No Entry Design is an artist whose multi-disciplinary work ranges from typography to graffiti. The talented designer specializes in many areas including print and web design, photography, photo retouching, and hand-painted signage. No Entry Design’s portfolio features projects such as the full branding of Brooklyn’s Sweet Chick Restaurant and original illustration ‘Its the thought that counts’, an alternative Christmas message emblazoned across a wine bottle. The creative journey of No Entry Design is a fascinating one, beginning with a background in street art.
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Good Intentions Bad Outcome | Photo credit: No Entry Design
It’s The Thought That Counts | Photo credit: No Entry Design
How did No Entry Design come about?
Honestly, all the web URL’s I wanted to use were all taken so it was kind of a frustrating experience coming up with a name for the designer side of me. Because of my background as a graffiti artist, I didn’t want to go by my real name so I had to come up with some kind of alias to work under. I’ve always been into exploring and painting in wacky places so I thought of all of the “No Trespassing” signs that I always blatantly ignored growing up and decided to settle for “No Entry Design”. Hopefully that makes sense, I was never big on writing “artist statements”…
Describe the inspiration behind your designs?
I grew up around Atlanta, GA and I didn’t really start feeling really inspired by design work until I made the move to NYC a few years ago. I used to tag along with a close friend who shot food photography for a few publications around town and from doing that I was exposed to a lot of independently owned restaurants and businesses with great branding work done.
At the time I was still more focused on being a cool graffiti/street artist and was pulling in work as a scenic artist on film and photo shoots. A lot of things have happened to me recently that have changed my perspectives. So as a result of that, I’ve been much more focused on pushing my design skills. I love solid typography work and have developed an obsession with hand-drawing type and flourishes. I guess my style of design has taken on a bit of a vintage whiskey label type of feel.
Sob Stories | Photo credit: No Entry Design
I see you focus on street art. When did your interest in street art begin?
Street art / graffiti art is the culture I grew up on. Friends find it funny that I am a designer because the ethics I grew up on as a graffiti artist are in sharp contrast to the ethics of commercial art. I started painting graffiti about 13 years ago. I’m trying to get farther away from that world to be honest, but it’s a very weird transition to make. I’ve always put so much energy into painting walls and I made it a priority over EVERYTHING else in my life. Eventually I had to come to the realization that the only thing I was really getting out of it was self-gratification.
I’ve had a pretty rough time recently in my personal life and its made me decide that I need to focus a little more energy into something I can actually earn somewhat of a living off of and keep the work I do on the streets as a separate entity. The work I do on walls is basically my way of venting about personal problems and I’m not interested in making any kind of a “career” off of that. I decided to show a small handful of my wall paintings off that show my illustration skills. I draw obsessively, but I do not have very much illustration work in my design portfolio. Reason for that is I get psyched about recreating my sloppy drawings on walls as opposed to staring at a glowing rectangle for 10+ hours rendering out my drawings.
Which project has been your favorite so far?
I would have to say the work I’ve done for Sweet Chick. Its definitely a step in the direction I want to take my branding work towards and it’s been a great opportunity for me to flex the variety of skills I possess ranging from design and branding, to hand-painted signage, to photography. I definitely hope to do more restaurant branding in the future.
Sweet Chick Menu Header | Photo credit: No Entry Design
Sweet Chick Dinner Menu | Photo credit: No Entry Design
Is there a brand that you would especially like to work with?
Not really, I like working with local and/or independent businesses. I like developing personal relationships with the people I produce work for and having the ability to take pride and ownership in the work I’m producing for them. I make a huge sacrifice in the realm of getting paid when it comes to working for smaller clients, but at the end of the day, material possessions are not what motivate me.
What are you working on at the moment? Any chance we can get a glimpse of it?
I’m currently working on branding for a grab and go ceviche restaurant concept coming soon to NYC. Right now it is in rough draft phase and my sketches aren’t known to be the most presentable. Aside from that, I’m finishing up several other branding projects that have been getting dragged out for the past several months. I am also in the process of setting up a better structure to how I conduct business, lately I have had a lot of projects pitched at me and I’ve always been more of a free-spirited artist then a business person. I’m in the process of setting up a system for a friend to be my project manager and be my guy who does most of the “consulting” with prospective clients. I am not good at acting “professional”…
Cevich Sketch | Photo credit: No Entry Design
The story of No Entry Design is an intriguing evolution, allowing us insight into the influences and style of a brilliant artist, whilst offering motivation for upcoming talent. Having explored the direction process in which they are headed we are now eagerly awaiting their next project.
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I Wish I Could Stop | Photo credit: No Entry Design