Hecho en Cuba, cinema in the cuban graphic

MORE THAN 400 MOVIE THEATRES WERE INAUGURATED IN CUBA FROM THE EARLY 1940S (ONE-FOURTH OF WHICH WERE LOCATED IN HAVANA); THE FIRST MOVIE TITLES PROPOSED (OF EUROPEAN, MEXICAN AND ARGENTINE ORIGIN) WERE ADVERTISED BY MANY COMMUNICATION AGENCIES THAT ADOPTED A STYLE OF OBVIOUS WESTERN ORIGIN – RESULTING FROM THE INFLUENCE OF THEIR UNITED STATES NEIGHBOURS.

IT WAS FOLLOWING THE CASTRO REVOLUTION (DATED 1 JANUARY 1959) AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CUBAN INSTITUTE OF CINEMATOGRAPHIC ART AND INDUSTRY, INSTITUTED ON 24 MARCH 1959 THAT GRAPHIC DESIGNERS BEGAN TO FREELY INTERPRET THE FEATURE FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES ARRIVING FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD.

THE FORMAL INDEPENDENCE THEY ENJOYED, TOGETHER WITH THEIR UNIQUE SYNTHESIS OF EXPRESSION SKILLS, WOULD ALLOW THEM TO ESTABLISH ON ORIGINAL MOVEMENT OF FULL-FLEDGED ARTISTS DEDICATED TO CINEMA PROPAGANDA. HECHO EN CUBA, MADE IN CUBA, BECAME SYNONYMOUS OF CREATIVITY AND SKILLS; AND THE CARTELES DE CINE (MOVIE POSTERS) REPRESENT THE MOST VALID AND EFFECTIVE PROOF OF THE SAME.

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Ace Hotel NYC, a typographic journey

Ace Hotel NYC, 20 West 29th Street

In Midtown Manhattan the wholesalers slowly leave the place to trendy boutiques like Maison Kitsuné. In a couple of year Midtown Manhattan will be the next spot for the trendsetters. Ace choose the heart of this district to open one of their hotel where the history of a building meets design and arts.

At Ace NYC I like the use of (what it seems to be) Akzidenz-Grotesk font for the signings. I like the graphic design feeling that Roman & Williams, the firm which design the interiors, gave to this place.

It is all about typo.

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Akzidenz-Grotesk Bold Condensed

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Akzidenz-Grotesk Bold Extended

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Akzidenz-Grotesk Bold Extended

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Akzidenz-Grotesk Bold Extended (customized)

and…

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The entrance

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Serif fonts. Even with chalk handwriting a special attention is paid to typography…

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Above, on a desk what look like Trixie font

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Handwritings…

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AGI 2010, parcours graphique

Some photos of the annual conference of Alliance Graphique Internationale based in Porto this year. The project was introspective and personal, all designers was invited to create a map of their working process.

There is no formula for a working process, only fiction, where pragmatism, deviation, surprise or the unexpected melt together. This exhibition is a collection of « incorrect answers »

Parcours graphique avec quelques réalisations exposées lors du Congrès de l’Alliance Graphique Internationale qui prenait lieu à Porto. Le thème cette année concerne les créateurs de tous les domaines artistiques (graphisme, mode, etc.), puisqu’il s’agissait de mettre en forme le processus de création, un travail introspectif et personnel.

Il n’y a pas de formule, seulement de la fiction où se rencontrent et se mêlent, pragmatisme, déviation, surprise ou inattendu. Tous les graphistes invités se sont livrés à cet « exercice de l’impossible ».


Katsumi Asaba


Paula Scher


Stefan Sagmeister


Marian Bantjes


Jianping He


Sabina Oberholzer


Stephen Doyle

Stefan Sagmeister and Peter Knapp (right)

A star and stripes

Stripes !

A future star, Anthony Vaccarello, Paris based fashion designer (born in Belgium), former Fendi fur fashion designer and winner of Festival International de la Mode d’Hyeres 2006 (Grand Prix) taught(1) his techniques of working to the students of the Arts of Fashion summer class.

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It was very graphic, so i made a couple of close up of the stripes applied on the dummies. Some of these stripes even reminds me the Eiffel tower mesh or the Union Jack flag (i know my imagination have no limits ahem…).

These stripes are embellished with pearls, beads, knitting, organza, tulle… Before becoming gorgeous dresses.

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(1) with Sasiwimol Sreevitoon – Paris based free lance Fashion Designer, born in Thailand, former Lanvin embroidery fashion designer and Natallia Pilipenka – New York based Fashion Designer, born in Ukraine, Anne Valerie Hash Award 07, Fashion design Lecturer at Parsons the New School for Design.