Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

Warsaw – New York, two events back to back.

It feels as is October just came and went! There were two very exciting events I took part in, back to back.

In mid October, I flew out to Warsaw, Poland to be a guest at speaker series at  Museum of Modern Art‘s 4th annual  Warsaw Under Construction (Warszawa W Budowie) Festival. This is a popular event that focuses loosely on architecture, and this year’s theme was “pros and cons of outdoor advertising”. The museum organizes workshops and lectures almost every day, and my job was to talk about outdoor advertising from an illustrator’s point of view as well as from the point of view of someone who live and work in New York, one of the advertising centers of the world.

I decided to candidly talk about artist-client relationships, including some examples of ‘horror stories’. (audience seemed to love the horror stories!)
Also, three hour workshop on the them of ‘good ideas make good illustration” followed, where small number of graphic designers and illustrators just had fun coming up with humorous concepts. We worked a lot, and we laughed a lot despite short period of time.
Both lecture and workshop was moderated by fellow illustrator and longtime friend Agata Nowicka. Thank you Agata and thank you Warsaw MoMA!

And, 9 hour flight back to New York, there was a Society of Publication Designers organized  student career event at Type Directors Club (conveniently located a block away from my studio) called Ask The Pros Live! waiting for me.
Five magazine art directors and designers (Jamie Bartolacci, David Curcurito, Dennis Huynh, Jen Sharpe, Elliot Stokes)and I answered questions from aspiring magazine designers and illustrators. With bottles of beer provided by David, we had a blast, and I learned a lot as well.

I know many of you who are reading this are students (and some instructors). I highly recommend you to follow SPD’s Student Outreach Program. So much info and great events for those who seek career in editorial world.