04.25.2011

Loads of new work:

I finished this book design recently for Portland, Oregon’s Dill Pickle Club. It is called Walls of Pride and is a full-color guide and overview of African American public art in Portland. You can pick up a copy from the Dill Pickle Club here.

“If you know where to look, Portland is an art gallery. And somewhere amid this miles-wide showroom is a collection of African American mural art. But there’s no glass or alarms to protect what artists have made here; no guards to tell people not to touch. So, while bits have survived, some have been defaced and others have been torn down in the name of development…The booklet, “Walls of Pride,” offer[s] short histories on the pieces throughout the city, a map for self-guided tours and interviews with two local muralists, Shamsud-Din and Adriene Cruz, ‘to tell the story from the artists’ perspective rather than this outsider’s perspective.’”
- Ryan Kost, The Oregonian

The official blurb about the book:
Walls of Pride: A Tour of African American Public Art in Portland provides a self-guided tour to twenty of the city’s African American public artworks through color photos, a detailed map, mural descriptions and artist bios. The book gives context to these vital works through interviews with artists Adriene Cruz, Henry Frison and Isaka Shamsud-Din, and and a transcribed conversation between history professor Reiko Hillyer and curator Robin Dunitz. Walls of Pride at once celebrates Portland’s African American art, while underscoring the need to preserve these oft-overlooked cultural contributions.

I was included in the new book Designers’ Identities by Liz Farrelly, published by Laurence King Publishing.

Again, the official blurb:
For graphic designers no project is more personal or more crucial, both in terms of commercial success and peer-group positioning, than their own corporate identity. From the first hello, to delivering the invoice, designers are judged, again and again, on the quality of their printed and virtual presentation, including their company name, logo, business card, letterhead, website, blog, newsletter, delivery packaging, brochures, promos, even the typeface they choose.

This book examines the corporate identities of 76 designers, at various stages in their careers and from around the world, providing blueprints for best practice and inspiration. Along with detailed information about formats, materials and methods, the book includes a number of interviews with designers, who talk through their own corporate identity programme and the reactions they have had to this, their most personal design project.

I just put together a fun inspirational safari for Unilever with the kind folks at Five By Fifty. It consists of a 2-day walking tour of the coolest new spots in Tokyo rendered in a wall-size map, tour booklet, and a Google Map that Unilever employees can utilize to find inspiration over the upcoming vacation.

The booklet exterior.

Booklet interior.

And finally, I am transformed into Kevin Costner in hand model Patrick Tsai‘s latest post about the secret origin of our cat Willy.