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I recently finished a great project in London partnering with Ford Europe and the brand agency Bisqit. The Ford Focus was first unveiled in 1998, and quickly won the North American and European Car of the Year awards. Since then more than 12 million have been sold, so they wanted to celebrate that achievement with a big thank you to all those involved with the car.
Next, Ford asked Focus owners to share their favorite Focus memories with us via social media this summer. I then depicted some of the best stories on a brand new Focus. We worked for several weeks getting the illustrations approved, doing animations for the ‘Celebrate Focus’ video, and working out the logistics before I came out to draw on the car in Wimbledon.
The car is being exhibited at the Paris Auto show at the beginning of October. Below is the video that was shot for the campaign, along with a behind the scenes video with me. Thanks to everyone at Ford and Bisqit for such a fun opportunity!
Design Director: Daniel Holmes
Photographer: Robert Wallis
Back in May, I collaborated with the 7th & 8th graders at The Clinton School for Writers and Artists to create a 100-foot mural outside of their school on 33rd and 9th in Manhattan. Inspired by my Ace Hotel mural, the students each drew something about their school inside a given frame. The students had their sketches ‘approved’ before hand, and I drew the frames and helped coordinate the students. Thanks to their wonderful art teacher, Stacy Antoville! What a talented bunch.
Video footage by Mackenzie Annie Smith
Video Edited by Santiago Carrasquilla.
Since we launched 40DoD last summer, I haven’t discussed or profiled anything regarding the project on my personal website yet. The residual effects of the project have been exciting, and we recently put a “Selected Press” section on the About page of the website. Outside of those interviews, I have individually discussed it in a few places including this one with Steven Heller. Furthermore, I recently gave a presentation about the experiment at this year’s PSFK conference. Enjoy!
Wolf in White Van: Cover for FSG books. Read more here. Art director: Rodrigo Corral
Yeah!: Killed cover for W.W. Norton. Art Director: Ingsu Liu
Yeah!: Killed cover for W.W. Norton. Co-designed with Santiago Carrasquilla; Art Director: Ingsu Liu
Silver Screen Fiend: Killed cover for Scribner. Art Director: Tal Goretsky
Building: Cover for W.W. Norton. Co-designed with John J. Custer; Art Director: Ingsu Liu
Jump Soul: Cover for W.W. Norton. Art Director: Ingsu Liu
Killed cover for TIME. Art Director: Chrissy Dunleavy
Mural for AARP. Art Director: Joanna Foucheux; Photo Editor: Caitlin Peters; Photographer: Randal Ford
New Tattly design. Buy here.
New Tattly design. Buy here.
I recently completed a permanent 60-foot wall installation for Airbnb, the culmination of two months of preliminary work and almost two weeks on site. The team came to me with a blank canvas and the goal of illustrating their experiences together.The first step was to conceptualize what the wall would become, and how it would function. After an intensive discovery of ideas and execution options, we took plywood that was used for the construction of the new building, cut, painted, and hung 115 pieces in varying sizes.
Once the structure and layout was determined, we began exploring what the individual drawings would actually be. The Airbnb team wrote down hundreds of their “moments” that represent internal experiences that employees shared together over the year. I went through that text and picked things to illustrate. We went back and forth on revisions until all of the drawings were approved before any installation took place.
After spending 10 days working there, I was completely won over by their unparalleled culture and all the talented people who work there. Not to mention, the food is amazing. Big thanks to Alex Anderson!
Creative Director: Alexander Anderson
Assistant: Ashley Fundora
Art Hanger: Kevin Earl Taylor
Photos: Courtesy Airbnb
I was recently interviewed by The Great Discontent. We talked design, life, jazz, mentors, and Felicity! TGD has become an amazing resource for creative people with inspiring interviews every week. Thanks to Tina & Ryan for including me in their fantastic website.
I partnered with co:collective, a storydoing firm here in NYC. I came up with a slew of ideas to transform their entrance space—which was an odd looking, poorly lit space that existed between the elevator and their office. We wanted heads to turn from the elevator.
With that in mind, it was important to not apologize for the space, but instead use the entire canvas to create an unexpected experience for the passerby. I designed 10 different neon word signs that represent co’s values about collaboration. Furthermore, we painted the wall with black magnetic paint and we created magnets to showcase their moving network of “co:conspirators.”
A huge thanks to Tania and the whole crew over there for letting me have so much fun with this!
Executive producer: Tania Staykova
Executive creative directors: Ty Montague & Tiffany Rolfe
Neon installation: Let There Be Neon
Magnets: New York Blackboard
I recently finished a van wrap illustration for CITGO’s “Fueling Good Road Trip”, which promotes CITGO through the good things they’re “fueling” in communities around the country. After working on credit cards for their Rewards campaign, it was a lot of fun taking it to a larger scale.
Big thanks to Casey Christian and BVK! Check out the video below to see the journey
Agency: BVK Milwaukee
Art Director: Casey Christian
I’m excited to have six pieces in The New Yorker’s annual Summer Fiction Issue, entitled “Crimes & Misdemeanors.” The theme was noir fiction, and I was asked to come up with ‘title cards’ to represent each fiction piece.
We tried to cover an array of styles from Gothic to Western to 70’s Bollywood, depending on the premise of stories. Two of the pieces were laser cut, all of them were shot on top of textures or old photos to capture the noir vernacular. Also, a great video trailer was shot for the issue (featuring dry ice and fake cocaine).
Huge thanks goes out to Jordan and Wyatt! This was a ton of fun.
Art Director: Jordan Awan
Creative Director: Wyatt Mitchell
Photographer: Grant Cornett
Prop styling: Shane Klein and Theo Vamvounakis
Film editing: Ivan Hurzele
Laser cut: SOFTlab