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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Airbrushed ads continued…

I posted an ad talking about Olay and Twiggy. The other controversial ad I mentioned was the Calvin Klein ad. Mymistake, I meant Ralph Lauren** Below is the link to the story The image has obviously been altered drastically using photoshop. The models head is bigger than her hips. It’s simply not accurate or […]

Enough airbrushed ads!

I know the term is ended but I saw this article today and wanted to share it… In the ad Twiggy is clearly shown airbrushed in photoshop for the  Olay ad. I think it’s good that England is banning these ads. They  are digitally enhanced and mislead the public. I don’t think products and companies should be […]

Being a design student today

Being a design student isn’t easy. Many people think art majors don’t have as much work to do as other majors such as biology or business, but in reality we do just as much if not more. So much time is spent doing preliminary thoughts and sketches, and then you still have to execute those […]

Design: Paul Rand

Paul Rand was a hugely, influential graphic designer. He lived between 1914-1996 and over several decades, was considered one of the world’s foremost innovators in the field of graphics and advertising. Rand was influenced by many designers and artists, including Le Corbusier and Paul Klee. He went on to create a huge impact in the […]

Design Language

Design is a language and some people should just keep talking. I was looking for some previously designed posters and stumbled across this website called It is a gallery of posters and other works by various artists and done in different languages. Some in painting style, some photo based and some are just so […]

Art and Design

I think art is the backbone of design. Of course this completely goes against my design teacher’s saying: “you don’t have to know how to draw to be a good designer.” Well, I disagree. I think being a painter and a good illustrator make a good designer. I think it opens up the mind to […]


Am I the only one who feels like their work / design is not complete without someone looking at it. This has been my problem for a long time. It started with class critiques when we work on a design piece and everyone looks at it and writes out or verbalize their constructive criticism. That […]

Thank God for Museums! Part 2

Another amazing work by Rembrandt was this portrait titled A Polish nobleman. This masterpiece was done in 1637 using oil paint and it measures at 96.7 x 66.1 cm. Even though Rembrandt’s usage of light is the same as his self portrait discussed in my previous post, this painting does not draw my eyes to […]

Thank God for Museums! Part 1

I went to the National Gallery of Art and saw some beautiful works of art varying from paintings, sketches and etchings to some beautiful sculptures. Of all the things I saw though, a couple of Rembrandt’s pieces grabbed me the most. One was titled Self Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar, measuring at 84.4 x […]

Vancouver Olympic Games The website for the Vancouver Winter Olympics is really beautiful and modern. The graphics to the right side that demonstrate each sport are clean and crisp, with each page done in blues and greens, which give the overall website a unified look. The top of the page, while beautiful, is a little too busy […]