The idea was a full-scale rebranding for a non-profit committed to fight sexual violence in Ohio. The first stage was to change its name.
Persephone was, according to the Mythology, abducted, raped and sent to hell. But she managed her way up to the light for half the year and became the symbol of spring and renewal.
This is what survivors of sexual violence experience: a trip to hell. But they, too, can find a new life.
From this point were designed various media, both in print and digital, in order to allow this organization to be better known.
This short-term identity project wanted to promote a kite-flying festival in the heart of the Spanish capital Madrid: la Puerta Del Sol (the Sun Gate), an Old-World version of Times Square in New York City, so to speak.
It all started with finding a name -Ride The Sky- and making it visually compelling.
Here are mockups of a brochure mailed to VIP, vendors and participants, as well as a promotional kite.
A website dedicated to the event was also mocked up.
The red and yellow colors are a reminder of the Spanish flag itself, Sangre y Oro, Blood and Gold. Colors had to be joyful, festive, and to give a strong feel of a sunny country. Spain is also world famous for its guitarists, its Flamenco dancers, its bullfighting and Don Quixote is for the Spaniards a cornerstone of their culture.
Paying homage to the culture while underlining the kite flying was the option chosen in this project.
Event Brochure, Front Cover
Creation of both a brochure and a website for a 4 days event.
Promotional Object Mockup: a Kite
MAD Productions is an independent French company in the music and entertainment industry. They also work in community theaters.
The design they were looking for so far was based on the concept of the white circle as symbolizing both the light of the projector and the retina of a blind eye, as they intended, for this series of musical storytellings, to put their audiences in the shoes of blind people. There is not a single image and these are still movies, a counter-intuitive but fascinating concept to experience.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is going through a radical transformation which will last for years and will upgrade it to the level of its most prestigious counterparts.
I am myself a proud member of the museum and the purpose of these 4 drawings was to document the former setting of the main exhibitions. I saw that, almost, as taking a photograph, but with pencils, micron pens and ink instead.
I suppose these drawing have become some sort of historical documents now.
For this illustration about Alaska, I wanted to venture beyond the obvious, and showcase an Inuit legend, the story of Sedna, the goddess of the depths of the sea.
There are countless versions of this legend, from the Nome Peninsula, AK, to the Nunavut, in Canada, or even to Greenland. But they all revolve around this young woman who refused to abide by its people's rules, was thrown in the sea as a punishment and survived among the marine creatures.
At a moment when both the Arctic and the oceans are at threat, this story of resilience compelled me to create this illustration with very little help of the computer.
For the first time, the Domaine Rocheville, an organic vineyard in Nyons, in the heart of the Cotes du Rhone wine region in Southeastern France, paired with a conservation nonprofit in order to create a special vintage celebrating the release of a couple of juvenile Bearded vultures in the wild.
The event was open to the public and local authorities were of course invited, as well as various stakeholders and partners.
And because this is France, local food and local wine were served at the end in an outdoor banquet.
Label on Bottles
Vautours En Baronnies is a nonprofit member of a european network of organizations committed to the reintroduction of giant scavenging birds -aka vultures- in the southern part of the Alps. The birds, due to habitat loss, shooting and poisoning, were almost gone.
Now a strong colony is well established, and all the 4 species of European vultures can be spotted in that very place.
In order to gather acceptance and support for their work, the people of Vautours en Baronnies wanted to completely remodel their little nature center in the village of Remuzat, France. Their goal was to be able to transport the visuals as needed, as the nonprofit cannot afford two sets of them. So we went for a series of 14 informative and educational scroll posters which can be rolled-up and stacked in a van.
Scoll Poster 1
Scroll Poster 2
Scroll Poster 3
Scroll Poster 4
Scroll Poster 5
Riveredge Park, Kent, Ohio.
The Cuyahoga River has been infamous for catching fire decades ago due to its heavy pollution. Now, it's a far healthier and cleaner waterway. However, nothing is really implemented so far in order to make the banks of the river downtown Kent, Ohio, really enjoyable. Landscaping is almost non existent and there is no visual cohesion beyond what was built during the Industrial era, now a thing of the past.
The wayfinding and information system developed here pay tribute both to this important page of History, a common thread across the Rust Belt, and to the natural heritage left behind by the withdrawal of the glaciers some 10 000 years ago.
The use of materials -various metals and sandstone- is precisely going after this goal to reconcile the works of men and the works of Nature.
This wayfinding system is not meant to stand on its own, but to merge with a complete revitalization of the riparian areas with both recreation and conservation in mind.
Directional Signage, Simulation on Location
Gateway, on Location
Interpretive Map, Elevation
Interpretive Map, Close-Up
Interpretive Map, on Location
Informative Signage, Close-Up
Informative Signage, on Location
Directional Signage, on Location
Interpretive Signage, on Location
Food is more than food. It's culture, comfort, memory. And when it comes to unusual or exotic food, it is also curiosity, experience, travel.
I found my inspiration in fabrics and traditional art from peruvian Quechua indians, Ethiopian monks and the Hmong people from the mountains of Vietnam to design these packagings.
Packaging, Shelf Presence
Packaging, Profile Elevation
A project from the Kent State University Wick Poetry Center, Traveling Stanzas is giving voice to members of various communities in the Kent/Akron area and invite them to create poems. Then, illustrators work on enhancing the words with an image.
Mr Danial Fahsidel fled his home country of Iran, so I portrayed him while he was crossing the Turkish border, somewhere in the Zagros mountains, realizing that he was safe and thanking Allah for his good fortune. He even gave his feet some rest by removing his shoes which carried him to safety and eventually to a new life.
TYPE HIGH PRESS PRINTMAKING
Having the opportunity to venture myself into the actual printing process got me more excited than I would have imagined at first. Nothing matches, I believe, the feeling of holding a physical object in our hands, even if this object is imperfect.
WOMEN AT WAR
A tribute to all these women from all over the world who, in the last century, stood on the front lines, not on the sidelines; from the Spanish Civil War to the fight against Daesh, they have shown just as much courage, if not more, than their male counterparts.
Where I am from, a lot of buildings are decorated with frescoes of sundials, and it is traditional to add some inspirational quotes to the imagery. The most ancient are in Latin, but some, due to some revival of local dialects, are actually in Provencal, the language of my forefathers. This one means "Hope is the bread of the destitute".
Running over the border between Poland and Belarus, Bialowieza National Park is the last true primeval forest of continental Europe, virtually untouched for centuries. It is a glimpse of what the continent used to look like in the early Middle Ages, and also the place where the rare European Bison, or Wisent, can be found.
But logging rights have just been granted to lumber companies to "manage" the forest.
This print was inspired by an article I just read a couple of weeks before.
BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT CARD
This one is self-explanatory. Kheira-Lynn is a beautiful biracial baby.
SHORT ANIMATED GIF
This little work is more of a personal exploration for the sake of it. It was inspired by the actual story of a tourist in a National park who wanted to take a selfie with a bison bull and ended up gored and I turned it into a short animated GIF