Archive for April, 2018

Otl Aicher

Otl Aicher or also known as Otto Aicher, was a German graphic designer and typographer, who was considered by many to be ahead of his time. His style is known to be crisp and clear, and focused primarily on conveying function than aesthetical values. He is best known for designing pictograms for the 1972 Summer…

Sylvia Harris

Sylvia Harris, also known as an “ambassador of design” and a “citizen designer”, was born in 1953 in Richmond, Virginia to her father, a legendary sports coach, and her mother, an art teacher and artist. From a young age, she started to see the effects society and its organizations had on people’s lives. She was…

Rebeca Méndez University of Cincinnati: Marché

This project, commissioned by Thom Mayne of Morphosis, required Mendez to create a design that would cover four cone-like structures that pierce the ceiling of the Rec Center. For this design, Mendez took into account that often times, in places like these, plants are what is wanted, to create a more lifelike feel to accompany…

Otto Eckmann

  Otto Eckmann Fox Tile 1899   Before this image, I had a bit of difficulty looking for the similarities between Art Nouveau and Japanese tapestries, but, however, with this tile created for houses, I can see the inspiration far more clearly. This piece makes me think that the art nouveau period was a total…

Rebeca Méndez Tsunami

This piece, commissioned by Tsunami Asian Grill Restaurant, is a 20,000 square foot long collage that spans the entirety of the grill, depicting a Japanese woman seeming to dissolve into the water. This piece interested me the most out of the others that I could’ve worked on, because of its sheer size, and how the…

The Happy Show

The Happy Show Sagmeister & Walsh http://thehappyshow.tumblr.com/ The Happy Show Sagmeister & Walsh http://thehappyshow.tumblr.com/ Now Is Better film: https://vimeo.com/248182533 If I dont ask I dont get film: https://vimeo.com/248182423 This is my favorite project by Stefan Sagmeister, which is why I chose to put this in the portfolio. However, I also believe this to be one of Sagmeister’s…

Otto Eckmann

Otto Eckmann Five Swans Tapestry 1897   In this piece, I was struck by the clear intersection of Medieval and Japanese aesthetic, combined intentionally by Eckmann. In Germany specifically, Jugendstil was predominantly formed from Japanese folk art/calligraphic forms and Medieval European art/lettering. Design principles are really being explored in this particular tapestry, just proving how sophisticated…

Rebeca Méndez

Rebeca Mendéz, born in Mexico City on July 8th, 1962, has become one of the premier graphic artists of our time. Earning an AIGA Medal for 2017 and winning a 2010 Nation Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution, she has surely grown her skills to an impressive level. She wasn’t always sure of herself, though.…

Steven Heller Man Bites Man

Steven Heller became a strong influence in graphic design starting at a young age and with no formal art education.  Man Bites Man was Heller’s first book of which he was also the editor.  This work is a conjunction of twenty-two cartoonists who were participating in the magazine industry during the early 1960’s, ” Leonard Maltin,…

Otto Eckmann

  Otto Eckmann The Weekly magazine Jugend No.14 1896   Otto Eckmann’s work with the Jugend magazine is what brought him the majority of his fame, so, naturally, one of his personally designed magazine covers would be important to explain. This was one of the earliest editions of the magazine that reeled in a popular…

Alvin Lustig Look Magazine

Alvin Lustig began his creative career in Los Angeles, California but became increasingly upset with what he thought was a scarcity of a creative community. This drove Alvin to move to New York City in 1944 to find a richer, deeper design community. While in New York, Alvin began working in the design department of…

Ed Benguiat: New York Times

Ed Benguiat is responsible for many iconic American logos but even the most knowledgeable typographers and designers would be shocked to learn that this legend in the type world has played such a significant role in revising the New York Times masthead.   According to Andrew Shalat from Macworld, Benguiat took it upon himself to…