"This Gun For Hire" – The projects & design blog of Alexander Flores

Delicious typography.

texasmonthly:

Playing with your food never looked so good. Watch Creative Director TJ Tucker hand paint all the lettering (hand drawn by Jon Contino) for our June cover in BBQ sauce. 

File under “Design Nerdery”

theatlantic:

Uncovering the First, Fascinating Rulebook for Subway Sign Design

The 180-page binder, the key to the system’s iconic design choices, outlines a meticulous vision of signage intended not merely to look good — though it does — but to simplify navigation of the subterranean labyrinth. In its attention to passenger behavior, the manual goes above and beyond what most of us would term graphic design.

“The subway rider should be given only information at the point of decision,” proclaimed the designers. “Never before. Never after.”

Read more. [Images: NYCTA]

Contributing to SUCCESS (Magazine)

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NEW WORK
It’s time for another blog update on the work I’ve been doing quietly and steadily in the shadows. Since April of last year, I have been a contributing art director to the nationally distributed business periodical, Success Magazine. The first assignment given to me by editor-in-chief Susan Kane, who took over the magazine in the last year and a half, was for their special technology issue cover story about the various businesses of gaming. The cover (seen above) which I art directed and commissioned the pixel-art maestros of QuickHoney, won a best cover award from Min’s Editorial and Design Awards last year.

Since that first assignment, I have been contributing feature story editorial design every month for the magazine. Here are some highlights from within their pages. It’s been a true pleasure to work with the editorial staff at Success, including Creative Director Carl Waters, for nearly a year now. I will be updating my online portfolio editorial section shortly hereafter. More updates on the way.

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Branding Dallas Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux

NEW WORK
I am proud to present the first in a series of new work updates along with other projects that are (and have been) in development now since before the turn of the year. Some work cannot be divulged until clients sign-off on completion (stay tuned for those updates over the coming weeks…), but, fortunately, this particular project has come to a close for an esteemed colleague and friend, Dallas-based photographer/photo-journalist, Brandon Thibodeaux.

I was approached by Brandon to take on the immense honor of branding himself and his incredible work months ago. After much discussion and exploration, I was able to arrive at a design that best reflected not only the personality of the artist, but the craft of his work. Branding another creative is admittedly a daunting task, as logo design is one of the most personal and fragile kinds of projects to handle. In this case, it is more than developing a mark for a new consumer product or sales promotion, but authoring a signature for a living soul, and their body of work.Taking the very notion of “authoring a signature” became the inspiration that lead us to the design that best represented Mr. Thibodeaux’s aesthetic in capturing his images; framing life with his own unique perspective.

You can visit his newly updated website at brandonthibodeaux.com and read a recent interview by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Happy New Year! I am excited to declare the news that I have lots of new projects, goals, and ideas for Twenty-Thirteen that I will be posting about over the course of January. Yet seeing how things haven’t really stopped since closing  out Twenty-Twelve, and with more projects already developing, I’m exactly a week late on posting this first blog entry for the new year. Better late than never, as they say. Nevertheless, the latest bit of news, received yesterday (as seen in the image) was a good catalyst to get a post published. More to come, stay tuned!

Happy New Year! I am excited to declare the news that I have lots of new projects, goals, and ideas for Twenty-Thirteen that I will be posting about over the course of January. Yet seeing how things haven’t really stopped since closing out Twenty-Twelve, and with more projects already developing, I’m exactly a week late on posting this first blog entry for the new year. Better late than never, as they say. Nevertheless, the latest bit of news, received yesterday (as seen in the image) was a good catalyst to get a post published. More to come, stay tuned!

Instagram Blog: Thank you, and we're listening

instagram:

Yesterday we introduced a new version of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. These two documents help communicate as clearly as possible our relationship with the users of Instagram so you understand how your data will be used, and the rules that govern…

Instagram’s response to the outcry…

Introducing the Dallas Neighborhood Project.
Check out my latest collaborative design project with Dallas online magazine, CentralTrack.com. This will be the first series in an ever-growing series of DTX neighborhood logo t-shirts that will be available exclusively via Central Track, printed with love by the great folks at Dallas-based Printed Threads.
Go visit Central Track for the story and all the designs (16 total, including North, South, East & West Dallas general locale logos). You can pick up your favorite neighborhood tee available now in the CT online shop, just in time for those last-minute holiday gifts!

Introducing the Dallas Neighborhood Project.

