Julian ALEXANDER

Founder, Creative Director | SLANG INC.

Julian Alexander is the founder of Brooklyn-based design studio Slang Inc., whose clients include the world’s top agencies and brands. His understanding of cultural nuance and deep passion for music informed his tenure as Design Director for Sony Music, where he won a GRAMMY® Award for The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions by Miles Davis for Best Boxed or Special Edition Package. As Executive Creative Director of Guild, Julian led creative teams on experiential projects for Nike, Target, and Stella Artois. His iconic logos and album artwork for Jennifer Lopez, 50 Cent, and Eminem among others can be seen on packages that have sold over 100 million units worldwide. Julian has moderated design talks at the American Institute of Graphic Arts and NYU, and presented at Apple. Julian is a graduate of School of Visual Arts, where he also taught typography.

questionnaire

What was your very first job ?

My first design job was an internship at the Drawing Board (Def Jam's art department). I was supposed to be there once a week but went in every day to learn from the legends that walked those halls.

Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails.

I’m the founder of a design studio named Slang Inc. that provides creative direction, branding and design services for entertainment and lifestyle clients. Basically, we are fortunate enough to work with people, places, and things that we’re passionate about.

How did you discover that the creative world was right for you ? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today ?

I knew this was a fit the first time I saw my work in the wild. It's hard to explain the feeling. Seeing people engaging with the work gives me the same level of excitement as making it.

In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant ?

Inspiration is everywhere. The smallest things spark ideas. If you're paying attention, Inspiration also comes from things we don’t like. Pay attention to everything.

If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be?

I’m most proud of 50 Cent's Get Rich or Die Tryin’ album packaging for a couple reasons. It’s the first package with a Slang Inc. credit. More importantly, it's was my first time utilizing digital photography. The approach had a huge cultural impact and influenced the aesthetic of work that came after it. People know that piece wherever I go. 

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