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Alumni Phillip Nessen nominated for a Webby Award

Phillip Nessen

Phillip Nessen’s company, Help Remedies, has been nominated for a Webby Award this year!

You might’ve spotted their cool, minimalistic packaging in major convenience/pharmaceutical stores around the country. Phillip designed and built the website himself, so check out the site and vote for “Help Remedies”.

And if that’s not enough motivation, David Bowie was a judge this year. So there’s that…
Now get to it!

Click here to help Help Remedies win a Webby Award!

Check out more of Phillip’s illustration work here.

Help Remedies

Quick Hit: Pillows designed by Illustration Alum Lindsey Balbierz

Parsons Illustration Alum Lindsey Balbierz recently contacted us with the following news:

I’m really excited to share with you what I have been working on the past few months: my new illustrated traffic scene pillow designs.

My pillow covers are available for purchase here: http://envelop.eu/shop/designers/p/detail/lindseybalbierz

Congrats, Lindsey.  Fantastic, fun work!

Steven Guarnaccia interviewed!

Parsons Illustration Chair Steven Guarnaccia was recently interviewed by 36pages.com for a write-up about his most recent book Three Little Pigs.  Here’s a snippet:

Clearly a design aficionado, Guarnaccia sets out to pay homage to some of his heroes. “My goal was to introduce children to everyday, albeit extraordinary, design. They’re taught the names of authors and fine artists from an early age, but the applied arts are often overlooked.”

The book is a retelling of the original story except the pigs are famous architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson and Frank Gehry. It’s chock-full of design references and iconic work by the pigs and others like Noguchi, Saarinen, Starck, Sottsass, and many more.

You can read the whole article and see more images here.

Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary at the New School on Thursday

They are not characters in a joke: A creative director, two of his designers and an author will share the stage to reveal behind-scenes-secrets of the making of book jackets. Afterwards they may walk into a bar together. Who knows?

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich will moderate the evening in celebration of the publication Penguin 75, a unique book with the creme de la creme of the Penguin book jacket design world, complete with commentaries from authors, editors and designers. On the panel will be Paul Buckley, editor of Penguin 75 and Executive Vice President Creative Director at Penguin, joined by A.M. Homes is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which are the novel, This Book Will Save Your Life and the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter. Also on the bill will be Penguin book jacket designer extraordinaire Gregg Kulick and the super talented Jim Tierney; both who have illustrated many jackets under Mr. Buckley’s art direction.

Event attendees may reunite to discuss the evening’s presentation at a location where food and drink – though not provided by AIGA/NY – are readily available. Catch up with old friends and make new ones at these informal “Postscript” gatherings.
A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for New School students, faculty, and staff (NSU ID required).


THURSDAY OCTOBER 28 2010 6:30–8:30PM
6:30PM Check-in
7-8:30PM Event
8:30-9:00PM PostScript

Mike Perry designs for Semigood

Illustrator Mike Perry is a new addition to the Parsons Illustration stellar roster of adjunct faculty!  For those of you not in his Materials and Methods class, and as a way of introduction, we’d like to highlight a project Mike participated in recently.  Here’s the scoop:

Boutique furniture company Semigood Design, based in beautiful Seattle, boasts an impressive lineup of products….With a nod to the past and to Danish styling, the furniture is functional, locally-sourced and sturdy. And with the new flat pack ready-to-assemble line, it’s put together in about 5 minutes.

Semigood recently collaborated with Mike Perry for a customizable, limited-edition asset to their Rian collection (see image above!). Adding to their already colorful product line, Mr. Perry left his singular mark on the stools in the form of a playful surf-aquatic theme. Playful and appropriate: Semigood is donating considerable proceeds from the sales to the Surfrider Foundation.

In addition to this project, Mike always has a lot of other things in the hopper.  You can check out his website for more!  Welcome to the Illustration neighborhood, Mike.

Quick Hit: Speed and Glamour–Early Automobiles and NYC at MCNY tonight!

