Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Agey Tomesh Design Bureau

Agey Tomesh Design Bureau was founded in Moscow by Arseny Mescheryakov in 1990 and later evolved into an art group. In autumn 2000, Agey Tomesh opened Gallery 259 where showed its own projects, experimenting with digital and reproduction technologies while also developing a concept of collective and pseudonymous authorship. Continuing to work with digital and reproductive technologies, in 2002 Agey Tomesh began publishing WAM (World Art Museum) magazine, positioning it as an exhibition and museum space on paper. Eric Bulatov is one of the cult artists of Soviet underground of the 1960-70s. Trying to reflect social reality, Bulatov combined the methods of realism with a special significance of words and texts, which is characteristic of the conceptual school. He currently lives in Paris. Mikhail Nikitin is a graphic artist in Moscow who has been a member of Agey Tomesh.


Ruth Ansel

Ruth Ansel, an art director and designer, has collaborated over four decades with international artists and photographers including Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and David Hockney. She started out as co-art director of Harper’s Bazaar with Bea Feitler in the 1960s...She went on to art direct the New York Times Magazine, House and Garden, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. In the early 1990s she founded Ruth Ansel Design in New York. Notable projects include the film titles for My Dinner with Andre, visual identity graphics for photography dealer James Danziger of Danziger Gallery, and serving as consulting creative director for Mirabella magazine. The studio’s international advertising and design clients have included Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, and Club Monaco. Book projects include A Demand Performance, about Mark Morris and Mikhail Barishnikov, photographed by Annie Leibovitz; The Sixties by Richard Avedon; Women by Annie Leibovitz; a monograph of the work of Peter Beard; and the first major book about the life and work of jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, which is in progress. Among the awards she’s received are the Herb Lubalin Award for Continuing Excellence in the field of Publication Design from The Society of Publication Designers, gold and silver medals from the Art Directors Club of New York, and numerous awards from the AIGA.


Daniel Arsham

Daniel Arsham is an artist who works and lives in Miami and New York. His solo exhibitions include: Something Light, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam; Playground, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; Playground, Gertrude Street, Melbourne; Dancing on the Cutting Edge Part II, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami; and Building Schmuilding, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami. Among his group exhibitions are: Miami in Transition, Miami Art Museum; Greater New York, P.S.1, Long Island City, New York; Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach; Miami Nice, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris; Ten Times the Space Between Night and Day, Guild and Greyshkul, New York; and I am the Resurrection, Locust Projects, Miami.


Jacques Auger

In my poster, I wanted to highlight the four freedoms promoted in Norman Rockwell’s four posters and stress the responsibility everyone has as a citizen to protect those rights by voting. The sans serif all-typography style is in homage to the propaganda posters of the Constructivist period of the early twentieth century.

Jacques Auger is a graphic designer who received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and attended a year of graduate studies at the School of Design in Basel, Switzerland. Jacques Auger Design Associates (JADA) was located in Miami from 1982 until 2007...when it relocated to Santa Monica. Prior to establishing JADA, Auger worked for various advertising agencies, design studios, and companies in New York, Boston, and Miami. Auger was a founding board member of the Miami chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and received its first AIGA Fellow Award in 2000. JADA is proud to have been the first design firm for The Wolfsonian, and was responsible for the award-winning design and production of the Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts for its first twenty-three issues, from 1986 to 1998.


Justin Beal

Justin Beal received a BA in Architecture from Yale and an MFA from the University of Southern California. He also attended the Whitney Independent Studio Program and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. He recently had his first solo exhibition at ACME in Los Angeles. Past group exhibitions include Records Played Backwards, The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Past-Forward, Zabludowicz Collection, London; Nina in Position, Artists Space, New York; Took My Hands Off Your Eyes Too Soon, Tanya Bonakdar, New York; Sculpture & Pose, Casey Kaplan, New York; Radiodays, De Appel Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam; and Crude Oil Paintings, White Columns, New York. His work was included in the 2008 California Biennial. Beal lives and works in Los Angeles.


