Aaron Shinn

For Alexandre Plokhov's Spring/Summer 2013 menswear collection, I helped create an ambitious art look book with the brilliant photography team Cope-Arnold.

The book expands on Plokhov's S/S13 runway presentation (which I art directed with Dustin Arnold), inspired by Xavier Zimbardo's documentation of russian orthodox monks living on Mount Athos. The book, entitled Apostate / Acolyte depicts a journey from darkness to light through dramatic, cryptic imagery.

The fifty-two page book measures 285mm (11.25in) by 420mm (16.5in) and is printed in los angeles in quadtone black and white, bound by hand in black thread, and wrapped in an unprinted foil-stamped cover.

Full credits and more information on the project are available at http://apostate-acolyte.com, a microsite I designed and developed for the project.

Not long ago, I had the good fortune to work as a designer / art director at Visionaire in New York. If you're not familiar, Visionaire is a quarterly multi-format art and fashion journal. Each issue is a completely different format than the one that preceded it, and the contributors are the absolute cream of the art and fashion world. It's not cheap, but it's always beautiful. Here are several issues I worked on.


Magic was a collaboration with jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, and featured one of their signature alhambra necklaces embedded in the etched lucite cover.

Inside the case was a series of transparent lenticular panels, each created by a different artist or film maker. Contributions for this issue came from Spike Jonze, Showstudio / Nick Knight, Mark Romanek, Mariko Mori, Wong Kar Wai, Mario Sorrenti and Pedro Almodovar.

I touched almost every aspect of this issue, starting from the call for submissions, to editing and optimization of the artwork, to supervising manufacturing, case design art direction, and even assembly instructions.

Photography by Dan Forbes


Both issues of TOYS started with a biomorphic toy designed by Visionaire design director Greg Foley. These toys were then sent to top fashion designers to be "dressed".

Twenty toys were produced in total across the two issues, featuring all-star contributions from Alexander McQueen, Helmut Lang, Maison Martin Margiela, Rei Kawakubo / Commes Des Garçons, Emilio Pucci, Vivienne Westwood, Hedi Slimane, Marc Jacobs, and John Paul Gaultier among others.

This issue was produced in collaboration with Kid Robot.
Photography by Dan Forbes


I also did a significant amount of work on the following issues:




I'll update this post once I have a chance to photograph these issues.
Business cards are less essential now than ever as a means of sharing contact information, but as they become less essential for sharing information, it becomes more and more important for them to be memorable artifacts.

I laser-etched these cards myself from a charcoal grey mounting board. They're almost 2mm thick, and have a singed surface on the back of the card, owing to my lack of finesse in operating the machine.

And they smell like a camp fire.
Scanadu is an extraordinary medical startup who is working to build a medical tricorder – a device that will diagnose disease as well as a human doctor.

At IDEO, I worked with a super-talented team to help Scanadu elaborate their vision for how their medical tricorder might come to life. This video is a key piece of that story.

I worked on every part of this piece, from direction, to writing, to production, to UI design and product strategy – but I had an incredible amount of help. Here's a partial list of the dream team that made this project happen:

IDEO Team:
Project Lead / Research: Katja Battarbee
Medical Expert: Anthony Bertrand
Product Design / Storytelling: Purin Phanichphant
Product Design: Bosung Kim
Fabrication: Gerry Harris and the IDEO Shop
Health & Wellness practice leadership: David Webster & Gretchen Wustrack
Script: Anne Trausch
Editing and Production: Gene Celso

Extended Team
Producer: Julie Costanzo
Director of Photography: John Chater
Motion Graphics and Compositing: Dos Rios Films
Music Composition: David Glazier
Voiceover: Dan Greenblatt
While I was on the design team at Visionaire, I was fortunate enough to work on a number of issues of the wonderful V Magazine.

And I was also lucky to not only design and art direct V Man, but to also design the grid and typography systems for the entire magazine.

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