Dedicating to #CharlieHebdo

On January 7, 2015, the world has lost some of the most talented illustrators/cartoonists who dedicated their lives to speaking freely about some of the social, political and economical issues in France and around the world through irony. Some of these talents have been silenced on January 7th. The creatives around the world, such as cartoonists Ruben L. Oppenheimer, David Pope, and Carlos Latuff, outraged by the tragedy, have taken their condolences via the social media to deliver the message and show their support for both Charlie Hebdo and the freedom of speech. Here’s my response to the tragedy.

Dedicating to Charlie Hebdo

Dedicating to Charlie Hebdo

My New Series of Works “New York City Through a Shattered Glass”

I’m also working on a new project – a series of works featuring New York City through a shattered glass.
I really love this city. It’s my favorite city in the whole world! (Paris comes second!) And I constantly take picture of NYC. As a matter of fact, on a daily basis.

One day I thought, why not show NYC as I see it, through my eyes to make local and tourists visiting this incredibly vibrant city realize that there’s more to it than the touristy places and that even those touristy places could be viewed differently – through a different angle and such. This project falls under “conceptual design”, as I think of it. Others might find it just purely entertaining.

This is how the “New York City Through a Shattered Glass” series came along. Through a broken glass, as I hope and envision, you’d be able to see one more “little or grand” thing you might have missed otherwise.

I’ll be loading them up as I go into my Behance portfolio.

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Read What Bob Gill Reads & You’ll Be a Better Designer

One of the sites you need to bookmark if you are serious about self-educating on both the latest design trends and classical schools of design, is Designers & Books, which, by the way, also holds an annual fair that features meeting series with authors of the books, special guests on various design topics and, of course, many publishing houses on site that bring a great, almost overwhelming, variety of the books you can buy right there and then, some of which you could have signed by the author in presence. Like I did with the book I got at the last year’s fair “100 Unforgettable Dresses”.

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It was a very educational and inspiring event. Here are some of the highlights from it. I also got to meet some of my graphic design icons, like Tom Geismar, whose book on the corporate design and branding “Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Charmayeff & Geismar” I’ve read cover to cover in just one week. (Thank you, mom, for giving it to me on my birthday!)

One of the D&B latest blogs caught my attention because it featured a reading list by Bob Gill, another of my favorites! I can never get enough of his illustrations and conceptual graphic designs for Esquire and his art direction at the Pentagram. So, if you are want to become a better designer, here’s Bob Gill’s Book List: Continue reading