A Wandering Mapmaker: Rachel Freeman

Curator: David Grey
date: October 22, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Art, Design in Film, Design in Music, Poster Design
Tags: graphic design, student
Rachel Freeman is changing the landscape of graphic design in northern New Mexico. She’s a young artist who already shows the qualities of a creative mystic. I love how she manipulates color and form to resonate sensation and emotion. 

Her reinterpretation of 2001: A Space Odyssey and the commissioned poster for Santa Fe University of Art and Design are magnificent. She builds supportive grids to create compositions that feel like flowing rain and the flickering of a night sky. They instantly make me smile. 

Whether it's commercial work or self-initiated projects, Rachel explores graphic design as contemplative art. She's authentic and self-reflective. If this is the work of a designer who's at the beginning of a life-long practice, then I can't wait to see how her creative path unfolds.
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Viva La Revolución Part II: Fernando Gaverd

Curator: David Grey
date: October 21, 2014
Categories: Art, Brand & Identity Design, Poster Design
Tags: graphic design, Mexico
Fernando Gaverd is another amazing Mexican designer. He creates some of the sexiest work I know; curves and lines that dance at the intersection of human form and geometry. He has the sensibility of a classic typographer and the curiosity of a graffiti kid. His symbols are amazing. They look like Frank Lloyd Wright inspired alien hieroglyphics. And his photography is stunning when used in his own projects. 

I’m always impressed by his sensitivity to scale and rhythm and movement and inspired by his confident mark-making. I have a feeling the world will soon be seeing much more of Fernando's work.

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Viva La Revolución Part I: Marco Lukini

Curator: David Grey
date: October 20, 2014
Categories: Art, Poster Design
Tags: art, Mexico
Mexico is where it’s at. Some of the most creative, open minded and hardworking designers can be found just to the South. Marco Lukini is certainly one of them. Combining a photographer’s eye with a sculptor’s mind, Marco creates contemplative image-making that channels Lazlo Moholy Nagy, French philosophy and the Incredible Hulk. 

Before finding graphic design, he studied film and photography in Mexico City. His creative process is an interweaving of digital and analog techniques. Marco likes to loop technology and remix his own world. With the force of a hammer, he constructs, deconstructs and reconstructs the principles of magnetism through the elements of design. I’m constantly inspired by the weight, strength and truth of his black-and-white imagery.
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Rad Designer Alert: Misha Kahn

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 17, 2014
Categories: Art, Product Design
Tags: art, sculpture

Weird. Gross. These are my highest compliments when it comes to design (seriously). If a designer can make something that makes me giggle, makes me want to touch it, intangibly reminds me of food AND is still functional and perfectly executed—then I’m sold. 

I definitely drank the Kool-Aid because I’m really digging the Memphis revival.  I wouldn’t say Misha Kahn’s work fits exactly into this Memphis 2.0 grouping, but it's part of a larger design movement that celebrates the serious and silly.

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Building a Sukkah, the Ultimate Design Brief

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 16, 2014
Categories: Art, Sustainable Design
Tags: architecture, holidays

If you’ve been through Willamsburg this week you’ve probably seen a lot of what looks like huts, shacks or makeshift shelters. These are actually Sukkahs, part of Sukkot, a Jewish holiday. Until recently, I wasn’t very well educated about them. I knew that many families ate all their meals inside them, and some (even entire families) will sleep in their sukkah for the duration of the holiday. They're built for entertaining and being together, which sounds great to me!

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