Feature: "A Poster Every Day" by Edwin Capalla by Colin Czerwinski

My name is Edwin Carl Capalla a graphic designer based in a little island here in the Philippines called Iloilo. I initially started taking interest in design with websites seeing them as canvases which people can interact, but as pursuing that career I started to steer into the logo design a world where I belonged. It was easy enough that you can make multiple logos in a day but challenging enough to create something unique. One day I visited Instagram and got inspired by "Vasjen Kastro's" work called "Baugasm" and seeing that I was starting to feel like I lack the skills to be called a graphic designer I challenged myself in creating my own series called "A poster every day"

"A poster every day" explores my daily explorations and techniques I have been practicing in order to get better as a graphic designer. I mostly only use the default tools in photoshop and illustrator since I believe that graphic design should be easy that anyone can do and should be shared among other people. That is why I'd love to answer people asking how I did this or that poster and nothing more. Each poster reflects the emotions and inspirations that I feel or see on that day. It could be the view of our city from the rooftop of a building, the view of the river while the sun slowly descends in the background, or it can be sitting on the sidewalk and taking in all the sounds that happen around you. A day for me usually is waking up in the morning, getting a cup of coffee then go to school and whatever may happen after that I take that as inspiration for my next poster.

View more of Edwin's work on his website

Feature: "On The Periphery" by Sinziana Velicescu by Colin Czerwinski

“On the Periphery” explores the aesthetic and utilitarian effect of architecture in and around the greater Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles is my hometown, and to keep from falling out of love with it, I eliminate the details that I do not wish to experience, both psychologically and visually. I use photography to learn to see the same city differently every time. The limitations of a frame allow me to distance myself from some of the uglier truths Los Angeles has to offer. I am attracted to its clean lines and subtle tones, as well as spaces that are freed from the restraints of an overgrowing population saturated with advertisement and modern technology. There is almost always an underlying desire in my photographs to escape to another place or perhaps another time.

“On the Periphery” also replicates the loneliness of driving through a city that is most often experienced from a car. Spending too much time inside an automobile, as is customary for most Angelinos, can become an alienating experience. It is from these spaces between point A and B that I draw most of my inspiration. These are the areas that lie on the edge of where we are going to. On the periphery of our destinations, human interaction is replaced by encounters with the cityscape as the surrounding architecture begins to take on personality. Buildings and facades are keepers of stories. They, like us, have a chronological lifespan, taking on new characteristics with every layer of paint, and their exteriors can only hint or adversely distract us to the realities that take place within.

The moments captured in my photographs are fragments of a cityscape’s lifetime that are most often ignored or hidden from view. These are the details missed by an entire population concerned solely with reaching a destination. Ultimately I am painting an abstracted portrait of a rapidly changing cityscape, with a subtle focus on the occasional reminder of its previous manifestations. The urban environment nowadays develops so quickly that every little change is often taken for granted. Natural landscapes more or less last forever but the green wall I photographed last week recently got graffitied on and is now a shade of gray, or that beautiful hand painted sign in Thai Town was recently transformed into a T-Mobile billboard. I often revisit my subjects and photograph them multiple times as they go through their various stages - often times they change or disappear completely. Essentially I am trying to capture some ephemeral aspects of Los Angeles that may be gone tomorrow.

View more of Sinzianas' work on her website: www.sinzianavelicescu.com/