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1. Shout out to the School of Advertising Art—a fantastic graphic design school in Kettering, Ohio, that has been nationally recognized. I had the honor of being a guest speaker there last week. Thanks to Matthew Flick and Jessica Barry. Ohio, represent!
2. Recently, I was down in Baltimore with Michael Freimuth, Mark Pernice, and Lauren Richel Kelly, giving a presentation and doing a workshop with the awesome students at MICA. Thanks to Brockett Horne for inviting me back for a second year!
I’m excited to be a guest speaker for the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts tomorrow night! My Ohio pride is maxed out right now. Details are here. Tickets on sale. Midwest, represent!
Arena Grand Theatre
175 W Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43215
Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Social Hour: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:30 pm
Follow up: I’m forever in debt for this awesomeness.
I’m excited to be a guest speaker at Southern Arkansas University early next week! My experience in the South goes no farther than a couple short visits to Virginia, three trips to Texas (two last summer), and a couple long—and I mean LONG—weekends in Miami (which doesn’t count). This will be fun! I’m also excited to share the day with three other designers on the bill: Michael Osborne, Yougran Ryu, and Chris Cortez.
Southern Arkansas University
April 3, 2012, 2 PM
I’m off to Syracuse University to be a guest lecturer for their Viscom Symposium class tomorrow! The fact that Syracuse is the alma mater of Alan Dye, as well as Carmelo Anthony, makes it all the more awesome for me. (P.S. Alan probably has a better jump shot?)
They were also kind enough to print this poster I designed. It highlights a silly expression I’ve been saying for a while, which partly sums up why I started doing spot illustration in the first place. We’ll be giving them away to select students at the lecture. Thanks to Tim Coolbaugh!
Viscom Symposium Class
The Warehouse Auditorium
March 7, 2012, 12:45 PM
1. As part of the Art Directors Club Young Guns talks, I gave a presentation last night at the Apple Store SoHo. It was so great to be welcomed back to NYC by a crowd of my peers, old friends, and new friends. I love you all, and thanks for laughing at my dirty jokes.
2. This Thursday, I’m traveling to Baltimore to give a presentation and do a workshop with the students from MICA. I’m totally stoked for this, and equally excited to share the day with four amazing designers: Tracy Kroop, Max Snyder, Silas Munro, and my buddy, Michael Freimuth. Isn’t MICA the oldest art college in the United States? I’ll make sure to wear my SVA t-shirt.
I’m honored to be invited as a guest for SUNY New Paltz’s Art Lecture Series tomorrow night! This should mark my last trip to NY as a quasi-tourist, and I couldn’t be more excited to spend part of it with aspiring graphic designers. They were also super rad to print this poster I designed for the event.
Although, I must admit that I don’t know anything about the university, their programs, or even where New Paltz is exactly—which should make this all the more fun!
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, New York
Lecture Center 201
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 7 PM
Free and open to all
I’m super excited to participate in a panel discussion with Mike Perry, Keetra Dean Dixon, and Andrio Abero for AIGA’s latest Fresh Dialogue series tomorrow night! This year’s focus is on “Design Dualities”—young designers who are pursuing multiple avenues within their work. Go buy a ticket and hear me stutter about my “dualities.”
Also, anyone who’s attending the AIGA talk will get a half-off ticket to the ADC Young Guns event afterward. I hope to see you, NYC!
Thursday March 24th, 2011
While preparing my presentation for the Art Directors Club, I opted out of showing any major branding or identity work I’ve been a part of. I’ll leave that to Mr. Collins. Instead, I discussed the importance of the smaller, more personal freelance work I’ve done, and how that has enabled me to develop my own voice.
In branding, often a designer becomes the voice of the current client they’re working for—that goes for those who work in-house, or for those who work for a design shop where you maintain the integrity of the leader’s voice—that rarely a young designer can bring their personality, opinions, and character to a project. Consequently, it becomes more difficult for them to satisfy that craving of expression we all have as creative people.
Why does finding and exercising my voice in other mediums matter? It simply keeps me happy and inspired, professionally. By doing so, I feel encouraged to free myself from what I think something should be, which moves me into a space of unexpectedness. I also think this practice directly informs my agency work by making me a more expansive thinker and a quicker image maker. I’ve been very lucky to have great mentors who have supported and encouraged this development.
Below are some of the slides I used as bookmarks during my presentation. While some are meant to be humorous, they are all a reflection of the insights I’ve gained about myself, my work, and my ambitions in the industry.
SVA career in hindsight
Thesis on the topic of Fatherlessness
Book covers, Chicken Licken, BWC identity
Metropolis magazine cover and event
Los Angeles magazine cover exploratory
New York Times illustrations
WCP poster exploratory, Matériel magazine, hand-done pieces (thanks, WM)
Ace Hotel mural
As part of the ADC Young Guns talks, I was originally scheduled to speak in NYC. I wrecked that plan by moving across the country, so now I’m presenting my work on Monday, August 23 at 6:30 PM in San Francisco. Super excited to see you, SF!
“We don’t see the world the way it is, we see the world the way we are.”
The speaking bill said Brian Collins and John Fulbrook, but the audience got so much more! Back in early April, the COLLINS: team presented to the SVA MFA Design Criticism Department as part of their ongoing lecture series. Six of us presented a different project (and the story behind it) that we’ve created over the last two years. Learn about our process and the personal ambitions that keep us inspired.
Unfortunately, the quality of the video isn’t great, so it’s hard to see the work on screen. But if you can get through it, you’ll find that everyone was extremely insightful. (If not, make sure to fast-forward to 22:30 to hear me stutter about Metropolis magazine.)
Big thanks to Brian for the opportunity!