Mark Beard

Mark Beard, born in 1956 in Salt Lake city, now lives in New York, His works are in museum collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Atheneum; the Whitney, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Princeton, Harvard, and Yale universities; Graphische Sammlung, Munich, and others worldwide, as well as more than one hundred private collections.


Félix Beltrán

Félix Beltrán was born in Havana and is currently a Mexican citizen. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York and the American Art School, New York and also studied at the Art Students League, New York and the Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. He is an internationally known graphic designer whose works have been included in 461 collective exhibitions, 67 individual exhibitions and in the collections of 60 national and international museums. He has written four books and many articles for national and international publications. He has received 132 awards in national and international competitions and been on juries numerous competitions. He is a professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, in Mexico City and curator of the Galería Artis and the Archivo de Diseño Gráfico Internacional at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico.


R. O. Blechman

R. O. Blechman is an illustrator whose work has appeared on fourteen covers of The New Yorker, forty covers of Story Magazine, and in the pages of the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Elle, and Fortune, among other leading publications. He has had one-man shows in Paris, Munich, and New York. The author of seven graphic novels, his animated films were given a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in 2003.


Matthew Brannon

Matthew Brannon in an artist based in New York City whose work turns on the opposition—and ever-mounting imbrication—of art and design. After an early stint as a painter, he began to draw his inspiration from those printed materials that mediate everyday life in late-capitalist, early twenty-first- century America, from posters and advertisements to promotional flyers and take-out menus. But if Brannon’s iconography conjures...mass-produced, throwaway sources, his methods are laboriously handcrafted, even old-fashioned: screenprint, letterpress, and lithograph works, often executed in a limited palette and consistent in their graphic rigor. His art seems at first glance disarmingly direct. But as one turns to the text paired with his images, disorder intervenes. Behind the veneer of convenience, plenty, and success implied by the content and format of his images, Brannon seems to suggest, reside darker imperatives—abuse, excess, careerism, insecurity, and failure. His work has been exhibited in several solo and group shows. Solo exhibitions include The Question is a Compliment, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; Before You Say No, Galleria Gio Marconi, Milan; Where Were We, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; Try & Be Grateful, agyu, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; Shoegazers & Graverobbers, Art 37 Statements, David Kordansky Gallery, Basel; Hyena, Jan Winkelmann, Berlin. His work was included in the Whitney Biennial 2008.


Neville Brody

Neville Brody, the British designer and art director, has been at the forefront of graphic design for over two decades. Initially working in record cover design, Brody made his name largely through his revolutionary work as art director for The Face magazine. Other international magazine directions have included...City Limits, Lei, Per Lui, Actuel, and Arena, together with London’s The Times & The Observer newspaper and magazine. Previous clients include Reuters, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and Sony. Brody has consistently pushed the boundaries of visual communication in all media through his experimental and challenging work. In 1988 Brody published the first of his two monographs, which became the world’s best selling graphic design book—sales now exceed 120,000. An accompanying exhibition of his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum attracted over 40,000 visitors before touring Europe and Japan. In 1994 Brody launched Research Studios, London. Since then studios have been opened in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, and New York. A new studio is opening in Mubai in Summer 2008. Clients range across all media, from web to print, and from environmental and retail design to moving graphics and film titles. A sister company, Research Publishing, produces and publishes experimental multi-media works by young artists. The primary focus is on FUSE, the renowned publication and conference, both of which are forums for experimental typography and communications.


Philip Brooker

Philip Brooker is an artist, art director, illustrator, and filmmaker. He was an illustrator and art director at the Miami Herald for twenty-five years. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, Atlantic Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, and Business Week. His paintings and photographs have been exhibited at galleries in the U.S. and abroad, including shows in the past year at Bordas Studio in Paris and Paris Photo. He has recently started working on film projects and is currently working on a documentary about the life of April Ashley. He divides his time between Miami and Paris.


Ken Carbone

Ken Carbone, co-founder and chief creative director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, is among America’s most respected graphic designers, whose work is known for its clarity, intelligence, and effectiveness. He has built an international reputation creating outstanding programs for world-class clients, including...Tiffany & Co., W.L. Gore, Herman Miller, PBS, Christie’s, Nonesuch Records, the W Hotel Group, and the Taubman Company. His clients also include cultural institutions such as the Museé du Louvre, The Museum of Modern Art, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the High Museum of Art. An adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Ken also speaks frequently to audiences across the country about the role of creative inspiration in design and communications. He is the author of The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents, which explores excellence in art, science, and music. In addition to his design career, he has been an avid guitarist for forty years.


