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The Old Korean Legation Museum

Over the weekend, I visited the Old Korean Legation Museum in Washington, DC. I never knew this placed existed until my cousin invited me to come. This building was owned by the Korean government in the late 1800s during the Joseon Dynasty. This historica l building is significant because the United States and Korea established their first friendship treaty in this building in 1882. This building housed the Korean Legation for 16 years, supporting comradeship between the Korean and U.S governments. My cousin’s company, TimHaahs, whom she works for, helped with the architectural renovation and restored its’ original interior design. They dug up old photos and documents to recreate the design of every room, including every meticulous detail. My initial reaction was borderline good and bad. At first, I thought the wallpaper and flooring looked tacky, but I was reminded that it was a design from the late 1800s. With that being said, it shifted my perspective and I was appreciating the classical atmosphere. I was impressed and in awe of the design in every room from top to bottom, left to right. There was incredible detailing from the door knob to the outlets. I was also amazed because they were able to save and preserve some of the original furniture, wood, staircase, windows, chandeliers, and other remnants. As I toured the three-level home, I became more and more interested, valuing the design even more. It’s a small museum, but is definitely worth exploring.


Webdesign in the future

During these days, I was struggling with doing my project that is about creating a website and its context has to be only text, not photos. I can tell web design is not my favorite course, but I do my best.

I was looking for some inspiration for this project. However, I found out that there are apps and other companies that have templates of websites, so it would be so much easier to create a website without entering codes that designers use in Sublime etc. My question was: Why am I taking this course? Why do we still need to create websites if there are these companies?

Those questions made me realize that there is a possibility in the future when designers only will focus on creating covers and design stuff, not websites anymore. In the beginning, I thought these apps might have a few clients. But surprisingly, it has more clients than I thought. How did I know? my dad and his friends are clients of one of these companies. According to my dad, he chose it because it is like creating a new profile on Facebook. He only needed photos, the type of font, the content and pay for what template he wants.


Maybe…just maybe, we do not have to create a website in the future.

Feminist design that aims to rewrite the meaning of the middle finger?

If you see someone wearing this pin what do you think?

Generally, the middle finger it is used to insult a person.

Personally I would be low-key startled to see someone wearing this pin. I might not say anything to the person but will definitely assume that they may be angry at something or someone. Part of me may feel a bit offended because I do not appreciate the visual insult for no reason at all.

I follow Jessica Walsh on Instagram, and one-day last week this pin popped up on my feed. In the short time I have been following Jessica, I have learned that she does not make designs just for laughs. Many of her designs are funny, bold, truthful, in your face, includes liberal usage of profanity, and many times they challenge the norms of today’s society. They are also provocative, inclusive, encouraging, and rebellious.

When I saw this image, it made my eyebrow raised—then I got curious. Why? She asks the question “Who are you giving the middle finger to?”

Much to my surprise the first response that popped up was from semlee who said “I’d like to give a big f**** you to self-doubt.” Semlee continues by saying;” It stunts creativity and stops you from being your best self.” I absolutely agree. I also have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this pin and that simple question facilitate such positive reactions from so many people.

The design is simple, expressive in both its action and the knuckle lines, and a bit scandalous because it happens to be the hand of a well-manicured female finger.

These and other accessories are sold on to support women in different creative industries. Be sure to read their mission statement on the website.

So. “Who are you giving this middle finger to?”


Stage Design- What So Not

Recently the artist What So Not performed at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. The music genre is EDM which has a large potential with stage design and connecting the audience through visuals. The artist stood on stage with a Roland TR-808, a projector screen and lights. The parts that got the audience most involved were the projector screen and lights which can either enhance a performance or disengage it. For this performance, the lights and set did not enhance the performance to its potential. The reasons for this being that the lights and projector screen were not unique and did not tell a story specifically to the artist and the music playing. What could have been done is that the screen displays could have related more to the story that the music was playing and the emotions evoked from the music.


TV Netflix Got a New Look!

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Some of you TV Netflix users already have noticed that it has a brand new design in July 2018. After many users have been complaining about its old design, the company decided to change its look to make user interface easier.

In the old design of Netflix, the navigation bar was on the top if users scroll up twice which was complicated because some of users missed it. Sometimes, the users could not found categories from a remote control with a few buttons, limiting users. Scrolling down, all movies and shows were separated under different genres, but these topics are too broad.

In the new design, Netflix replaced the top navigation bar to sidebar which is friendly for users to click left. Instead of categories popping up around the page, the sidebar has all apps such as search, lists, categories, and settings. If users scroll down, there are movies under many specific genres that can interest users quickly.

Since I use TV Netflix more than computer, I like the new user interface of TV Netflix because I already know how to use it in few minutes.


If Fast-Food Is Considered Unhealthy, Why Is Everyone Still Eating It?

Fast-food is often the blame for many health issues that someone might be facing. However, people continue to make it the largest means of food consumption in the United States. This is predominantly because of the way that it is marketed and the design of its format.


The color red has been used by many fast-food companies in order to increase the appetite in anyone that sees it. Companies like McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Chick-fil-A all use the color red in their brands identity. Red as a psychological factor triggers human survival instincts to feed because it resembles blood and signifies a weak prey.


