The Multidisciplinary Work of Tom White

Design is fueled by observation and reflection of our surroundings. What happens when functional changes beyond our control force us out of our creative comfort zone? You’ve heard it said; “change is the one constant”. That’s the rule in today’s design economy. How do you adapt? To be prepared, be good at multiple design-related disciplines. Having a diverse skill set will keep you fresh, busy and ready to make the next change.

Tom White is the owner and creative force behind 9 Surf Studios (, a boutique multidisciplinary studio specializing in design, branding, typography and illustration. Tom has been creating visual solutions for brands, companies, agencies, studios, and publishers in healthcare, business, science & technology, education, sports, food and beverage, games and entertainment, retail, magazines and books since 1995. Tom also teams with FinGenuity, an agency focusing on large scale branding campaigns.

In 2012 in response to his love for print, Tom added 9 Surf Editions, a museum-quality archival print studio. What began as his private studio for he and his wife Lois’ experimental work quickly developed into a place where artists and photographers come from all over to have their work printed. His meticulous attention to detail is the foundation of the studio and is the hallmark of superior quality printing.

As a natural extension of the print studio and connection to the arts community, Exhibit No.9, gallery and studio for contemporary art was launched in 2013. The gallery has a full exhibition schedule showcasing contemporary painting, urban art, and photography from artists around the world.

“Throughout my career, my personal and professional mission has been to connect people through design. When it is well crafted and thoughtfully placed, it influences thinking, informs an audience, stirs emotions and leaves the first impression about a person, message, product, event or venue.

“To fulfill that mission, the natural progression was to expand from designer to art director, to illustrator, to fine artist and printmaker, to gallery owner. Each discipline turned out to be a sum of the previous ones and allowed me to connect to a larger audience. For me, growth, freshness and new challenges are expressed through evolving into new art forms and venues.

Friday, August 7, 6-9pm

July 16 – August 30

Wednesday, August 12, 6-8pm

Being Multidisciplinary

Using the work displayed as case studies, Tom White will discuss the need and benefits of embracing multiple design-enhancing disciplines for a variety of professional and creative purposes.

No cost and open to the public. Free meter parking is available in Old City on Wednesdays after 5pm!

New Orleans · Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Saturday, October 10, 2015
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