Allan Chochinov

"The Wikipedia Revision History of the Term 'Freedom of Speech'" is perhaps the smallest and greatest evidence of both the unassailability and fungibility of the term. Certainly the various revision entries are riddled with what Wikipedia calls "vandalism" (and the consequent reversion entries aimed at returning things to where they were), but the notion that anyone with access to the internet can create, augment, argue, tweak and yes, even subvert a publicly-owned, encyclopedic definition of the term "freedom of speech" says something both trivial and profound; words are just words, of course, but the opportunity to participate is worth more than just about anything.

Allan Chochinov is a partner at Core77, a New York–based design network serving a global community of designers and design fans...He is editor in chief of the websites Core77.com, a widely-read website focusing on product design; Coroflot.com, a job and portfolio site serving designers and employers across all design disciplines; and Designdirectory.com, an online database linking design firms with corporations seeking strategic design services. Chochinov writes and lectures widely on the impact of design on contemporary culture, and teaches in the graduate departments of Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts.


Seymour Chwast

As director of The Pushpin Group, Seymour Chwast has reintroduced graphic styles and transformed them into a contemporary vocabulary. His designs and illustrations have been used in advertising, animated films, and editorial, corporate, and environmental graphics. He has created over one hundred posters and has written or illustrated more than thirty children’s books.


Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B), a member of the MDC Partners Network, is a collaborative of writers, designers, and media-agnostic content creators and managers with factories in both Miami and Boulder and additional offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, and London. CP+B is perhaps best known for its work with...Burger King, Volkswagen, and as the creator of the “truth” anti-tobacco campaign, as well as for its role in the launch of the BMW MINI. CP+B’s client list also includes Microsoft, Coke Zero, Sprite, Geek Squad, and Domino’s Pizza. CP+B has the unprecedented distinction of winning the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Advertising Festival in all five categories: Sales Promotion, Media, Cyber, Titanium, and the coveted Film Grand Prix. The agency has been named Agency of the Year nine times by Advertising Age, Creativity, Adweek, and Media Magazine combined and was recently named Most Awarded Digital Agency in the World by the Won Report. The agency and its work have been profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, Forbes, INC., Fast Company, Time, Newsweek, Advertising Age, Creativity, Archive, and Metropolis.


Wim Crouwel

Wim Crouwel is an artist, designer, professor, and museum director. Trained at the Art Academy Minerva and the Amsterdam Art Academy, he began his professional life as an abstract painter before becoming a designer. His long and rich career includes...establishing a studio with the industrial designer Kho Liang Ie; becoming the first general secretary of Icograda in 1963; and cofounding Total Design, the first multi-disciplinary design studio in the Netherlands, which became a dominant force in Dutch design. Crouwel and his colleagues had significant influence on the national and cultural identity of the Netherlands; from Crouwel’s postage stamps for the Dutch Post Office to his extensive body of work for the Stedelijk Museum, which demonstrates his achievements in the refinement and application of the grid. In 1967 Crouwel designed the New Alphabet; he extended the grid to become a matrix within which letterforms were constructed as units on a grid, thus allowing for digital typesetting. Beginning in 1972 Crouwel started teaching part time at the Delft Technical University, and in 1980, he left Total Design to be a full time professor. In 1985 he became the director of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and also held the Private Chair at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (1987-93). Crouwel has received numerous awards, including the British OBE, Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion, Officer of the Order of Orange Nassau, and most recently the prestigious Oeuvre prize.


