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

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Vintage Travel Posters: Aren’t They Delicious?

Aren’t these travel posters fabulous?

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Ivan Chermayeff: Panama/Pan Am’s World, 1972.

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Designer Unknown: Pan Am/Rio. Circa 1965.

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David Klein: New York/Fly TWA. Circa 1960.

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The Evolution Of The Gas Station Ads: It’s Getting Hot In Here

Gentlemen, I have a feeling that it’s THE vision you’d be all attracted to… [or – I might be wrong]

When I came across this ad, it made me thinking about all the ads I’ve been lately seeing in print and outdoors that had something to do with the cars, sex, men vs. women, gas stations, etc. and then I looked at a few vintage ads and – opa! – there’s just so much of the evolution had happened that completely transformed the ‘sexiness’ of the filling-up-the-gas imagery: Continue reading

Ja, Doch: The Street Art Of German Small Towns

Hallo, meine Freunde!

Or as would my German friends say – hello, my friends! As you can guess, I’m not in USA right now, otherwise, why would I speak German to you, right?

I’m visiting in Germany right now, where I’ll be staying for the next 10 days. I’ll be visiting a lot of small towns around Gottingen, while staying in Lenglern, where my parents live now.

Lenglern is a very small town – the suburbs of a relatively large town – Gottingen, the home for the oldest universities Georg-August University (where my dad works and teaches), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the private University of Göttingen – it’s a true student-faculty town, one of the ‘qualities’ I like about this place as it boosts with student (thus – affordable) bars and cafes, as well as the town lives and breaths with the biking culture. More than 26,000 students live in Gottingen, thus, there are always quite a few street arts – propaganda messages that the forward-thinking progressive youth would want to put out there, like this one:

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I also found their street art to be very outspoken and controversial, especially for a small town, which can unlikely be racist and nazist towards anyone. I’ve lived in this town and visited it so many times that I can’t believe my eyes when I see the flyers calling for anti-nazism action and support…Check them out and let me know what you think. Continue reading

New & Improved: The Simpler, The Better?

Last week I presented the posters I designed for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the professor said that they were too complicated and loose the essential messaging because of the elaborate design. He said I need to go simple and to re-design them to make the message more clear. (You can see and compare the first version of the posters with the revised (revision I here.) Continue reading

Let’s Talk Maps! Paula Scher, Pentagram, And Why It All Matter

When I started my graphic design classes at School of Visual Arts, our instructor in the typography class gave us a term-long list of the designers (and books), who we absolutely should know and reference to.

This list only has 11 names, which is a very little percentage of the graphic designers in the world that any self-respected graphic designer should know and the instructor told us so, that this is just a very small list.

The first designer on the list that we should get to know the works of was Paula Scher.

I’ve been a huge fan of Scher way before I started the graphic design courses, because in the past few years I’ve been working closely with the designers and have been interested in graphic design for years – so, all the major influencers were familiar to me. But Scher was one of the reasons I, actually, decided to go back to school to become a graphic designer. Continue reading