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I went to China town in manhattan. I was able to see and experience a lot chinese culture, but I also saw some parts of nyc mixed in there as well. I was particularly fascinated by those visuals and thus I wanted to convey that idea to my postcards. I was inspired by the watercolor paintings of chinese women wearing qi pao (chinese traditional dress) while i was walking towards mott street. I wanted to portray the idea of mergence of the east and the west, so I incorporated the watercolor(western) technique with the traditional chinese painting method, using chinese ink.
For the semester long project I am going to focus my efforts on Cuban design.
This week I’ve focused my efforts on communicating with the AIGA Director who is Cuban. He connected me to research sites and other designers to talk to. I’ve been keeping a personal journal of images and emails to designers in Cuba. It’s nice to have the first-person interaction. I’ve scheduled a visit to the AIGA archives which I’m excited about.
Turns out the AIGA program director, George Fernandez, whose been there 16 years is Cuban. I introduced myself to George and asked him if he could recommend any resources. He shared with me a collection of Cuban posters from the 1960s-1990s. George connected me to his dear friend and Cuban design expert Santiago Pujol.
Here are a few of my favorite contemporary Cuban inspirations thus far:
For bilingual graphic design class I created a set of seven postcards that were inspired by a trip to Chinatown Manhattan. The audience I had in mind for this collection was children. Each card has a unique character/animal that I drew using a Wacom drawing pad. I used illustrator to develop the characters. On the back of each card is information regarding the animal and it’s significance in Chinese culture. Every card has the luck symbol on the front because my last name (Glick) means good luck in German. I really enjoyed drawing for this project and exploring color options.
To view the full project download this PDF. It includes the front and back details of the postcards: postcards-v1-d2-17-12mg
Just as a refresher, my concept was based on the idea that there is a willful blindness or tacit disregard for the Western environment in ethnic enclaves in the US. As such, all English was omitted from the front of my postcards, but the back shows a "reveal," of sorts, with the address in between. This series also became a color exploration of Chinatown through the photographs I took.