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Category Archives: Design Education

The Power of Advertising

Advertising is power. We all see it everyday. From billboards, to cereal boxes, to online websites, to major corporations and small businesses, other companies that display to the public their products, so as to create a name for themselves. Corporations and small businesses alike need designers who know what they are doing in order to […]

Underground Guerilla Street Art Tactics 101: Wheatpasteing Posters

Do you feel frustrated when your voice is not heard? Do you not like the government or media censoring your voice? Do you believe in creating a revolution using art? How about spreading your message using underground guerilla street art tactics like wheatpaste! In the 1970s, punks in Great Britain used wheatpaste to spread the […]

The Digital Fingerprint: Universal Pricing Code Design

Recently, we briefly discussed how the nutrition fact label is one of the most unnoticed, but significant, functional designs. The Universal Pricing Code (UPC) or barcode is also arguably one of the most important designs of the twentieth century. Joseph Woodland originally developed the linear idea in 1952 to easily print and read the design on […]

The Marine Corp’s Logo

  The United Stares Marine Corps (USMC) owns the logo that portrays an eagle standing on the top of a globe and there is an anchor piercing through the globe. These symbols are a representation of something very important and they all have something in common: the marines are always ready and always faithful (semper […]

Sport Logo Design

  Sports. Some people enjoy it, some do not. Many types of sports exist. It is a huge industry worldwide. Since there is such a big demand for the sport’s franchise, sports teams and businesses that are in association with a sports team need designers to place their name and image out there in the […]

Designing Album Artwork

Album artwork is amazing. Everywhere we go we see it. Whether it is at stores, you might own your own music albums or know someone who does, or you might even be specifically shopping or searching on the internet for it, music can always be found. The music industry is a huge business no matter the genre. […]

Beautifying the Streets and Educating Youth with Street Art

Wouldn’t you like to see more public art on the walls? Well the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia does just that. The program was established in 1984—when the crack epidemic was at full peak—as a way to transform troubled youth into productive young adults by introducing them to art making techniques in street art. These […]

Letter Lovers and Lingo

Designers will always have a fondness for perfect fonts but there is something special about beautiful hand lettering  that can turn an occasional type enthusiast into a serious letter-lover. Today, graphic design students are submerged in the digital world and hand lettering is one way to experience pre-digital typography. Hand lettering goes back to the roots of pre-historic mark […]

Andy Warhol: The Intersection of Art and Design

In light of recent class discussions about art versus design, I would like to introduce you to Andy Warhol. Warhol is the highpoint at the intersection between art and design. In the 1950s, before Warhol became celebrated in the art world, he was a ‘commercial artist’. Back in the day—when Warhol was alive—the term ‘commercial […]

Books to be Business Savvy

Being new to the freelance world, I am always looking for more content to help me become a better freelance designer and business woman. Over the past year, there have been two books that I have referred to for tips, tricks, and advice. The first book is very well-known and is called GirlBoss. Written by the founder […]