Tag Archives: craft

John Passafiume

10 May


John Passafiume is a Brooklyn, NY-based graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer who has created some really impressive stuff. He works for Louise Fili in NYC; a logo, packaging, restaurant, and book design specialist, where he has created a book cover for the new Steven Heller/Louis Fili colaboration, Scripts, as well as the always awesome, Blue Q. Although John’s done some outstanding work at his 9-5, the piece that really stands out to me is a hand-lettered wedding invitation for his friends, Alex & Adela.

Before John joined the corporate design world, he spent 700 hours creating a 32 x 40 inch, hand-drawn/typeset masterpiece he calls “(Process).” He said this piece was a kind of backlash against modern design culture and pop culture in general. I’d say so. Hand typesetting a piece of that size and that much small type is crazy, especially since he created this while taking time off from using his computer because of some wrist trouble (carpal tunnel?).

All of that work wasn’t all for naught. John has won such honors as “Best of Student Work” and a Gold Louie at the XXIV Louie Awards in Louisville, a “Best of Show” at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications National Student Show, where he also received a scholarship for typography from Neenah Paper. He also won a trip to New York for the 87th Art Director’s Club of NY Awards, where he was the only student participant to win a “Gold Cube.” Passafiume was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, which is widely known as “the Oscars of the design world,” where he won his category, Print Communications. “(Process)” was also selected to be in Print Magazine‘s 2009 Regional Design Annual, and at the National American Advertising Federation (AAF) Addy Awards in Atlanta, he took home the “Gold Award” and “Special Judge’s Award.” John was honored with The 55th Type Director’s Club Competition’s “Citation of Typographic Excellence” and was selected as “Judge’s Choice.”  The piece has been shown in galleries around the world, including China, Argentina, Ireland and Malaysia, and a design professor in Tokyo has asked for a copy of the piece to show his typography students.

Fantastic work, John!

(via Dan Cassaro/twitter)

Ryan Feerer

3 May


Ryan Feerer is a graphic designer, illustrator, and instructor based in Abilene, TX. He got his education in Texas and NYC, and at the School of Visual Arts, learned from some of the best in the business (Steven Heller, Milton Glaser, and Stefan Sagmeister, to name a few). He earned his masters in design, then worked at Funny Garbage in NYC for a few years as a web designer. There, he worked with kid-friendly clients such as Teen Nick, Nicktoons, PBS kids, HIT Entertainment, and the always-adorable Lil Jon. He then picked up with his wife and moved back to Texas, where he recently help form Abidesco (Abilene Design Co.). He also teaches at Abilene Christian University where he got his undergrad and where his passion for design started. Full circle.

Ryan’s style is very hands-on. Lots of hand-drawn type, flourishes, and truck-loads of character. I really enjoyed the series of portraits that he did, that were sold on an artsy, online store called Elsewares. I wonder if Ryan would be willing to draw me and my family (hint, hint). I also loved the identity he did for Betty & June, a boutique in Abilene, Texas, where he chose to hand-stampe all of the bags, tags, and business cards. Nice touch.

I get the feeling that he really enjoys what he does. It certainly shows through the work he has done. Great stuff, Ryan! Thanks for the inspiration.

(via Jeff Rogers)

Grain and Gram

29 Apr

Grain and Gram: the New Gentleman’s Journal, is a website that features true craftsman. The layout of this site is very mathematical. Clean, crispy, full of wonderful illustrations/graphs, white space, and nice typography. The videos and photos are absolutely beautiful. While watching the video of Nick Sambrato, a letterpress printer from Orlando, FL, I kept looking behind me because it felt like I was secretly looking at something I shouldn’t have been. It’s like craftsman porn. My favorite thing about this site is that through these profiles, you can tell these guys truly love what they do, and that means a lot.

I can’t wait to see more from Grain and Gram.

(via Parliament)