Ultimo Inc. Design Portfolio


Studio Projects thru 2023

Studio Projects thru 2023

Unique Design Projects

A few of my favorite projects here. A series of unique design projects that illustrate the interdisciplinary and creative mind at work…

Poetry Dog Tags

Poetry you can wear!
Every designer dreams of creating a mass-market product of their own, and with Poetry Dog Tags, I finally got my chance! Inspired by my years at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC, I thought it would be great to be able to wear a poem around your neck, and wear a new poem every day. Published by Chronicle Books, Poetry Dog Tags were featured in bookstores and gift retailers around the world. They are no longer available from Chronicle, but you can still find new ones on eBay.

Above: Photo sent in by a very creative fan of the Dog Tags.

The Dog Tag Poetry Book

Artist and Photographer Bonnie J. Schupp used the Poetry Dog Tags to create a 365 day photographic and poetry challenge using the Dog Tags as inspiration. The result is an eBook called “Dog Tag Poetry” that is filled with Bonnie’s gorgeous photographs and haiku poetry. A few of my favorite poems/photos from the book pictured above.
Get the eBook here

Visit her site to see more of her beautiful work.

Friendship Tags

Friendship Tags were a version of Poetry Dog Tags for pre-teens. Ultimo created and designed these with an entirely different look for a new audience. They consisted of 48 different phrases and words on colorful plastic tags and matching chains to “speak your mind”…BF4EVER! No longer available from Chronicle, they are still around at Abe Books and Alibris.

The Three Tenors Tour Keepsake Book

Created for Warner Music International

Along with directing a very fine group of craftsman, we designed and produced a limited edition of twelve photo album keepsake books in honor of the “3 Tenors” World Tour. It was given as a commemorative gift from Warner Music International to Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, as well as to conductor Zubin Mehta and other musical luminaries. Actual size: 12″ x 12″ x 4″. Bookmakers: Carolyn Chadwick and Judith Ivry. Calligraphy by Anthony Bloch.

Click to read the story behind making this Limited Edition series:
Originally published in “Graphic Design Inspirations and Innovations 2”
by Diana Martin and Lynn Haller

The Vanishing Functions Postcard (1994)

I’ve included this project because I’ve always felt the idea is still really important after all these years.

Chosen as one of the winners in a Architects, Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility Postcard competition. Created in the idea that computers would mean vanishing functions of our humanity, and a hopeful warning that we must always connect with the human heart and mind.

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