Jean-Michel Basquiat is arguably one of the most influential artists of the Neo-Expressionist art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, and certainly one of the most significant artists of his generation. Known for his loose and rough graphic style of painting, Basquiat went from an obscure New York City graffiti artist to art superstar almost overnight. He’s a personal favorite of mine and the following is a brief overview of his life and career.
I came across this inspiring little video shortly after the New Year and it completely blew me away. It features an excerpt from an interview featuring Ira Glass, the host and producer of the wonderful radio show “This American Life” on NPR. In the interview, Glass offers up some sound advice for someone starting out in broadcast journalism, but his words will resonate with anyone working in a creative field. As a graphic designer, this short video hit me pretty hard and it perfectly encapsulates how I feel towards my own work. Oh, and the motion graphics and typography are pretty slick, too!
The 20th annual Y Conference held by AIGA San Diego is just around the corner. This two-day event brings together some of today’s biggest designers and influencers in the field of graphic design; it promises to be a weekend packed with creativity, inspiration, and learning. The conference will be held at the beautiful Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the campus of the University of San Diego on March 27th and 28th.
Every year, the conference’s speakers’ panel attracts some of the biggest names in the design world and this year is no different: Michael Bierut of Pentagram, Gail Anderson of Anderson Newton Design, and Brian Gartside just to name a few. In addition to the wonderful talks and the opportunity to meet some of today’s biggest up and coming designers, the conference also offers a slew of valuable workshops. Referred to as “Thinkshops,” attendees can dabble in everything from calligraphy to block printing. You’ll surely find something to help get your creative juices flowing.
So get your ticket early and come geek out on all things design!