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An Incredible Designer, Artist, and Spirit: Chakaras Johnson (via @BDNN_News)

Posted in Art, Black Designers, Design, Design Matters, News, Social Good by ayanabaltrip on 2010/08/11

As I was catching up on my reading yesterday I ran across Atim Annette Oton’s tribute to Chakaras Johnson on her Black Design News Network blog. Chakaras Johnson passed away untimely around 18 July 2010.

After reading her tribute, I researched him and found that he was an incredible graphic designer, artist, and spirit. I’m sorry I didn’t know him, but am grateful to Atim for “introducing” him to me. I too, am compelled to pay tribute to him. You may see his stunning art at chakaras.com, and incredible design work at helen-marie.com, the graphic design company he founded with his brother Chacon Johnson. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.


Photo courtesy of Dream Variations


Images courtesy of chakaras.com

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Noted: YouTube Adds A Video Editor

Posted in LinkedIn, News, Noted, Teaching, Technology by ayanabaltrip on 2010/06/23

I’m always pleased when I “find out” about “new” tools that allow people to work without having to expend lots of money, and I did that today (23 June 2010) when I read an article in Television Broadcast (TVB), about YouTube adding a video editor (Google video editor post).

This is great news not only for YouTube’s many users, but also for many new media (multimedia) design students who attend a community college or state university and have limited resources to purchase tools. This editor is a great service that Google, who owns YouTube is providing many users.

2010 Calendar Cover Design For Mick Guzman Photography

Posted in Design, LinkedIn, News, Photography, Process, Work by ayanabaltrip on 2009/11/15

I just designed the cover for Mick Guzman Photography’s 2010 Brooklyn Bridge Calendar. Two design directions were presented with three variations for design #2. The third variation was chosen as the final design.

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Final Design (Third variation of design two)

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Second variation of design two.

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Design Two

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Design One

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