Thursday, December 1, 2016


Banksy is a household name in England—the Evening Standard has mentioned him thirty-eight times in the past six months—but his identity is a subject of febrile speculation. This much is certain: around 1993, his graffiti began appearing on trains and walls around Bristol; by 2001, his blocky spray-painted signature had cropped up all over the United Kingdom, eliciting both civic hand-wringing and comparisons to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Vienna, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Paris followed, along with forays into pranksterism and more traditional painting, but Banksy has never shed the graffitist’s habit of operating under a handle. His anonymity is said to be born of a desire—understandable enough for a “quality vandal,” as he likes to be called—to elude the police. 

BANKSY aesthetics:

1- be subversive,
2- be invisible,
3- be omniscient,
4- be accessible,
5- be humorous.

Gabriel Martínez Meave: to find yourself go back to typeface

Gabriel Martínez Meave is a self-taught graphic and typographic designer, illustrator, calligrapher, educator and author. 

He is the founder of Kimera, a studio in Mexico City. 

 Martínez Meave is consider a master calligrapher.

Adbusters (the power of anti-design)

Adbusters Media Foundation (called Adbusters or the Media Foundation) is a not-for-profit, anti-consumerist organization founded in 1989 by Kalle Lasn and Bill Schmalz in Canada. 

They describe themselves as "a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age." 

The foundation publishes Adbusters, a 120,000-circulation, reader-supported activist magazine, devoted to numerous political and social causes, many of which are anti-consumerist in nature. 

the message?

1- be subversive,
2- use the message against the message,
3- fight the system within the system.

The art of Andrey Logvin

Russian artist Andrey Logvin became known in the late 1990's for his witty, bright, energetic posters. In 1996 he received the gold medal at the International poster Biennal in Warsaw, Poland.  

International Design from New York, featured him as a master pushing the boundaries of the profession (the first Russian designer to be so honored).

Logvin tries to break through to the general public. Despite of the bad rap for political posters as a form of propaganda,

Logvin message?

1- be green!
2- speak to the masses, no the elite,
3- be honest with your message.

Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, animator, and graphic designer whose work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and Business Week. He lives in Brooklyn with his family. 

Niemann's philosophy:

1- come up with fresh solutions to old problems,
2- reinvent yourself,
3- be witty,
4- the more out there the better!

Strange Attractors (design is environment)

Based in The Hague, the Netherlands, the international design firm Strange Attractors was founded five years ago by Ryan Pescatore Frisk and Catelijne van Middelkoop. Their work reflects a keen interest in the intertwining of culture, media, context, experience and history. While they take a highly experimental approach to each of their wide-ranging design projects, their custom designed type and typography are hallmarks of their work. Through lectures and workshops they encourage designers and design students to see, value, and reinvent the vernacular around them—rather than capitulating to a generic globalist design approach.

Winners of numerous awards, Ryan Pescatore Frisk's and Catelijne van Middelkoop's work was recognized by I.D. Magazine's ID Forty 2006. Their clients have included FSI Fontshop International, Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo Lab, Studio Dumbar, and Museum Boijmans.

Flamingo Studio, Tokyo (bad-is-good design)

Flamingo Studio is a powerhouse led by Teruhiko Yumura, who pioneered the heta-huma, which translates as bad-good. It doesn't mean so bad it's good, but rather refers to the use of "bad" art.

Michael Punchman

Michael Punchman (Hong Kong), tries to erase the boundary between art and design. He has designed NO PEACE NO BOOM a series of colorful, polished, garish, fiberglass sculptures.

"BOOM" according to Punchman is not the explosive sound of destruction, but the rich reward for making a difference -a call for action!

Iman Raad

Iman Raad fell in love with Arabic script while teaching a typography class at Cooper Union in NY. Raad's work comes from typography, calligraphy, pottery, weaving, talismans, religious flags, and posters. "I try to explore the language of myths in the contemporary world" he says.

Brian Chippendale (design is NOISE)

Brian Chippendale is a new post-post modernist hybrid between music and art. His work embodies a kind of visual/noise aesthetics, influenced by punk, trash & DIY philosophy. The visuals feed on the music and viceversa. Check out the other Chippendale profile here and here. His Ninja and Maggot series (the former took five years in the making) have developed a cult following. 

Chippendale video's here.

Deanne Cheuk's mushroom graphics

Deanne Cheuk is the kind of artist that does not see a barrier between design and illustration or illustration and art. As illustrator, designer, art designer and artist, she fluently mixes watercolor, oils, pen, pencil and thread (as well as software, of course). Cheuk, born in Australia and currently residing in New York was labeled one of 34 “Young Guns” under the age of 30 by The Art Directors Club NY, one of “20 under 30” by Print Magazine and one of “The best people of 2004” by Time Magazine. She is a contributor to Nippon Vogue, and Dazed & Confused magazine. Her work has been commissioned by numerous magazines including Nylon, BlackBook, The Fader, Flaunt and The New York Times Magazine, She has art directed and designed numerous magazines including Tokion

Arem Duplessis

Duplessis takes from fine art, diagrams in old psychology, and sharks (yes, he's an avid scuba diver) as inspiration. 

1- use innovative typography, 
2- use scale, space and rhythm,
3- to convey complexity use pun and metaphor
4- make your design easy to digest. 

Duplessis is currently the Art Director of The New York Times Magazine. He has held design-director and art-director positions at various titles, including Spin, GQ and Blaze magazines. He has received over 300 awards from organizations like the Society of Publication Designers, where he most recently won both the "Members Choice Award" for best magazine and the prestigious "Magazine of the Year Award" for work done at The New York Times Magazine. More on Duplessis here

AnDy ReMeNtEr (design should be wacky)

Andy Rementer  (Philadelphia) earned graphic design degrees from University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is the happiest creating comics. The medium gives him the freedom to do as he pleases.

Rementer's world:

1- zany,
2- biting & offbeat,
3- wacky is good,
4- witty,
5- be a little paranoid,

Construction paper Valentine’s card.
With help from Margherita Urbani. Winter, 2010

Forrest Tea, 2009

Die Designpolitie (turning complex stories into iconic visuals)

De Designpolitie is a graphic design agency, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Its members were brought up in the Dutch design culture and rich tradition of Dutch art, design and tolerance. In keeping with these traditions, De Designpolitie follows simple but ruthless methods. Their working process often ends in a stripped image which is a critical but always communicative solution.
De Designpolitie consists of a small group of ambitious and talented creatives and was founded by Richard van der Laken and Pepijn Zurburg. Don't miss their page!

Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld (b. 1976) is a Scottish cartoonist and illustrator. He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art. He now lives in London with his partner, artist Jo Taylor. His published books are Guardians of the Kingdom, 3 Very Small Comics (Volumes One to Three), Robots, Monsters etc and Hunter and Painter. His strip Move to the City ran weekly in London Time Out 2001-2002. He is noted for his work with Simone Lia, who he met at the Royal College of Art. Together they self-published the comics First and Second, under their Cabanon Press.