Project Description: Design poster for The 2019 Heritage Jazz Festival in New Orleans
Background Information: If you know me you surely know that jazz is one of my passions, as is the whole of music for that matter. Jazz is such a unique art form and there is so much to explore. Needless to say that is why I was really excited about the opportunity to design a poster for the 2019 Jazz Heritage Festival in New Orleans. I am in the process of working with a connection on the committee who will be making the selection from the hundreds of submissions. This is just in the preliminary phase but I thought I would share some of my idea(s) here. I was inspired in-part by Paula Scher best known for her "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk" posters featuring tap phenom Savion Glover circa 1980's. Her then unique mix of typography and a decidedly Russian Constructionist style made for some great results.
The thought behind the solution, featuring New Orleans jazz great Louis Armstrong (the first one from left to right), is to make them collectables by featuring different archival images of prominent musicians from across the spectrum of jazz. Wish me luck with this!!
Client:The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Project Description: Design poster for an IEEE symposium
Background Information: According to The IEEE website, IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe. There are more than 430,000 IEEE members in more than 160 countries. The IEEE publishes a third of the world’s technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science and electronics and is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of today's telecommunications, information technology and power generation products and services.
I approached IEEE with these graphic ideas for their many symposiums held around the world in the hope they will sponsor a design contest for my students. Note my nod to modernists Willem Hendrik "Wim" Crouwel aka Gridnik ;) Like the De Stijl posters below I worked hard to establish a unique grid design as the underpinning of my solution, much the same way Crouwel and others had done. I always try to infuse my work with influence from my many design heroes, and in doing so I always come away with a deeper understanding of just how great these guys were.
Client:The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Project Description: Design poster for De Stijl Exhibition
Background Information: According to http://www.theartstory.org, "The Netherlands-based De Stijl movement embraced an abstract, pared-down aesthetic centered in basic visual elements such as geometric forms and primary colors. Partly a reaction against the decorative excesses of Art Deco, the reduced quality of De Stijl art was envisioned by its creators as a universal visual language appropriate to the modern era, a time of a new, spiritualized world order. Led by the painters Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian - its central and celebrated figures - De Stijl artists applied their style to a host of media in the fine and applied arts and beyond." I have always admired this vision and here tried to honor it by imagining a poster for an Exhibition on De Stijl at The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Client:The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia
Project Description: Design a poster for Nathan Sawaya The Art Of The Brick Exhibit at The Franklin Institute
Background Information: Legos hold an iconic place in my heart. I truly believe they are so much more than a toy. They taught me how to design, build and most of all think. They were an endless source of fun and imagination. When I read Nathan Sawaya had created a body of work using nothing but Legos I had to see it. I was fortunate to see it before it opened to the public and as I hoped this show as really amazing. Using the images taken from my i-phone on site I came up with these poster designs that would also serve as print ads and banners for city wide promotional purposes.
Project Description: Design general look and feel of magazine
Background Information: The editors at Larva approached me and asked me to come up with a preliminary look and feel for their magazine. Part fitness, part yoga and part prenatal is how they described it to me. So here I blended those elements to create an airy but interesting feel to the layout that is part fitness, part yoga and part prenatal. I wanted to show them how the images we chose coupled with the stories could get those ideas across graphically. I also suggested that the wave like pattern could be a nice subtle seasonal color way that could add both graphic carry through and a compliment to the images featured in the layout in fun interesting ways.