[Tom Biederbeck] One of our favorite recurring events at Felt & Wire over the past several years has been the appearance of Rocco Piscatello’s poster for the Visiting Artist Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. The latest in one of the most successful poster series in memory by a single American designer is for a lecture by Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects. Once again, the poster design exceeds superlatives…and it’s on Mohawk Superfine.
[Tom Biederbeck] It’s said that visual artists speak a universal language. For graphic designers it’s more complicated, if only because they also work with written language. Imagine for a moment the challenges—and the opportunities—designers experience at the United Nations, with its 193 member countries: If ever an organization needed the gifts that skilled visual communicators offer, this is it. I asked Matias Delfino, who’s been at the UN since 2000, about his practice. As a native of Argentina, he may have a head start—but his thoughts reveal universal truths about design, too.
[Tom Biederbeck] Last summer I was fortunate to join a group of kayakers offshore of Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As we paddled, one of our companions, Petrula Vrontikis, worked out with her underwater camera. A celebrated designer, educator and design thinker, Vrontikis is also a devoted scuba diver, turning many of her aquatic adventures into thought-provoking photos. Now she’s applied these images in a striking set of self-published all-occasion cards. Once I saw them, I had to learn more.
Over the past year we’ve been highlighting prominent designers and illustrators who’ve taken part in the MOO Luxe Project, including Michael Osborne, whose new studio we featured March 1. We’re pleased to note that Joey’s Corner, through which Osborne and his cohorts provide pro bono creative services to nonprofit groups focusing on health care, children’s and social well-being issues, has gained almost $10,000 from the studio’s involvement with the project! Furthermore »
[Tom Biederbeck] A studio space is ultimately just another tool to aid in the creative process. And because the judicious application of breaks and other forms of relaxation is essential to inspiration, Michael Osborne Design’s new quarters in San Francisco include a porch swing—capacity three (four with a squeeze). Designers do not thrive in cubicles alone. Furthermore »
Design Ignites Change, the partnership between Adobe and Worldstudio Foundations that supports creative professionals who use design thinking to improve the lives of individuals and communities, is introducing Impact! Sessions, a series of free 30-minute webinars that explore how design-driven ideas for social good are launched. You can still sign up for the first webinar, Friday March 1.