BFACD Faculty Highlight: Tamara Maletic

Tamara Maletic began graphic design studio Linked by Air with partner Dan Michaelson in 2005. Linked by Air specializes in the creation of design systems and technological platforms that grow with institutions. Since 2005, they’ve worked with major cultural and educational organizations, charities, artists, architects, and corporations. The studio sometimes describes its expertise as the “production of public space,” whether in the world or online. Its interest is in creating systems that work for all their constituents, and that show their health by evolving successfully over time. Along with co-creating Linked by Air, Tamara teaches Core Typography in the Communication Design department. You can learn more about Linked by Air’s work on their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


Eleven different computer programs in Prada’s New York store transformed and twisted customers’ images in beautiful and fun ways as they moved past. As a vendor to 2×4.


The new identity for Columbia Books on Architecture and the City is a permanent placeholder whose aspect ratio always shifts to match the aspect ratio of the object it’s imprinted upon. The cover of the catalog displays many versions of the mark, corresponding to the different sizes of the books in the catalog.


The Away With Words app is award-winning cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s celebration of how words and images collide to form new, often ironic associations. Users are encouraged to make their own associations with Chris’s street photographs, by attaching new words and images to existing ones.


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Advanced Screenprint Digital / Michael Kirk, Instructor

The screenprints in this room are the result of an assignment to create a repeatable module using up to four layers of color to make “wallpaper.” In devising their patterns the students were asked to view the wallpaper as a form of installation and to reflect on an interest or concern that they would like to address.

In preparation we visited the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s current poster exhibition, How Posters Work, and viewed their wallpaper collection in the high-tech Immersion Room. At the outset of the student’s work process, Parsons faculty colleague, Kelli Glancey, demonstrated how to organize repeats. The mounting of this exhibition gave students the opportunity to consider their concept within an architectural environment.

This display reflects the students’ awareness of themselves and their culture. In this way the assignment enabled them to reach beyond the “how” of print, to grasp the “why.” What is represented in this room is the power of their collective voices.

Students: Kuan-Ling Chen, Yerang Choi, Morgan Connellee, Caseena Karim, Jesus Marquez, Madeline McMahon, Elias Paulson, Cassidy Peck, Melissa Peralta, Patrycia Ruman, Ameerah Singh.

1. CASSIDY PECK | Lang Literary Studies/Illustration Senior

CASSIDY PECKLine work is an important element in my art. For this wallpaper project I knew I wanted an intricate line layer that would define the shapes. The intersection of organic shapes and geometry—the striped background—was the starting point. This led me to play with printing layers both opaque and translucent. What appeared out of this method of printing resulted in the creation of ghosts, which interact with geometric, and something intangible rigid forms.

2. KUAN-LING CHEN | Communications Design Senior

KUAN-LING CHENMy wallpaper is one in a series of rule-based drawings that uses four points and semicircles as starting points to generate shapes. These repeating patterns consist of four colors: red, blue, yellow and green and are divided horizontally into four parts through color transition. Each section has a part that shares the same color with the next one, making the colors seem to flow throughout the composition creating their own rhythm.

3. CASEENA KARIM | Illustration Sophomore

CASEENA KARIMFORTRESS CITY: Pretentious deliberate delineation of races, Power trips and sour kids, Scoured lips counting cowered hips

Social hierarchy, and class division has become more prevalent in NYC, just by looking at geography. Gentrification spreading outward, the city has become a fortress for only the rich to play in. As a Queer Woman of Color (QWOC) I experience oppression on three spectrums. Through three lenses I can see the barricades that impede my success and my community as well. These social barriers create physical barriers that benefit the rich at the cost of the disadvantaged. Gated communities, limited public transportation, bum- proof benches, etc., are latent designs meant to keep disadvantaged people at a distance. My work aims to disillusion people, to fight against ignorance and to recognize what is around us everyday so that we can fight against it. I will not be eradicated.

4. JESUS MARQUEZ | Illustration/Communications Design Sophomore

JESUS MARQUEZWhen I created BRUTALITY, I chose to treat it as a continuation of my last piece: POLICE FORCE. As police brutality continues to be prevalent in New York City amongst other places, I wanted to call attention to the brutal tactics that some law enforcement officers use. With this piece, I chose to use traditional police colors as my alternating pattern with weaponry / equipment in the negative space. The icons are easily identified, akin to how a police officer should be unlike plain-clothes officers who may attempt to do their job without notifying a “suspect.” As a minority living in a potentially dangerous city my whole life, I identify strongly with trying to understand how the police force works and how they should uphold the law to protect civilians. These are some of the weapons used in their brutality.


5. YERANG CHOI | Communications Design Senior

YERANG CHOII am a visual communication designer. My work includes editorial design, branding identity and poster etc. My recent interests in shapes and color are inspired by my walking trip in Denmark. This wallpaper is based on my desire to seek freedom from the rules that I created during this journey.

6. PATRYCJA RUMAN | Lang/Illustration Senior

PATRYCJA RUMANI am someone who is bilingual and Polish-American. I have become interested in exploring this avenue in my prints wallpaper design. Eagle imagery is present both in America— the symbol of the bald eagle as the national emblem—and in Poland—the eagle insignia being present on the Coat of Arms. With this in mind I started drawing rough eagle silhouettes, which I then transformed digitally into a repeating pattern. I decided on a tetrad color palette for the larger eagles and used a simplified color scheme of two colors for the smaller scaled eagle prints. What started off as something very personal became an exploration of color and scale.


