Don has been fortunate to have worked in both large global agencies and small design studios. Don has also spent time in traditional advertising agencies as well as managed in house creative teams on the client side. He has both online... [more]
Don has been fortunate to have worked in both large global agencies and small design studios. Don has also spent time in traditional advertising agencies as well as managed in house creative teams on the client side. He has both online and off line experience, managing both digital projects as well as traditional print media. Because of this broad experience base, Don can deliver just about any design need from a logo design, to developing a full integrated campaign reaching multiple touch points utilizing traditional and new media.
In Don’s 23 years of experience in design and art direction, he has been fortunate to have worked with such global companies as Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Boeing, Infiniti, Subaru, Isuzu, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Adidas Golf, PGA of America, Corbis, and Warner Bros.
He has lectured about design at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB); the Academy of Art in San Francisco; and at the School of Visual Concepts. Don was a fine arts major in college, attending several schools, including Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; CSULB; Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy; and La Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris in Paris, France.
I have for several years been going to an artist's site by the name of Brian Taylor. An amazing illustrator, but more importantly an amazingly creative individual. I think that is what sticks with me more, is his visions. So simple, so graphic, so wonderfully engaging. His technique of using textures, and vector art that play apon the reproductive limitations of print are just fasinating to me. As a print designer myself, I have been bound by print limitations but have not ever seen them as a source of such creativity before I started to see Brians work. When you get a chance go check out his site at www.candykiller.com.
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Paul Ruiz, an artist working in Melbourne Australia, has quickly become one of my favorite artists working today. Having only launched his first solo show in 2005, his work speaks as if he has been painting for several lifetimes. It is not often that you find such bravery from someone so young. Three simple elements dominate Ruiz’s work, simplicity of form, strong graphic compositions, and bold colors. It is these three elements that make his work so beautifully complex.
Ruiz deconstructs the human form, tears it apart, and allows the eye to put it back together again. The creation and destruction of his under painting, leaves behind a ghostly human expression. His compositions are bold, with sensitivity to the space that defines us, defines the emotions of his subjects.Then with bold rich colors, he paints the light. The strokes are heavy, and help to solidify the form, almost anchor it.
The forms are thick, and weighty, yet with an incredible sensitivity to subtle human emotions. He works the underpaintings with passion, sometimes attacking his linen canvases with paint thinner, rags, and sometimes even sand paper. In Paul’s own words,” painting should always be prepared to confront the possibility of failure or destruction head-on. When there is nothing left to interrogate then I am done painting.”All that I can say is that his paintings are brave and sensitive, brave for the permanence of his marks, and yet sensitive to the fragility of human emotions.