It’s been about a month now since we did some major housekeeping around here and changed the look and feel of the blog. While there were some complaints about fonts while we tried different things out (everyone’s an art director), we’re very happy with the end result. One of the real benefits of this new layout is how mobile friendly it is. Our old look simply didn’t work well on smartphones. We hope this will lead to more readership as mobile is taking over the majority of web traffic.
One of the elements we lost when we switched layouts was a watermark with a quote from José Martí that had been part of the blog since the beginning in 2003. Alberto and I decided to go with an illustration of Martí in the sidebar. We thought about who might be willing to help us out with our budget of zero dollars.
The name that came to my head was Gyula Nemeth. Gyula is a graphic designer who reached out to us a few years back to offer an illustration of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet.
Im a graphic designer residing in Budapest, Hungary.
Ive been following the Cuban situation for years by
now (i have a thread about the subject on a Hungarian
I would really like to help the Babalu Blog -and the
cause- with a graphic design about Biscet if you are
willing to receive it.
Of course if you need an icon or a logo of any kind,
im gladly helping you out.
Im looking forward to your answer,
It turned out that we needed an illustration for a standup display for Cuba Nostalgia so we were quick to jump on his offer. This is what Gyula created for us. This illustration adorned the sidebar for years, until Biscet was released the Castro regime.
After that generous contribution I dubbed Gyula the Hungarian Honorary Cubiche. Later he did illustrations of Celia Cruz and then The Ladies in White.
And here’s another Cuban-themed illustration he did on his own.
So I asked him to do one for us of José Martí. We wanted something simple and clean. Modern yet evocative of Martí, who was such a man of his time. And this is what he came up with.
I really couldn’t be more thrilled with it. If you’re a fan of great illustration then you should like his Facebook page and check out his website. He’s done a ton of interesting work, including illustrations for the Panini collectibles company.
If somebody is the embodiment of a mensch, it’s Gyula Nemeth. Thank you so much!