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scope art fair miamiArtist Unknown | Scope Miami, 2011

Contemporary art is a great source of inspiration for graphic designers. Gallery exhibitions and art fairs are full of compelling pieces that may give you ideas on how to approach your next design. You can get inspiration from looking at interesting compositions, textures and color combinations not commonly seen in commercial graphic design.

miami industrial design district

Inspiration for design is everywhere; you just need to look for it. You can find beautiful composition and interesting shapes in places you would never have thought to find them. To prove this to myself, I decided to take a 30-minute walk around the area where BlackDog’s office is located to see what I could find.

As each year comes to an end, I tend to look back at the top stories that made the headlines. Sadly, this year we lost visionary Steve Jobs. As is often the case, we come to appreciate some of these iconic figures more once they’re gone; and the legacy and words they leave behind become more resonant and meaningful. Among the many words that Jobs spoke, none have greater impact on our profession than the following:

“Design is not just what it looks and feels like. Design is how it works.”

I honestly can’t think of a better way to describe our roles as graphic designers and our significant place in society.

Pete Kiril standing in front of his artwork

Our team’s creative pursuits don’t stop at the end of the work day. BlackDog’s very own Pete Kirill will have a solo exhibition at Myra Gallery in Miami’s Wynwood Art District from November 4th to December 12th.  The opening reception for the exhibition, titled Communist Dictator Visits Miami, will be held Friday November 4th from 6 to 9pm.

Kirill’s work from his North Korea series will also be featured in the Art Basel edition of Miami Art Guide.


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