Vans Custom Culture Competition

Take a few minutes to review and vote for the 5 regional finalists in the Vans Custom Culture Competition. Afterwards, share your thoughts about what you’ve seen. What stood out? What surprised you? What was memorable? Finally, take a few minutes to look at the “technology in design” competition which was the category that we entered. […]

The Power of {Arti}Fax

Take a look at the article attached from Mashable about a revolution which utilizes Fax machine technology to help voice dissent about government spending cuts to the arts. Afterwards, choose an issue that your interested in (imaginary or real) and create your own protest poster. Keep it purposefully low-fi and make sure that the medium matches the […]

A Coke and a Smile

In one of the shortest advertising campaigns ever, Pepsi’s recent television commercial featuring Kendall Jenner was pulled abruptly after a 1 day run. Take a few minutes to read the New York Times article which is attached and watch the commercial for yourself. Afterwards, react by making a thoughtful comment below. Are you offended by the […]

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

The past few days we have been working on some custom lettering. As we discussed in class, before the advent of the computer every letterform and typeface was crafted by hand. Take a few minutes to watch this video about master penman Jake Weidmann. Stop and consider the concentration and commitment that it would require to […]

But First…Let Me Take A Selfie

Here’s this weeks blog post. We recently finished designing the poster for Little Shop of Horrors (nice job juniors). At this point, the ink has dried and the posters have been distributed. Your task is simple. Find the poster in our community and take a selfie. Make it fun, but keep it school appropriate. Bonus […]

A 1,000 Words

The power of the image is undeniable. In a culture saturated and exposed to millions of messages, products, and ideas everyday it’s challenging to break through the noise. New York based photographer Nina Berman has managed to do just that with a series of images documenting the unimaginable sacrifice of some of this countries service […]

O-H-I-O & G-D (Graphic Design)

Take a few minutes to read this story from ESPN about 19 year old graphic designer Kenton Stufflebeam. Afterwards, post a couple of quick comments. Meet The Buckeye’s Secret Recruiting Weapon

Posters, Politics, & the People

Take a few minutes to read the attached articles from CNN and the Los Angeles Times and consider the “We the People” poster design by Shepard Fairey. After you’ve read the articles and looked at the poster react. What do you think about the design? What do you think about the message? What do you think […]

Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year! As we get ready to transition into second semester, it’s time to make some New Year’s Resolutions. I’m not talking about eating healthier or getting more exercise – I’m talking graphic design! Take a few minutes to reflect on the work you created first semester. What are some things you are doing […]

School Colors

Paula Scher and the design firm Pentagram were recently commissioned to design the interior of a Middle School in Brooklyn, New York. Their solution uses bold colors and typography to reinforce the school districts vision and mission. Visit the links attached, read the articles, and react. What do you think of the final design? Does […]