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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AGI São Paulo 2014  | 

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 below, 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 and 23rd of August. This post will be updated with more images and details as they are made available.
Right click and select “View Image” to see the poster at full resolution.

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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: www.91metals.com
Thank you all who stopped by!

Willbox 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!
Check out Ficciones Typografika on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.

Vacation  | 

I just came back from a great 2-week vacation (somewhat of a graduation trip) in Asia. I presented a proposal for an advertising campaign to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (the project can be seen here) and spent time in Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Phuket.

My favorite photo of trip, taken with a cell phone camera, is below.

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Screen Identity: Media Coverage  | 

Screen Identity was recently featured on CSULB’s Daily 49er (print and online issues) and KCAL 9 News. The Daily 49er article (by Cynthia Mauleon) can be read here. I go into more detail about what motivated me to create the piece and what I hoped it would accomplish.

KCAL 9′s story can be viewed below, or, alternatively, on the KCAL 9/CBS Los Angeles’ website.

Update (April 9, 2014): The Long Beach Press Telegram also wrote an article on Screen Identity; read it here.

Union Weekly contributor Craig Gozer wrote a piece on Screen Identity, which was printed on the March 10, 2014 issue of the newspaper and is available here.

Update (April 18, 2014): Quipsologies and Design Taxi featured Screen Identity on their websites. Many thanks!

Sagmeister X Walsh  | 

My friend/design partner Brian Mark and I had the chance to participate in Sagmeister X Walsh’s “Adobe Remix” project. Sagmeister X Walsh has been released as a series of episodes, the first one of which is embedded below.

We can be seen gracefully placing down two piñatas at the 2m30s mark. We also participate in episodes 2-5, available on Sagmeister & Walsh’s Vimeo account