{news} Two PrattMWP students named as—Students to Watch in 2013 by GD USA.

 

gdusa-logoExciting news—I was selected by GD USA to choose TWO of my students to be featured in its February issue of the magazine. It has been my honor to chose one student annually, since the inception of the “student to watch” list but  when the editor requested TWO—I did a little happy dance—for real.

The choice was difficult. It has never been an easy decision to select the honoree as I work with so many creative and talented students. I can honestly compare it to asking a mother to choose only one child to give presents to. I agonized over this choice. The decision was too difficult. I couldn’t do it alone. I has to form an advisory committee. (Thanks Lisa) And like anybody that has to judge or grade subjective matter I created a rubric. So this is for you, my current students.

My Criteria:

  1. Current work must focus on graphic design and typography. This eliminated many notable illustrators—specifically, Logan Fitzsimmons and Zach Meyers.
  2. Online presence, behance portfolio with updated work and continued connection to me, via social media, and {meetinghouse}.co.

 

With that being said, I introduce Christina Sharp and Michael Bagnardi. Christina studied at PrattMWP 2009-2011. During that time, her work was selected as best portfolio at the Sharpener Awards event sponsored by AIGA the professional association for design. She hails from Rome, NY and did a summer internship with Trainor Associates. Mostly, I love her experimentations with hand-drawn type and hope to get those designs on the {meetinghouse} letterpress. 🙂

ChristinaSharp

Christina Sharp is an upstate New York, sassy, nerdy, and classy kind of gal. In high school she loved art (it was the only thing she excelled in besides baking) and discovered graphic design. She attended Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute for two years with a focus on illustration and communication design. There she learned of her love for type and illustration. She transferred to State University of New York at New Paltz and is now graduating in spring of 2013, with a hope of heading to Boston. When she isn’t drawing, doodling, or doing fun design things, she is most likely in the middle of some scifi tv show, playing video games, making fudge, or baking cupcakes.

Favorite Color? Grey
Favorite Typeface? Depends on my day. Currently Mr & Mrs Eaves
Favorite App? I don’t own a smartphone, yet.
Favorite TV Shows? Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Firefly, New Girl
Favorite Books? Whichever book I’m currently reading
Favorite Movies? Alice in Wonderland, Cabin in the Woods, Stardust
Favorite Music? Purity Ring, Sigur Ros, Muse
Bookmarked Websites? Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Quipsologies
Favorite Gadget? My labeler and Zune
Old-Time Art Tool You Wish You Could Still Use? I wish I could use a letterpress for everything I made.
Your Favorite Graphic Designer or Art Director Working Today? Louise Fili
Most Influential Graphic Designer or Art Director in History? Gene Federico
Your Favorite Design Firm or Ad Agency Working Today? Helms Workshop
Most Influential Design Firm or Ad Agency in History? Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Your Favorite Design Project of Recent Times? Jack Daniel’s: Declaration of Independence Campaign
The Most Influential Design Project in History? Edward Gorey: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Michael Bagnardi
Michael Bagnardi

Michael Bagnardi

Always willing to work or help on any creative endeavor, Michael Baganardi’s skills in visual art and audio manipulation combined with typographic attention sets him apart. This kid makes good shit. Born and raised in New York’s capital region, Michael Bagnardi developed a fixation for the arts at a very young age. Throughout middle school, he could be found tinkering on the computer creating logos and typefaces to pass the time. With the support of his family and instructors, he discovered his passion could develop into a legitimate career. Michael enrolled in his first design course during his senior year of high school. Here he first caught wind of Pratt at Munson-Williams-Proctor, where, upon completion of the program, he received the Communications Design Honors Award. Michael continues to evolve into a highly motivated and playful worker. His studies in graphic design have prompted him to pursue interests in typography, screen printing, and advertising. And he has become fixated on music production. He says that “art and design isn’t a job, it’s a game that employs my passion for the visual world.”Favorite Color? Currently, Vermilion

Favorite Typeface? Either DIN, Futura, Neutra, or Mr Eaves

Favorite App? Adobe Illustrator

Favorite TV Shows? King of the Hill, The Daily Show

Favorite Books? The Road, 1984, Brave New World

Favorite Movies? The Green Mile, The Devils, A Clockwork Orange, Vertigo, and Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Films

Favorite Music? Incubus, Tobacco, Danger Mouse, Kings of Leon, Silversun Pickups

Bookmarked Websites? The World’s Best Ever, Juxtapoz, Designboom, Wimp, TED

Favorite Gadget? My Macbook, and my APC40

Old-Time Art Tool You Wish You Could Still Use? A Letterpress Machine

Your Favorite Graphic Designer or Art Director Working Today? David Carson

Most Influential Graphic Designer or Art Director in History? Paul Rand

Your Favorite Design Firm or Ad Agency Working Today? Landor Associates

Most Influential Design Firm or Ad Agency in History? Unimark, for their work with MTA

Your Favorite Design Project of Recent Times? The “Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters”

The Most Influential Design Project in History? The “USSR in Construction” journal

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