Cantor Arts Center asked Boon to design a new exhibition, She Who Tells A Story, organized by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition “presents the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. The artists explore identity, narrative, representation, and war in daily life, inviting a broader understanding of the Middle East than what Westerners glean through media reports.” We built the exhibition around a modular identity that extended to banners and wayfinding, using Kai Bernau’s Atlas Collection as the typographic voice. The exhibition is open to the public from January 28 – May 4, 2015. Many thanks to Colleen Stockman and Sara Kabot for their trust and collaboration.
Announcing a new print collaboration with A Hundred Monkeys. Boon designed two posters, inspired by a collection of favorite word combinations and phrases, beautifully silkscreened by Bloom Press on Colorplan Candy Pink and Pale Grey. Available in a numbered edition of 50 each, at Extracurricular Press.
Our friend and frequent collaborator Marc Weidenbaum of disquiet.com recently approached us with another sonically potent assignment. This year marks the fifth semester that Marc has taught a course on the role of sound in the media landscape at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He asked Boon to design four posters that could illustrate four core questions, and ideally cross-pollinate his class with students from other departments. We selected MuirMcNeil’s Intersect typeface as the basis for the series—the letterforms visually resonate, lending the typography the sonic voice that can appear simultaneously harmonious and discordant (depending on your viewing distance and angle). Check out what Marc is up to over at disquiet.com.
We are in the midst of rebranding STONEFOX, an architecture firm based in New York City. The brief was to build a contemporary identity around the concept of aesthetic dexterity, so we built a wordmark that can be rendered or applied in numerous ways on a wide array of materials. A new website and print collateral are in the works.
Welcome to our new site. It’s very hard to believe that I’ve thrived for 21 years practicing a craft that I love. There were so many paths averted: architecture, fine art, museum installation, and yes, truck driving, but in many ways they all led right here. Exhale, take a deep breath, blink, and 21 years of design flashes past. Along the way, we’ve had the good fortune of collaborating with supremely talented people; our work is influenced, shaped, and improved by their valuable friendship, wisdom and guidance. I’m not feeling nostalgic, but as we continue to build new relationships with clients, and help people give form to their ideas and dreams, I wanted to take this opportunity to mark a moment in time and thank everyone who has helped shape Boon.
Over the years many inquisitive people have asked why I selected the name Boon. The simple version: I’ve seen the word used in print my entire reading life, but when I first listened to Joseph Campbell speak to Bill Moyers about The Power of Myth, Campbell’s use of the word transcended the meaning I had previously understood. In the context of mythology, Boon is the ultimate blessing.
If you want to discuss a project, feel free to get in touch. Until then we will continue to post conspicuously at this business location.