Ian Griffin
Graphic Design & Typography
Currently designing at MF9 World (part-time, remotely)
info@ian-griffin.com

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Aptive Environmental, 2020

MicroApps, Infographic, Email Templates

Pratt Institute: Material Lab, 2019

Identity and collateral

Hua Chen and I collaborated on creating an identity for Pratt Institute's Material Lab. The material lab is a place where students can investigate different samples for their projects. We devised a dynamic logo that changes each time it appears, showcasing the vast array of material options the lab has available. The logo also expands into a system of containers and rules for larger layouts. We also concepted wayfinding and other collateral, such as a tote bag.
Typeface by M—L—XL

Torus, 2019

Poster, poem

I have recently been inspired by theories on the universe, how it was formed, and potentially how it will end. One speculation among some scientists is that the universe has a donut-shaped topology, which would entail that it will implode on itself in what is called "the big crunch," only to explode in a "big bang" again. This poster imagines what life is like in a topologically torus shaped universe. If you extended your arm in one direction, it would return right behind you to tap you on the shoulder. I devised a mirror room in Blender to demonstrate this concept, and wrote a poem to demonstrate the conundrum of life, the universe, and everything. Typeface by Dinamo

P. 1-5, 2019

Five pages

On swirling, and what it means to be displaced from your own center.

Cooper Creative NYC, 2019

Animated logotype

Generated a logotype for Cooper Creative NYC, a creative agency.

Typeface by Dinamo

Franklin Furnace, 2019

Variable typeface, website

Created a typeface that morphs from Helvetica to Times New Roman, then applied the font to a hypothetical redesign of the Franklin Furnace's current website.

Delta: #Pilottalksweepstakes, 2018

Murals, Posters, various ephemera

Applied graphics to various epherma (coasters, cups, wall art, posters) to spread the word about the PilotTalk Wall in Williamsburg.

From @wknyc on Instagram: "Head to N 10th and Wythe, spell out your favorite destination Delta flies to from NYC (there are 132!) using the pilot’s alphabet, upload to Instagram with #pilottalksweepstakes and you could win a roundtrip pair of tickets! Check it out until July 22nd."

Delta: Visiting Your Mom is Easy, 2018

Posters

Worked on creating advertisements for Delta that remind you to visit your Mom.

From delta.com: "Launching August 15, the campaign features personal, heartfelt messages from real moms of Seattleites that remind their children to come visit: 'Hey Babe, Visit soon! Love, Mom' and 'Stu, I’ll always be here for you. Waiting. In Denver. For you to visit. Love, Mom.' These quirky, handwritten reminders to visit are coupled with heartwarming home photos showing each mom with their child. The messages will appear across the city, including on billboards, storefront posters, and at local bars and hot spots."

This project involved working closely to brand guidelines as well as a great deal of consideration on the typography; using a placeholder font, we were able to give Delta an idea of what the handwriting would look like once the posters were handed off to the Mom's to leave their messages.

Party Posters, 2018

24x36"

Held parties for students at Pratt Institute and designed large posters to promote them. I found it very hard to rally the troops to these parties, as all I really wanted was to get my classmates to come together after class for some drinks. This I think is partially due to the size of the posters which has a very institutional quality. I think they would have functioned better at a smaller poster size, but I kept within the guidelines of the assignment

Village Vanguard, 2018

Digital posters and animation

An iconic and historic jazz venue in New York City, I created a dynamic branding system just as lively and playful as the musicians who play there.
Typeface by Soft Machine

How to wrap a gift with a BAGGU, 2016

Postcard

Initiated at Typography Summer School 2016, I was asked to present a promotional postcard which instructs on how to wrap a gift with a BAGUU tote bag.

This was my first client, and while they did not pick my finished design, I learned a lot from Typography Summer School. It was a great opportunity to get hands on feedback from esteemed designers and being in a constructive learning environment.

Reanimation Library, 2016

Identity and posters

Worked with Matthew Ramirez in researching the Reanimation Library, then made my own posters for the library/archive

From their website: The Reanimation Library is an independent presence library. The books in the collection–simultaneously prosaic and peculiar–are relics of the rapidly receding 20th century. Chosen primarily for the images that they contain, they have been culled from thrift stores, rummage sales, flea markets, municipal dumps, library sales, give-away piles, and used bookstores across the country.

*Presence library is a mistranslation of the German word for reference library, Präsenzbibliothek. In addition to being a non-circulating collection, the library encourages IRL encounters with actual books and actual humans.

Typeface by Colophon

Recto Verso Press, 2016

Animated logo

Created an animated logo for a book publisher "Recto Verso Press."
The initials R and V are hidden in the shape of the folded paper.

"Beginners, or What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", 2015

Illustration

Based on a short story by Raymond Carver.
Read it here.

Casiokids: "Olympiske Leker" 2014

Album art

Visuals for an imagined vinyl single from Casiokids