Alan Dye

Alan Dye is a designer who worked for various advertising and design agencies, including a four-year stint at Ogilvy’s Brand Integration Group, before becoming design director of kate spade in 2004. Dye’s group was responsible for the overall...aesthetic of the brand, from the advertising campaign and the website to the paper line and the home collection. Recently, Dye moved to San Francisco where he currently works as a creative director at Cupertino. Dye’s clients have included Simon and Schuster and the National Basketball Association and he is a regular contributor to the New York Times and New York magazine. Dye’s work has been recognized by a number of design shows and publications, and he is a regular speaker at design and advertising events. Before his recent move, Dye was vice president of the AIGA’s New York Chapter and served chairman of the “Young Guns” committee for the Art Director’s Club.


Elliott Earls

Liberty Weeps was inspired by Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People." In this piece, Liberty is embodied in the innocence of a crying child. Is Liberty crying for the victims of September 11th? Is Liberty crying over the loss of civil liberties in the War on Terror? Is Liberty crying for our fallen soldiers in Iraq or for the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay? The open nature of the language in this poster, contrasted with the specificity of the image, is meant to provoke discussion.

Elliott Earls is a performance artist, musician, and designer, and is designer in residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. His experimentation with nonlinear digital video, spoken word poetry, music composition, and design has been seen in venues as diverse as...The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the “Exit” Theater Festival at Maison des Arts de Créteil in France. As a performance artist, Earls was awarded an emerging artist grant by Manhattan’s Wooster Group. In 1999 he was a featured performer at the Wooster Group's Performing Garage. Earls spent September 2000-May 2001 as an artist in residence at Fabrica, Benetton's research center in Treviso, Italy. As a typographer, his original type design is distributed worldwide by Emigre Inc. Some of Earls's poster designs are part of the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution and he has bronze busts in the Wasserman Collection. Earls's multi-media piece entitled “Eye Sling Shot Lions” is part of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum's research file. In 2001, Earls was a finalist for the Chrysler National Design Award in New Media. In January 2006, Earls performed his latest performance piece “Bull and Wounded Horse” at Music Hall Detroit with his band The Venomous Sons of Jonah. Earls has lectured extensively at American universities, and has given workshops on design, culture, and new media in Europe and America.


Manuel Estrada

Manuel Estrada began his career in architecture before moving to design and founding a design studio in Madrid. His studio produces a range of graphic projects including work for...El Museo del Traje de Madrid (Madrid's Costume Museum), the graphic identity of Premios Cervantes (Cervantes’ Prize), and the Christmas street lights for Madrid, with the word “peace” written in thirty-five languages. His studio has worked on branding and corporate identity projects for many public institutions and companies in Spain including Metrovacesa, the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, and Bibliometro. In addition, Estrada has designed book collections and hundreds of book covers for Spanish publishing houses. He is the author of the book El Diseño no es una guinda, a selection of his work. He is also active as a teacher, and has directed the program on Editorial Design at Istituto Europeo de Design in Madrid as well as the Design Workshop at Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo. His work has been recognized with many awards and distinctions from organizations including LAUS, AEPD, and Art Directors Club of Europe. He is currently president of DIMAD, Madrid Designers’ Association.


Experimental Jetset

The slogan “Loose Lips Build Ships” is a collision of two iconic WWII posters: the “Freedom of Speech” poster as painted by Rockwell, and the “Loose Lips Sink Ships” poster, the US Office of War Information's attempt to limit the possibility of people inadvertently giving useful information to enemy spies.

On the one hand, our contribution is a tribute to the concept of freedom of speech: the idea that all constructive things start with an open exchange of ideas. On the other hand, we wanted to show our uneasiness with the concept of propaganda. Acknowledging freedom of speech by turning a propaganda slogan on its head is our attempt to create a little bit of friction, or better said, to reveal a friction that is already there.

Experimental Jetset is an Amsterdam graphic design unit founded in 1997 by Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, and Danny van den Dungen. Focusing on printed matter and installation work, Experimental Jetset has worked on projects for the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum, Purple Institute, Centre Pompidou, Colette, Dutch Post Group, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Le Cent Quatre (104), De Theatercompagnie, and the t-shirt label 2K/Gingham.


Edward Fella

It’s a highly skewed version of 1940s show-card lettering. Only Steven Heller would probably know what connections it makes, I can't even tell you myself!

