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Designers Change the World

Designers can change the world. Actually, they do so every day. No one thinks about the designer who decided on the shape of their Coke bottle, the person who wrote and formatted the back of the cereal box, or the team that worked to create an educational museum exhibit about birds. But everything from packaging […]

The Importance of Staring at Your Work

Have you ever finished a design assignment at the last minute, only to realize later how bad it was? When I’m working on a design, I have tunnel vision and focus on a small area at a time. When I’m done, I’ve been staring at the design so long that I don’t see all the […]

Designing a New Way to Read: Interactive and Insta Novels

As an avid reader, I’m fascinated by the increasing number of people who read books on mobile devices. In China, for example, serialized e-books have become an explosive trend; the company China Literature has grown bigger than Amazon Kindle. Some designers have observed the success of e-books and are incorporating interactivity and illustrations into stories […]

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 […]