Bobby Genalo's enthusiasm for creative problem solving has resulted in a body of work that bridges ideas in art, technology and education. He holds degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, teaches design courses at Pratt Institute and records music in his apartment regularly.
Bobby is currently developing interactive, tangible artwork through PlaySomething, as well as digital, data-driven work for personal projects. His work has been featured on PSFK, The Creator's Project, AIGA, and Inhabit.
Bobby has taught design courses at MICA and Pratt Institute, encouraging students to bridge the divide between beauty and utility. For his thesis, he worked with 3rd graders to explore possibilities in 3D scanning and printing, and has recently hosted a lecture series on emerging designers on behalf of Pratt COMD.
A selection of favorite past projects:
Pratt, Spring 2013
Can there exist an overlap between the screenprinted concert poster and a news article? How might communicating current events as though they were band merchandise help to create awareness and inspire others to read the news?
Pratt, Fall 2012
Use Rube Goldberg's step-by-step, mechanical process as a guide as you construct a three dimensional, kinectic system that, over time, translates information regarding an upcoming event of your choosing. Film the mechanism in action and upload your Tangible Motion Graphic to YouTube.
MUSIC / DESIGN
MICA, Fall 2011
What is the relationship between music and design? How are they similar/different? For your first assignment, choose between creating a poster that corresponds to a piece of music or creating a piece of music that responds to a poster. Consider hierarchy, rhythm, context, functionality. Challenge yourself.
MICA, Fall 2011
In pairs, create a step-by-step slideshow depicting the keystrokes necessary to produce a logo, business card, or poster within Adobe Illustrator. The rest of the class will follow your steps without looking at their monitors. The team that has the best success rate wins a prize (the prize was pizza).
Little Skips, a small café in Bushwick, opened in 2009 and was in need of some custom design work. Linda, the owner, was looking for something "friendly but weird." Not sure I acheived exactly that, but she was certainly more than pleased.
Another piece from my time in Bushwick, I put this idea together for a new co-op opening down the street from the gallery. They wound up going with something else, but I've always had a soft spot for it.
I worked with Do Tank Brooklyn to put together some visual ideas for their upcoming light festival, Night Light.
One of the window designs I produced for Drwr Gallery - original typeface and all. Photos from this particular opening can be found here.
NeuroTribes is a blog maintained by the award-winning Wired journalist Steve Silberman. I worked with Steve during my Music For Democracy days and was thrilled to develop the identity for his new project.
Mass Mosaic set out to create the world's most vibrant online community for sharing and remixing original music composition. I don't believe they ever got off the ground, but I was happy with work I did for them.