Mike Tully is a New York-based graphic designer and art director, specializing in typographically-focused graphic identities, publications, and interactive projects for culture and commerce. He is currently Design Director for The Brooklyn Rail and working on independent design projects. He's worked with Wolff Olins, The New York Times, Local Projects, Paperwhite Studio and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He teaches typography at the Parsons School of Design and has taught at The School of Visual Arts. Contact and Information ⤵︎

Cover designs for various issues of the Brooklyn Rail, 2018–2020. Each issue features four individual covers for each artist interviewed within.

May 2018 cover designed with Erik Freer

Bending Concepts is a compilation of essays on the intersection of contemporary visual culture and politics, written by 26 emerging and established critics. These essays were originally published in the Brooklyn Rail and are collected together for the first time.

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Words Apart and Others brings poems spanning three decades of Jonas Mekas's career (1967–1998) to English audiences for the first time. The book opens with a timely and discerning preface by poet Anne Waldman. Translated from Lithuanian by Vyt Bakaitis. Published by Rail Editions, the publishing imprint of the Brooklyn Rail.

Booklet design for Seeing, Naming, Knowing, a new essay by Rhizome.org editor Nora N. Khan, and published within the March 2018 issue of the Brooklyn Rail. It marks the first annual Crossed Purposes Writing Grant award for critical writing to encourage new perspectives on photography and its extended practice. The essay examines machine learning and the subsequent interpretation of photographic imagery by AI systems. Drawing inspiration from the foundational aesthetics of digital systems, an RGB color palette and monospaced typography are applied throughout.

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Featuring Errata by Greg Gazdowicz

Exhibition identity, graphics, and collateral design for Under the Office, a temporary exhibition celebrating and showcasing five years of work by the New York-based industrial design studio Visibility. Commissioned on the occasion of NYC Design Week 2019 and open to the public at 195 Chrystie Street Gallery.

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Photographs by Blanca Guerrero

Graphic identity and typography for panel events hosted at Pratt University on the occasion of NYC Jewelry Week 2019.

For the November 2019 issue of the Brooklyn, Guest Critic Nico Wheadon contributed the thoughtful and lyrical “Experiments In Freedom”, which considers the paradoxes and paradigms of freedom that we encounter in art and culture. The typesetting is inspired by broadsheets and visually-driven manifestos in art and design, collected on Are.na. Read the entire piece on brooklynrail.org.

Gilded signage design for the Roll & Hill showroom, located in Soho, New York.

Photos by Alan Tansey

The 2018 collection catalog design for Roll & Hill. This 272-page compendium collects their range of contemporary lighting designs by independent designers, detailing materials, available varieties, and technical specifications. Each lighting design is showcased in a suite of interiors photography, product shots, and international locations.

Nature photography by Jeffrey M. Schad

Message Ahead is a companion to the collection of poetry, Words Apart and Others, featuring twenty-one distinguished poets and critics, friends and admirers, reflecting on Jonas Mekas's pioneering contribution to contemporary art and culture, as the "godfather of the American avant-garde." Edited by Vyt Bakaitis. Published by Rail Editions, the publishing imprint of the Brooklyn Rail.

Dog Star Man is a self-initiated font drawn and based on lettering samples from Stan Brakhage’s short experimental film series of the same name from 1961–1964. Research and stills from the original films were collected into a booklet to examine details and process alongside one another.

Graphic identity, website (v1.0), materials, and ongoing art direction for New York-based industrial design studio, Visibility. Visibility is an internationally recognized industrial design studio based in New York City founded by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab. The visual identity and application is informed by the partners' approach to creating objects that are deliberately understated in form, yet humanistic and enduring in their sensibility.

Design and art direction for various issues of the Brooklyn Rail, a publication featuring critical perspectives on arts, politics, and culture. Each issue requires close collaboration with the editorial team and guest critic to approach each section with distinct and ultimately cohesive graphic approach. Each guest critic's section often draws visual inspiration or emphasizes ideas from the editorial focus.

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Various illustrations:

  1. For "What Will the Earth Look Like When Humans Are Gone?", Unzip.site
  2. For "Do We Deserve Beethoven?", The Brooklyn Rail
  3. Film titles for Universe, a documentary about Miles Davis and his protege Wallace Roney

Graphic identity, materials, printed ephemera and design for Portland-based photography studio, Heavy Set. The color palette was drawn from the founder's motivation to paint their studio building to stand out amongst the drab surroundings.

Photos by Heavy Set

Jack’s Wife Freda is a lively bistro located in SoHo and the West Village in New York City. While at Paperwhite Studio, I designed menus, postcards, take-out bags, illustrations, cookbook layouts and printed collateral. I also expanded initial lettering into a custom font, Jack’s Right Hand, for usage across all materials.

Designed at Paperwhite Studio
Art direction by Laureen Moyal

If you're interested in working together, for upcoming availability, or to just say hi and have a friendly chat, please feel free to write : mike@mike-tully.com

  • The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

  • Columbia University GSAPP

  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

  • Etsy

  • Housing Works

  • Jack’s Wife Freda

  • Kunsthall Stavanger

  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

  • Museum of the City of New York

  • Nettwerk Records

  • The New York Times

  • Target

  • Visual AIDS

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