Posts Tagged ‘typography’


While I don’t like to get super “political” these days, the the events in Ferguson (and across the country) have been on my mind. In some ways it’s amazing how far we’ve come as a country, but these events are a clear reminder of how far we still have to go. I’m reminded of images from a 1968 Civil Rights protest in Memphis. The images are so strong and powerful, and from a design/type sense, quite beautiful and well-designed. We’re all men (and women), all the same.

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i_am_a_man-poster4“All men are created equal …” Equality is a beautiful thing! Get into it.


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Buffalo Pong Wallpaper: Digital and gouache Na Kim 2012
Buffalo Pong Wallpaper, 2012.

Today I’m super excited to share illustrated patterns by Na Kim and her delightfully illustrated resume (scroll down). How great is this buffalo x ping pong wallpaper pattern? I love this style of pattern making; taking individual illustrations and repositioning them to create a repeat pattern. And I like that she’s doing so in such a playful way. They’re totally random (or at least appear to be) but work together so well. I love the unexpected combinations! Wouldn’t this pattern, and the ones below, make really cool socks or something? I’m all about it.

Buffalo Pong Gouache on Paper © Na Kim 2012

Her original Buffalo Pong illustration (above).

Mallard-mallot Pattern 2012 Digital+Gouache © Na Kim 2012

Mallard-mallot Pattern, 2012 (above).

Mallard-Mallot 2012 Gouache on paper © Na Kim 2012

Whale Ballin’ Reloaded Wallpaper © Na Kim 2012

Whale Ballin’ 2012 (above). Aren’t these fun?

So I found Na Kim’s illustrated resume first (below), and patterns second, which reminded me of a subject I’ve touched on a few times, resume design. Some months ago, I blogged about what a bad idea “creative” resumes are, especially in the graphic design field. However, in this case I absolutely love Na Kim’s illustrated resume. It just makes sense. She’s a talented illustrator and has a unique typographic style of lettering. I’m not saying all designers (or typographers) should do this, but when it speaks to your skills, and you’re able to inject a sense of personality AND skill into it, then why not.

So if you’re liking what you see, check out Na Kim’s website and blog.
Get into it y’all!

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Love love love! (everything above and below).

boys will be boys 2011 Ink on Paper

he said she said 2011

I AM NOT AFRAID OF RICHARD SERRA. 2009 Gouache on paper

im no kennedy 2011

the good life 2010

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Hort is a creative studio based in Germany who’s work has been floating around the design blogs for a while. Since I recently blogged about the Brooklyn Nets Logo, I thought I’d keep the sports theme going. I love that Hort’s work for Nike is so experimental and creative. High design and abstract. It’s pretty remarkable a huge corporation like Nike is trusting and open to promoting their brand this way. Definitely gives the brand new life and an edge. Hort describes themselves as, “A creative playground. A place where ‘work and play’ can be said in the same sentence. An unconventional working environment. Once a household name in the music industry. Now, a multi-disciplinary creative hub. Not just a studio space, but an institution devoted to making ideas come to life. A place to learn, a place to grow, and a place that is still growing.” Pretty cool right?

Get into their Nike work below.


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Nike x LeBron James Shirt (above) – awesome drawn typography!


Nike USA, WITNESS CAMPAIGN (above and below).


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Today I got quite the surprise in my inbox from the folks at Behance. My work for Jonathan Adler is being featured on Typography Served, a site with curated work from leading creatives on Behance. What an honor! Thanks Behance!

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This weekend I’m working on an exciting freelance project for a educational non-profit based in Connecticut. I’ve been doing a lot of research into the Field Notes series and thought these journals are too well-designed and special not to share. It’s amazing how this brand took something so simple and so frankly, unnecessary, and created something of great value. How many of the journals already exist? Hundreds. But Field Notes did something different, and creates beautiful designed objects. I love the simple black and white typography that appears throughout all the pieces. If anyone would like to get me a set of this stuff for my bday coming up, I’d be ever so thankful 😉

And here’s a great little teaser video on some of the behind the scenes magic:

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St. Vincent’s Hospital “Place Project” — Full View

Here are screen shots of my finals projects after my first semester in Pratt’s MFA program. This year I was in three studios, Graduate Seminar, and Thesis (17 hours — before this point, I had never taken more than 9). While some classes I really enjoyed (Visual Language and Transformation Design), one in particular I felt absolutely no connection with (Technology Studio). Despite my lack of enthusiasm for Technology Studio, I’m really happy with my final project, “Romantically Uninvolved: 2010 Annual Report” — an annual report on my “dating life” (of lack there of) during 2010. Once everything is posted and presented, I will spend more time talking about each project. So enjoy the pictures, they’re probably better than whatever BS MFA artist statements I’ll come up with later 😉

Close-up of St. Vincent’s Poster, 26×42 Poster, Visual Language Studio

A peak into my “Creative Process”(a mess). 30×30 Poster, Transformation Design Studio

Close-up of “Process” Poster, “Let your haters be your motivators”

Cover of “Romantically Uninvolved: 2010 Annual Report” 20-page Report, Technology Studio

Interior Spread

Close-up of NYC Map in Annual Report.

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This quote that goes perfectly for what I assume was the mission of St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. The hospital was NYC’s last remaining Catholic hospital and found itself in the center of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, eventually creating the first care center for AIDS patients on the East Coast. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, a religiously-back hospital, helping the very people the Catholic Church preaches against. How did the attitudes change? St. Vincent’s was flooded with funding for their work providing HIV/AIDS care in the 1980s, which helped keep the hospital alive. Some argue the advancement of HIV medication, and the reduction of AIDS patients, is one of the factors leading to St. Vincent’s closing in Spring 2010. Interesting indeed.

(Almost) Final Version

Close-up of poster.


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