Five Ideas: Robert A. Di Ieso Jr.
Five Ideas is a collection of work from GOOD's favorite artists, illustrators, and designers. Some of the of the work you've probably seen, some of it has never been published. Each week, we'll showcase five pieces of work that tell a short story about our most creative friends.
Robert A. Di Ieso, Jr. was born and raised in Orange County, New York, where he received solid experience as a farm hand, stock boy, shoe salesman, camp counselor, and car salesman. He has worked at various design studios that specialize in environmental graphic design. Most recently he spent more than four years at Open under the helm of Scott Stowell.
A Threat in Every Port
The New York Times Op-Ed Chart
Client The New York Times
High quality four-color offset printing has become the norm for most print projects today. Doing work in one color on newsprint produces a unique textural quality that‘s becoming rare. I enjoyed this piece specifically for two reasons: one the subject matter was interesting to me and provides the readers with valuable information, and two I have a strong sense of pride when doing anything for The New York Times.
Information Graphic Illustrations
Client Fast Company
I always thought of my self as a designer first and an illustrator second. This piece was the first time I was hired purely for my illustration work.
The Most Used Subway Systems in the United States and Around the World
My favorite kind of work to do is information graphics. For me there’s something really thrilling about taking a complicated data set and transforming it into something that allows readers to easily grasp the content in a visually interesting way. This piece specifically was about subway trains which allowed me to geek out on research and photo searches so that I could create as accurate to scale illustrations as possible. You can see all of Di Ieso's work for GOOD here.
Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
Illustrations depicting exercise and other activities and the foods we eat afterwards (killed)
Client Time; Art Director Cynthia Hoffman
These illustrations were done for an intro to an article about the kinds of food we eat in relation to our everyday activities. One of my favorite things to draw is food. I’m not really sure why, but I just find it super satisfying to draw a perfectly rendered piece of fruit or a cheeseburger. The work was eventually killed when the editors decided to go with a photo-based intro instead.
Your Brain: A User's Guide
Illustrations depicting the development of the adolescent brain
Client Time Inc. Home Entertainment; Art Director Sharon Okamoto
I’m in constant awe of all things science and technology related, so when I was given the opportunity to create an information graphic about the inner workings of the adolescent brain I was totally psyched! Being able to learn things about biology while designing is a damn near perfect combination for me.
Inspiration Hmm… the need to pay rent and buy alcohol! Seriously though it’s hard to pick one thing that inspires me. I guess if I was hard pressed I’d say: learning about the way the universe works as discovered through science, science fiction movies that deal with all things existential; peers that produce work that make me strive to be a better designer; the human race along with the world at large; and, not to sound too hokey, my girlfriend, Rhiannon and my dog, Cisco.
What if Simply Playing Soccer Could Power a Whole Village? Uncharted Play's Soccket balls ingeniously turn kinetic energy into electric current.
Next Time You're at a Pretentious Exhibition, Just Change It Güvenç Özel shows how a digital solution can augment a physical problem.
A Mosaic Shines in Philly A intimate conversation with a fixture of the Philadelphia art world.
Zaha Hadid Had a Busier Week Than You Did A posh homeware line, a math-inspired museum wing, and a blossom-shaped apartment building
London Skaters Fought Gentrification, and Won A coalition of skateboard enthusiasts just saved the birthplace of British skate culture from a future as a shopping center.
“What I Would Like to See is More Bystanders Stepping in to Take Action” The Everyday Sexism Project chronicles more than 80,000 instances of sexism around the world, and it’s making a big policy impact.
It's Not Where You're Going, It's How you Get There The future of transportation is now A look at futuristic forms of transportation that have become reality.
Inside the Minds of 11-Year Olds From Around the World A new documentary probes the special moral clarity of 11-year old children.
This Underwater Museum is Bringing a Coral Reef to Life A collaborative effort spurs a marine project off the coast of Egypt.
“French Navy” and Other Suggestions for Scotland’s New National Anthem EDM, art rock, indie ballads … let’s pretend it’s all on the table if Scotland votes for independence.
How a 17th Century Bible is Helping to Revive a Native-American Language One human language may die every 14 days, but the ancenstral tongue of M.I.T.-trained linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird won't be one of them.
Thank You For Caffeinating The dirty secret behind your favorite soft drink America’s $75 billion love affair with soft drinks has less to do with flavor than a specific, notorious ingredient.