John Downer at Parsons

November 9, 2012

This past Monday, we were able to pull together an impromptu lecture and demo with John Downer after we had to cancel the original one because of hurricane Sandy. John showed his many photographs of hand-painted signage from Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Portland and Mexico. He also gave a great brush lettering demonstration at the end of his lecture where he spoke about brush efficiency, proper use of color and tools, letter spacing and speed. He was able to bust out the sign you see him working on above in about half an hour. Guess who got to keep it!? Thanks John and thanks to all who made it.


Sign Painter Extraordinaire

October 26, 2012

We’re organizing a talk by the sign painter, typographer and lettering artist John Downer at Parsons this coming Tuesday at 6:30 pm in room N603. He just gave us a sneak preview of the his lecture over some perogies and borscht at Veselka.


Cuba Sighting

September 29, 2012

Saw my font Cuba on the sandwich board at the Bowery Bar today. Looks like they drew it by hand with erasable marker. I always get a kick out of this.


Skating with Style

September 21, 2012

My independent study student Ryden Rizzo is starting a new company called Allied Maker where he’s selling products that he makes with his own hands from his own garage in Long Island. The products are mostly made of wood and range from an iphone holder to a lamp, to a kitchen knife. This week, he designed and executed this styling skateboard.

Cement Truck Lettering

September 18, 2012

Continuing with the cement truck doors theme. I thought this one was fantastic.


September 11, 2012

It’s hard to look through the photos that I took at ground zero, two days after the attacks, but as a remembrance of that terrible day, I picked out one to post. Please remember the victims today. Metta.

Form, Composition and Coat Hooks

September 6, 2012

All in all, it was a great first week back at Parsons. Nice work Nathen McVittie.

Worshiping Krishna through Dance

August 20, 2012

I just returned from another great weekend in the southern catskills. I was visiting the Sivananda yoga ashram and on Saturday night, an Indian dance group performed a devotional style of dance called Baratnam. In the photograph, the dancer is using mudras which are hand gestures that act as a worship to deities like Lakshmi, Shiva and other Hindu gods and goddesses. It was a family dance group with the father playing the mridang drum, and the mother and two daughters dancing. Behind her in the photograph sits Swami Sivananda, and the god Krishna playing a sweet melody on the flute.

The Sneaker Maverick, Yu-Ming Wu

August 14, 2012

As any teacher knows, seeing your former students achieve greatness is almost as gratifying as seeing them excel in the classroom. My former student, and the first designer of the first Cubanica website back in 2001, Yu-Ming Wu was just named #45 in the 50 most influential people in sneaker history by the Complex magazine website. Freshness, the blog that he started in 2003, has been a go to for as many years for any sneaker junkie. His quiet, influential and hard-working demeanor ended up being just the qualities that spawned his success. Congratulations Yu Ming.

Hand Lettering, Staten Island Style

August 13, 2012

Bumped into this construction truck in the village this morning. This is some of the coolest lettering that I’ve seen since San Francisco.