Marfa Contemporary

Oklahoma City studio Ghost recently completed this beautifully quiet and minimal identity for Marfa Contemporary, a Marfa, Texas-based extension of Oklahoma City’s Arts Center. Here’s a bit of insight into their thinking and process:

The rectangular and square shapes of the mark are used to reinforce the inspiring work and efforts of minimalist Donald Judd. The installations were structured and had a distinctive shape. The typography and mark when combined create the illusion of a rectangle allowing the eye to fill in the missing components. The mark also references the ends of the Judd cubes which were often hollow. Specialty printing techniques became a component of the identity and collateral involved, these include the use of metallic ink, soft-touch varnishes, clear foil and debossing. The site was developed with an open source CMS for easy updates by gallery staff and features responsive design for optimal viewing on any screen or smart device.


  1. EnergonCube says:

    Nice work. But, it's time to find a new idea for the obligatory "stationery grid" photo.
  2. Brett Torrey Haynes says:

    I love this branding. So simple and yet so powerful. I don't think gray is used enough these days.
  3. sande says:

    Kudos to Ghost design for this innovative collection.
  4. FASHGIF & Links I Love says:

    [...] Big fan of the white on white embossed business card.  If you’re a graphic designer and interested in coming up with some design concepts – email me, I’m due for a grown up change! [...]
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