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It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

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I attended the AIGA National Conference in New Orleans with my fellow VCFA faculty member Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton and our VP of Enrollment David Markow. It was great to catch up with so many colleagues, heroes, heroines, and just good old friends.

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Faculty member Dave Peacock and I designed a set of six Risograph-printed A3 mini-posters for the event which we gave away in droves, along with sketchbooks that I designed in collaboration with faculty member and former Co-Chair Silas Munro.

We had our October 2015 residency at VCFA where we hosted amazing guest designers/critics Ian Albinson of Art of the Title, CalArts’ Gail Swanlund and David Schatz and Sereina Rothenburger of the Swiss design studio Hammer, as well as the incredibly insightful writer and critic Tim Wynne-Jones.

It was a really terrific residency—stupefyingly good lectures, terrific community interaction, eye-opening critiques, and so much more. Six really amazing designers graduated, and I was honored to be asked to give their graduation address, which was a very intentionally strange speech that will make its way online at some point in some form.

I wound up speaking *a lot* at residency—I gave the convocation address which was in the form of a choose-your-own-adventure story where the faculty, staff and student body had to choose fight or flight when faced with reanimated Modernists, fake Postmodernists, and traveling the time/space continuum. This was combined with a bit of staged aggressive violence aimed my way by my dear friend and fellow faculty member Nikki Juen which freaked the shit out of everyone. It was, in short, fun and amazing. (I just published a transcription of the speech here.)

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I also gave a lecture and workshop to our eleven incoming students about documentation, inducting them into the world of making design for yourself, not just for clients. The results were fabulous—our new students are the nicest folks and they came up with some really intriguing, seductive ways of capturing documentation of their first week at VCFA.

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Ed, Chad, Mike, Todd, Amelia, Ashley, Paulina, Matt, Tim, Pierre, and Marisa, I am SO PUMPED to be working with you all! Thank you for being so generous with your time and for becoming part of our community!

So, after an insane trip home that had me traversing Burlington, Boston, and Los Angeles in order to get back to Tokyo, I got a day of rest, then…

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I flew to Vilnius, Lithuania via Istanbul to give a presentation at the Made in Japan conference.

It was really, really great—I was so honored to be invited to speak and to meet so many amazing creative people from all over the globe. A giant round of thanks to the Made in Japan crew!

I’ve put together a highly visual transcription of my presentation here on Medium. It’s creeping close to 1,000 reads, which is pretty damn amazing.

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We just launched a new identity and website for Arts Excursions Unlimited, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania public arts program spearheaded by my dear friend and collaborator Edith Abeyta.

About Arts Excursions Unlimited:

Arts Excursions Unlimited (AEU) was the result of a year long residency at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood under the Office of Public Art’s Artist in the Public Realm program. Artist, Edith Abeyta worked with Hazelwood residents to develop a public art project. After one on one conversations, group discussions, numerous meetings, and at least 12 moon cycles an arts excursion program was born. AEU provides free monthly arts and cultural visits to various locations throughout the Pittsburgh region. We focus on family outings so our participants range in age from 2-82. Our aim is to foster communal arts experiences as well as personal growth and greater connections to the neighborhood, city, state, country, and world. We believe direct interactions with the arts makes for a better understanding of the self and the spaces we inhabit.

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For their identity, we crafted a hybrid travel agency/space agency theme centered around the arts. I’m really happy with how it turned out—a hearty sprinkling of vintage NASA, multicultural representation, and inviting pop colors and typography.

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YACHT has been continuing their barrage of interesting projects as of late, all using the two families of typefaces that we designed for them. Follow the amazing slew of projects that accompany the release of I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler here and see their new video here.

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And for the near-final piece of news for now, Ben Barnett and I released our new band Fully Clothed’s debut LP via Bandcamp. 9 songs. Less than two minutes long in total.

And as always, I have been writing and making a ton of content for the VCFA blog, Perpetual Beta. Check out interviews with Johnny Linnert of PechaKucha, Polish designer Edgar Bak, and so much more!

Finally, I will be lecturing in Chi Chi Bello‘s class on General Assembly on Wednesday—very exciting!