State mottos are one of those things that you probably knew growing up, but quickly forgot once you had to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school every day. Thankfully, Dan Cassaro saw them differently. Cassaro, a designer and animator living and working in Brooklyn, took these tired slogans and asked 50 different designers to each illustrate their state motto. The result? Fifty and Fifty. By creating something steeped in history but designed in the modern era, the inspiring project constructs a whole new way of looking at our country.
While the entirety of Fifty and Fifty is on display at Ace Hotel New York from December 18 – February 1, I’ve included all six states that I’ve called home through the years below.
Massachusetts by Mark Weaver (1985-1994)
Vermont by Always With Honor (1994-2003)
Oregon by Draplin Design Co. (2003-2007)
Colorado by Justin Fuller (2007-2008)
New York by Dan Cassaro (2008-2011)
California by Richard Perez (2011-2012)