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Fire at Pratt! 2.15.13No Comments

I’m sad to see images of the beautiful 19th century Main Building at Pratt Institute in flames. It’s wonderful that no one was hurt, but the repairs will be costly and the students’ work that was destroyed is irreplaceable. This Daily News article calls it “suspicious,” but I hope that’s not true.

photo by Emilyann Cummings

photo by Emilyann Cummings

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former student Zoe Norvell’s new site 2.14.13No Comments

A lot of beautiful work here (no surprise) on the new website of my former student Zoe Norvell, currently working at Simon & Schuster. If you’re lucky, she might be available for freelance.

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Former student Amelia Merrill 1.15.13No Comments

A new website showcasing the gorgeous work from the “fresh and fruity” hand of illustrator Amelia Merrill, who was my student at Pratt Institute.

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2012 Pratt Show 5.7.12No Comments

It’s that time of year again: the Pratt Show, showcasing the graduating class of Pratt designers, illustrators, and others. It runs for the next few days, May 7–May 10th at the Manhattan Center on 34th Street in Manhattan. Come check it out and hire all my wonderful students. The Communications Department website is worth a look.

May 7 – May 10, 2012
Manhattan Center
311 West 34th Street
New York, New York

Exclusive Reception for Industry Professionals
Monday, May 7, 6 – 9 PM

Public Show Hours
Monday, May 7, 12 – 5 PM
Tuesday, May 8, 9 AM – 9 PM
Wednesday, May 9, 9 AM – 9 PM
Thursday, May 10, 9 AM – 12 PM

More info here.

UnMap Polaroid show up at Pratt

UnMap Polaroid show up at Pratt 3.7.12No Comments

The UnMap Queens show is hanging in the Communications Design office at Pratt Institute. This is a collaboration with designer and artist Carl Gambrell of Projector Creative, sponsored by the Impossible Project. Gambrell and I spent several weeks exploring the mysterious corners of Queens, armed with Polaroid Spectra System cameras. Queens is a fascinating spot on the planet, rich in history and culture, but overshadowed by NYC’s other boroughs. We hope our photographs reveal some of its depth and weirdness.

UnMap Queens had previously hung at the Queens College Art Center and the Manhattan gallery space of the Impossible Project. Thanks to Communications Design Chair, Kathleen Creighton, for the opportunity to show our work again.

More of the UnMap Queens photos here.

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Bill Kontzias’ Brooklyn Portrait Project 3.2.12No Comments

I’m honored to be (with my son, Ben) part of photographer (and Pratt colleagueBill Kontzias‘ Brooklyn Portrait Project, now hanging at Kingsborough College through March 21st. Kontzias’ shots of Brooklyn locals have been seen recently in the NYTimes’ The Local and BAM. As the life in the images attests, the snapping of the shutter is just punctuation to Kontzias’ conversation with the people he shoots.

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Former students featured on the Dieline 1.13.12No Comments

Packaging blog The Dieline featured the work of two of my former students, Melissa Deckert and Emily Hale this past week.

More of their work can be found here at Salt and Seed and here as well as here. They’re graduating soon, so if you’re looking for fresh talent and gutsy poise, hire them.


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Former student Arianna Toft a finalist in the American Batik Design Competition 10.14.11No Comments

Another talented former Pratt student is distinguishing herself. Arianna “Pika” Toft is a finalist in the Indonesian government’s first American Batik Design Competition. Her design is an impressive hybrid of Native American motifs, traditional Indonesian elements, and a contemporary sensibility that channels mid-century modern hipster flatness.

On her design, she writes, “Totem poles are among the most recognizable symbols associated with American cultural heritage. As the first inhabitants of the country, the Native Americans played a significant role in helping European settlers survive by providing food and valuable knowledge of the land.”

Her site is filled with good stuff.




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Former student Anthony Cudahy in Juxtapoz, the Converse blog, etc… 10.8.11No Comments

I’ve had the great fortune to teach a small army of talented students at Pratt Institute the past several years. Many of my former students have gone on to impressive careers. Some came in to my classes with natural talent that far surpasses my own, and I can only hope that my insights help them to channel their abilities a little better. Anthony Cudahy is one of these. Since I don’t teach illustration, I didn’t see much of Anthony after he was in my sophomore-level Visual Communication class, but I’ve kept an eye out and am thrilled to see him getting some press. Hire him.

Here he is in Juxtapoz.

And on the Converse blog

and in booooooom

and on his own site.

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Former Pratt Students’ Work at D & D Building Exhibit 6.10.11No Comments

Three of my former students, Tory Novikova, Olivia Gulin, and Melissa Ling, have work in an exhibit of digital print work at the D & D Building. The exhibit will run through 2013.

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