Brazil: September–October 2014

I’ve had the chance to visit Brazil for 20 days this past September and October. The trip was my second visit to the homeland since my family and I moved to the United States in April of 2006; the last time I’d been there was in 2008.

Most of my family’s and my time was spent in São Paulo and Santo André; the stay was punctuated with short trips to Mairinque, Itu, and Cabreúva.

Below are some of the photos I took with my cell phone.

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I never liked how gray São Paulo can be at times, but I can’t deny the city has great character.

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An isolated bus stop on a dirt road on the way to Mairinque, a small city outside of São Paulo.

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The view from my uncle’s body shop in Imirim, the burrough where I grew up.

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Protest tagging.

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A cotton candy salesman in Itu, a city famous for the oversized phone booths, street lights, benches, and objects present on its streets. The drought that has plagued the entire state of São Paulo drove most of the population and tourists away.

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“Violência,” by Juan Carlos Romero, at the 31st São Paulo Art Biennial.

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Pavilhão da Bienal at Parque do Ibirapuera.

AGI Posters: Website

A collection of the 208 posters created for this year’s edition of AGI Open/AGI Congress is now available at cartazesagi2014.com/en/posters/. It’s an honor to have a design of mine displayed among the work of many of the designers I admire.

The posters can be seen as “pairs” as well; here’s mine shown next to AGI Member Andrew Byrom’s: www.cartazesagi2014.com/en/posters/pairs/andrew-byrom/

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What stood out to me the most among the posters on display wasn’t their beauty, meaning, or wit, but rather the crass nature of a surprisingly high number of them. Perhaps it is Brazil’s fault; my country’s cultural exports aren’t particularly sophisticated (as of late, at least).

Still, this digital collection of work (which was once displayed in a respected museum in São Paulo) showcases the alarming inability of some visual communicators to conduct proper research and produce work that doesn’t propagate false stereotypes.

A huge shout out to Andrew for giving me this great opportunity!

My Favorite Sign on La Cienega Boulevard

My daily commute from Cypress to Beverly Hills has its benefits: I get to sit in heavy traffic and observe the mostly funny vernacular signage of Los Angeles. Waving in all its glory (with the relevance of a floppy disk), here’s my favorite one:

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KBC Networks: ThruLink Logo

For the launch of the new generation of ThruLink products, KBC Networks asked that I develop a logo to mark each device in the product family.

The design (shown below) represents data being transferred, as ThruLink devices are mainly used in the transmission of encrypted video and data over networks.

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AGI São Paulo 2014: Poster

The Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) is an association that brings together the world’s most prominent designers. For this year’s AGI Open (the group’s yearly design conference), AGI members were asked to create a poster for the event, and, in addition, ask a young designer they admire to design a piece. I was honored to be invited by Andrew Byrom, a former professor of mine, to contribute a poster.

My design, shown here, contains a series of coupons with helpful (or humorous) information about the city, a reflection of the many questions I am asked when a friend or acquaintance decides to visit São Paulo. I lived there for the first 15 years of my life, and sharing the knowledge I have about the “Land of Drizzle” and its many attractions seemed appropriate given the majority of AGI’s members and AGI Open attendees are not Brazilian.

All designs will be exhibited at Museu da Língua Portuguesa in São Paulo between the 20th of August and 23rd of October.

Big Sur

A trip to the Pfeiffer Campground in Big Sur, CA, followed my last semester of college (and Our Show). No internet, cell phone reception, or television for 4 days. I hiked the Pine Ridge trail (the first 5 miles of it), spent time at Pfeiffer Beach (3 miles away from the campsite), and let the woods and good company bring my mind back to a relaxed state.

My favorite photo of the trip is below.

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Our Show

Every semester, the senior class of CSU Long Beach’s BFA Graphic Design program is required to design and organize a graduation show. Our Show, the Spring 2014 class’ exhibition (of which I was a part) took place on May 16 and 17, 2014.

Each of the 24 students in the program created new work that was showcased at the venue, an unconventional approach to a show that has traditionally consisted of portfolios of work created in the classroom during the 2 years leading up to the event.

The different individual and collaborative projects on display stemmed from “Metal,” a word we selected at random in order to demonstrate the class’ shared belief that one of today’s designer’s most valuable assets is the ability to create something interesting for any client, cause or product, regardless of topic or subject matter. We have learned to embrace the thrill of not knowing what our next project will be about, and Our Show was our way of expressing that to those who attended the exhibit.

Here’s the project I created for the show: gabeferreira.com/91-metals
Thank you all who stopped by!

Willbox: 20th Anniversary T-Shirts

I was recently commissioned to create a series of shirts for Willbox, a subsidiary of the Williams Shipping group. Willbox specializes in the rental and sales of shipping containers and cabins across the United Kingdom and wanted to have a line of casual clothing to be distributed to friends and clients.

The 120th anniversary of the company (2014) was chosen as the theme of the collection, and all designs were a reference to the company’s heritage in the shipping business. A couple of my favorite shirts can be seen below.

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A timeline that represents Willbox’s growth and tradition in the business.

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When condensed, the line “1894-2014″ resembles the frontal view of a shipping container.

The t-shirt line will be produced and distributed this year.

Insights 2014

Some of my work has been selected for Insights, the yearly art show that takes place at CSULB’s University Art Museum.

Below are some images of the event: the opening ceremony, the main hall, Union Weekly covers, and my favorite piece at the exhibition (“Untitled Couch” by Scott Burns).

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Public artist and CSULB Professor Craig Stone checking out the Union Weekly corner.

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“Untitled Couch” by Scott Burns.

Ficciones Typografika: Color Mismatch

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Photo by Erik Brandt

My submission to Ficciones Typografika was wheatpasted today. Ficciones Typografika is a project by Erik Brandt that explores typographic installations in public spaces. Posters are printed in black ink only, and different paper colors are available for each of the three 24in x 36in posters that form the mural.

My idea, which I titled “Color Mismatch,” is a reference to the hardship of designing in an RGB environment (the computer screen) for CMYK printed pieces (or, in this case, black-only prints). My set of 3 posters were prints #406-408, and were installed on April 27, 2014.

A big thank you to Erik Brandt for printing and posting the piece!
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