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Some quotes by famous artists throughout history whose words gave me faith in my art work and inspires me to make better art so that it can make a difference in the world.


The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  Francis Bacon 


The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso 


“The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.” Banksy 


I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.’” Vincent Van Gogh 


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” Michelangelo 


There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.” Pablo Picasso 

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher

The artist’s world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep.” Paul Strand 


Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.” Marc Chagall 


There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” Henry Moore 


I hope these words have inspired you much as they inspired me. Feel free to share some of your favorite quote.


We all know that loveable pot dealing/smoker from Pineapple Express, right? Well the actor James Franco who plays him is actually a former Yale student and current NYU professor. When he’s not acting or directing you can probably find him hosting an art exhibit or creating a piece of art. Most people wouldn’t know by looking at him or just seeing him in a movie with Seth Rogen that he is a huge art fan and artist.

Recently Franco made an artist response video that was focused on an old renaissance series called “Glazed: The Legacy of the Della Robbia”. I had to look up this series because this was the first time I heard about this piece. The series is made up of sculptures that have different kind of shine to them, like a glaze. After seeing this series I immediately got the connection between it and the video made by Franco.

The video doesn’t seem to have a deep hidden meaning behind it. Franco looks like he’s trying to put a more modern and fun spin on the series. The whole thing is showed in slow motion and half way through it starts showing the video going in reverse, so the glaze is dripping upward. There are some models dressed in renaissance clothing and then others are used to recreate the non-human pieces from the series. This video was commissioned by Sotheby’s in New York.


Here’s a link to the video and actual series:

Art is everywhere… even in our TV’s

Anyone who watches The Walking Dead, even those that don’t watch the show, are all aware of the sad moment that Glenn and Abraham were taken away from the show’s devoted fans. Although, something us viewers didn’t pay attention to is the amount of artistic work the amazing Greg Nicortero puts into this show, on screen and off screen.

We never really look at movies and televisions shows as being pieces of art. I think this is because our brain sees it as entertainment rather that intellectual art. In actuality, it is in fact art. The directors and creators of our favorite shows and movies want us to feel a certain way when we watch these shows and that’s what art does. It makes us think about certain things and feel in certain ways. The creators want us to laugh, be tearfully happy, and even cry or feel angry.

For a show like The Walking Dead, we get attached to these characters and when something happens to them we feel certain things and this is all caused by the creators of the show. Greg Nicotero is their special effects makeup artist creator and also the producer and director. He puts a lot of work into the special effects makeup. He finds it extremely important to bring the Walking Dead Comic Book to life with his makeup effects skills. He can make the most gruesome looking comic book scene and make it just as, if not more, gruesome on camera. With his cameras, he, and directors in many other shows and movies, shoots scenes in specific angles and lighting to change how you feel or see something just like artists do with their work. He can also shoot scenes like they appear in the comic book so it feels like it is coming to life.

Another great example is director Tim Burton. Tim Burton is a very famous director and could be called an artist. He has had his drawings and paintings, which inspired many of his movies, in a Tim Burton designed exhibit in the MoMa and the LACMA museums. For all of his movies, he draws out and creates how he wants his characters to look. They aren’t just the usual storyboard sketch. These are artistic water colored sketches that represent what he sees and what he wants to see in this film.

Sometimes I think that if maybe movie and television show creators were look at more as artist then people that aren’t interested in or don’t understand it finally can.

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Rules Are…Good?

When I first started out in the design program, I was so confused about how we would possibly be graded on something that is entirely subjective. But the reality is, design is not entirely subjective. As design student, we are constantly taught rules that we are to follow in our work. While some things may be left up to taste, there are plenty of widely accepted rules and regulations for strong design. Certain technical principles are supposed to be observed. It sounds somewhat cut and dry, except it’s not at all. In addition to figuring out the line between taste and truth, there is also this push to break the rules. Strong design breaks the rules. We have all seen examples of this, but sometimes I am baffled by how it works. You can’t just break any rule and call it a day. If you break the wrong rule the wrong way, your design is just wrong. So how can we determine how to break the right rules, the right way?

I find it very difficult to navigate all of this. I usually end up arriving at the conclusion that as students, we should largely be following the rules. I figure that since we still need to be reminded of the rules, we don’t have the right to break them successfully yet. Maybe that is only for the experts.

