International ArtExpo 2013: From New Talents To World’s Most Renowned Artists

photo34The month of March has been quite artistically very happening for the New Yorkers. Within just one month alone, the New Yorkers and accidential tourists who happened to be there – at the right time, at the right place – were exposed to hundreds of the artists from around the world.

The Armory Show, The Scope Art Show, and The International ArtExpo brought together both local – from New York and around the United States – and international artists and designers in one venue, presenting the latest art pieces in various mediums – from audio and video installations to computer generated 3D works.

The most recent art show in New York City  that’s just wrapped up was – The International ArtExpo.

Over its 35-year history, Artexpo New York has hosted many of the world’s most renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Indian, Keith Haring and Leroy Neiman. With attendees from all over the world, Artexpo New York hosts the largest gathering of qualified trade buyers, including gallery owners and managers, art dealers, interior designers, architects, corporate art buyers, art & framing retailers and many others.

From Europe to the Far East and South America, Artexpo New York hosts an international audience of industry professionals seeking to discover exciting new works from established and emerging artists. Hundreds of exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from across the globe, all showcased exciting original artwork, prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glass works and more, all under one roof. The prices of the art pieces ranged from $500 to more than $10,000 for a piece of Chagall or Picasso. Continue reading

The Art Directors Club Presents Advertising And Graphic Design Students’ Portfolio Works

photo9Last Tuesday The School of Visual Arts presented “ADVERTISING and DESIGN PORTFOLIO” showcase of the portfolio works by the Advertising and Design majors at the School of Visual Arts. The students were asked to submit ads, campaigns, designs, motion graphics and 3-D work.

The event is being held at the Art Directors Club, March 26 through April 5, 2013, 106 West 29th Street. If you live in NYC, I’d strongly suggest you go and see it because it would give you not only a perspective of what the other students do, but also to see what pieces they would be including in their portfolios to apply for a real job after the graduation. It definitely helps you to understand what you are up against. Continue reading

Celebrities Speak Up For (RED): The Truth Behind Simple & Powerful Visualization

This is one of my favorite videos that Join Red – the organization that brings people and brands together to help fight AIDS in Africa – did to promote the RED campaign. Continue reading

Designing A For-Cause Poster: Don’t Drink And Drive


In the last few blogs I talked about having an assignment to design a for-cause poster – a poster that addresses one of the social (society) problems we have in this country. The first series I did were dedicated to the anti-abortion cause, click here to see the first poster and second one.

However, I’ve wanted to do more to explore the typography and visuals in addressing a few more problems, like the growing number of STDs (to raise awareness for practicing safe sex) and the problem with drinking and driving that, in most cases, results in a death. Both – raising the awareness for safe sex and Don’t Drink And Drive campaigns – are the issues we don’t see many campaigns for anymore.

When was the last time you’ve seen a commercial (and/or any print ad) for Don’t Drink and Drive and/or safe sex?

I can’t even recall WHEN I saw one… Continue reading

Fonts, Fonts, Fonts! New Free Fonts

500-Beautiful-and-Free-Fonts-Must-Have (1)Here on my blog you can also find some freebies for your projects. I’m all about the sharing. If I could help to guide, encourage and/or help you with your projects, I will. Sometimes I come across some interesting free stuff to use in design and I’d like to share these great finds with you.

Recently I came across some free fonts, and since fonts, certainly, play an important role in our design projects and because we can never get enough of the fonts (taken that there are a lot of fonts out there that come with a graphic program that are, simply, not usable for many reasons), I’d love to share those that could add je ne sais quoi to your projects.

For example, in one of my recent projects – an anti-abortion poster design, I had to look for the ‘violent’ font, and came across a few good ones, like this one. There are many, many, many fonts out there and if we could pick and choose and share the best of the best with the each other, the design ‘world’ would be so much better!  Continue reading

An Anti-Abortion Ad: Part II

Yesterday I’ve shared with you one of the posters I’ve designed for the anti-abortion social cause. (Not to mention the fact that my boyfriend was very surprised to see ‘the theme’ of my project, especially after I took it to the extremes to design not one, but two posters. He couldn’t help but ask me as he saw the last blood drop being drawn by me for the poster below: “I didn’t know you support the anti-abortion movement??!!” )

Well – the fact is that I’m a pro-choice supporter, but this is not the blog to discuss the pros and cons of either of the organizations. Let’s stay away from politics and rather concentrate on the execution of the poster…)

Here’s a version for the Online For Life organization. Continue reading

Madonna: A New Way To Confessions On A Dance Floor

A few weeks ago we got an assignment in our Typography class to re-design the album cover for the infamous Madonna’s album “Confessions On A Dance Floor”. We could go as far as we wanted to, except for one thing – we could not use Madonna photos, which made it even more exciting to design!

Again, this was a Typography class assignment, not the illustration/art class assignment, so base your judgements on it. The focus of the assignment was, foremost, the use of the fonts/type. Thus, when reviewing my design, remember, it’s the type that matters and the way it works with (or against) the selected graphics/visuals.


Read further to see the bigger images. Continue reading