Mind in the Machine: Psyche in the Age of Mechanical Production

Ani Liu’s project wanted to reintroduce the mark of the maker in back into the highly standardized world of mechanical production. She felt that despite the fabric passing through many hands, they are left unmarked and identical. She used technology to record brain activity within the fabric. This project is similar to our own use…

Designer Lydia Cambron Transforms Brand Logos into Protest Messages

Lydia Cambron’s protest messages are cleverly imbedded in logos Americans see everyday. This appropriation of brand imagery, in my opinion, is effective in two ways. First, it forces us to take a second look and really read her message/words instead of just glancing and recognizing a logo. Second, it demonstrates how these social issues are…

Passion Projects: “Emo Farm” by Artist Kelechi Azu

Kelechi Azu’s coloring book “Emo Farm” is her meditation on being part of communities where Black people felt erased and invisible. One thing I wanted to emphasize was the typography of the cover. It has artistic type, cursive, and standard type of various sizes that are purposeful in guiding our eyes and providing direction, importance,…

Switzerland-based graphic designer Ares Pedroli

As we approach our animated PSA assignment, I am thinking more and more about how a digital medium can be translated into a public and physical space. Seeing Pedroli’s posters out on a street or on prints does help me with understanding how PSAs are viewed outside in their context, not just through a screen.

Dragica Carlin

Dragica Carlin is a London-based artist whose work parallels our exploration of invisible cities. It utilizes simple swirl motifs on a simple canvas to suggest more abstract concepts such as unity, chance, and relationships.

Kristen Mills: Plausible Hope

Kristen Mills echoes what we learned about speculative design in her new installation. She challenges ideas of misogyny and classism in an abstract but “believable” way. Her focus on grounding her work in believability and viability and accenting it with optimistic and humanistic ideas reflects a lot of what we read about in Speculative Everything.

“Soviet Signs and Street Relics” by Photographer Jason Guilbeau

Our readings have been very focused on the importance of the transaction between design and context, and how this relationship can give and take away a design’s meaning. Viewing these Soviet forms and monuments without the time, cultural, or spacial context leaves me trying to project meaning from my own perspective. Even more, Guilbeau takes…

Salina Almanzar, artist, educator and school board member in Lancaster, PA

I found it really interesting how an artist like Salina Almanzar uses her platform to educate about intersectionality, identity, and colonization. One aspect of her art that I was drawn to and we discussed in class is her use of saturated colors and scale in her murals. Also interesting because I live 20mins from Lancaster,…