Another thing that makes fast-food so appealing is that fact that its fast. Many people are very busy and, in a rush, or simply just really hungry and want to eat something ASAP. The fast-food format and concept was conceptualized and designed in 1948 in San Bernardino by Maurice Richard MacDonald until founder Ray Kroc made McDonalds what it is today.


Fast-food is also marketed to be very friendly and inviting with its massive assortment of company mascots such as Ronald McDonald and The Burger King. This approach of making the customer feel invited gets customers to develop good mental association with the restaurant making them more inclined to want to come back. It is also widely marketed on TV commercials, websites advertisements, and emails. This great saturation of advertisement takes the guess work out of what someone wants to eat because when someone is hungry, when they see something that looks good, they are going to eat it.

The World’s Your Oyster

The GMU Mural Brigade’s vision of exhibiting grand works of art is in action. Works by professional muralists are currently on display at the Southside Plaza. The brigade’s efforts to bring high quality artwork to our college campus reflects the inspirational goals of our very own Mason students and staff. Seeing these efforts not only inspires emotion to those on campus but reminds students that they should take initiative to gain experience in their field of work.

It’s inspiring to see the increasing amount of student art exhibition, art management, and design opportunities George Mason offers. For one to fully expand their knowledge and grow, one has to put themselves out there and take up these opportunities. I often hear design peers complain that they aren’t learning enough in class or do not feel challenged enough as a designer. To reach our full potential as designers and individuals, we must challenge ourselves to be a part of organizations and groups that are rich in information and visual knowledge. Organizations like The Mural Brigade and AIGA give students ample opportunities to learn about the world of art and design and gain valuable life skills.

Upside Down Paintings

What is Georg Baselitz attention when displaying his artwork? I recently went to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. and saw Georg Baselitz: Six Decades exhibit. While I was walking through the exhibit I noticed most of his paintings were upside down, and it honestly seemed pointless for the paintings to be that way. I could still tell what objects Baselitz painted quickly, and it almost made it harder for me to appreciate his artwork. So, as any college student would do, I decided to do some research. I discovered Baselitz displays his painting upside down in order for the viewer to focus on the abstractness of the painting instead of the representational object within it. I can agree that Baselitz attention was somewhat successful, but to me not successful enough.

When viewing the artwork, it did not take me that long in order to recognize the objects and put aside the abstract aspect of the artwork. As a fellow artist and viewer, it frustrates me that he did not push his attention further. If he just painted more abstractly his attentions with hanging the paintings upside down would prevail through better and would better captivate the viewer within the painting. On the other hand, Baselitz intent could have been not wanting the artist to take too long to recognize the objects, but just a few seconds longer by the painting being upside down. Anyway, there is no right answer. I encourage everyone to look up his work, and his story as a German artist.

What Does “Breaking the Rules” Mean?

How many times have you seen a list of design rules that ends with, “You’ve got to learn the rules before you can break them”? This advice is rarely well-explained, and it’s a bit confusing, because ignoring design rules haphazardly results in something atrocious like this:

An example of poor design

Which rules should be broken, and why does design have rules if they’re supposed to be broken? Here are three general categories of design rules (though there are more, of course) and when you can break them.

First, design rules about legibility, clarity, and balance should rarely be broken. One example is kerning, or adjusting the space between letters to balance their visual weight and improve legibility. These rules can be broken if illegibility or awkwardness is your goal. But usually, your design will just look unprofessional.

Other design principles are, in a sense, ‘broken rules’ that are used to create dynamism or focus. Asymmetry is symmetry so ‘broken’ and off-center that it’s aesthetically pleasing. Using a discordant color for a single word can create emphasis and visual interest.

A final rule of design is its accountability to cultural expectations and trends. Research will indicate which colors, styles, and typefaces express the intended message to the right audience. For example, if you’re designing a logo for a sandwich shop, bright pink might not entice American visitors. Breaking design expectations for a shock factor, such as using Zapf Dingbats for a whole article, only makes sense if you want to convey humor or annoyance. Otherwise, you risk engendering negative, unwanted reactions from viewers.

Design is communication. Breaking design rules only works if the viewer sees that the rules have been broken for the purpose of better communication. That’s why you have to learn the rules first.

Animoji Yourself with the iPhone X

Among all the emoji apps coming out these days, the latest Apple update on the iPhone X has to be the best one yet! With “Animoji” you can now send animated and talking emojis to your friends on iMessage. What’s especially cool about these emojis is that they’re animated emojis of yourself! Your facial expressions are transferred into a character of your choice.

Animoji is fairly simple to use – you open the iMessage app and then click on the animoji app icon. (If it’s not there, you can download it for free from the app store.) Once you open the app, all you have to do is record yourself. It’s more fun when you’re being silly or sarcastic, so do things like stick out your tongue, blink repeatedly several times, or raise your eyebrows as high as possible. When you’re done recording, you can either send your animoji by text, or you can change the character into something else you’re pleased with.

Unfortunately, this feature is only available to iPhone X owners, but hopefully other apps will offer something similar for other versions of iPhone.