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Did you hear my phone vibrate? I swear I thought I heard something. Okay, back to business: I cannot gain momentum to even begin my most anticipated project. I feel dread and dissatisfaction from this realization, so I turn on the television to find a means to mentally escape into a different purpose. Soon enough, I am looking into the names of cast members in said television show. The day is at an end and my art supplies are still in packaging, starting its journey of collecting dust alongside their respective receipt from the art store. The rest of the night is reserved for sulking and absolutely no motivation or logical thought is allowed entry. I will bask in my nothingness in the hope that something will be inevitable. I am dreaming further and further into what could be accomplished. My eyes suddenly widen at the sight of my grandson blowing out his birthday candles and the year is 2067.

Album Cover Art

Anyone who has not been under a rock for the last hundred years, should be familiar with album cover art. It is the visual cue for music, and it often helps artists and bands to develop their visual brand, as well as to assist them in selling merchandise. In 1909, Tchaikovsky released the first album with a specifically designed package. Other record companies, however, did not catch on for many years. Finally, in 1938, Columbia Records hired their first art director. Alex Steinweiss, their director, is credited with creating the concept of album cover art. Soon other record companies followed. Now album cover art plays an important role in creating an album. The cover art serves an important role in marketing of the music as well as expressing the music on the album. One huge impact album covers can have is the ability to build a public image of the artists. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan are among the first to include photographs of themselves. Album covers can facilitate a medium where the public often shows interest in art and its meaning.

CGI versus Ethics

Since Star Wars first came out the movies have been pioneering computer generated graphics. Episode IV, released in 1977, was the first movie to use 3D wire-frame graphics. In their most recent release, Rogue One, two deceased actors were added into the movie using computer generated technology. Both Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing were added into the film. Soon, could we expect other popular movie series to do the same? While this technology brings incredible advancements for films, it also brings a touchy ethical ground that is uncharted. After an actor has passed away, who is to decide what types of rolls they will play, and what things they’ll say and do? One side of the debate is that the actor in question’s autonomy could threatened. Actors who are currently alive have the ability to turn down roles for any reason they want, and putting them in the films without their permission is somewhat unethical. However, on the other hand, this technology provides opportunities to let their character’s legacies live on. Both sides offer valid arguments, but for now we will just have to wait and see.


Thought of Ryan Woodward

The human experience is generally based on relationships; and with those relationships come emotions. Although only 3 minutes in length, the hand-drawn animated film, Thought of You, by Ryan Woodward taps deep into those feelings. Woodward describes the conception of the film, “I remember sitting on the plane on the way home from LA, and that song from the Weepies came on (The World Spins Madly On). I remember just connecting to those lyrics about how the world is just madly spinning, and how certain thoughts [can cause depression]. Thoughts of our loved one bring us back to this solid base where were not spinning with the world. I was thinking about how I missed my wife, my kids, and being home.”

With the gorgeous animation, the visual effects and development, and the soundtrack, it’s not difficult to see why the video has amassed 9 million+ views on YouTube and Vimeo.

One of the most wonderful features about the film is that it’s completely open to interpretation. The viewer is encouraged to impress their experiences onto the 2 simply designed, contemporary dancers.

Relationships are what our lives revolve around, and people are suckers for a good love story.

Design Community | Blog #3

Every designer wants to be heard, seen, and known. In order to this, it’s crucial for those who enjoy designing alone behind their desk all day to be able to socialize and share with other people. A great part about working in the design field is that you are constantly able to share your work with others in the design community. The best way to go about meeting new designers is simply put yourself out there. Enter design contests, intern, blog/chat online, and of course, attend events and showcase your work. Relationships eventually lead to clients, which leads to a stable career path as a designer.

Dribble is a fantastic resource for sharing work online with the design community. Check it out!



Helvetica has been one of the most popular typefaces since its release is 1957. The Neo-Grotesque Sans Serif typeface fits well into most designs and offers an overall clean and inviting look. Governments across the world have adopted Helvetica as their main typeface, including metro rail systems and even space shuttle exterior paintings. Some might argue that the typeface has been so overused that nowadays it may convey boring/predictable design.

