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.


Courtney is the founder of Design Work Life and Seamless Creative, a small design studio she runs with her husband Brian. She now splits her time between developing brand identities for small businesses and soaking up (and passing along) as much inspiration as she possibly can.

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