Recently finished a two year, Visual Communication MA in England.
Although I am a born New Yorker, I can pretty much get on anywhere with anyone that isn't closed minded or has an appreciation for art/design/creative activity.
I don't have any ethnicity/religious or cultural biases. Expecting the same from you. We're all homo sapiens right?
Not in NY right now, but don't let that stop you
Showing the world design is about more than making stuff look pretty.
Focused on social issues/activism and cultural examination through the lenses of visual communication, photography, research and journalism.
Breaking stereotypes and stigmas.
DSLR'ng the hell out of my immediate surroundings
Understanding complexity while having the simplest things fly right over my head.
Being creative, math, writing, science, tech, history, general useless information.
Finding ways to stick out like a soar thumb... But in an interesting, creative and curious kind of way... Not by being loud and obnoxious.
Making things that are still, moving, graphic or tell stories.
Randomly quoting Star Wars in the right context
Oh, and bumping my head on things.
Making others feel like there is hope for the future
My lack of a distinctly American accent
The Education of A Graphic Designer - Steven Heller;
How To Think Like a Great Graphic Designer - Debbie Millman;
79 Short Essays on Design - Michael Beirut;
The Art of Thought - Graham Wallas
Design, Form, Chaos - Paul Rand;
How to be a Graphic Designer W/o Losing Your Soul - Adrian Shaughnessy;
Paul Rand - Steven Heller;
Art as Exprience - John Dewey;
Interaction of Color - Joseph Albers;
The New Typography - Jan Tschichold;
Thoughts on Design - Paul Rand;
Ways of Seeing - John Berger;
Journal of Design History;
Anything on Paul Rand's suggested reading list, in the marginalia of his written work or was in his library before Yale broke it up.
Non-design: Cultural Resistance Reader, Notes From the Underground, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The I Ching, ,Said the Shotgun to the Head, S√he, Poetry as Insurgent Art, a treatise on elegant living, a people's history of the united states, the bomb, Image, the information, grammatical man, A History of Knowledge - Van Doren, Chomsky, Azlan, Manovitch, Krug, Burkowski, Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh, Seth Lloyd, Guy Debord, Frederick Douglas, Malcolm X, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, Barthes, Gladwell, Harper Lee, Hafiz, bell hooks, Black Britain - Gilroy & Hall, Ain't no black in the union jack
Movies: Star Wars (4,5,6,1,2,3,4,5,6,7), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Hangover, The Dark Knight, The Matrix 1 & 2, Inception, The Departed, Lost in Translation, Terminator 1+2, Syriana, House of Flying Daggers, Hero, Imitation of Life, Auntie Mame (the Rosalind Russell version), Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire, The Sting, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Coming to America, Casablanca, The Birds, Leon, I'm Here, desert flower, the adjustment bureau, One love, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Scandinavian version), 36 Chambers of Shaolin, The Martian, Iron Man, Last Night, 3 Iron, Spotlight, Love and Basketball, Kill Bill, Forest Gump, Gladiator, Amistad, The Seige, The Black Power Mixtape, Black Panthers : Vangard of the Revolution, Oldboy (Korean version),
Shows: ER, The Wire, Lost, Game of Thrones, Real Time with Bill Maher, X-Files, Mad Men, The Killing, Rubicon, The Walking Dead, The Inbetweeners, Phoneshop, Luther, Scandal, The Newsroom, Vice, Jessica Jones, Charlie Rose, Grey's Anatomy, Fear the Walking Dead, A Different World, Daredevil, Quantico, Star Wars Rebels, The Carmichael Show, Elementary, Person of Interest, Mr. Robot, The Get Down is my new post LOST #1, Stranger Things, Man in the High Castle, The Night of and the British original, Criminal Justice
Music: 90s everything. Dancehall, Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Rock, Indie Rock, Lounge, Funk, Soul, Pop, Latin, The White Stripes, Mavado, The Black Keys, Jay-Z, Teegan & Sara, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Voicemail, Serani, Vybz Kartel, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Wayne Wonder, Bounty Killer, Machel Montano, Destra Garcia, Shurwayne Winchester, Alaine, Elephant Man, Buju Banton, Razorlight, Common, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Theophilus London, Colin Munroe, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Ricky Blaze, Aidonia, Jah Cure, Lauren Hill, Bob Marley, Cherine Anderson, Cold War Kids, Fela Kuti, Feist, Justin Nozuka, LCD Sound System, The Rapture, Lenny Kravitz, RDX, Santogold, Sizzla, Sleigh Bells, Maxwell, Cymande, Phoenix, Jaime Woon, Busy Signal, Gappy Ranks, Drake, Frank Ocean, Robyn, D'Angelo - Black Messiah, Prince - Art Official Age and Phase 1, 112, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, countless more… Geting into deep house
Food: Japanese BBQ, Soul Food, Italian, French Pastries, Breakfast food, Mediterranean, Greek, sandwiches, some Indian, some Thai, allergic to all sea food, no pork on my fork
a sense of location/direction (figuratively & literally)
being around creativity
People to laugh at/with
A good pair of denim jeans
A powerful mac laptop
What can I do to fuck with people who go into restaurants for a meal and leave their dogs tied up outside (especially in winter)?
What will be the one great thing I do to contribute to human progress?
How much sleep am I going to get?
Can dyspraxics learn sign language?
Where can I find a good milkshake (no hidden subtext here)?
Was this designed with the disabled in mind?
What gets said about the melanin clan and all its tribes behind closed doors?
Thing theory (yes, this is really a thing)
The phenomenon of migration
How to be a better designer.
Expanding the canon and pantheon of graphic design.
Uncovering the graphic design and visual art work of historically marginalized people including white women
Fear of the other
Also, I want pigeons to go extinct.
You have a profile picture
You've actually read the profile
You can come up with something more than a generic 'Hi', 'How was your day?' or 'How's it going?'
You know Jamaicans (or apparently Africans) are not the only people that drink Milo.
You've realized chocolate is part of a healthy lifestyle. ;-)