Edward Fella is an artist and graphic designer known for his eccentric letterforms and compositions—his work has had an important influence on contemporary typography in the U.S. and in Europe. A self-described “commercial artist,” Fella began his career in Detroit’s advertising world in the 1950s...and nearly thirty years later entered graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art. For the past twenty years he has been a faculty member at CalArts, where he has had a profound influence on a younger generation of designers. In addition to teaching, he currently devotes his time to his unique self-published work, which has appeared in many design publications and anthologies. His work is in the National Design Museum and MOMA in New York. In 1997, he received the Chrysler Award and in 1999, an Honorary Doctorate from CCS in Detroit. A book of his photographs and lettering, Letters on America, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. He was a finalist for the National Design Award in 2001, and in 2007, Fella was awarded the AIGA Medal.


Liam Gillick

Liam Gillick is an artist based in London and New York. Solo exhibitions include The Wood Way, Whitechapel Gallery, London; A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence, Palais de Tokyo; and the retrospective project Three Perspectives and a short scenario, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle, Zurich, and MCA, Chicago. Selected group exhibitions include Singular Forms, Guggenheim Museum and 50th Venice Biennale. In 2006 he co-founded the free art school project unitednationsplaza in Berlin. Gillick has published a number of texts that function parallel to his artwork including Literally No Place, Five or Six, Discussion Island/Big Conference Centre, and Erasmus is Late. A book of his selected writings, Proxemics, was recently published. Gillick has also contributed to many art magazines and journals including Parkett, Frieze, Art Monthly, October, and Art Forum.


Robert Grossman

Robert Grossman is a New York–based illustrator and cartoonist who has done cover illustrations for more than five hundred issues of national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, and The New Republic. Today his work can be seen regularly in the Nation, New York Times, and New York Observer. He received a BA from Yale and worked briefly as assistant to New Yorker art director James Geraghty before going freelance. He was nominated for a 1978 Academy Award for a brief animated film entitled Jimmy The C, and during the 1980s he produced a number of animated television commercials. His work has been featured in a solo show at the Vontobel Gallery in Zurich and his sculpture and paintings in oils have been widely exhibited in numerous group shows.


Adler Guerrier

Adler Guerrier lives and works in Miami. He received his BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts. Guerrier has been included in many group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial 2008, Conditions of Display at the Moore Space and at Locust Projects; and 10 Floridians at Miami Art Central. He has had solo exhibitions at Miami Art Museum and at Newman Popiashvili Gallery, where he most recently presented Blck, Red & Tang.


Kit Hinrichs

Kit Hinrichs is a partner in the international design firm, Pentagram, and has been an influential force in graphic design for more than three decades. Hinrichs has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the California College of Arts in San Francisco. His work has been widely published internationally and several of his pieces are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He is the co-author of several books and a frequent speaker on design. He is a past executive board member and a medalist of the AIGA and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. Currently, he serves as a trustee of Art Center College of Design.


Tim Hossler

Tim Hossler is the originator, coordinator, and co-curator of Thoughts on Democracy. He is the former in-house art director for photographer Annie Leibovitz and helped create her memorable images, books, and exhibitions from the mid-1990s through the early 2000s. As an independent art director in New York City he worked with many photographers including Richard Avedon, Steve Hiett, and Martin Schoeller, and with art directors Ruth Ansel and Douglas Lloyd. He holds a degree in Architecture from Kansas State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was the design director at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and is currently the art director of The Wolfsonian¬–FIU, where he oversees the visual look of the museum and is instrumental in its preparations for Art Basel/Miami Beach 2008.


Kind Company

Kind Company is an independent print and web design practice based in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2004, partners Patricia Belen and Greg D’Onofrio have been using design to help small- to medium-sized businesses communicate their ideas, products, and services. From art galleries to restaurants, retailers to online archives and nonprofit organizations, their work embodies the belief that good design is simple, smart, and usable. Notable projects include the Alvin Lustig Archive, AIGA New York Chapter, and Art Projects International. Recently, Kind Company has been recognized in Step Inside Design magazine's 2008 Emerging Talent List.


