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Monthly Archives: April 2017

You Belong at AIGA

Why should you join AIGA? AIGA, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, is the oldest and largest professional organization for design. It is a community and network of artists, designers, and creative people. This is the place where design leaders are—people who influence the profession of design. However, you don’t have to be a pro. AIGA […]

she music (Japanese without actually being Japanese? A commentary on she’s art and music)

she music is a project started by Lain Trzaska of Poland in 2003. For over ten years, this musical project remained and mystery. Many assumed the artist was a Japanese female due to the audiovisual content. But why? It’s the aesthetics, of course. When one visits she’s website, they can peruse through all of she’s […]

Vaporwave (80s/90s design trash becomes art)

Vaporwave is an artform that I’ve been fascinated with since I found it what it is. If you scroll through my Tumblr, it’s vaporwave post after vaporwave post. But what is vaporwave? (Besides for a musical meme, of course.) Vaporwave was originally a commentary on the consumer culture of the 80s and 90s with some […]

EnigmaticLIA 3 (An excellent cover design)

EnigmaticLIA 3 is a Japanese hardcore techno album by the singer LIA that debuted in 2009. It’s pristine sonic vibes entered my mind in 8th grade and became a crystallized memory that I have enjoyed revisiting ever since. One thing that I’ve always admired about the EnigmaticLIA series is the cover designs. EnigmaticLIA 3 remains […]

what’s your favorite color & why?

I recently discovered that Milan has a design week (design newbie, I know), and the aesthetics are AH-mazing. This year, designers found a very common trend through this year’s furniture designs…PINK – and no, not Victoria Secret’s line but the actual color pink. Millennial pink is what they’re calling it, but I knew it first as […]

Musings on Anjunabeats’ Single Covers

I did a project this semester on redesigning my favorite Trance label’s (Anjunabeats) logo.I wished to delve into their single covers but was told that it was too broad of a scope to cover. Which I do understand. However, I still can’t stop thinking about Anjunabeats’ and their outdated single covers. They started in 1999 […]

Dream Techno: A Dream Come True (Amazon CD-R service review)

[A review of Amazon’s CD-R service for out-of-print, rare music releases. CD-R being reviewed: Dream Techno’s Trance of House.] I just want to preface this review by saying that people who hate on CD-R’s are not thinking of the whole picture. Dream Techno’s Trance of House was never popular enough in his native Korea or […]

Suburbia Becomes Art

The suburbs can be anywhere in the United States and will look the same. I know because I’ve lived in the suburbs my entire life, in several different states. These neighborhoods are cleanly designed with the appearance of everything being the same. They’re supposed to be boring, right? But what if I told you their […]

Japan’s Fascination With Foreigners in Art

In many images from Japan, we can see the Japanese fascination with foreigners appearances. That’s why ancient artists created prints of foreigners, because they looked so different from the native Japanese that they had to document it. Japan has always been a homogeneous country so the fascination with foreigners continues even into modern day. As […]

Ancient Designs (Buddhist Art in NYC)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an excellent collection of Buddhist art. Some images are designed better than others. A standout image in this collection of Buddhist art is the gilded bronze statue of Shakyamuni from early Tibet. Although ancient, this small statue conveys the meaning in a way that is easy for everyone – […]