The graphicart-news was founded in 2010 as a way to express my love for arts in general. I have a passion for poster design, type design, book cover design, art photography and all forms of art that can just spark me emotions. I can stay for hours in an art gallery, but how many galleries can one visit? So I thought to create my own online gallery to keep my passion alive, to inspire me and also my followers.
I carefully pick high quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world with a main focus on young designers, photographers and illustrators but also well known professionals in the fields that will teach and provoke the younger ones with their work. The main purpose of the blog is to inspire but also promote the world’s best creative expressions, to gather a network of top creative minds to review, critique, and to help us stay informed of the new trends and ideas taking place in the global visual arts and graphic design arena.
The world has amazing visual artists, and as much as I wished to feature them all, my time is so much limited. So, I have scheduled to give you 5 articles per week but sometimes even that is not possible. Please accept my apologies if I don’t always live up to my goals. Nevertheless, I am grateful that the graphicart-news has gained the love and respect of the International design community, with readers visiting from hundreds of countries, a community that grows every day. THANK YOU!
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Who is Maria Papaefstathiou?
I am a graphic designer from Athens, Greece, currently a book designer at publishing house Stamoulis Publications S.A. (www.stamoulis.gr).
Co-founder of the International Reggae Poster Contest which we launched on December 2011 with my partner, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)
Since then, I partner with Michael as his curator and art representative of Freestylee (www.freestylee.net) and as co-owner of the “blank” creative studio.
I am also an Online Administrator at the Green+You “Exhibition for Posters for Japan” project conducted by tha founder Byoung Won Choi and recently creative advisor at the “Limmie” online magazine publishing in Indonesia, Jakarta by Ezzro Nababan.
I have a passion for designs using typography which is also my style and maybe the reason I love book designs and specifically coffee table books, and book cover designs. For the last 2 years I have been focusing my research on poster design and particular on social poster design. I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mind sets and bring positive actions to our world. This is the reason I started my social designs with my first posters on Japan’s earthquake. I am very much happy that two of them were awarded and exhibited in South Korea from Green+You Posters for Japan. In 2012, three of my posters on reggae designed for our Intl. Reggae Poster Contest, 2012, were exhibited in our three exhibitions, Jamaica, Athens Greece, and Thessaloniki Greece, and I am very proud to announce to you that these posters were auctioned in Jamaica to raise funds for the Alpha Boys’ School for USD300 each. In 2013, my posters on education were selected by the “Innovation for Education” competition in Turkey, where they are exhibited.
Other social themes I designed for are, hunger, water crisis, ecology, consumerism, Greece crisis, but also reggae, reggae, reggae… and more will come…
Who is Michael Thompson
Freestylee – artist without border!
Michael Thompson, aka Freestylee, artist without borders. Freestylee is a graphic designer and artist, who was born in Jamaica. He studied graphic design in the early 1980s, at the Jamaica School of Art in Kingston, Jamaica. He is founder of the successful International Reggae Poster Contest along with co-founder Maria Papaefstathiou. Freestylee live in Easton, Pennsylvania, in the United States.
Freestylee is described as a “Creative Activist” due to the many social topics his poster art captures. His emphasis on “Social Design” as a powerful tool to achieve his goals – embracing positive ideas, messages, and outside the box solutions. His poster art are a constant reminder that art can help spark change. Michael uses his art effectively with social media to stimulate awareness globally; to engage conversation about the pressing issues affecting mankind; clean water crisis, war, poverty, migration, inequality, the environment and many more. He also design posters celebrating and promoting the positive impact Jamaican popular culture, in particular Reggae music and has started a global campaign to establish a Reggae Hall of Fame museum for Kingston, Jamaica.
You can learn more about Freestylee’s poster art at www.freestylee.net.