Cobey Lusinger is a communication designer born and raised in the Texas Hill Country and currently based in Brooklyn. He likes to think about how written languages look and what their visual form can say beyond their semantic function.
        Cobey gets excited for publication and editorial design, motion graphics, film, and typeface design. He wishes to learn more about CG animation, copyright and IP law, American Sign Language, and the art of paper-making.

Some Projects
        And In the Vast City, an animated short based on the work of Russian avante-guarde illustrators.
         The Contemporary Androgyne : A Reader, an editorial design and bookbinding which conflicts with the parameters of prescribed layouts.
        Francis Picabia : Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction, an exhibition identity concept based on MoMA’s original of the renowned copy-cat artist.
        Origin of Earth, a children’s book illustration and design for an origin tale of the world as told first by the Native American Tuskegee.
        Echo en abyme ( Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany ), a type design and bookbinding concept for an infinitely readable book.

Project List

Animation Cache

        ModMag Conference, Magculture, 2019, moderated by Jeremie Leslie : Student introductory speaker for one-day conference on global contemporary magazine design and culture.
        Teaching Graphic Design, 2nd Edition, ed. Steven Heller, Allworth Press, 2017 : Work showcased for under-graduate branding design work as part of Heller’s catalog of contemporary graphic design curricula ( per Kevin Brainard, COLLINS ).
        Walsworth Yearbooks’ Gallery of Excellence Award, 2013, 2014 : Awarded The Mustang annual for its outstanding merit in editorial design, cover design, and photography for a high school yearbook.



a queer social media concept

For queer people who have a hard time finding their own, Lava is a city- and neighborhood-based bulletin for those who are seeking advice, a safe place to have fun with friends, and anything in-between.

the bulletin

Connect with your local queer community
vent, chat, and make new friends (that you can actually meet IRL) all in a safe space.

ask questions, get suggestions “new in town, any cool bars? sex parties?”
“free clinics or drives for HIV-testing?”
“what’s, like, the gayest movie? I need inspo”

search FAQs or similar inqueries

regulation and moderation for any insensitive, suspicious, or abusive content

the agenda

A calendar for Outings condenses users’ posts, activities like bar nights, dinners, balls, performances, exhibitions, gallery openings, drives, workshops, counceling, hang-outs, film screenings, etc. really anything that promotes a more resilient queer community. Other users may RSVP and invite friends to join in.
       Alerts and tips for places with safe spaces allow for better privacy and security. Users may review and discuss what’s happening.

user profiles

Discretion and security are paramount to the effectiveness of this app, so users may be as open and out as they want to be. Lava is a safe space for being both vocal and private so that one can vent and be heard, or listen and help.
        Users can customize sharing rights for  individual posts, and also limit people who can see based on distance (just me, groups, city).

        Sensitivity to your identity and self-expression identification relative to orientation, gender, and other factors isn’t necessary but there are badges for expressing them.

This project was completed as part of the Digital Product Design course taught by Jon Vingiano and Allan Yu, Parsons.

digital product design
New York City

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