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A couple weeks ago I had an opening exhibition in Paris of my Instagram series “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew” at Colette. For those who don’t know Colette, it’s a very popular concept store that is a one-of-a-kind Parisian institution showcasing the latest fashion, gadgets, sneakers, books, fragrances, design, etc. I have 15 pieces from my “Memories” series exhibiting and selling online all of February, along with mugs, t-shirts, postcards, and lighters. I also wrote a couple of my stories on the walls in the store, and I had a 40 Days of Dating book signing at the opening, too. I was just in Paris a couple months ago, as my Ford car was displaying at the Paris Motor Show, and it was such an honor to come back to see my little writing series that I started last summer on my Instagram come to life in such an influential place like Colette.
Photos courtesy of my friend Elena Rossini and Colette.
Last month we announced that you can pre-order the 40 Days of Dating book! It officially comes out on January 20th. The number one question we had from fans was: What happened after day 40? That question is answered—and in addition to the entire blog—the book contains 304 pages, 60K new words, new art, essays by others, our own diary entries for up to a year after the experiment ended, and so much more. This was a real labor of love for us, working on and off on it for about 6 months. We really wanted to wrap ourselves in the context of today’s dating culture, and it was such an exciting process. Early pre-orderers got signed bookplates from us and custom cards we made and a dart to throw at our heads (we’ll be doing another round of those soon!) You can pre-order the book here: http://fortydaysofdating.com
Book design: Kevin Brainard and Raul Aguila
Art direction: Jessica Walsh, Timothy Goodman and Kevin Brainard
Illustrations and Lettering: Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman
Cover Photographs: Henry Leutwyler
Video animation: Santiago Carrasquilla and Zipeng Zhu
Website: Eric Jacobsen
Fun to see my cover for Wolf in a White Van on a bunch of ‘Best of’ lists for 2014! It’s a great book by John Darnielle that I was lucky enough to design thanks to FSG’s art director, Rodrigo Corral. Check it out on these lists, along with all the other great covers of 2014.
This past summer, I began posting, on my Instagram, a series of handwritten stories called “Memories of a Girl I Never Knew.” I’ve written about 20 of them now. It’s been amazing to see how the stories have resonated with people, so Adobe asked me to contribute some of them to their “FAIL” column. So many of our personal experiences and failures are universal—and as designers, I believe we have a unique way of sharing our vulnerability with an audience.
As Jessica Walsh and I are hard at work on another crazy personal project (that will be out in the spring!) we’re doing a small side, SIDE project called Quotes on Shit. It’s inspired by the idea that we all use so much shit in our lives. We collect shit, buy shit, steal shit, trade shit, and throw shit away. But what happens with all this old shit after it leaves our hands? Our shit winds up in our garbage cans, on our streets, in our landfills, and in our junk shops. We feel bad for this abandoned and rejected shit, so we’re breathing new life into these unwanted objects by rescuing them, spray painting them, and giving them a voice.
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
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