About the speaker
Seth Labenz is a principal and co-founder of the New York / Miami design agency Topos Graphics and the creative director of the Miami publishing imprint Jai-Alai Books. Recent projects include the graphics and accompanying catalogue for Unorthodox, an exhibition curated by Jens Hoffman at The Jewish Museum, New York; publication of Rio Cortez’s I have learned to define a field as a space between mountains, the inaugural winner of the Toi Derricote & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, published by Jai-Alai Books; and a 10’ x 120’ video installation + event collateral for Tate Americas Foundation’s triennial benefit.
He holds a B.F.A. from Cooper Union and has designed and illustrated for cultural institutions, non-profits, art galleries, art advisors, book publishers, magazines, newspapers, museums, his sister, his grandmother, diamond traders, truckers, politicians, hospitals, food packagers, architects, universities, coffee roasters, fashion labels, fashionistas, music labels, artists, and a bank.
He has taken 63,241 pictures on his iPhone and has collected 113 plastic bags that say “Thank You”—each typeset in a different font.
He lives in Miami with his wife, Molly, and two young sons, Willem and Angus.
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“It’s one long, continuous hamster wheel and everything is influencing each other.” — Seth Labenz
“Lords of the Liar, Witch of the Gods, What mortal shall we celebrate? It’s a great metaphor for publishing.” — Seth Labenz
“It’s taken experience to learn that It’s not about me. It’s about the dialogue with the client.” — Seth Labenz
“We were told to pitch one idea, and that often leads to miscommunication of it’s more about us than it is about them.” — Seth Labenz
“My good advice to anyone that’s starting up is go learn from others first. So you don’t fail for five years and eat macaroni and cheese, and work out of your kitchen in your apartment.” — Seth Labenz