AARON DRAPLIN

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 12:50 pm

Many, many thanks to everyone who came out to Aaron Draplin’s events this past weekend at PhilaU! It was a blast to work with Aaron on planning the day and to meet all of you who attended. We’re putting the ticket profits to good use by donating them to ACCT Philly and Philadelphia Community Arts Network. Below are some photos (most by Sam Fritch Photography) from the workshop and lecture with Aaron at the helm.

Aaron also got on the mic with Hi-Res Podcast. LISTEN HERE!

Thanks again to all—especially to Aaron for his energy and expertise over the 12-hour day, attendees from near and far, and all who helped set up and lend a hand. Anyone leave behind a T•TRAXX pencil case or a Contigo water bottle? If so, I have ’em for you! Cheers!

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AARON DRAPLIN. PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING.

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 1:00 pm

Saturday, April 1st, Aaron is swinging back through Philadelphia on the spring-leg of his Pretty Much Everything book tour. He asked if I’d host an event and, with the help of PhilaU’s graphic design program, I’m happy to help make it happen. Please see below as we have a logo workshop (very limited seating!) and also an evening lecture (expect about 200 area creatives). Here’s the direct link:

https://sddesign.ticketleap.com/draplin/

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We hope you can join us!

TANDEM DESIGN CONFERENCE 2016

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 10:21 am

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Mario Zucca (colleague, friend and illustrator) and I co-hosted a lecture and workshop at this year’s Tandem Design Conference. Tandem is an annual student-run design conference at PhilaU (http://www.tandem-conference.com/).

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Photo by Sam Fritch

Our lecture, Design + Illustration + Collaboration + Integration, covered our journeys since graduating from Tyler School of Art. We discussed being business owners and educators, integrating workflows, and collaborations on many projects. Various work and interdisciplinary collaborations with other designers, illustrators, animators, clients and more were shared with students and professionals alike.

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We also led a workshop, titled Exquisite Workshop, which focused on collaborating with fellow attendees to create wildly fun exquisite corpses. We encouraged image-making, collaboration, and media experimentation in this hands-on workshop. The attendees reviewed their work, shared the creations, and then posted via social media for future connections.

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We would like to thank the folks at Tandem for inviting us and also thank everyone who attended the events. It was a blast!

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MODERN DOG A SUCCESS

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 4:55 pm

Modern, dog stories, and tons of caffeine-fueled creativity. Definitely one of the best design talks ever to happen in Philly! Very awesome to have Robynne here  – all the way from Seattle – to share her MD story w/ the Philly scene for the first time. Below are a couple pics from last night’s Robynne Raye Modern Dog lecture.

Many, many thanks to the entire Philly design community for coming out and supporting one of the coolest studios of all time! A fun evening filled with Modern Dog history, great questions, intriguing stories, good coffee, hilarious packaging design, silk-screened prints and raffles too!

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MULTIFACETED + SELF-GENERATED

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 12:51 pm

Many thanks to everyone who came out to MULTIFACETED + Self-Generated. The five talks by Melissa Morris Ivone, Mario Zucca, Melissa McFeeters, Dan Gneiding, and Martha Rich were fun, inspiring and full of expert advice. Photos below are by Sam Fritch Photography and I’m including a link with video snippets by Bob Sweeney of RLS Video: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiTPBQvItyePnh7LNDH1BI5ngyNeMX6IF . Cheers!

MULTIFACETED – SPOTLIGHT 3 of 5: MELISSA MCFEETERS

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 4:28 pm

Moving on to artist number three who will be lecturing at MULTIFACETED – Melissa McFeeters answers the five “Ws”. Take a look:

Who? Designing Woman.
What? The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
When? Night of the Living Dead.
Where? Philadelphia.
Why? The God’s Must Be Crazy.

Learn more about Melissa, her work, and RSVP here: http://sddesign.ticketleap.com/multifaceted/

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MULTIFACETED – SPOTLIGHT 2 of 5: MARIO ZUCCA

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 7:19 pm

We’re spotlighting each of the artists who will be lecturing at MULTIFACETED – one day at a time. Take a look:

Who: Bruno Sammartino.
What: Bugle Boy Brand Clothing.
When: Thursday, duh.
Where: WePA.
Why: Because.

Learn more about Mario, his work, and RSVP here: http://sddesign.ticketleap.com/multifaceted/

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MULTIFACETED – SPOTLIGHT 1 of 5: MARTHA RICH

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 8:34 pm

MULTIFACETED + Self-Generated is happening in five days (Thursday, October 11th). To help countdown this event, we’re spotlighting each of the artists who will be lecturing – one day at a time. Take a look:

Who: Martha Rich.

What: Being lazy and average made me productive.

When: Since 2006.

Where: Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Why: To avoid homelessness.

Learn more about Martha, her work, and RSVP here: http://sddesign.ticketleap.com/multifaceted/

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THE HEADS OF STATE

Posted by Steve DeCusatis @ 5:46 pm

A couple Thursdays ago (April 5th), I hosted my second design lecture in the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. It was a true honor to put together a lecture with The Heads of State. I went to Tyler School of Art with Jason and Dusty and they’ve always created the highest level of design work. I saw them lecture back in 2005, a few years after they formed their partnership. Since then, they’ve both moved away from Philly and worked from two different cities. A few years ago, they reunited under one roof – this time back in The City of Brotherly Love. They wanted to share their story. They wanted to share their experience – and their latest work. In Philadelphia. To celebrate 10 years of working together. And why not tell it in the same venue where their career bloomed. Many of their earliest poster projects were created for shows put on in “The Church”. Their lecture sold-out. A crowd of 300 creatives gathered to be entertained by the design duo. Many thanks to everyone who attended. It’s your support that made this possible! Check out the wonderful photos below done by Sam Fritch Photography.