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Restaurants Use Graphic Design Too

The menu is the perhaps the most important graphically designed material restaurants employ to influence their consumers. Restaurants use principles of graphic design and human psychology to make their menus the most appealing and likely for us to buy from them. Design concepts such as hierarchy, proximity, white space, and contrast are crucial to effective […]

Typeface Choices in Movies Matter (Even if the text is at the bottom of the screen)

WARNING: This post discusses a design choice made in Avengers: Infinity War. The choice I’m writing about does NOT contain spoilers, and I will not be discussing any major plot points of the movie (or at least any that haven’t already been made known through press releases and interviews). I deem a movie great if, […]

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 […]

Do YOU have a design crush?

I’m sure we all remember the hazy days of elementary school, and maybe even our first crush. Do you remember the excitement of picking out your favorite t-shirt and making sure you wore your sweet light up sneakers to impress the kid you had a crush on? We’ve all been there before. Fast forward 12 […]

Keep It Simple, Silly

Does anyone remember Google Glass? The super high-tech, kind of dorky looking glasses Google released in 2015? If you don’t, I wouldn’t be surprised. Although Google is a multi-million-dollar enterprise, their release of Google Glass was a flop due to problematic design. (And just for reference, if any of you guys are familiar with the […]

Say “NO!” To (Cheesy) Stock Photos

We’ve all been there: you need a photo, FAST, and you just don’t care if it looks super staged and cheesy, so you find the cheapest (hopefully free) stock photo you can find and use it. Maybe you mean to replace it (maybe you forget), or maybe you plan to leave it and move on, […]

What is Fair Use?

Fair Use. You see it all over the internet, especially in the disclaimers that accompany most of the fanvids posted on YouTube. Fair use is also something that is considered and used by many students when doing presentations or even when making artwork for class. People claim fair use all the time, but do they […]

Dropbox Update was Made for Designers

As a graphic designer and a student, I can appreciate the branding update to the file sharing and storage website, Dropbox. The overhaul went into effect October of 2017 and included an updated logo, typeface, color palette, and visual design for the website. The company’s design release page focuses a lot on the idea of […]

How to give CONSTRUCTIVE criticism.

What is constructive criticism, you ask? When giving constructive criticism, you are not just telling a person what they’ve done wrong. While you do have to point out what they did wrong, you are more focused on how they could improve upon the mistake(s) in the future. For example, if I were to say, “The […]

Give Me More Than Art Now

These are the textbooks for Art Now and the History of Graphic Design, respectively. Only one of these classes is a requirement for all graphic design majors, but it’s not the obvious choice…So why is Art Now a required class for graphic designers, but the History of Graphic Design is not? In Art Now, contemporary […]