Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees met at the New Genres Department of the San Francisco Art Institute and have been collaborating in art, design and writing ever since. They currently live and work in London. Both teach at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication.

Independent design school and publishing project launched Summer 2012.


Curation, editing and art direction for a contemporary art/design/theory magazine and temporary project space, based in Yokohama, Japan and LA.


Talks and seminars about contemporary contexts, theories and practices.

Speakers include: Neville Brody; Nick Bell & David Sudlow; Wayne Daly & Eleanor Brown; Angus Hyland & Fabian Herrmann; Lucy Brown, Stuart Price & Lost in the Forest Institute.


Natalie Alvang, Alex Hook and Joshua Trees discuss art and design education, emerging practices and 'conceptual design'.


Agostino Carrea, Naomi Edmondson, Marializa Kambi, Yvan Martinez, Esa Matinvesi and Joshua Trees fail to redesign graphic design education.


Stories for the digital crowd.


Lectures that experiment with the concept of criticism. Series opened with Nick Currie (aka Momus) and Alex Rich.


Workshops about language, sound, text and noise. Participating schools: Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Stockport College (Stockport, England); Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, California).


Recent Publications

The multiple lives of a blank book, Booksfromthefuture 2015; But now space was part of the object¹, Booksfromthefuture and Zyxt 2015; Flatland, see Flatland, Booksfromthefuture 2014; Thought Experiments in Graphic Design Education, Booksfromthefuture 2013; Jaime Gili: Repetition, Booksfromthefuture 2012; Hayama Projects, issue 1, 2012; Little Joe, issue 1, 2010; Emigre No.70: The Look Back Issue, Gingko Press 2010; Young Graphic Designers Americas, Daab 2008; 75B LAX, Veenman Publishers 2008; We Love Magazines, Gestalten 2007; Logo Design, Taschen 2007


Selected Clients

72andSunny, Aiwa, Anthropologie, Arkitip, Art Center College of Design, Edwin, Emigre, The Face, Giant Robot, Giorgio Camuffo, GLBT Historical Society, Harmony Korine, Luggage Store Gallery, Microsoft, MTV Networks, Neverstop, Nike, Open Hand, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Shift Japan, TeenNick, Urban Outfitters, Wieden+Kennedy


Permanent Collections

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Design Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco


Recent Exhibitions/Screenings

Bookness: 14 Observations, an exhibition curated by Sheena Calvert in conjunction with Books & the Human: AHRC 10th Anniversary Debate, Central Saint Martins, London, 2015; Taking a Line for a Walk: An Exhibition About Assignments in Design Education, 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design, The Morovian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic, 2014; T/here, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, 2012; Creative Magazines and Media, National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010; Animac International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, Lleida, Spain, 2010; Arteleku, San Sebastien, Spain, 2010; Gallery 16, San Francisco, 2010; Battersea Arts Centre, London, 2009; Artsadmin, London, 2009; Temple Bar, Dublin, 2009; Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York, 2008; De Veemvloer, Amsterdam, 2007; Babylon, Berlin, 2007

Recent Lectures/Workshops

Bad Art, Pseudoscience and other experiments in Graphic Design, MA Graphic Design Communication, Chelsea, London, 2014; International Design Congress (keynote), Anahuac University, Mexico City, 2014; Arab Spring & Aaron Winter: The Work of 75B, Amsterdam and Rotterdam 2013; BA Culture, Criticism and Curation, Central Saint Martins, London, 2012; Bath School of Art & Design, Bath, UK, 2010; Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008; Stockport College, Stockport, UK, 2008; Dutch Art Institute, Enschede, The Netherlands, 2007


Recent Panels/Symposia

Hard Werken mini-symposium, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2014; Design Week Mexico, Mexico City, 2014; Formative no. 3 (graphic design educators network), Design Council, London, 2014; Formative no. 1 (graphic design educators network), Staffordshire University, UK, 2014; Redesigning [Graphic] Design Education, University of Derby, UK, 2012; Design: ideas, ideals and messages, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, 2012; Ulm International Forum for Design, Ulm, Germany, 2009; New Views 2 Symposium, London, 2008; AIGA 3x3: The Hybrid Artist/Designer, Pasadena, California, 2007


Recent Recognitions

White Square Teaching Awards Certificate Winner, 2012; 'Best book that's probably not a book', The Best of British Books: A Proposal, 2010; Gold, Graphic Design, Creative Quarterly 13, 2008; Artists-in-Residence, ARE, Enschede, The Netherlands, 2007; Winner, Editorial Design, Type Directors Club 53, 2007


Yvan Martinez



Joshua Trees