Lego Logos

Even though I am an adult, my mother gives me Legos every year for Christmas. It is a tradition. I am old enough that my during my childhood “sets” were not popular, I had no instructions or custom parts to build specific artifacts. My memories are of an old moving …

Why do you build me up Buttercup…

… just to let me down. What is the emotional etiquette for transitory online critiques?   I spend time on online forums offering critiques of graphic design work. My comments here relate specifically to that environment. Most of the work comes from students, amateurs or those just beginning their careers. …

Designers, Streamers and Twitch

A popular quip is “Who would watch someone play a video game?”   Which is more challenging for most graphic designers? Making things or finding people willing to pay to have things made? The answer is most often the latter. On the plus side, opportunities exist. Almost all media advances …

Exasperation: Process Video

That word doesn’t mean what you think it means. Words are plastic. They have different meanings in different contexts. For example, designer gets used as a profession, especially on television, for things I wouldn’t consider “design.” The same applies to the word “art,” it gets thrown around casually when perhaps …

Design and Form

  WHO IS THE AUTHOR?   Johannes Itten was born in Switzerland November 11, 1888. He was one of the original instructors at the Weimar Bauhaus. He is well known for his theories on color and his unorthodox use of spirituality in his teaching. He trained as a painter but …

FAQ 51: How important is developing my own style?

I don’t believe in styles. I am not arguing against a graphic designer having a point of view and values evident in their work. I believe a designer should strive to make things personal but not necessarily have a style and in that, I may be using an alternative definition …