March 12, 2010

On my way to the library I passed a FDNY emergency call unit. With a cool looking plate posted on it. This of course led me on an inspector google trail.Check out the ‘Designated Art’ section of Paul Richard’s website

-9th st. & Ave B, East Village


typeface love

February 13, 2010

Last year I sent out a digital valentine (top) to all my students. Later, one of my PRATT students, Emily Wilbur, gave me the most AWESOME gift (above). You probably get it that I love Helvetica. What typeface do you love?

letterpress alternative

February 9, 2010

I wish I had a set of Clarendon metal type.I’ve been trying to find materials to use to make type. Potatoes seemed like a good idea, but they are too wet and hard to carve. Other materials tested include: yoga mat, cardboard, foamcore, arts & crafts foam (this seemed to work the best). I am obsessed with this undertaking. If anyone has any ideas bring them on!


February 1, 2010

I’m thoroughly enjoying teaching ‘What’s Your Type?’ an experimental typography course I developed. Students are constantly asked to think about type in context; as it relates to its environment, how does its meaning change? Last semester we played around with the idea of edible typography in motion. Steve Smith was the mastermind behind the project, check out the process video. All in the spirit of fun and open source!

What can you do for graphic design?

January 14, 2010

I just received scholarship applications in the mail for 89 students (yikes!). Three months ago SVA contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in being a part of the review committee for their MFA scholarship. YES. I always say yes. Not only because I was a recipient of this very same scholarship when I was in the MFA program, but also because I always say yes. I hate it when people say ‘I don’t have time’. We all have the same amount of time.

I was reminded of this ‘helping others’ philosophy a few weeks ago when I was debating whether or not I should join AIGA. My intention was to immediately be a part of the NY board and add that to my CV. I emailed my friend Randy (who is very active in AIGA), and asked him his opinion. ‘What will I get for my $450?’ Randy’s answer was ‘It’s not what AIGA can do for you, rather what can you do for AIGA’. Snap!

I believe that we should all help one another (not just within the design community, but in general – but that’s a different post). First, I feel good when I can help someone. It also helps  me get out of myself. And I believe what comes around  goes around. When I needed advice on a career choice, Steven Heller (the chair of the MFA program) graciously lent his time to help me make my decision (and he’s helped me tons of other times too). It meant SO much to me. If I can possibly give someone else that feeling, that’s what it’s all about. When I first started out in Graphic Design I asked so many people for help and most of them said yes. So, say YES.

Graphic Design Resolutions

January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! It’s the time to make some resolutions, which I’m pretty good at following. In no particular order, here are some of mine.

1.  Be more organized with my digital files. Package InDesign projects when finished, delete old drafts, put folders on HD that aren’t used, get fonts in order.
2.  Pause. This means look over everything in detail before submitting to client and printer. Despite ‘rush’ jobs, deadlines, etc, don’t be sloppy. spell check and make sure photos are as good as they can be.
3.  Take risks. Do something exciting for your clients, and for yourself.
4.  Incorporate photography. I got a Nikon SLR 3000 for xmas and can’t wait to master it! Take photos instead of using vectors and type as image. Take photos for myself.
5.  Always have a personal project going on. Blog, photograph, use new york city as your canvas, collaborate with friends, experiment.
6.  Be harder on students. It’s easier to tell them their work is fine than it is to tell them how to make it better. Be the best teacher you can be.
7.  Take a photography class (see #4)
8.  Design a typeface. Start by taking a class. This is more of a 3 year goal.
9.  Write a book. This is more of a 5-year goal.
10.  Don’t take life too seriously. Have fun.

The 2010 font up top is history by Peter Bilak. It’s pretty amazing.

Spotted (in my kitchen)

December 5, 2009

This photograph is not staged.

There is a typographer working at Papaya Dog

November 25, 2009

At Papaya dog on 14th street and 1st Ave, Louis writes on food. He’s from the South Bronx and has 3 kids. When I asked him if he had an interest in graphic design, he simply said ‘I don’t know what you mean’. I told him i love his work.


November 24, 2009

Well hello there Mr. Hydrant! Whoever did this, thank you.
Spotted on 12th Street between Avenue A & B.

Obsessing Over Obsessing About Teaching Graphic Design

November 12, 2009

teaching GD

Teaching graphic design is something I love. I get to share my knowledge with other designers, get inspiration from them, be present (at least for the length of class), and feel like I’m making a difference (hopefully) in someone’s life.

As I suddenly find myself teaching five classes at two institutions (School of Visual Arts and Pratt), and freelancing, I am starting to obsess. Even more than before. My brain activity is filled with ideas for projects for classes. How to better assignments, set up flickr groups, create class blogs, find articles and books to read and recommend. This happens in the shower, during yoga, on the way to and from class, before I go to bed at night. On and on and on. Read the rest of this entry »