in collaboration with The Illuminator

As part of a recent collaboration with
The Illuminator collective, Forth Position animated 50+ short clips to be projected throughout New York City to promote the Under One Sky rally. Rallies were held in 70 locations around the globe to support the new UN Sustainable Development Goals and to add pressure for their implementation. The clips feature a diverse group of individuals searching, finding their way, and ultimately coming together in common cause.

The final project video produced by The Illuminator:


From its inception Forth Position Design has focused on producing meaningful work that makes an impact and has relevant messages to communicate. Early on we thought of this as assisting those with something to say in “raising their voice,” and Design for Awareness was the term we chose to frame this process. Key to this process is our ability to access the particular perspectives / perceptions of the intended audience to allow the design to be more easily internalized. This attention to and respect for what is relevant to the people who will interact with the design, at every step of the design process, is quite different from the after the fact customizing and personalized tagging that we see so commonly today.

There are those who argue that the nature of the information being communicated should have no bearing on the quality or functionality of the design - that the true test of a good designer is to make the message relevant through the force of their design alone. Forth does not subscribe to this notion. We conceive of design as a holistic process both informed and empowered by the message. To this effect, every message may not necessitate or even be deserving of good design. A message that is respected by the designer will foster a sense of purpose during the design process and a sense of satisfaction at the completion of the project. We believe good design work to be a function of this sense of purpose / satisfaction.




Need a story told with flash and panache? Looking for a little motion in your ocean? Below you will find the current edit of the Forth Position Design motion graphics reel! Watch it here or in HD on Vimeo.


The 9th Annual Dance Parade is just a week away and I am having a hard time deciding where I want to be this year. Participating organizations are listed alphabetically along with their dance “styles.” Many of these dance “styles” also double as musical genres. This year there isn’t a single group listed as TECHNO. Perhaps this is because TECHNO isn’t really a “style” of dance as much as a musical form. There are certainly a number of dance forms that have developed in response to TECHNO music, but the sound has never really been about one dance “style.” Over the years I have met many who love this music as I do, their movement a direct response to the sound, a direct line to their heart and soul. I feel there is a correlation between the freedom the form provides and what I find most precious about the Dance Parade itself. For me the Parade has always been about reclaiming our bodies through movement: you don’t need to be qualified to dance, know the steps, have the moves, or be a “good dancer” to express yourself and explore your world...

The first few years I participated in the parade, I was fortunate to find my TECHNO sisters and brothers among the Blackkat / Septik Nexus crew. For two years I helped facilitate an Occupy Dance presence in the Parade rekindling some its underlying political roots. The last couple of years I have danced down Broadway with Grand Marshals Louie Vega and Hex Hector respectively. I enjoyed the music and it is always fun to be in the Parade, but I would rather be dancing to TECHNO. I am not sure where I will be this year. There is a STORM RAVE (featuring Frankie Bones, Adam X, Heather Heart, Lenny Dee, and Rob Gee) following the Dance Parade, that very night in fact. I wish I could import some of that into the Parade. Many of you reading this may be familiar with Berlin’s MAYDAY and LOVE PARADE festivals, and I know many who will be trekking to Detroit two weeks from now for the MOVEMENT (DEMF) festival. Political movement echoes through the streets of New York. Movement itself will take to the streets on May 16th. Will TECHNO be in attendance? Does TECHNO still dance in NYC?



Remaster of set played at Barefoot Boogie on 09.27.03. I love these artists and I buy their music – you should too! Click on the name of each band to find out more about them and where/how you can purchase their music.

The Beloved Sun Rising
De La Rosa & Asora Lily's Theme
Sade Cherish The Day
YMO vs 808 State Light In The Darkness ( Meditation Mix Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh )
YMO vs Orbital Behind The Mask
Mc 900 Ft Jesus Falling Elevators
Utah Saints Something Good ( John Kelly Mix )
Josh Wink Higher State Of Consciousness
B12 Obsessed
Banco De Gaia Kincajou
Orbital Frenetic
Art Of Noise Moments In Love
Wild & Taylor Bang The Acid ( Joey Beltram’s Bang The Drums Mix )
Underworld Jumbo



One of my very first jobs was at Meola Scenic Studios painting (60' x 30') back drops that were ultimately trucked down to NYC (the Metropolitan Opera House). I got to paint faux marble flooring standing on top of the drop using a 4' paint brush. I put the blue in the sky with a pump spray atomizer in an adjacent studio. Up on a ladder to cut giant Styrofoam rocks with what looked like hedge trimmers. But mostly I washed brushes for all the other wonderfully talented people that I worked with. Whenever I picked up a brush that experience was always with me: the scale, the freedom, and the motion.

It’s been many years since I put paint to canvas. It is calling me again. I can feel it. Perhaps a little retrospective is in order (albeit an incomplete one). More to come...

Duchamp – 1990, Acrylic on wood (24" x 35.5")

figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas

figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas

Untitled (dream painting) – 1988, Oil paint, plaster, fabric, canvas stretchers (48" x 60")

Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas (34" x 40")

Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas

Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas

Untitled (glazing study) – 1988, Oil on canvas

Untitled (complimentary color study) – 1988, Oil on canvas

Dr Zizmor


Welcome to WOW – a new section on Forth Position. WOW covers a lot of ground, from excited exclamatory response to brilliant art & design straight through to teeth clenched whispered wow work that leaves you questioning wtf? Involuntary response is what we are looking for here. Enjoy your stay.

To inaugurate the section, recent versions of the classic Dr Zizmor New York City Subway ad. Below the ads as they appear on Dr. Zizmor’s website is a high resolution recreation of it as it appeared on the subway (yes, someone loved it that much). The ad is a fantastic cornucopia of “how to design” tips and tricks. Among the many highlights: 

• Soft dissolve from night skyline to “day” (gray) rainbow!
• Rainbow color sequence reordered to create a delightful red to green transition!
• Supersized (photoshop) stroke on the headline!
• Heavy drop shadows in both black AND white!
• A drop shadow OVER a solid color stroke surround! HOT DAMN!
• Dancing credit cards, customer clip art, checked boxes, plus a signed statement from Dr. Z himself!
• Stars.
And now Dr. Z even has his own scannable QR code!

Can’t get enough? Here it is in motion:

I first saw these posters while I was a student at Pratt Institute. Dr. Z had an enormous impact on all us aspiring designers! I welcome your comments below. Until next time – TG