NYCxDESIGN’s An Ode to NYC Poster Campaign Returns for Its 4th Year

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Celebrating the city’s creative talents, NYCxDESIGN presents its fourth annual exhibition and poster campaign, An Ode to NYC. Nine graphic designers were chosen to illustrate the NYC of tomorrow for a collection of one-of-a-kind posters that demonstrate the robust creativity of New York’s design scene. All posters are available exclusively through Poster House and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Design Advocates, an extensive network of designers, architects, and engineers working together to serve the public good.

Tomorrowland by Natasha Jen, Pentagram

“Tomorrowland by Natasha Jen, marked with the declaration ‘New York Est. 1624,’ embodies the convergence of the city’s historical narrative with the avant-garde design aesthetics of retrofuturism. The skyline emerges as both a testament to architectural ingenuity and an emblem of the city’s perpetual transformation. It conjures an impression of New York’s enduring vitality and its relentless quest for progress. This poster prompts imagination of the interplay between tradition and expectation, history, and the limitless possibilities of New York’s future.”

Pulse of the City by Standard Issue

“Pulse of the City by Standard Issue, New York-based design consultancy, is a testament to the firm’s love for this city and for design, by way of Massimo Vignelli’s classic 1972 NYC subway map connecting people from every part of the five boroughs.”

Metropulse by Scott Henderson, Scott Henderson Inc.

“Metropulse by Scott Henderson celebrates the exuberance and history of design in New York, with a nod to its mid-century roots mashed together with the fresh and contemporary. Reminiscent of a watercolor painting, Metropulse conveys the sense of fluidity that only New York City can deliver.”

New York or Nowhere by Dotun Abeshinbioke, ábiké studio

“New York or Nowhere by Dotun Abeshinbioke is a nod to the quote that can be found graffitied around NYC streets. In this poster, she created different typographical treatments using the quote on plastic bags, as a play on the classic ‘Thank You’ bags. The choice of typography is also a nod to the type that can be found in and around the city from The New York Times to store signage.”

The Brownstone by Mia Coleman, Rememory Directory

“The Brownstone by Mia Coleman is inspired by New York’s iconic brownstone buildings, and the stylish Black and Brown people that have inhabited them for generations. It’s also an ode to Black hair and beauty as a means of creative expression from Black women of the African Diaspora. This piece honors the notion that NYC will always be the top destination for diverse people who bring culture, style and beauty to the city.”

City Flourish by Raven Mo

“City Flourish by Raven Mo captures the intricate dance of NYC’s native plants and insects thriving in the city. It is a drawing to celebrate the resilience of these often-overlooked critters in our urban ecosystem. Mo invites viewers to appreciate the delicate harmony that grows amidst the concrete jungle, reminding us of the importance of conserving native plants and insects.”

Welcome2NYC by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, EFM Design

“With Welcome2NYC, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson invites viewers to dive into an unstructured jumble of many parts that coexist in an ever-changing productive chaos. In her own words, it ‘allows you to go with a flow that can take you in directions you were not expecting, where you can find beauty where others may not, and either way – that’s ok.’”

United by Hip Hop by Shani Sandy, IBM

“United by Hip Hop by Shani Sandy depicts a boombox, blasting hip hop’s native tongue, a force that has brought New Yorkers together from points of the city for decades. In Sandy’s words, hip hop invites city dwellers to ‘sing the songs of our neighborhoods and those we’ve never been to…together.”

Bikes, Buses, Trains & Walkable Spaces by Troy Fasilakis, Brooklyn Museum

“Bikes, Buses, Trains & Walkable Spaces by Troy Fasilakis invites contemplation of New York City’s urban design. While public spaces and transit are among the things that make NYC great, 76% of the city’s public space is dedicated to the movement and storage of cars. If this space, even a fraction of it, can be better utilized to serve the people who live here — from parks to tree canopies, to subways to bike lanes — the city can create a more sustainable and equitable future for its residents by putting their health, safety, and the environment first.”

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