Either way, I find myself getting kind of anxious to venture from safe, student design and try something crazy! I just need to learn how…


The Importance of Graphic Design

Many people think graphic design doesn’t matter and that anyone can get on Adobe illustrator and whip up a brochure or simply go online and download a free logo for their business. As a Graphic Designer, this is a very unsettling thought. Graphic design plays an integral role in society, business, and satisfies many different.

Graphic design’s turning point was in the 1960’s with the explosion of advertising and ad agencies. Though print advertisements may be declining, designing for mobile application, web pages and user experience is on the upswing. Now, with the integration of technology this field is expanding and can go further than ever thought before. Just because someone may know how to use these programs does not mean they will create successful design. Quality content and design both matter.

Graphic design is a fundamental part of society and business because it affects the world as we see it. In the design process, a graphic designer conceptualizes and organizes ideas to solve a visual problem; the final product communicates information through a consciously created design. There are numerous avenues graphic designers can go down after building a basic design foundation. Some possible applications include web design, exhibition design, photography, product design, architectural graphic design, signage, creative direction, and the list goes on. Designers are needed in various fields for a wide array of projects. A designer’s job is never limited to just one skill or task.


We live in a visual world.  In everyday life graphic design takes many different and unexpected forms. To quote CMS’s article Why Graphic Design Is Important, “The best graphic design is one that no one realizes is there.”  This quote illustrates the important function that graphic design serves in society as a form of communication through visuals. These successful designs appear seamless and effortless. For example, the massive road signs identifying highways or the tiny labels on a prescription bottle are graphic designs in use. However mundane and routine these things appear they are successful, effective and intentionally created graphic designs. They clearly communicate information to the viewer in the shortest period of time possible using simple colors, letters and symbols. Another usage of graphic design that might be easily skipped over is its application to academia and other learning environments. From the handouts printed for an instructor-led class to the screen layout of an e-learning course, to the user interface of a performance support mobile app, messages are sent visually-whether intended or not.  It’s the job of a designer to put order in such ideas, messages and information and effectively communicate them to a specific audience.

Graphic design plays an important role in businesses marketing. Though this role is somewhat more traditional than some of the applications discussed above, an effectively designed brand accompanied by a good business model is invaluable. A brand’s visual identity makes the first impression to clients, vendors and peers. A successful visual identity plays a significant role in presenting a professional brand.

The role of graphic design goes beyond logos and websites. User experience, additional marketing collateral and visual aids produced for an organization communicate information in a practical, useful, interesting and cohesive way. Using graphic design as a means of problem solving is a great way to increase brand recognition, efficiency, productivity and communication while reinforcing an expressed message.

Some people argue that having a graphic designer on board is a waste of funds and that it’s unnecessary because of the myriad of DIY website templates, logo generator tools and other quick fix graphic design approaches for businesses. Ironically, it’s because of the successful marketing and graphic designs of these companies that make their products a go-to solution. Though these makeshift designs may save businesses time and money in the short run, using this cookie cutter approach does not build a thoughtful or tailored brand fit for an individual’s organization’s specific needs. These template designs produce weak and ineffective products that leave brands to blend in with the competition. Using a logo or brochure generator could be a useful tool for smaller, less professional needs like a family reunion or a work party.  However, in order to develop a professional brand it takes a special skill set to solve such visual problems and execute designs and products in a way that is relevant to each individual brand’s needs.

Graphic design can be found in traditional settings like brochures for a business and print magazines or in less obvious settings like in product designs, urban development, medication labels and in the classroom. There are many short-cut options available to individuals who need a quick logo, website or other visual design. However, to achieve a truly effective final product it takes the skill set of a graphic designer to solve the visual problems individually and create a successful design which will pay off in the long run. Now that you have this information wouldn’t you rather build your brand in an effective and methodical way as opposed to the cheap and convenient way?

A Call for Calm


I recently read an article about the forecasted pantone colors for next year continuing to “evolve toward an antidote to modern stresses…The Color of the Year, a blending of Serenity and Rose Quartz, demonstrates an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness, order and peace, and coincides with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.” I have always been attracted to cooler, calmer colors and I see it a lot in the design world, as well as the fine art world. I’m curious what 2017’s color will be; I’m going to assume it’s in the blue/pink family. Along with these cooler, calmer colors, the fashion/design industry is moving towards more earthy colors; deeper reds and oranges in contrast with the cool blues and pinks. I think this shift reflects the issues we are facing in society, as well as the attraction to earth/neutral tones seen in fashion, interior design, graphic design, makeup, shoe design, etc.