Check out my latest collaborative design project with Dallas online magazine, CentralTrack.com. This will be the first series in an ever-growing series of DTX neighborhood logo t-shirts that will be available exclusively via Central Track, printed with love by the great folks at Dallas-based Printed Threads.

Go visit Central Track for the story and all the designs (16 total, including North, South, East & West Dallas general locale logos). You can pick up your favorite neighborhood tee available now in the CT online shop, just in time for those last-minute holiday gifts!

I had a excellent time and honor being one of the Dallas creatives to share and participate in Behance’s Portfolio Review Worldwide Meetup Day this past weekend. Thanks to Justin Park and Aneil Razvi for organizing the sessions, and especially to Tom Hussy for opening up his studio to host as well as participate (and for all the TACOS!). I hope Tom, Blake Cleavenger, Danielle Aldrich and myself were able to give some helpful tips and criticisms to the young aspiring creatives that attended. Watch the video above to get a taste of what these events mean, what Behance advocates, and hopefully we’ll see you at the next one!

"Creativity is not just an opportunity, it’s a responsibility."

When it comes to the hand-drawn vintage aesthetic, the guy who’s setting the bar, establishing his style and making it look oh-so-effortless is the renowned Jon Contino.

You can find his work scattered about my boards on Pinterest providing that certain dark-brewed flavor of inspiration that I really like. I’ve been a fan of Contino’s work for some time, and it’s awesome to see a designer’s personal brand grow like I’ve witnessed with him. This video is a treat to watch and hear Contino talk about his approach to his work, as well as life. It’s  always nice to hear about similar beginnings/interests/philosophies in another creative professional, especially one that does work that I find stylistically inspiring and is considered to be in such esteemed criterion, for both its aesthetic and context. Check out the self proclaimed alphastructaesthetitologist  Jon Contino profiled by Kevin Steen on It’s Nice That.

Printed Matters: Editioned Works by Shepard Fairey at The Public Trust

You’ve seen the iconic murals around Dallas, now there’s a chance to own a piece of the infamous aesthetic. Tomorrow evening, visit The Public Trust gallery in Deep Ellum, DTX to catch a solo show by none other than the notorious Shepard Fairey. I hear the large pieces are already being scooped up, but there will be pieces of all sizes and prices on display.

It will be quite the showing, the first of it’s kind for Fairey here in Dallas, if I’m not mistaken. Regardless, I’m very happy that my pal Brian Gibb of the Public Trust was able to bring down his pal Shepard to show in Dallas in the wake of his recent local public works. If I’m lucky, I might be able to snag a Fairey original before they’re all spoken for. See you there!

thepublictrust:


We are excited to kick off our Fall season with a solo exhibition of editioned works by Shepard Fairey. Below is all the info you will need. We will also be launching a new gallery website in conjunction with this opening.

The Public Trust Presents
Printed Matters
Editioned Works By…

Hijinks, Et Cetera

It’s been a good while since I last posted here. Thankfully, it’s been due to the fact that I’ve been busy with my nose to the grindstone… in efforts to make it bleed money, apparently. I’ll be updating over the next couple of weeks the various things I have been working on now that the bills are paid. More on on that in posts to come…

Meanwhile, in between the blood and the guts and the beer, I was also able to return to one of my favorite extracurricular activities, the Hijinks Ensue Geek Podcast, produced by my pal, artist/author Joel Watson. Based here in DFW, Joel has been valiantly pursuing his dream of shedding the traditional 9-to-5 existence to produce his webcomic, Hijinks Ensue. Going on several years now, it’s been amazing to see his experiment start from meager beginnings to what it has accomplished today. It has grown, evolved, and flourished in a self-made fan community which continues to take Joel places and connect with his heros. I’m stoked to be involved in any capacity, from pitching in here and there, moral support, making an appearance in the comic, but moreover, being a regular guest on his wildly absurd (and decidedly NSFW, definitely rated R) audio show, which I love participating in, and am very happy to see its return to regular a broadcast schedule after being “off the air” for nearly a year. Back by popular demand, the hijinks will ensue for his fan’s earholes once again!

So if you are a nerd or geek of any ilk, you may enjoy Mr. Watson’s offerings, from his webcomic (the comic above being a one-off spoof which will appeal to all the Breaking Bad/Usual Suspects fans out there - One of my favorite recent examples of his comic brillance), his merch (several of his t-shirts clothe my body from time to time), and his ramblings (along with the help of some of his friends); take a look: www.hijinksensue.com.