Et Cetera

Here is where Mark Deshon gets to “play” a bit. This page can contain anything that is directly or indirectly related to D&A that is not covered in any of the other navigational categories above.

photo of Mark Deshon removing block wooden letter upon finishing letterpress designFun with letterpress…

graphic of letterpress version of D&A logoOne hardly ever has the time when running a business to experiment and truly have some fun with design. Mark took the opportunity to visit Ray & Jill’s Lead Graffiti studio in the fall of 2015 for a VC/UD alumni letterpress party. The photo here shows him working on his free-form “D&A” logo. Not the best piece of workmanship, but it was so much fun to have that sense of freedom to play again with color and shape.

National notoriety…

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Tour de Lead Graffiti Stage 5 poster by Mark Deshon, Ray Nichols, and Jill Cypher

Mark Deshon gained some measure of national notoriety, as a letterpress poster that he had collaboratively designed and printed back in July of 2013 was published in the Dec. 16th, 2013, edition of Sports Illustrated, along with a small article on Lead Graffiti’s “Tour de Lead Graffiti” by SI senior writer Alexander Wolff.

Wolff writes, “Each morning during the Tour de France, members of the Lead Graffiti printmaking collective gathered to watch that day’s stage. They took note of every salient breakaway, pratfall and Phil Ligett bon mot, then spent the rest of the day producing a broadside that captured the action. The results—visible at leadgraffiti.com—are like the peloton, a riot of shapes and colors. The designers call what they do ‘endurance letterpress,’ for they repeat the routine 23 days in a row and, like the Tour itself, scrupulously post total elapsed time.”

Bicycling magazine logoMore good poster press…

Again in 2014 Mark Deshon worked with the crew at Lead Graffiti on the Tour de Lead Graffiti‘s Tour de France Stage 5 poster. The final product this time showed up in Bicycling magazine’s online edition (second poster from top left in photo).

In first person…

The two people who were instrumental in guiding me into my profession while I was a college student are my design profs, Harwood Ritter and Ray Nichols.

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Ray Nichols in his Lead Graffiti workshop (summer 2013)

Without their having both challenged and supported me as a student in the late 70s, I might not have had the wonderful design career I’ve enjoyed. This page is dedicated to Woody and Ray, who are each still active creatively.

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Woody Ritter in his home studio (fall 2013)

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