Turning life to 2D





The first time I was introduced to Alexa Meade’s work I was truly shocked. At first glance it just seems like it is your typical painting on a canvas. But it is actually a picture of a live scene that she has painted over. I love her way of painting and the content of her painting but what I truly find amazing is that she has created a whole new canvas to do her work. Traditionally the point of paining was to take the 3-dimensional reality and make it look 3D on a 2D canvas. Meade has completely flipped that around. She makes the 3D world look like a 2D painting and she does it so spectacularly that it’s impossible to tell just by looking at a picture of her work.

For thousands of years we took the world and put it on a canvas but she was the first one to get rid of the flat surface and directly paint onto the world. By getting rid of the middleman she has brought her art closer to the real world. She has also done a series where she paints on a model in a tub of milk. The result of this was unexpected but amazing. As Alexa would put more paint, the paint would dissolve into the milk and create a beautiful mix of colors.

Here’s a link to her website where you can see her work:

She has also done a TED talk where she explains her process in more detail:

Designer and Coder


You don’t have to know how to code to be a good designer. But if you do, I guarantee that you will be better than good as a designer and find more opportunities as time goes on.

In an ideal world, every designer’s job is to solely brainstorm ideas and conceive mock-ups that would serve as an initial template for a web specialist (computer programmers) to code. However, with the rise of many start-up companies, html coding has never been more integral part of a designer’s skill-set. Never has the shades of becoming a programmer and artist been blurred since the rise of the internet, which I think should be taken as a blessing by any designers.

I’m surprised that not a lot of designers take full advantage of the situation. I’ve spoken to some of my peers and they would tell me that coding is not for them, so they avoid web design classes. I don’t blame them, coding does have an intimidating aura, especially if you are a creative person.  I know for a fact that there is a steep learning curve for it and if you don’t tap on your analytical side of your brain, you can get easily lost.

However, just like any other language once you learn it, it is there forever. Case studies also shows that a designer who knows how to code would also have better understanding in regards to how the web development process work. This not only expands the knowledge of a designer on what can’t or can be done during the research phase, but they would also render faster and better results. So if you are a designer, I do hope you take advantage of this opportunity, because it is not every day that you see a profession evolve.

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Can Videogames be Considered Art?

Art is considered “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” Though this can be a very controversial topic, I beg the question: can this be associated with videogames?

Personally, I believe videogames are most definitely forms of art, and if you’ve played a game like The Witcher 3 or The Walking Dead Game you would probably agree. Art, especially from the beginning, has been made to create narrative and an illusion for the viewer which allows them to “walk” into the painting, engage in it, and explore it. This is exactly what videogames do to someone. The narrative, sense of immersion, and emotional investment in a videogame is unmatched by anything else in the world. Sure, movies or books, for example, tell a story and get the viewer emotionally invested in them, but they fail to fully immerse someone inside them to the same extent that a videogame can do.

The definition of art, as explained at the beginning of this post, tells us that art is considered the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Is this also not what videogames are or at least what videogames can be? What are your thoughts?


Is this advertisement offensive to designers?




Recently, a company called South West Trains released a new campaign for their locomotive service. On their twitter page, they have added a banner reading “1,400 extra car parking spaces (More helpful than changing the shade of all our trains)” it appears to me to be very belittling.

Oftentimes companies will poke fun at their own worker’s jobs, or at the jobs of other companies. We designers often make fun of ourselves, too. There is no harm in taking your career lightly sometimes, because every career is going to have it’s weird quirks. But where does the line get drawn from being funny to offensive? The issue lies in the idea that a designer’s job is nothing more than changing a color using a few pantone chips – and that there isn’t any calculation in that. I’de like to play the devil’s advocate for a moment – of course our jobs can appear small in the grand scheme of things. To many, it looks like our job is picking out colors, and creating a small printed logo for a company. But that is all based on the larger perspective, the bigger idea that the company’s logo can become iconic, or become a great story that ties everyone together. A company’s re-branding can sell product.

I think the most perplexing thing of all is that the company had to hire some designer to make this for them. And for you sir, I must ask: Do you have any self-respect?


What are your thoughts? Is this offensive, funny, or is it something in-between?