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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Nothing Comes Easy

Design can be very challenging. Over the past few days, I’ve been modeling a famous character for my animation class. I started with a simple idea on my head, but then as I began to construct him, each step became more challenging. I’m talking nonetheless but Wall-e. This may not be a poster or graphic design, […]

Is a Graphic Design Degree detrimental to the collective types of design?

Most Graphic design degrees you are able to receive at the college level, including George Mason, encompasses such a wide variety of topics it becomes very difficult to fit in more than two courses on the same subject. You can’t obtain a firm grasp on, say editorial design, before you must move on to a web […]

Delicious Fun

Personally, I find it hard enough to find the time and energy to make my own food, let alone create food art. Food design is a field most people probably don’t think about because, naturally, most people are concerned with taste rather than the aesthetic of food. To me, the Japanese have perfected the challenge […]

Looking Into Logos

Logos. We are all surrounded by them. They can look deceptively simple. But how many of us truly look at logos to determine the subtleties? Here’s one that surprised me: So the Toyota symbol actually has all the parts to make up their brand name. Uh…wow! Despite hours stuck in traffic surrounded by some half […]

A Fond Farewell to Howard Paine

    The Washington Post wrote a large article about Howard Paine, the graphic designer for both the United States Postal Service and National Geographic Magazine. He worked for more than 30 years at National Geographic retiring as their Art Director. He was responsible for the redesign of their type heavy cover, which took him […]

Is it Art or Is It Shock?

Recently, I’ve reading a lot about the artist Damian Hirst, both his personal and professional life. He is a British sensationalist, if you will – that specializes at metaphorically slapping his audience members in the face with his shock-value packed work.  What you see above is Hirst standing in front of a dead shark – […]

Be There or Be Square

The 2014 DC Design Week is coming up next month from Saturday, October 19 to Saturday, October 25 in and around Washington! I’ve never been to any AIGA DC events ever since I’m still relatively new to the whole “design” world; however, I plan on making my first trip to at least one of the […]

It’s all about the Process!

Ever wonder how some of the great designers in the world came to be? Time and practice are definite factors in their success. Natural creative and artistic talent doesn’t hurt either. But what it really boils down to is their process. Over the past summer of 2014, I had a class where we had to research […]

A new logo can change everything!

I was pretty shocked to see that Olive Garden had redone their logo and redesigned their brand. Their old logo goes back until I can remember. From the looks of their logo change, you can immediately notice that they are going for a more modern look and leaving behind the “classic home kitchen” feeling of […]

Too Cute to Eat

I was looking for inspiration for one of my class assignments and happen to stumble upon this adorable little creature. This little guy is the mascot for a brand of tofu sold in Japan and it’s name is Hanari Tofu,which translates to elegant tofu. In the beginning, the tofu was not selling well and virtually […]