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Category Archives: Design Education

For Knowledge or Inspiration: Books for Designers

With the end of the semester approaching, many students are getting ready to return their used textbooks and try to get a few bucks back. I have noticed over the past 2 years that the books I never seem to sell back are always design books. As a result, I have quite a little library […]

Critique, or Hand-holding?

As we all know, critique is an extremely useful facet of art and design school. However, I honestly wonder if I’m the only one that feels like they actually NEED a class critique for the majority of my projects. For instance, in a design class I (and many of my peers from this class) have, […]

Design Processes

I recently came across a really useful article written by Lee Munroe, a designer based in San Francisco. I found, Logo Design Process Start To Finish, very interesting and similar to my own design process, from start to finish, but a little more sensible and organized. Munroe gives some excellent source sites that I think […]

Milton Glaser

I never knew who Milton Glaser was until he was introduced in one of my classes. After watching a documentary film about him, I became aware of all his works and how, through them, he impacted the world. In the film Art is Work, (an Adobe Documentary.) I enjoyed seeing most of his works, presented […]

A Cute Take on Learning Typography

hyperactivitypography I found this book online awhile back and I figured it might be worth sharing. This book is based off of the old workbooks I remember having in elementary school when I was first learning how to write but instead of just teaching me my ABC’s this is all about typography. You can go […]

The Shape of Design

Video on The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero Above is a link that takes you to see the video about the new book that Frank Chimero is writing. Frank Chimero is one of my all time favorite designers. Chimero is not only a graphic designer, but a teacher and writer as well. He has […]

Do’s and Don’ts of Color

article: I read this article because color, along with typography, are one of the two most important elements in design work.  Not having taken any color theory classes at Mason, I thought this article would be a good read. The main Points I found to be helpful include: Do take the time to learn the color […]

An Open Letter to Graphic Design Students: Don’t Follow the Web, Follow Your Heart What caught my eye to make me stop to read this article was the title.  It is a letter to graphic design students, which clearly relates to the peers in our class.  The article touches on aspects of juniors and seniors starting out in a new semester and where they are heading in their […]

Originality in a Media Saturated Market

This article highlights a major problem and drive that pushes designers today.  It starts with the technology that is available to the public.  We have much more advanced designing programs that come standard on most computers.  They have come a long way from the “Paint” program.  From PowerPoint to editing programs, even children today are […]

Cell Phone Apps & Designs

The article (3 Design Essentials For Early Adopters by Seth Priebatsch) drew me in mainly because of its title and pictures. Who am I kidding, it was definitely because of the pictures. The article’s main subject was about adopting three design essentials when creating a new application for smart phones. Keeping it simple, creating a […]