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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Designers Will Love These Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is tomorrow. Your thoughts may still be on your costume, which will make you standout. Designers are even pickier, and might not be satisfied with costumes available at a store or online. Never fear! You have enough creativity to deal with that. Try one of these DIY Halloween costumes thatContinue Reading

October 30, 2017
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Design Inspiration: Illustrator Jenni Sparks’ Maps

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London-based Illustrator Jenni Sparks’ maps are full of life. From the moment your eyes land on her work, you feel as if you are a taking a glimpse inside a familiar neighborhood. She cares about the unique differences and quirks of places, particularly in Britain. In Sparks’ maps are fullContinue Reading

October 29, 2017
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The Forbidden City’s Colors and Beauty

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When many people think about China, they think about Chinatown. But that’s actually not what China looks like. It is a country that has a long and interesting history. If you have a chance to go to China and see the Forbidden City, you will be surprised by its beauty.Continue Reading

October 28, 2017
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These Illustrations Will Get You Pumped for Stranger Things Season 2

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The Upside down world is here! In the spirit of Halloween and all of who loves Stranger Things, we’ve collected some our favorite displays of Demogorgon love. Today, marks the release of season two of Stranger Things. Throughout this year, many artists and illustrators were obsessed with Netflix’s campy, 80s-inspired sci-fiContinue Reading

October 27, 2017
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Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined Opens at the Whitney

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Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola’s exhibit “To Wander Determined” opened at the Whitney last week. She is a New York-based portrait artist, and she has exhibited all over the United States, in Canada, and in South Africa. Her life-sized works depict two fictional Nigerian aristocratic families. They are a juxtaposition of an old, noble NigerianContinue Reading

October 26, 2017
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