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Signs of New Orleans: An evening with Tom Varisco and Jackson Hill

When: Monday, November 17, 2008
Time: 7pm
Where: CANARY, 329 Julia St.
Who: Tom Varisco & Jackson Hill

Tom Varisco will share the vision and inspiration behind his newest book, "Signs of New Orleans". Tom will be selling and signing books (at a special one-night-only discount), and photographer Jackson Hill will have images from the book available for sale.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of "Signs of New Orleans" will benefit AIGA New Orleans.

About "SIGNS":

As a designer who deals with the integration of type and image on a daily basis, I have always been interested in the city's  "sign language."

I think a city's signs give us a sense of place. This book, though not a complete record of New Orleans' signs, is a record nonetheless. It is an attempt to preserve some of the city's unique words and images before they get painted over, destroyed or forgotten. These signs tell us something about their own environments. The book contains many recognizable signs like City Park, Tujaque's Restaurant and Dew Drop Inn, but it also pictures obscure and humble neighborhood signs and markings that are an integral part of the city's sense of humor and sense of self. Ultimately, it's a picture book meant to entertain.

I was very fortunate to enlist some formidable talents to complete this project: John Biguenet, Anne Gisleson, Jackson Hill and Nick Marinello. The book would not be what it is without them.


About Tom:

Tom Varisco, a charter member of the local American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), is proprietor and creative director of Tom Varisco Designs, a full service, award winning studio in New Orleans.

The studio was the first ever chosen outside the New York region to provide all creative for one of Manhattan's main cultural events: SummerStage in Central Park.

In 2007, Tom was awarded the first "Fellow Award" by the local chapter of the AIGA. The award recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution in their field.
Since 1985, Tom has taught design to fourth year students at Loyola University.

Desire, his award winning publication of observations and opinions about New Orleans, is in the permanent collection of Tulane University Library and New Orleans Public Library.

His first self published book, "Spoiled", about the refrigerators left out after Hurricane Katrina hit, was a local best seller and was selected one of the best 50 designed books of 2005 by AIGA national.

More of his work can be seen at http://www.tomvariscodesigns.com.


About Jackson:

Jackson Hill is a still photographer who offers a signature style of imagery that pushes boundaries beyond the obvious and conventional. Tom Varisco and Jackson have collaborated on both artistic and commercial projects for over  ten years. Jackson travels on professional assignment nationally and around the world. He frequently exhibits his work at his studio/gallery Southern Lights,  located on the streetcar line in downtown New Orleans. He taught photography for 12 years at NOCCA and gives seminars about photography and digital imaging.

More of his work can be seen at http://www.southernlights.com.

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