Marks & Posters

A selection of marks and posters designed over the years.


Dynamite with a Laser Beam

WHAT IT IS

A typographical interpretation of Queen’s breakthrough song from 1974.

 

THE CHALLENGE

To represent a song Freddie Mercury originally wrote about a “high-class call girl”. 

 

MY ROLE

I instead chose to interpret the song literally, creating the poster in the fashion of a regal invitation. All ornaments are hand-drawn. The crowns adorning the header and footer are made up of musical notation, inspired by the logotype for Sweden’s Polar Music Prize.

 
 

Outsiders

WHAT IT IS

A contemporary Interpretation of a wood type poster.

 

THE CHALLENGE

The mid-nineteenth century was the golden age of wood type. During this period, an enormous array of type-driven advertising posters were produced. Large in size, generally long and thin, these posters featured an exciting proliferation of type styles, often set very large, used to achieve dramatic, eye-catching visual impact without the use of any imagery.

I took this project as a challenge to create a contemporary interpretation of what a wood type poster might be, were it created by those who stand on the edge of society. Criminals, addicts, hermits, geeks, the homeless, punks, ethnic groups, the disabled, vampires, circus freaks - in short - the outsiders. Inspired by the opening lines of the 1932 Tod Browning movie "Freaks", describing the situation of people who are living on the perimeter of society, the question arose: what media would be used to create such a poster?

 

MY ROLE

The final result was produced through using a variety of different approaches including sandpaper, newspaper, burning, cutting, staining, ripping, crumpling, xeroxing, stabbing, blood, coffee grinds, etching, cardboard, hair, tearing, garbage, paper towels, felt-tip, oils, liquids, plastic bags, spray paint, labellers, glue and twigs.

With it came a zine, crafted in the same fashion, describing the process of the poster.

 
 

Buildings and Conversation

WHAT IT IS

“Sketches of Frank Gehry” is a 2005 American documentary film directed by Sydney Pollack about the life and work of the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The film portrays not only Gehry, but the conversations between him and Pollack as they talk about ideas, choices, and obviously, architecture.

 

THE CHALLENGE

The challenge was to create a poster portraying the nature of the intimate discussion between two friends while at the same time addressing Frank Gehry’s highly personal and characteristic architectural style.

 

MY ROLE

To gain an understanding of what it meant to construct a three-dimensional space and to move through it, I experimented with building blocks and different kinds of , eventually leading to a complex collage of textures forming a cityscape, where the typography plays the role of evoking Frank Gehry’s playful yet sophisticated architecture.

 
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Text on the Beach

WHAT IT IS

Advertisement created to announce the 2009 Joe Plaskett Award winner Vitaly Medvedovsky. 

 

THE CHALLENGE

To reflect Medvedovsky's work inspired by fractured memories of the Soviet Union by echoing his surreal motifs of people in barren landscapes graced by seashores and modernist buildings – the childhood home that fell apart only months after he left.

 

MY ROLE

Designer under the guidance of Landon Mackenzie.

 
 

Signature-based Visual Identity

"1st Principle of Unprogrammed Identity: The Trademark is the Process. An unprogrammed identity defines and controls a process for obtaining a series of graphic results each different from the others but linked by genetic similarity. The unprogrammed identity does not specify the form of communication being produced, but only defines the processes producing them"
 

WHAT IT IS

A series of posters to announce the Cooper Union End-of-Year-Show. 
In collaboration with James Vetterlein.

 

THE CHALLENGE

How to make the graduating students participate- and have a hand in, in the promotional material for their show.

 

MY ROLE

A large sketch pad was placed in each department of the school and the students were asked to write their signatures on it. When the signatures had been collected, they were layered into five different screens and screen-printed in 23 different editions with randomized colours.

 
 

Bringing Terror to Other Promotional Material

WHAT IT IS

A different kind of Halloween poster. In collaboration with Jeff WernerAmanda HuynhAnne CottinghamNathan Gilliss et al.

 

THE CHALLENGE

A true Halloween poster should make its claim by being horrific, not just talking about it. This particular design had the habit of clawing the other posters around it to prove its point. The poster takes out its aggressions on the orange poster which was created with finger puppets and comic sans specifically for the purpose. The black poster was so successful that the imagery was “appropriated” by another school the following year.

 

MY ROLE

Ideation and art direction. 

 
 

Miscellaneous


Marks

Client: Private
Work:  Visual Identity

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