Mix NYC, 2006
Catalogue design for a queer film festival
featuring a glow-in-the-dark varnish

For Mix NYC Film Festival

Catalogue design for MIX NYC, New York’s longest running queer film festival known for showing experimental film and video as well as its illustrious after parties. The cover features an alternative title printed in glow-in-the-dark UV spot varnish—only visible in a dark room ;) This is not only a cheecky nod to what goes on behind closed doors, it’s also pays homage to all of the beautiful creatures who also glow in the dark, all of the years that queer culture had no choice but to exist in clandestine spaces, and to the ability to make a seedy bar feel like a decadent palace for a night.

POST SCRIPTUM: My 24 year old self did not know any better than to choose the words that appear in the glow-in-the-dark varnish! This was my first freelance gig in New York, which I snagged by chatting with the festival’s then director Stephen Kent while at The Cock, one of NYC’s most notorious gay bars

Both the cover image and the organizing principal of the design uses the motif of a film strip. Strong red vertical lines divide content, starting with the cover and throughout the pages. Imagery within is tinted back with duotone spot color treatments to allow for a playful image layer to exist underneath a much stricter typographic structure. The display typography, set in Poplar, was chosen for it’s unique quality of being both strong and whimsical. Fleshy, even.

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