ELIAS PAULSONI met the man pictured in a natural hot springs in the woods of eastern Idaho when I was thirteen. He would camp out nearby for weeks on end, and when I got there he was sitting in the water surrounded by cans of soup that he was heating up for lunch, warming them on the rocks as the hot water cascaded over. His image in my memory now serves as a quiet reminder to slow down and think about what really matters in life.


8. MELISSA PERALTA | Communications Design Senior

MELISSA PERALTAFor decades Mexico has suffered violence from drug cartel wars and corruption of the state. The list of deaths caused by these two factors is endless, causing Mexico to be in a constant state of mourning. On September 2014, 43 student teachers went missing in the small town of Iguala in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. The disappearance of the 43 students caused a political awakening in Mexico. This piece is inspired by the phrase “they tried to bury us but they didn’t know we were seeds,” which is currently being used as a slogan for the Ayotzinapa demonstrations. These missing students are the seeds that have planted a growing awareness of Mexico’s current political state, or lack of.

9. AMEERAH SINGH | Illustration Junior

AMEERAH SINGHThis piece incorporates patterns from two different cultures. The inspiration was based on the many guesses and curiosity about my race. In this piece there is a mandala, which is very common in henna designs. Within this design there is a “V-shape” pattern. This is known as a dashiki, which is seen on garments widely worn in Africa. These mandalas are intertwined with line work connecting them together. This line work leads to the heart of the piece which is the mandala. I am Black and Guyanese so my ancestry is rooted in African and Indian culture.

10. MORGAN CONNELLEE | Communications Design Senior

MORGAN CONNELLEEA Single Rose: The story behind my wallpaper is very personal to me. I was born on Valentine’s Day, the day of love, but I have never been in love. I think about how strange this is, how there are feelings I have never felt, that there is a part of me I have never experienced.

On my 20th birthday, someone handed me a rose on the street. I’m not sure why they gave it to me and I’m not sure why I kept it. I dried it in a book and put it in a box. I traveled with the rose. It traveled with me all the way to France, where I lived for some time. After a year, the rose is still with me.

Single Rose wallpaper is a halftone screen print of the torn petals from this rose. Some of the petals are ripped because the rose was brittle and fell apart. I printed the rose petals on pink paper because pink is a color of tenderness.

11. MADELINE MCMAHON | Illustration Junior

MADELINE MCMAHONIn my art I reject all constructed order. I do not force my art to be anything it does not want to be. Everything I make is an attempt to capture images of the storm of thoughts inside my own mind; the results are bursts of abstract movement, organic shapes, and / or raw emotion. Continuous, uninterrupted, intertwining lines are often the skeletal structures of my work.

This sample of wallpaper is an unorganized repetition of a free hand ink drawing that transforms into one complete unit of pattern. The ink drawing is one in a series of drawings that depict cognitive brain waves tangled by anxiety. Clusters of tired eyes are entangled throughout, representing insomnia. The brain forms are highlighted by nauseated green and purple pastels. The placement of each print is random and registration was done by eye.

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Open House & Poetry Reading

Join us for an Open House for artist books and chapbooks, and a Poetry Reading by Lang students!

Friday, December 18, 7-9pm
68 5th Avenue, Room 100 — Book Arts Room
(Enter through 66 Fifth Avenue)OPENHOUSE POSTER

Conversations in the Graphics Lab: Gabe Fowler

“Gabe Fowler’s dedication to the fantastic, intriguing, and, sometimes, bizarre world of independent comics and art drove his desire to build the renowned comic book store Desert Island, as well as start the newspaper Smoke Signal and Comic Arts Brooklyn. He showed us his process and work over the years, and conducted a workshop where everyone collaborated and created miniature zines.”

—Bryce Williams Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 5.39.40 PM

Conversations in the Graphics Lab

Gabe Fowler

Please join us in welcoming artist Gabe Fowler, of the comic book store, Desert Island, this coming Thursday evening at 7pm in the Graphics Lab, 2 west 13th Street, 10th floor.

Poster designed by Sam Shumway

ISPC/International Student Poster Competition

First semester AAS Graphic Design students from Jeanne Verdoux’s Graphic Design 1 class participated in the annual ISPC/International Student Poster Competition this fall. This year, ISPC decided to put the accent on the issue of Disabled individuals around the world. The class explored this theme, and each student designed a poster and submitted it for competition.

A total of 2,674 posters from 52 countries were submitted, and we are very happy to share that two students from Verdoux’s class are amongst the 100 finalists: Annie Vaughn and Helen Baldwin-Perry.

Here is the link the competition site.

unnamed—Annie Vaughn

unnamed (1)—Helen Baldwin-Perry

Special Spring Collab: Parsons and Mannes Opera

Attention Parsons Students! Check out this special opportunity for students to collaborate with Mannes School of Music in the Spring in a 3 credit collab class. See the description below for this Spring’s collab, and take a look at work produced in our past collabs: Spring 2013, Spring 2014.


Workshop with Robyn Hasty

“Artist Robyn Hasty was the first of many talented individuals to partake in the Graphics Lab Conversation series. Robyn presented a brief slide show of her amazing and diverse body of work. In later part of the meeting Robyn conducted a workshop that help student touch base with her creative process.”

—Ryan Haselmanimage (2)

Robyn Hasty is a multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, printmaking, and sculpture. She creates intimacy in her work, and by doing this she disrupts normal patterns of power and oppression. She has taught various workshops, and is a Parsons alumn.

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—Joe Hirsch


—Azusa Takahashi

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—Bryce Williams

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—Samuel Shumway

Jeanne Verdoux: Mural Art

Jeanne Verdoux, faculty in the AAS Graphic Design Program at Parsons School of Design, created a mural for a French restaurant, LES Enfants de Bohème, in the Lower East Side.

There’s an article about it on AI-AP.comenfant_01