Graphic designers will often need to use sans serif typefaces and Helvetica will be a safe path to success, however, this safety might also imply dated design. In other words, the overuse of this beautiful typeface over the decades has given it an image of ‘default’, something the general public is expecting to see. Here is a list of alternative typefaces that you can use whenever you feel the itch to use the abused Helvetica.

Not as Good as I Remember

We all have that one activity we’ve enjoyed as a kid. Cartoons, movies, games, etc. we all loved it at one point. However we will come by people that will tell us that the things we liked when we were younger, aren’t that good. Most will disagree and try to defend whatever it is that they liked when they were younger.

Sometimes we will get nostalgic for the good old days and decide to look back at the things we like. But sometimes we will realize that the thing we liked as a kid, isn’t as good as we remember. As kids, we sometimes don’t notice the bad in cartoons, movies, games, etc. But now that we are adults, we can notice what is off about them.

One day I decided to play a videogame, “Powerpuff Girls: Chemical X-Traction,” because I wanted to relive a part of my childhood. When I started playing, I started to wonder, “Why am I doing so bad? I was able to do this as a kid.” Then I realized the game had terrible controls and was almost impossible to play. I still wonder how I missed the bad controls as a kid.

Design and Music in harmony

Josef Muller Brockmann father of Swiss Style design and master user of the grid. Muller is well-known for his series of poster for the Zurich Town Hall at the Tohalle. One of his early successful poster is the, Beethoven Poster. He created these posters through careful planning and using the grid system to to create sense of compact planning, intelligibility, and clarity. It depicted mathematical harmony that reflected music as a unity. It legible, has an objective, functional and has aesthetic quality and mathematical thinking. The movements of the black and white arc implicated the drama in Beethoven’s music. Every element has a reason for it size; relationship between the music and mathematics and how it was a applied to the design of the poster reflected harmony of music. The simplicity of the design lets the readers read it more quickly yet it’s intricate and is pleasant to the eyes.

Learn more about the father of Swiss Design and his works here.

Becoming Insta-Famous


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Getting people to care about who you are as in artist on social media can be a daunting task. After all, there are more than a handful of amazing artists with different specialties who are currently killing it on social media, and it may be hard to find your place in the world of Insta-art. Even though thinking about the success and skills of others can be disheartening, there are ways that you can gain your own following as an artist.

Social media websites like Instagram, Tumblr, Youtube, and even Facebook can aid a growing artist. Not only will you gain experience from working as an artist, but you will document your evolution as an artist. The first step to being successful is to create and post your art frequently; every post should be tagged so tag explorers can find your work. The best way to gain followers is to create art based on pop culture icons and franchises. Once people start noticing your work, you can create your own Facebook page and store.

Success doesn’t happen overnight and your friends will more than likely be your biggest fans at first, but if you post your art habitually, you may gain a following that will be willing to create a demand for you work.

The Banana Album Cover by Andy Warhol

The Velvet Underground was exceptionally experimental for the sixties. Performance wise: The Velvet Underground (Figure 1) was extremely offensive. However, Andy Warhol managed them in the 60s. In that, Warhol and The Velvet Underground worked with Verve Records to release the album The Velvet Underground & Nico in March of 1967, right before the summer of love. Warhol also designed the album cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico. Nearly five decades later after the release, The Velvet Underground & Nico is now number thirteen on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list by Rolling Stone magazine. An excerpt from Rolling Stone magazine states “Much of what we take granted in rock would not exist without this New York band or its seminal debut: the androgynous sexuality of glitter: punk’s raw noir; the blackened-riff howl of grunge and noise rock; Goth’s imperious gloom… Rejected as nihilistic by the love crowd ’67, the Banana Album (so named for its Warhol-designed cover) is the most prophetic rock album ever made”( ). Warhol’s designed banana album cover has greatly carved out the underground culture of New York City rock-n-roll.

Check out the The Velvet Underground & Nico here:

Figure 1.  (From left to right) Nico, Andy Warhol, John Cale, Lou Reed, Mo Tucker, and Sterling Morrison. 1965