Final Exams

Congratulations! You are a few days away from completing another year of high school. I think it’s safe to assume this is going to be a school year that most of us will never forget. For the final blog post of the year, I would like you to reflect on your experiences in this class … Continue Reading

Take a Closer Look

Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer, and illustrator living and working on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver. She is known for her detailed and lovingly precise vector art, her obsessive hand work, her patterning, and ornament. Marian’s work relies heavily on repetition, layering, and her rich background in … Continue Reading

Everything I need to know…

We’ve spent a year together and covered a lot of ground, but the end of the school year is near and it’s a good time for reflection. So here’s this week’s blog post. Identify and discuss at least 2 or 3 skills that every high school student must develop and master before graduating from high school. Next, … Continue Reading

Who Do You Love?

For this week’s blog post I would like you to introduce the rest of us to someone that you love. I’m not talking about your mom, dad, cat, etc. – I’m talking about a designer, illustrator, or photographer whose process and work you admire. In your post, please tell us a little bit about the … Continue Reading

The Writing Is On The Wall

Take a few minutes to visit the link below which includes a brief video about a type-based installation project created for Sony Music by designer Alex Fowkes. After you check out the links provided, go to Behance ( or Communication Arts ( and locate an equally amazing type-based design. Please post a comment which a … Continue Reading

Let the good times roll

As human beings and Americans, we spend an inordinate amount of time complaining and worrying about all of the craziness in our world. I don’t kAs human beings and Americans, we spend an inordinate amount of time complaining and worrying about all of the craziness in our world. I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s overwhelming. … Continue Reading

In Living Colors

Take a few minutes to watch a brief video about color theory using the link below. After you watch the video, visit Behance (link below) and locate a professional designer and design that emphasizes color. Select an image that you think is successful and identify the color scheme that the designer chose (for example analogous, … Continue Reading

Bring The Funk

Take a few minutes to read the attached interview with one of my favorite designers Matthew W. Moore. After you finish the interview, take a few minutes to look at the work on Moore’s website. What are some adjectives that you would use to describe his style? How does Moore’s aesthetic affect the type of … Continue Reading

Pass The Popcorn & Check Out Those Counters

I am excited to share this link with each of you. Design-centric documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit’s feature film about what has easily become the most ubiquitous typeface in the world – Helvetica. The typeface was initially designed by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger in 1957 and became the standard typeface for both international organizations and … Continue Reading

Two Turntables & A Microphone

Turn it up. For this blog post, I want you to listen carefully. No really listen carefully. Dust off your record collection and choose an album that you can’t live without. Listen to it – yes the whole thing, it’s not like you’re going anywhere so slow down and enjoy it. If you’re really feeling … Continue Reading