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July 2015 | Toys R Evil
Opening July 17th (reception from 7pm) at PIQ (www.piqproducts.com) located in Grand Central Terminal NYC is group “Kute as fuh!” – where invited artists interpret “kawaii” (Japanese for “cute”, if you don’t know by now:p) in paintings and custom toys! Featured here are a few previews and WIPs to send you gushing 🙂
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March 17, 2015 | Flavorpill
Don’t except the lovable Mickey Mouse from your childhood at the Twisted Mouse Show at PIQ, a boutique gift-outlet cum toy store in Grand Central Terminal, will remind you of Pylones. Instead the show, aimed at celebrating every one’s favorite Disney character, is filled with disturbing figurines as well as paintings and prints that casts the Mickey’s darker side. Of course, the show is not completely bereft of cuteness.
The Twisted Mouse Show opened on March 14 in Grand Central Terminal but you can see and buy all the mouse-andise online.
Megaglam Mouse Madness by kHyal
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MARCH 5, 2015 | CreativePro
Interview by Ilene Strizver
(kHyal + Karl’s collaborative answers were written and edited by Free Range Copy.)
Karl Heine, principal and solutionist of creativeplacement with offices in CT and NY, knows what it takes for creatives to nab that perfect job. After all, he has been placing creative talent for over 25 years, with many extremely satisfied clients and employers. Karl often lectures designers and students on how to best present themselves and their work to prospective employers or clients to get noticed amidst a sea of potential candidates, and hopefully get that job. One important element that most employers are looking at is a candidate’s typography skills. kHyal is a creative director, strategist and writer who partners with Karl in life and work—including museum, conference and design school workshops, lectures on business practices and marketing for creative professionals, as well as portfolio and resume reviews. We spoke with both Karl and kHyal about this very important topic.
Q. How important is good typography for creatives when looking for a job?
A. Graphic Design has become an increasingly overcrowded industry. And, in the US, still does not require certification of any kind. While untrained, or under-trained, designers are able to find full- and part-time jobs, and freelance projects, the top tier opportunities still require a high level of talent, skill and knowledge in all aspects of design, and very heavily in typography. Design professionals hiring within agencies and in-house corporate design departments meticulously review all materials from prospective candidates, starting with typography. Many design firm owners and creative directors pride themselves on being typographically savvy, and if they see the incorrect use of type, spacing and style, it can determine whether if they will go to the next step of viewing a portfolio or website.
Q. How important is the type and design of one’s resume? Any tips?
A. Type and design excellence on a resume are critical. They are key to having a hiring manager look at your portfolio and consider an in-person interview. Creative directors often won’t consider a candidate if they see typographic or design errors on a resume. And, most won’t take the time to tell you. Using an easy-to-read, professional typeface with a clean layout is fundamental—as is keeping all relevant information within the top third of the page, knowing that most resume views are in the 10 to 15 second range.
People take resume advice from many sources. In the case of graphic design, it’s important to understand what design professionals look for, which is very specific to the industry. This means a general expert on resume writing may suggest the exact opposite of what’s needed for a design career job, which can result in resumes that are poorly executed using incorrect terminology, inappropriate formatting, template-like design and a system typeface exported to a PDF from a Word document. This is the kiss of death for designers.
Naming your resume is of the same importance as naming your client files. For instance, you would never name a project file “Branding Manual” without specifying the client name and other organizational information. Naming your resume “resume” usually results in that file ending up in the trashcan, or being overwritten with someone else’s file that has made a similar file-naming mistake. Remember, that there are often dozens, or even hundreds of applicants for most publicized opportunities. Your resume and how the file is named need to be professional and distinguishable.
An example of best practices for resume file naming would be: LastName_FirstName_Resume_Year. Using underscores provides clarity and the least possibility for file corruption. When it comes to email addresses, it’s best to have your first and last name connected to either your website, or a user-friendly/most accepted portal like Gmail. Many companies organize their prospects by name and by email. If you make up an unrelated pseudonym like firstname.lastname@example.org, no one will remember it or find you. It is much better to identify yourself clearly with an email that makes sense, like: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We advise against using initials with birthdates or any other extraneous information in your email address.
Q. What about typography in a portfolio—does a potential employer really have time to notice these details?
A. All portfolios and related marketing materials should be consistent and use excellent typography. Portfolio pieces should be annotated with short descriptions, using type that isn’t too large or distracting so that it detracts from the actual work. Minimal, understated design is always the best answer when it comes to portfolios, so the actual work remains the focal point.
