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Andrew Bablo graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Currently residing to the north of Boston, he works as an artist, designer and entrepreneur.
Bablo started his career in branded and licensed apparel design, working with major league sports teams across the country. Later, Bablo collaborated with the industry’s top artists, athletes, and brands as the former Editor-in-Chief of Steez Magazine. Over the course of nine years and 35 issues, Bablo grew the magazine from a black and white photocopier to a major publication, distributing throughout thousands of major newsstands such as Barnes & Noble in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, Bablo founded Steez Design, bringing his artistic background to the commercial design world. In a few short years, Steez has worked with hundreds of commercial clients in the Northeast who are seeking a unique design experience.
From design to production, Bablo builds, crafts and experiments through the use of various media. Seeing no boundaries or limitations, he loves to work interactively, large-scale and in the eye of the public. His work is constantly evolving and no matter where he might be, he can never stop creating.
WHAT IS STEEZ?
Steez Design was founded in 2015 as a full-service design house. We are capable of both conceptual and production needs to bring design to life through a wide range of platforms. Through the utilization of in-house equipment as well as collaboration with industry leaders, we’re able to tackle any creative challenge to produce high-end, fully customized work. Because of our ability to both design and to fabricate, we’re able to follow our designs through the entire production process. We strive to do the best quality work, ensuring that the final product upholds the integrity of the initial design. We take pride in each of our clients’ projects as if they were our own. If you can dream it, we can create it.
Tell us about the newest pop-up installation on Cabot Street #neondream.
Neon Dream is a collaborative blacklight installation piece created by myself, Helen and Morgan from Trifecta Editions, Jay from Anti Designs and Cyrille Conan. It was originally created in a 20-foot shipping container for HUBweek in Downtown Boston. Everything is handmade and everyone played a different role in its creation. The Beverly popup is it’s third and possibly final iteration.
Why are pop-ups so appealing and beneficial to a downtown?
Pop-ups keep a downtown interesting. They’re fun for everyone and help keep people coming back to visit a downtown area and in many cases attract new visitors. They’re a great way to temporarily activate otherwise unused space. In a way, they’re a win-win for everyone.
What has been your greatest creative achievement? (Does not have to be in Beverly)
It would be hard to pinpoint just one project or achievement. I’ve been very fortunate to take part in a lot of cool projects throughout the years and I’m extremely grateful for that. I think my biggest achievement has been to thrive independently with a career in the arts for almost 8 full years now. It hasn’t been an easy road by any means, but I have no regrets in walking away from the corporate world.
Why did you decide to do a mural under a bridge?
The Bridge location is somewhat obscure and extremely unique. I liked that it has boat, car, train, foot and vehicle traffic. I can’t think of many locations that can say that. The shape of the concrete structures are also very interesting and I saw it as a fun challenge. It’s a nice surprise for anyone passing through on any form of transportation.
Who is one of your favorite local creatives?
There are so many that I couldn’t name just one and it’d be hard to list them all! We have a ton of talent in the Boston area and I love going to as many shows as possible and help supporting the art scene here. We’re really lucky to have so many incredibly creative people in such close proximity.
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