Barry Simon is a graphic designer, Art Director, musician and box-making enthusiast.
He has Art Directed publications including "Trump World"; (yes, that Trump), "Relix";
a magazine covering live music and "Games" magazine.
He began his career at "National Lampoon" magazine, following the release of the classic comedy, "Animal House". He was also employed as Design Director for CNET’s "Computer Shopper", a magazine covering the tech industry.
He has won awards from The Society of Publication Designers, The Society of Illustrators, Folio Magazine and Graphics USA. He recently won a Boli Award for his work with Canon U.S.A.
He also plays guitar and drums in the surf/rock band "Strange But Surf".
In 2016 they opened for The B52s and Los Lonely Boys.
The Beginning of My Box Obsession
In 1972 I wanted to create artwork that was decorative and functional.
I started to make boxes to organize my belongings.
I began by making them out of balsa wood and plaster. Using acrylics I painted on top of the wet plaster and finished the insides with felt. Each one was signed and dated and given away to friends. The plaster was an interesting surface - but over time the boxes weren't very durable and cracked often.
Forty five years later while reconnecting with friends on Facebook - I was shocked to discover that many of my friends saved their boxes and still used them to store personal items! The box above has lasted 45 years!
I began to re-think the process and see if I could come up with a new method. Using the computer and decoupage I was able to create infinite possibilites and modifications.
Custom "Secret" Box Construction Revealed!
The process may look fast, but its actually a time consuming and labor intensive process.