Craig Kucia

Craig Kucia is a Miami-based painter who received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, studied at the Edinburgh School of Art, and received a post-graduate diploma from Chelsea School of Art. He has had work exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country including Green Naftali, New York; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles; Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami; the Miami Art Museum; the Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida; and Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland College, Lakeland, Florida. His painting and chapters bloomed… was recently acquired by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.


Guillermo Kuitca

Guillermo Kuitca lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is one of Latin America’s leading contemporary artists. Inspired by the worlds of architecture, theater, and cartography, his work has been exhibited extensively around the world...His first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. was a one-man show, Projects 30, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1991. He exhibits regularly at Sperone Westwater Gallery and has been featured in other solo exhibitions including the Centro de Arte Helio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro; The Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris; the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, which traveled to the Whitechapel Gallery, London; and IVAM Centre del Carme in Valencia, Spain, which traveled to the Museo de Monterrey and the Museo Rufino Tamayo, in Mexico. The Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid organized a retrospective, Guillermo Kuitca: Obras 1982/2002. Recently, the Daros Latinamerica Foundation, Zurich, presented Das Lied von der Erde, a survey of their Kuitca collection of paintings and drawings. Kuitca was selected to represent Argentina in the 52nd La Biennale di Venezia and has been included in many other major group shows. The first comprehensive retrospective of Kuitca’s art to travel in the U.S. in fifteen years is being co-organized by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Miami Art Museum. Guillermo Kuitca will open in Miami in 2009 before it travels to Buffalo and Washington. Kuitca’s work is in the permanent collections of many major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Tate, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan. Kuitca has also created numerous theater pieces and is the founder of the Studio Program for the Visual Arts, a fellowship program for young artists in Buenos Aires.


Anita Kunz

It’s very difficult to make an image based on such iconic imagery as the Rockwell paintings. It’s a tough act to follow. What I wanted to do was to simplify the message a bit, and update the message by illustrating a more racially varied constituency.

Anita Kunz, Canadian by birth, has lived in London, New York, and Toronto, contributing to magazines and working for design firms, book publishers, and advertising agencies worldwide. She has produced cover art for many magazines including...Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times Magazine. She has also illustrated more than fifty book jacket covers. She has been honored with many prestigious awards and medals and her critically acclaimed paintings and sculptures have appeared in galleries and museums around the world. In the fall of 2003 she was the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress. Kunz has been named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.


Adam Lewin

Adam Lewin is an illustrator and an art director by day and a fine artist when the sun goes down. He has worked independently and on staff at Chiat Day, BBH, and Saatchi & Saatchi. His work has been published in annuals such as AIGA, Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, and Archive. He has studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Pratt Institute, and New York University. A native Manhattanite, he lives in Miami. His current body of work can best be described as figurative automatic painting.


Italo Lupi

Italo Lupi, an architect by training, devoted himself to graphic design from the start of his career. He was formerly art director of Domus magazine and editor-in-chief and art director of Abitare, an international magazine on architecture, art, and design. Together with Achille Castiglioni he designed the general settings of the XVI Triennale of Milan and the exhibition Venezia e la sua laguna at the Correr Museum. With Migliore+Servetto he “dressed” the whole of Turin with over ten thousand installations for 2006 Olympic Games. He is the Royal Designer for London but is based in Milan where he designs graphics and exhibitions.


Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 1992, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including...Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office, Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture, Letters from the Avant-Garde, and Skin: Surface, Substance + Design. She recently has focused on bringing design awareness to broader audiences. Her book Thinking with Type is a basic guide to typography. D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself, co-authored with her graduate students at MICA, explains design processes to a general audience. Her most recent book is Graphic Design: The New Basics (with Jennifer Cole Phillips). She is the co-author with Abbott Miller, of multiple books including The Bathroom, the Kitchen, and the Aesthetics of Waste. Lupton is a 2007 recipient of the AIGA Gold Medal. She frequently writes and lectures on design, and has curated several exhibitions.


Bobby C. Martin Jr.

