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Category Archives: Theory

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: Which rules should be broken, and why does design […]

Just Making Sure!

Whats something that is looked over a lot when deciding to get a tattoo? The placement. Getting your first tattoo is always such an adrenaline rush and usually quite sentimental, but there could be instances where you may think its the perfect place for your new ink but in actuality it may not be exactly […]

Are designers artists?

It is an interesting debate because when both field require the same type of knowledge. Designers and artists have to learn about basic color coordination and approach their projects in creative way. They both take a certain amount of traditional art classes like drawing or illustrations. They both have to cultivate aesthetic sense to create […]

Creative complexity creating catching characters

Like many kids, I grew up with a controller in hands to drop flags at castles and save the princess. As I grew up, I went from just playing the game to appreciating the minute details the designers put into designing a single house, to weapons, armors, or an entire large scale exploration open world […]

Design Thinking and How to go About it

What is Design Thinking? How do you define the process in which a design comes about? Every designer has a process of their own in which they believe “works” for them. Some go for a linear route and some would be called organized chaos. The most important part that all designers have in common though […]

The Invisible Triangle

Test your eyes: Do you see a triangle? Fact: There is no triangle. This is a Kanizsa triangle, an optical illusion—that triangle isn’t really there. That’s the gestalt law of closure. If you’ve been paying any attention in your design classes, then there’s no way you haven’t come across some mention of gestalt. In the […]

Surrealism in Furniture

Have you ever thought about a relationship of surrealism and furniture? Everyday human dreams. Dreams can occur during sleep. In order to sleep comfortably, human needs furniture. Furniture provides us comfort. Usually, furniture art is based on nature. In a house, furniture is a bridge to connect people with nature. Designer Stephanie Marine creates furniture […]

What’s a BFA worth?

How likely will you work as an artist with a BFA? A 2014 study by BFAMFAPhd, Artists Report Back: A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists, shows that more US art graduates work in art-related fields but only eight percent make a living as artists. This means, out of two […]

Pixel Money

Pixel and flat design styles are so in. The simplicity of pixel art and the beauty of flat design are mysteriously attractive to many designers and consumers. However, the style must have gotten serious attention in Norway. Norway’s currency designs definitely sparked my interest. I know that design trends impact countless marketing ads and companies but to […]

When are pirates invading a hospital a good thing?

Have you ever been sick? Seriously sick? Have you ever needed to go to a hospital? If so, you probably weren’t too excited about it. You already felt terrible, and, on top of that, hospitals aren’t known for being particularly friendly places. But what if they were? One statistic stated that 80% of children undergoing […]