Most potential employers want to see examples of design work. At first they will spend a short time to review the level of talent and appropriateness of work for the position. If the typography and other elements take their focus away, a designer might lose out entirely. This includes things like not putting all of your contact information on every page with a logo.
Q. What about business cards, emails, and follow up letters—are they necessary?
A. Business cards are your in-person greeting and introduction. You only have one first impression, and as a designer you have the opportunity to showcase your work in a compact form. If you make it special, it also provides a chance to talk about process. This is a major opportunity to strike up a conversation with a potential employer or client, and it allows the receiving party a look into how you present and think.
This should not be a time for making excuses for a card you created but don’t believe in. We have actually heard things like: “Here’s my card, I printed it out at home with what I had for copy paper and my scissors were a little off, sorry.” It’s better not to hand someone a card, than to give him or her something that doesn’t prove that you have professional skills. With specialty printing getting better and less expensive every day, including digital printing and quick turn around times—it’s well worth the investment.
Left: A clever concept (the corner appears burned off) that plays off of the unusual company name makes for an unforgettable business card.
Right: The most important information stands out amidst the highly decorative background pattern.
Left: This letterpress business card uses type to create a textural pattern of information.
Right: The beautiful curves of an oversized g is the focal point of this card, enhanced by the dimension of letterpress printing.
Left: An inventive and memorable business card treatment that harks back to pre-digital age designers’ tools.
Right: A whimsical typographic logo catches the eye, as it sits atop a simple text treatment.
After the meet and greet, it’s imperative to send a thank you email right away. That means the same day, not two or three days later. This level of follow up is expected. Additionally, it’s even better to also send a “Thank You” card or letter in the mail. A very small percentage of people do this, so it truly makes you stand out. The card should be handmade, not a store-bought version, which provides yet another opportunity to show off your work. Take the time to be inventive.
Q. Do good typography skills give potential candidates an edge or advantage?
A. Great typography goes a long way, and provides a huge advantage over other candidates vying for design jobs. We have seen many skilled designers take this one step further and create their own typeface, then apply it to a personal project or license it for sale.
Q. What have you heard from potential employees in this regard?
A. We have seen many occurrences where designers working under a well-known typographer during an internship have radically improved their understanding of typography and design, and changed the course of their future careers.
Q. What should you do if you think your typography skills aren’t up to the same level as your design?
A. This is a common problem that can typically be remedied with additional typography training and outside classes geared toward raising the level of typographic awareness and skill. It’s mostly an issue of time and how it applies to growth, and to a lesser degree natural talent and aptitude. Learning and development in this area takes practice, trial and error, and the ability to break old habits. We believe that learning is a life-long process and that designers at all levels should strive to learn and improve their skills constantly. There are countless ways to do that through traditional classes, workshops, talks, books, and online courses.
Q. Any final words or suggestions?
A. In a time where there are more graduates in graphic design than there are jobs, it’s important to learn as much as you can, and constantly improve on those skills with practice and additional learning. Since your resume is often the first introduction to a potential employer and is primarily type-based, understanding best practices is key.
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Ilene Strizver, founder of The Type Studio, is a typographic consultant, designer, writer and educator specializing in all aspects of visual communication, from the aesthetic to the technical. Her book, Type Rules! The designer’s guide to professional typography, 4th edition, has received numerous accolades from the type and design community. She conducts her widely acclaimed Gourmet Typography Workshops internationally. For more information on attending one or bringing it to your company, organization, or school, go to her site, call The Type Studio at 203-227-5929, or email Ilene at email@example.com. Sign up for her free e‑newsletter, All Things Typographic, at www.thetypestudio.com.
April + November, 2014 | Art Directors Club, New York + Miami | Laser Cat Events
The work of MegaGlam was included in the ADC Global Awards & Club Laser Cat events in Miami at the Bass Museum and in Brooklyn during 2014. Laser Cat, a giant cat head that projects art through its laser beam eyes, was created by Hungry Castle.
MegaGlam’s work was also included in the promo email for the Brooklyn event.
November 15, 2014
“The second annual Design Works benefit party for Franklin Street Works in Stamford took place on November 15, 2014. Guests enjoyed a pop-up shop, food, wine and beer and music featuring These Animals. The event honored The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Exhibitions Director, Richard Klein, who was introduced by Artist Mark Dion.”