Bobby C. Martin Jr. is co-founder of OCD, a design partnership fully immersed in a limited number of projects. Recently, he served as design director of Jazz at Lincoln Center where his focus was on developing the brand by visualizing the music, a challenge...that extended across print and advertising as well as venue and exhibit design. Martin previously worked at Ogilvy & Mather’s Brand Innovation Group with clients that included NYC2012, CNN, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite, Dupont, Hellmann’s, Hershey’s, Miller Brewing Company, and the New York Times Magazine. Martin’s work has been featured in Print magazine’s New Visual Artist Review, and has won awards from the Art Director’s Club, Graphis, Step Inside Design magazine, as well as a Sappi Grant for his work as designer and brand consultant for the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem. Martin has served on the executive board of the New York AIGA. He teaches typography at the School of Visual Arts in their Advertising and Design program. He received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program.


Richard Massey

Richard Massey is a graphic designer living and working in Miami whose work has been based on researching the re-use of modernism’s most iconic expressions for design applications. One notable example is his design for Cabinet magazine’s logo, which is derived from the fragmented elements and ligatures of an early twentieth century stencil often used in Le Corbusier’s architectural drawings and manifestoes.


Chaz Maviyane-Davies

Severe, High, Elevated, Guarded, Low.
The National Terror Alert System was designed to induce fear and thereby perpetuate the status quo. It encourages discrimination and profiling and this image simply decodes its intention.By placing “We the People” within this context, the”we” is defined as clearly exclusionary and prejudicial.

Chaz Maviyane-Davies has been described by the UK’s Design magazine as “the guerrilla of graphic design.” For more than two decades the award-winning, controversial designer’s powerful work has taken on issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment, and human rights. He has studied...and worked in Britain, Japan, Malaysia, the U.S., and Zimbabwe, his country of origin, and received his MA from the Central School of Art and Design in London. From 1983 until recently he ran the renowned design studio The Maviyane-Project in Harare, Zimbabwe. Due to adverse political conditions in his homeland, Maviyane-Davies moved to the U.S. in 2001, where he is currently a professor of Design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. As well as being published in numerous books, international magazines, and newspapers, his work has been exhibited extensively and is included in several permanent collections.


Armando Milani

I like my design to focus on public awareness on serious issues for all the world.We designers don’t have the power of the politicians, but we can use our communication skill[s] to induce people to a reflection and possibly to a reaction. For this reason, in my work I look for the extreme synthesis, which I call "from the eye to the heart,” and I particularly liked to participate in this project “Thoughts on Democracy." I think that democracy starts from freedom and affirmation of our identity and uniqueness.

Armando Milani was born in Milan and studied at the Scuola Umanitaria in Milan with Albe Steiner before opening Milani Design studio in the 1970s. His work includes branding programs, logo design, corporate identity programs, book design, and posters. He has been a professor...at Cooper Union and Art Directors Club, New York; University of Lawrence, Kansas; Parsons School of Design, Santo Domingo; University of Beijing, China; Istituto Europeo di Design and Politecnico University, Milan; University of Santander, Spain; and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt.He has been a member of AGI Alliance Graphique International since 1983. He organizes seminars and workshops on design that are held around the world, including in his fifteenth-century mill in Provence, France. He is author of the book Double Life of 80 AGI designers and of many articles on design. His poster for peace was published worldwide by the United Nations and included in the Graphis Annual 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of many prizes including: the 1995 New York City Capital of the World poster contest; the 2000 Promosedia International Chairs Show poster contest; and the 2004 Compasso d’Oro at Triennale di Milano.


George Mill

FREEDOM: Certain Restrictions Apply

Inspiration for this project was a series of posters the "Four Freedoms" by Norman Rockwell, which celebrated the basic values of civil society and democracy. These posters offered a romanticized view which was appropriate for the times when people comprehended democracy in [a] more idealistic fashion.

Today we live in the world of "promises for sale". In the dynamic market of services, sellers (banks, real estate companies, insurance companies, etc.) create an "ideal projection" of their products, and in the fine print they restrict themselves in form of [a] "disclaimer" against any negative events that may more or less likely occur. In that line of thinking, "freedom” and "democracy" could be viewed as an ideal projection made by [a] government burdened today with more and more fine print.

