Graphic Designer James Victore Says Vagina Is for Lovers
is a controversial graphic designer who makes images that are engaging, direct, and really freaking neat. It's easy to understand why this artist named his bookVictore or, Who Died and Made You Boss?
As cocky a title as it seems, he's just that good.
His trusting clients range from Moët & Chandon to the New York Times and the School of Visual Arts where he's as a professor. Victore provides them, and us, not only with intriguing ads, but with high art. His new book showcases 48 of his most powerful projects. We interviewed the man himself about uranus, Johnny Cash, and his upcoming talk at ArtSeen (2215 NW Second Ave, Miami) tonight at 6:30 p.m.
New Times: Much of your work is nuanced. For instance, the
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bunnies in the "use a condom" image. It seems to be conveying something
complex without using too much visually or a ton of words. Are you just
naturally talented or was there some way you honed these skills?
If you do something long enough, you are going to get good at it. I am a
whittler. I try to take complex ideas and hone them down to some simple
essence and make them sharp and flexible. I am not a fancy designer. I
place a simple, strong image front and center -- often without the aid of
colors or a selection of fancy typography.
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