An Interview with Nico Puertollano

Nico PuertollanoWith so much history and a large population tied to the language, its always perplexed me why there isn’t more work on Alibata, an ancient writing script of the Philippines. Also known as Baybayin, I had referenced this writing in a previous post revealing some of its history and displaying my work with the language. While I’ve studied it throughout the past few years, working to better understand and experiment with the language and typeface, many times I have wished to see other artists who work with the script and apply a modern style to the historic font in order to garner the respect of the design world today.

Meet Nico Puertollano, an artist hailing from Mandaluyong City of the Philippines with his upbringing in New York City. .....Continue reading

The sounds of Die Antwoord

Die AntwoordHey Peeps, just wanted to share this fresh music group from Cape Town, South Africa that I discovered online – the same way they exploded onto the music scene. They call themselves Die Antwoord, meaning “The Answer” in the Afrikaans language, and their beats and music are hot. The crew is made up of a lead MC who calls himself Ninja, a singer who goes by Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and a DJ Hi-Tek (not to be confused with the man who collaborated with Talib Kweli’s Reflection Eternal album). They are quirky, humorous, talented, and unique.

The group was formed in 2009 and frequented the blog world in order to promote themselves. Nine months later, they created the .....Continue reading

Nemo in Portland Oregon

Nemo DesignIf you haven’t found Nemo yet, then you haven’t been looking hard enough. It has been in Portland, Oregon for quite some time. I refer to Nemo as “it” and not “the fish” because I am talking about the Nemo Design Studio. Please forgive me, I couldn’t resist referencing the popular Pixar film because I am extremely cheesy and corny. Aside from the horrible intro, I am writing about this company because of my visit there today. A good friend of mine who has been with them for almost 5 years brought me on board to help out with some of their extra work. I had visited the facility before because my BFA show was hosted there 5 years ago but I had forgotten how awesome the place was inside. As soon as I set foot through the door I was greeted by hallway full of great work which currently holds various custom painted bicycles and an assortment of prints. The work environment is made for a designer – artwork is flooded throughout the office and many desks are covered in toys, trinkets, books, posters, and .....Continue┬áreading