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Being overconfident can do more harm than good— (especially) if you think that everything is going to be easy for you and you deserve everything right off the bat... people get into a lot of trouble and their growth gets stifled a little bit if they're not open to just toiling away in the dark for quite some time...”

Celebrating the details.

In this episode, I met up with Penguin Books, Mucca Design, and Fili Ltd. alum Nick Misani. Nick has been honing his typographic skills by designing decorative book covers and digging into the history books to learn more from historical references—this has led him to the successful side project called Fauxsacis.

Our conversation went a bit long, but it was the first time meeting Nick. Not only did I want to hear more about the process of beginning a project like Fauxsaicas, but also I what he learn from working with Louise Fili. Even though Nick was getting over a cold, he shared some wisdom on why the limitations of his fake mosaics are rooted in tradition, why he decided to start this as an Instagram project, and what he has in store for the future. Look out USA, he's bringing workshops to a city near you :)

Thanks again Nick for a great interview! Sorry my procrastination delayed the release of your episode and say hi to Cooper. (his dog)

Fauxsaics is a series of travel-inspired, typographic mosaic illustrations—which has since been featured on a variety of design sites and blogs including the ADC/The One Club blog. DesignTAXI, Abduzeedo, and Designboom and now on WIP :)
Links / Mentions Tools & Technology Mosaic Terminology
  • Opus musivum: Vermiculatum extends throughout the entire background.
  • Opus classicum: When vermiculatum is combined with tessellatum or regulatum.
  • Opus circumactum: Tesserae are laid in overlapping semicircles or fan shapes.
Where else to find Nick:

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Ice Breakers

This or That

Toast or Bagel
Beatles or Rolling Stones
Art  Deco or Decorative Arts
Paper or Digital
New York or Milan
Books or Movies
Ligatures or Florishes

Word Association

Creativity: Being Stifled
Design: Typography
Art: Painting
Business: Meetings
Failure: Struggle
Clients: E-Mail
Mistakes: Opportunites
Tools: Computer
Skills: School / Training
Opportunity: New York
Future: Uncertatinty
Risk: Change
Process: Iteration


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