Author: adamafzali

Adam Afzali is a NYC native, who currently attends Pratt Institute in Utica New York. He originally went to school for Psychology, but later switched to Graphic Design/ Illustration. Adam brings a raw and unique energy into his work. His playful, satirical personality gives him an interesting perspective that is reflected in his work. I’m his personal time you can find him at your local bodega.

Personal Project Update

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I took my typeface into illustrator. Here is the final result


Personal Project Update

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I wasn’t really feeling my sketches from my previous drop cap idea, so I decided to switch gears and approach it differently. I am a lot happier with this result. Now all I have to do is send it over to illustrator, vectorize and add color.

Personal Project Update

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I wanted to create a typeface using my own handwriting. I started out by writing each letter down with different styles. Next I took my favorite ones and made alphabets with them. I plan on bringing this into illustrator and vectorizing them.

Oneida Square Trash Project

   Trashy Art

Another Person’s Trash is another Person’s Art

The oneida square Trash can project was created by Mike Ballman, a local pastor and cathy marsh, the local artist in residence. When pastor mike first came to utica, he noticed that the city was not in the best shape. He noticed that there was no employment in utica. Pastor mike wanted to help this cause, so he thought the best way to help is starting a social enterprise. His first attempt at this was to make t-shirts.

Unfortunately that idea didn’t work, so then he decided to make “Holy shih tzu: Dog waste removal”. That to didn’t work as great as he thought it  would.


So, pastor mike took time to listen to the community and noticed that the town had so much litter on the streets and not enough trash cans. Pastor mike liked this idea, however cathy made it better. She insisted on making the trash cans into art.



Cathy’s philosophy was that if the trash cans can get noticed, then the area will get noticed. Cathy is a firm believer in symbols so she started thinking of artforms that best fit for utica. She saw utica as this beautifully broken city. She put two and two together and decided to make the trash cans mosaics.


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