Tuesday, April 20, 6:30 PM

Speed and Glamour: Early Automobiles and New York City

New York City played an important role in making the automobile an icon of modernism.  Join Phil Patton, automobile design expert and co-curator of the Museum’s exhibition Cars, Culture, and the City, for an in-depth look at how New York influenced the design of early cars and parkways and promoted speed and glamour, from Gatsby’s Rolls Royce to the Ford Mustang.  Presented in conjunction with Cars, Culture, and the City.

Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or programs@mcny.org

$6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members

$6 when you mention Parsons/New School

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029

The Strand Tote Bag Design Contest

The Strand Book Store has partnered with the School of Visual Arts, TOON Books, Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics Books to host a tote bag design contest.

Beginning March 1, 2010, artists from around the world are invited to submit original illustrations featuring the Strand Book Store.

In June 2007, the Strand unveiled the first Artist Tote Bag: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman loaned his iconic Maus image for the first time ever to celebrate the Strand’s 80th birthday. The Strand then partnered with artists each year, including Adrian Tomine, Seth and Parsons Illustration Alum and Faculty member R. Sikoryak, creating the Strand’s Artist Tote Series. Now, the Strand Book Store wants to give emerging artists the opportunity to have their artwork featured on a Strand tote bag.

Now, the Strand Book Store wants to give emerging artists the opportunity to have their artwork featured on a Strand tote bag.

Contest Dates

March 1-March 31, 2010

Design Requirements

  • The illustration must represent the Strand Book Store.
  • The illustration must include the artist’s signature, “Strand Book Store NYC” and “strandbooks.com” or a representation of the Strand logo (as seen on this page).
  • Size of Illustration: Artwork must be no larger than 11″w x 10″h.
  • Line Weight: Use a minimum of a 2 pt. rule.
  • Halftones: Must be at a 40 line screen or less, with percentages no less than 20% or greater than 60%.
  • No Trapping: If colors come in contact with each other they CAN NOT overlap.
  • Typestyles: Should be no smaller than 20 pt. on 15 oz. fabric with a minimum of 2 pt. rule. Do not use reverse type smaller than 22 pt. with a minimum line rule of 3 pt. Avoid serif typefaces! Their detail tends to get lost in the canvas.

Contest is open to all, aged 18 and above. The Contest is void where prohibited. Please see official rules below.


  • Françoise Mouly, Art Editor of The New Yorker & Editorial Director of TOON Books
  • Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize winning comic artist
  • Steven Heller, co-chair MFA Designer as Author Program, School of Visual Arts
  • R. Sikoryak, creator of the book, Masterpiece Comics
  • Adrian Tomine, author of the bestselling book, Shortcomings


Grand Prize

  • artwork on Strand tote bag, sold in store and online w/ attendant marketing-artist name on all materials
  • an afternoon with Françoise Mouly and staff at TOON Books offices
  • complete set of Drawn & Quarterly’s 2009 titles (value: $450)
  • a selection of new and recent Fantagraphics Books releases (value: $450)
  • complete set of TOON Books (value: $150)
  • $100 Think Coffee Gift Card
  • artwork featured in slideshow on partners’ websites

Second Prize

  • complimentary Continuing Education class at School of Visual Arts (value $470)
  • a selection of signed Drawn & Quarterly books (value $90)
  • “I Don’t Like to Read” TOON Books basket (value: $70)
  • a selection of new and recent Fantagraphics Books releases (value: $50)
  • $100 Think Coffee Gift Card
  • artwork featured in slideshow on partners’ websites

Third Prize

  • DaVinci Artist Supply Gift Card (value $300)
  • “Beginning Reader” TOON books basket (value: $70)
  • a selection of signed Drawn & Quarterly books (value $50)
  • a selection of new and recent Fantagraphics Books releases (value: $50)
  • $100 Think Coffee Gift Card
  • artwork featured in slideshow on partners’ websites

20 Finalists will receive a Strand tote bag filled with Fantagraphics & TOON Books gifts and a $20 Strand gift card.

r. sikoryak's tote for the strand!

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