He pushes out a weekly YouTube segement called Q & A Tuesday—providing guidance and inspiration to young designers—check him out. And if you don’t need any advice you can always just dance. I had the great opportunity of taking a group of students to Syracuse University last year to attend a James Victore Lecture. He’s been called one of design’s bad boys but frankly, I found him to be super nice and really down to earth. He was promoting his book Victore or Who Died and Made Me Boss.
According to Michael Bierut from Design Observer: It sometimes seems there are two kinds of graphic designers in the world. One kind sees each project as an opportunity for self-expression, producing a body of work that bears an unmistakable mark, that is more alike than different, that is more about the maker than the message. At its best, the output of this kind of designer is personal and passionate; at worst, it’s repetitive and self-indulgent, the mark of the attention-seeking diva.
The other kind of designer attends first to the client, to the message, and to the audience. This graphic designer’s role is to be neutral and invisible, an efficient conduit between broadcaster and receiver. The best of this kind of work is devastatingly effective; the worst is anonymous and forgettable, the product of the kind of hack who gives design a bad name. Read the full story on Design Observer.
ABOVE: James Victore with Travis Bradley and Nathaniel Phillips admiring the Ben Shahn mosaic “Passion for Justice” at Syracuse University. Sacco and Vanzetti happened to be on the list of people who died in Victore’s book.
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian anarchists who were tried and executed for murder in 1927, becoming an international cause celébre. Shahn first dealt with the theme of Sacco and Vanzetti in a series of gouaches he created in 1931-32. Later he would return to the theme again, in prints and a cover for the August 23, 1952 issue of Nation magazine, and with a mosaic mural for Syracuse University in 1967. As art historian Alejandro Anreus points out, Shahn’s involvement with the persecution and unfair trial of the Italian anarchists went deep, “tapping his own immigrant and working-class roots, as well as his family’s socialist background.”
Besides running his studio in Brooklyn and teaching at SVA, James Victore has been hosting some cool get togethers with his rockstar designer friends.