Chris Rubino

Canal Street

Chris Rubino

New York, USA

Originally a Bostonian, Money Makin’ Manhattan and the Brooklyn Zoo—aka New York City—has been Chris Rubino’s adopted hometown since 1997. Amongst Rubino’s various design clients are The New York Times, Banana Republic and The Public Theater. His work and voice have been heavily influenced by his printmaking background, initially focusing on posters for psychedelic rock bands and eventually turning to his own artwork. His 16-year-long career has been polka-dotted with fulltime stints but mostly has taken place out of a brightly lit, quiet-as-hell studio carriage house in Brooklyn. Chris can be found there most days listening to NPR in the morning and T. Rex in the afternoon. Recently, Rubino has created type & title sequences for a number of films including Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines and Kill Your Darlings.


Inspired by the street calligraphers we see in cities around the globe, often simply writing a child’s name over a cartoon to be hung in their rooms, creating inexpensive art that children wake up to everyday for years. It’s ornamental and decorative but somewhat primitive and spontaneous, not following the rules of a proper typeface.

Recommended for: a special message to a friend, something fun, not overthought.