Archive for July, 2015

Friday Hot Links

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.


Top Five iPhone Films (Alfalfa Studio): Could your iPhone be all the equipment you need to shoot a film? (via Rafael Esquer/Alfalfa Studio)

Tokyo Logo No-Go (WIRED): Japanese designers are renowned for elegant, efficient, minimalism; yet Tokyo’s Olympics logo is less but not more. (via Kevin Brainard)

20 Architectural Album Covers (Architizer): From global landmarks to visionary structures, these album covers will get you into the right music mood. (via Robert Stribley)

Wight Walker

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

SVACE faculty member Steve Brodner illustrated this cover of The Nation Magazine! Bonus: the article is totally free for everyone to read!


Steve Brodner for The Nation


Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

SVACE faculty member Ilene Strizver interviews design and typography giant Alexander Isley for!  Isley discusses his education, early influences, and taste for “classic” typefaces:

“Don’t pick a funky font. Pick something straight and do something funky with it. That’s harder to do, but it’s better to do. (Plus in five years you won’t look back and groan with embarrassment at your font choice.)”


Staten Island Ferry sign designed by Alexander Isley


And how did he master nature in his Staten Island Ferry signage?

“The neon-lined letterforms were engineered to withstand gale-force winds and feature protective screening to keep pigeons out. The kerning was done with a crane.”

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Friday Hot Links

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.


The GIF genius of a blind artist (Alfalfa Studio): Blind artist George Redhawk uses special software to create these surreal animated images. (via Rafael Esquer)

Self-censoring typeface (It’s Nice That): Designer Emile Kozole designs a typeface that automatically strikes through NSA “spook words.” (via Kevin Brainard)

YouTube vs. Periscope (Social Media Today): On the moral hazard of apps capitulating to vertical video violators. (via Mark Burk)

And while you’re here, be sure to check out the SVA MFA Illustration 30th Anniversary documentary, featuring SVACE faculty member Viktor Koen!



Faculty Updates

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

We have some newsworthy updates about our super faculty members! From book reviews to magazine covers, here are some highlights:


Check out the new Boston Globe Magazine cover by Steve Brodner, who teaches “Boosted Visual Communication” here at SVACE! It comes on the heels of his Observer lampoon of Governor Cuomo, rich with references to King Joffrey Baratheon, King Kong, and more!




Bookdragon reviews The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan, who teaches “Greeting Card Design” here at SVACE! Bookdragon writes, “Joyce Wan’s bold, colorful style is in perfect cahoots with her delightful story of young ingenuity and tested patience.”


Finally, Viktor Koen designed a poster for the Philanthropy Poster Project Show at the 4th Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Philanthropy Conference. Get a glimpse of his creative process on Attic Child, his excellent and lively Tumblr blog.  Viktor teaches “Editorial Illustration” here at SVACE and you can also see him in the SVA MFA Illustration 30th Anniversary documentary!