Deutsche & Japaner's Branding for Speicher7 Hotel

Curator: Lotta Nieminen
date: November 25, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design
Tags: art direction, graphic design

Speicher7 is one hotel I wouldn’t mind staying in, if only to hoard all the printed material created by creative studio Deutsche & Japaner. Located in the city of Mannheim, Germany, the hotel has used their identity design to brand everything from menus to soaps and laundry bags.

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Benjamin Critton's Branding for Picture Room

Curator: Lotta Nieminen
date: November 24, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design
Tags: graphic design

Picture Room, the art store offshoot of Soho bookstore McNally Jackson that specializes in rare prints, posters, and art publications, doesn't only host work from the likes of Dexter Sinister and Robin Cameron (opening in January), but also has a killer branding.


Behind the visual identity is artist and designer Benjamin Critton, whose work I’ve admired for a while now.

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Trading Cards of the Ancient Sages

Curator: David Grey
date: October 24, 2014
Categories: Art, Corporate Communications Design
Tags: Color, graphic design, pattern
I was recently turned on to the work of Mariana Abosolo. I stumbled upon a blog post with a few of her images and a link to a Flickr page

I don’t know anything about her ,but she’s making some incredible work. Her pieces look like antique trading cards, or outsider art cigarette packaging, or flags from a lost continent or tantric drawings made with office supplies. They feel otherworldly and lost in time. Each object looks found rather than made. 

I love how the scale of each piece is difficult to recognize. Sitting with Mariana’s work transports me to another era…and I’m not sure where or when that is. Subtle and raw. I wish I had made it.

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Music for 18 Musicians

Curator: David Grey
date: October 23, 2014
Categories: Design in Music, Poster Design
Tags: education, graphic design
At Santa Fe University of Art and Design I teach a course called "Design for Music," in which students have the opportunity to work on LP/CD/mp3 music packaging in a group studio environment. 

I’m continually impressed by how the structure of this course helps students relax into the creative process. Last week, we took a playful three-hour break with an evening workshop on repetition, pattern and rhythm. I introduced the designers to Steve Reich’s "Music for 18 Musicians." We played it a few times in a row while designing imaginary performance posters. 

Within one evening some incredible work transpired. Their responses were playful and unrestrained, intuitive and intellectual. The inspiration of it all made me crave an immediate studio session of my own. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to share some of this rich student work with you.
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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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