George Mill (aka Djordje Milekic) is a creative director who has gained recognition for his expertise and innovation in graphic design and art projects, exhibitions, and corporate events. He was born and raised in Serbia (former Yugoslavia)...has been based in Miami since 2004, and works on projects in New York, Miami, and Belgrade. Much of his work involves “packaging” art and public relations corporate events. He has also headed an art magazine and launched antiwar and awareness campaigns. His work has been exhibited and presented at The One Club, Art Directors Club in New York, AIGA National Design Centre, NEXT Conference, AIGA Leadership Retreat, Belgrade Design Week, Museum of Contemporary Art and National Museum, Belgrade, and more. His work also has been featured in several publications including Step, How, Print, ID, Graphis, Creativity, and Communication Arts.


Mark Moskovitz

Mark Moskovitz is an artist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. His recent work demonstrates both a continued faith and certain skepticism in the object. He often creates pieces that remind us of our forgotten roots and the slow pleasures...in artifacts that keep us connected to the essentials of our existence: food, water, clothing, and shelter. The work is often rendered with a mixture of high and low technology, humor and craftsmanship, culture and crudeness. It is as inspired by fine art and design as it is by prisoner and survivalist inventions. Moskovitz is a full-time visiting artist at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he teaches design and sculpture. Straddling the worlds of art and design, he’s formed unique relationships with institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, where he has shown in its galleries and museum store. He’s also created commissions for its subscribers, and been a guest speaker on several discussion panels. Additionally, he has shown work in galleries and institutions in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Berlin, and Saint-Etienne, France. His work has been featured in art and design publications in the U.S., Taiwan, and across Europe. In 2005, he received the first Daimler Chrysler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award upon the completion of his graduate studies. That year he was also named one of Wallpaper* magazine’s most sought after designers. In 2008 his work was nominated for the 2nd Biennial 01San Jose Prix Green for Environmental Art.


Number Seventeen

Number Seventeen, a multidisciplinary design studio, was founded by Bonnie Siegler and Emily Oberman in 1993. Some of their recent work includes...the logo and branding for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum; the opening sequence for Saturday Night Live; the conceptualization and design of the website veryshortlist.com; the logo and design of the topical humor web site 23/6: the Sex and the City book (for both the tv series and the movie); advertising and design for New York’s River to River Festival; the creative direction for the launch of Lucky magazine; the titles for Shut Up and Sing, the documentary about the Dixie Chicks; and the identity/packaging for Homemade Baby, a new line of organic baby food. Both have served on the national and New York boards of the AIGA, teach Design for Television at Cooper Union and in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, and are visiting critics for the Yale University graduate design program.



Michael Rock, a writer and designer, is a founding partner and creative director at 2x4 and director of the GAP: Graphic Architecture Project at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. He is also a professor of Design (adjunct) at the Yale University School of Art where he has taught...for seventeen years; before that he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. At 2x4, he leads a wide range of projects including strategy, environmental, and media design for clients such as Prada New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo; Chinese Central Television Beijing; the Nike China Project; the Imperial Palaces of Seoul, South Korea; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Harvard University Art Museums. He was a fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands, and a contributing editor and graphic design journalist at I.D. Magazine. His writing on design has appeared in a variety of publications. He holds a BA in Humanities from Union College and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the recipient of the 1999-2000 Rome Prize in Design from the American Academy in Rome. In 2005, 2x4 was the subject of a solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. That same year, Rock was elected to give the national Premsela Lecture in Amsterdam. In 2006 2x4 was the recipient of the National Design Award in Communication Design and their work is currently on display at the Architecture and Design Galleries at the Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.


Silvia Ros

Freedom to Love addresses our ability to passively accept government classification of people based on their sexual orientation. Discriminated against for loving a partner of the same sex, I cannot marry my partner, adopt a child with her, file taxes with her, or retain the legal right to visit her bedside should she fall ill. Only 12 of 50 states prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The remaining 38 condone it.

Silvia Ros is a Cuban-American, Miami-based photographer and is senior photographer at The Wolfsonian–FIU. Her first solo exhibit, In the Ring: The Art of Boxing, was shown at the Miami International Airport in 2006-07. She holds a BA in Political Science from Florida International University and an MARCH from the University of Miami.