Author Archives: Guest Contributor

2012 New Visual Artist: Brendan Griffiths

By Ian Volner The first thing you ought to know about Brendan Griffiths is this: Do not click on the exclamation mark. The objectionable glyph follows the name of the 29-year-old’s firm, Zut Alors!, on its website, zutalorsinc.com. Griffiths joined the company of the founding partner, Frank DeRose, last May, after picking up his...

2012 New Visual Artist: Serifcan Ozcan

By William Bostwick When Scott Stowell first met Serifcan Ozcan, his student at SVA and, later, employee at Open, he thought, Turkish people are crazy. “Then I met other Turkish people, and they told me, No, Serifcan is crazy.” Of course he means: in a good way. The kind of crazy that picks up...

2012 New Visual Artist: Naz Sahin

By William Bostwick Naz Sahin uses the word obsessed often, but with purpose. Obsessively, you might say. But not when she talks about design. Her work is humble, orderly, packed with detail but expertly crafted: not a mosaic—a perfect brick wall. “I think she’s more creative than me,” says her husband and sometime collaborator,...

Letter Man: Paul Elliman's Found Fount Comes to MoMA

By Perrin Drumm In the exhibition “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language,” which opened on Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art, words are treated as tools and as totems. Gathering text-based work by artists from Marcel Duchamp to Tauba Auerbach alongside contemporary designers like Paul Elliman and Dexter Sinister, the show offers varied takes on...

2012 New Visual Artist: Caleb Bennett

By Bronson Stamp Caleb Bennett is the kid from a small town in Texas who walked up to the design director of The New York Times Magazine, introduced himself, and got a call three days later about a job. He wasn’t looking to leave his position as associate art director at Texas Monthly, but...

2012 New Visual Artist: Jing Wei

By Bronson Stamp There’s a photograph of Jing Wei in which she’s standing up to her neck in nachos. “I woke up one morning, and there was an enormous pile of nachos in the middle of our living room,” she says. “It was like waking up to a dream!” You won’t find many nachos...

2012 New Visual Artist: Jungyeon Roh

By Justin Sullivan Soon after Jungyeon Roh began working as an illustrator, she had an unpleasant revelation. “I realized that we are just sitting and drawing all the time,” she says. “It’s really not healthy at all!” Movement is essential to Roh. Born in South Korea, she lived in Seoul for 23 years until...

Parsons Design Students Get "Aligned"

 By Tara Gupta Parsons The New School For Design is set to unveil a new student exhibit called Align, whose aim is to connect design students directly to potential employers. Challenged by their instructor, Rob Trostle (of Mother) to come up with a new way to promote themselves and their work to the industry,...

2012 New Visual Artist: Lisa Hedge

By William Bostwick Lisa Hedge spent her first New York winter in Long Island City, working for Takashi Murakami’s studio, Kaikai Kiki, mixing 3,000 shades of green paint. “It was an insane design experiment in a way,” she says. “Matching what we were mixing to the swatches, making little samples, creating rules for ourselves....

2012 New Visual Artist: Ryan Thacker

By William Bostwick The infographic shows incarceration rates around the world, each country a rectangle in a prison yard, each rectangle a scatter plot of milling inmates. What you notice after a few minutes: The uniform colors are accurate, from America’s eyesore orange to France’s proletarian blue. What you notice after a few more...