High Turnout of 2020 Election Poses Data Visualization Difficulty

During these last few weeks, we have been interacting with more data visualization than we are perhaps conscious of. The image of the US map now seared into our brains, peppered by red and blue rectangles, is a gleaming example of the power of visualization to communicate high stakes information to a massive audience. Often,…

Kiki Van Eijk: 20 Years of Design

I came across the work of Dutch designer and artist Kiki Van Eijk. Eijk is not tethered to a medium and has explored design in the contexts of “lighting, sculpture, furniture, household objects, wall hangings, carpets and more using materials ranging from ceramics to textiles.” What I find most intriguing about Eijk as a designer…

Can Design Win an Election?

The Fast Company recently published a dialogue between Jennifer Kinon and Scott Starrett, former members from the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The two discussed the significance of campaign design in public support for candidates and the role of design in public consciousness. Both designers acknowledged the importance of context when devising design…

GIF IT UP

GIF IT UP is an annual competition that “challenges people to use digitised cultural heritage material to produce unique GIFs and share them online. ” Participants are encouraged to use cultural archives as the groundwork for their GIFs, whether it be film, photography, drawing or painting. The GIF medium in conjunction with graphic history is a…

Invisible Cities in Real Life: MC Escher X Nendo

In Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, various realms of emotion and thought are materialized in the form of landscapes and metropolis. The worlds Calvino writes weave in and out of themselves, refract and reflect, are both endless and finite. I was immediately reminded of the work of dutch artist MC Escher and his infamously perplexing and…

Reimagining the New York Times

Artist Mira Schor’s graphic interventions of New York Times headlines are a reminder of designs ability to influence collective identity. Her work brings a sense of urgency, “reality” as she calls it, into headlines that too often downplay or mute the direness of the circumstances. In all of her 66 and counting NYT interventions, Schor’s…

Who Designed COVID-19?

Founder of Design Emergency and Senior Curator at MoMa Alice Rawsthorn sits down with Alissa Eckert, medical illustrator, to discuss the visual manifestation of an invisible yet deadly virus. At the onset of the virus, Alissa Eckert was commissioned by the Center for Disease Control to create a “visual identity” for the virus. . ….

Henry Moore’s Material Legacy

Artist Martin Puryear’s piece “Night Watch” (2011) contains notes of sculptor Henry Moore‘s (1898-1968) body of work with its harmonious interplay between the organic and inorganic. Moore’s sculptures, which can be seen below, embody the qualities of a rich landscape, and similar to Night Watch, create something uniquely alive from natural, earthen material. The work…