Thursday, April 25, 2013

Up in Lights

It's fun seeing my work up in lights! I designed the signage, seating cards, etc. for the B'nai B'rith International, Distinquished Humanitarian Award Dinner. Here's a sneak peek, more images to come.

Friday, April 5, 2013


I have a confession to make. I am in love with my pins. Below is a peek at my Pinterest "Art :: Shape" board. Click on it to view more, and follow me for goodness sake!


source: Susan Joy Designs on Pinterest

Monday, January 28, 2013

Scandinavian Art

One of the things I love about Pinterest is discovering new artists (new to me, that is). I came across an extremely unique calder-esque carved wood & bone necklace and had to find out more about the artist. It was by Swedish jewelry designer Torun Bülow-Hübe circa 1950. While researching Torun, I found many other fantastic Scandinavian artists. This painting in particular by Danish artist Henning Gjedde struck me. The colors: a stunning combination of coral, pinks, black & white. The shapes: abstract, geometric, simple forms. The composition: collage-like bold but light-weight elements in a purposeful simplified chaos.

re-pin this: Henning Gjedde, 1958

re-pin this: Torun Bülow-Hübe, Sweden. Early 1950's

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Graphic Impulse

I came across the online portfolio of art director & graphic designer Brigitta Bungard today. She is part of the design team at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. One piece in her portfolio that really stood out was the title wall for a German Expressionism exhibit that she created along with her MOMA teammates Julia Hoffmann (creative direction), Jesse Reed (design), Paulette Giguere (production artist). They won several awards for the design including Communication Arts: Design Annual 52, 2012; Type Directors Club: Typography Annual 33, 2012; Global SEGD Design Awards: Merit 2012; and Print Magazine Regional Design Awards, 2012.

About the exhibition via

German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse was an exhibition of more than 250 prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, illustrated books, and periodicals drawn from MoMA’s collection of 3,000 pieces from this period. The vast amount of work inspired the idea of transforming the galleries into a time capsule of sorts—prompting visitors to feel as if they were walking into a cumulative presentation of this unique movement of art’s many works.
The title wall was clearly legible as visitors exited the elevators to enter the 6th floor Special Exhibition Gallery, but as they approached the entrance, they discovered the shift between the walls, which cut the title in two. This cut, emphasized by the red wall color, also symbolized World War I, a pivotal point for the German Expressionist movement and artists. Inside the exhibition, visitors could see this motif repeated in the layout and color of the gallery walls. The in-house design team used letters from an old wood type alphabet, which at huge scale emphasized the imperfection of prints, yet still felt bold and contemporary. A closer look revealed how the black letters were painted with the texture of an enlarged woodcut, alluding to the texture of many of the prints in the exhibition.

The challenge of utilizing a large gallery space for the title of an exhibition is choosing the appropriate proportion and scale, and the team was able to capitalize on the exhibition’s long title to create an atmosphere that might not have been possible under other circumstances.

View the rest of Brigitta's portfolio here:

photo credit: Martin Seck

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Packaging Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner. I know, I can't believe it either. I just found this really great blog with a great compilation of unique packaging ideas that I thought I would share. Think outside the box this holiday season and get creative with your wrapping. It doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Check out these great ideas below and for more ideas visit:

sources and diy instructions: sunday suppers, parcel post, whipper berry, decor8, project wedding

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Many Facets

I love this jacquard loom woven afghan by graphic artist turned functional object designer Matt W. Moore. His new company CORE DECO makes coasters, shelving, and jacquard afghans all adorned with his signature graphic patterns. The video is a little much with the sexy music but it does help you see how soft and comfy the 100% cotton geometric patterned throw is. Needless to say, I want one!!!

The "Crystal" afghan features a faceted triangulation array