We were happy to contribute our design chops to this great cause. It was also great to see Mark Dion after a long hiatus. I worked with him on a public art project curated by Anne Pasternak in 1991 called “Art… Not News” at Real Art Ways.
An article including our SoNo Spaces brand, reposted from The Whiteboard, advancing entrepreneurship in Connecticut.
MAY 2014 | The Whiteboard
Stamford Area Coworking Is Diverse and Growing
By Kim Demers
Coworking is not new to the startup, freelance or techie world. There are more than 780 in the United States (when there was one in 2005), and the trend is growing in all corners of Connecticut.
Last week, The Whiteboard talked with Katherine Warman Kern of COMRADITY, Karl Heine of SoNo Spaces and Sarah Robinson and Peter Propp of The Stamford Innovation Center and WorkSpace Stamford – four prominent voices in the coworking community in southwestern Connecticut, and members of The Business Council of Fairfield County’s Shared Workspace Initiative.
For many, coworking is the future of how we work.
Why? People are tired of working in cubicles. Coffee shops can get loud and crazy. And, at a certain point, working from home doesn’t work – it can be isolating and then there are distractions. Raise your hand if kids, a pet or spouse hovering near your workspace has ever hurt your productivity.
These are the main reasons why coworking got started, and why the number of shared workspaces has grown substantially in the last two years.
Coworking helps indie businesses, freelancers and startups recapture the best benefits of an office environment, specifically, community, collaboration and inspiration, without giving up the best perks of working for yourself: flexibility, independence and doing what you love to do.
Each place has its own vibe. The beauty of coworking is that it can come in different stripes. Some spaces accept everyone. Many other coworking communities are specialized on entrepreneurs and business startups, innovation, social enterprise or creative professionals, for example.
These spaces are stimulating, inspiring, and fun. Members love to come to work and stay for the increased levels of productivity and community. A community that is helping to grow the local economy.
If you’re starting to think you might need a change of scenery and live in the Stamford area, consider these shared spaces, only some of the 12+ in Fairfield County:
SoNo Spaces, is a vibrant place in the heart of historic South Norwalk, or SONO as it is affectionately referred to, for creative professionals to find their ah-ha moment.
“We created an open-share environment as an extension of the way our own work styles have evolved,” says Karl Heine, who runs SoNo Spaces with his wife kHyal. The couple had begun to work remotely, from places like Paris and Berlin, and became interested in the share culture cultivating in New York because of the rising cost of real estate.
“We believe there’s a pretty tightly woven relationship between inspiration and education,” Heine said. “Over the years, we’ve hosted New York guests for collaborative events, workshops and talks on a range of topics, including gourmet typography and hand lettering through Push Workshops, as well as special events to bring together the creative community.”
Long before Hurricane Sandy, their North Main Street space had already become an inspiring and trusted gathering place for Norwalk’s creative community. When many were out of power during the storm, Karl and kHyal opened their door to any professional in need of space and a place to charge laptops and phones at no cost. And, SoNo Spaces quietly opened later that year.
Its location close to I-95, Norwalk Harbor and the Long Island Sound, combined with its architectural authenticity, have made SONO a vibrant, thriving community to work, live and play. It’s also a cultural mecca filled with highly-skilled creative talent. SoNo spaces offer access to this creative marketing community, including those in the design, interactive, creative services and tech sectors. The space has been a magnet for businesses that want easy access to recruit top-quality talent, and creative professionals that want to grow alongside like-minded individuals.
SoNo Spaces provide all the technical amenities, as well as hosting a creative, idea-rich environment that inspires networking and collaboration. They offer desk space or private offices on a relatively short-term basis. It is a less expensive and flexible option – and not more space than an entrepreneur or startup team would need.
Walking distance from the Metro North train station, SONO makes it easy to toggle between New York, Connecticut and Boston. Blazingly fast high-speed WiFi, secure 24/7 access, use of their swanky lounge and an open and friendly environment to co-mingle are just a few more of the available perks at SoNo Spaces. Click here for more information.
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March 27, 2014 | Freestyle Fashion Conference, New York
Thanks for the love, Stephanie Wong!
Check out my article on the Freestyle Fashion Conference “Future of Wearables” session here.
MARCH 23, 2014 | Morning Salon, Sustainable Conversations
Morning Salon, an amazing series crafted by Lisa Hendrickson at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.