Virgil Abloh Tribute—Poster Design Critique Ep 1/3

It’s been 1 year since Virgil Abloh’s passing and to celebrate his life, we hosted a mock exhibition featuring posters created by designers in our Futur Academy community.

Typography was a keystone of Virgil’s work so we teamed up with two distinguished typographers, Charles Nix and Terrance Weinzierl from Monotype to join Chris Do in the critique session.

The Brief:
Each participant was tasked to design one poster to celebrate the life of the late Virgil Abloh as part of a mock traveling exhibition along with some of the Virgil’s most iconic pieces. They selected one item from either the Louis Vuitton or Off-White collection to use as a creative springboard for their design.

Virgil Abloh (Sept. 30, 1980 – Nov. 28, 2021)
was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. He was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection beginning in 2018, and was given increased creative responsibilities across the LVMH brand in early 2021. Abloh began his own line of streetwear clothing, Pyrex Vision, in 2012 before succeeding the chief executive officer of the Milan-based label Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013.

A trained architect, Abloh, who also worked in Chicago street fashion, entered the world of international fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009, alongside American rapper Kanye West. Abloh assumed the role of Creative Director at Donda, West’s creative agency in 2010. In 2013, Abloh founded Off-White. The first African-American to be artistic director at a French luxury fashion house when he joined LVMH in 2018, Abloh was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world that year. Abloh’s design aesthetic which bridged streetwear and luxury clothing was described as transformative by The New York Times. According to The Wall Street Journal, he reached a level of global fame unusual for a designer, and as an inspirational figure, according to the BBC. – Wikipedia

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