Still Life Project – William Arkle Marsden

As I’ve begun thinking about the Still Life project and finding inspiration in still life pieces from other artists, I really liked this set of still lifes from William Arkle Marsden. In his post he talks about how he was inspired by Bauhaus paintings and I really enjoyed the graphic colors and interesting compositions in…

Google’s new logos are bad – Devin Coldewey

I actually saw this image from a post on LinkedIn and thought the discussion about Google’s new logos was really interesting, especially getting to hear from a variety of different graphic designers. I definitely noticed the change in the Gmail logo a few weeks ago but could not describe why something about it seemed off…

The Evolution of Instagram Activism

I thought this blog post from Jonah Kay was extremely relevant to the animated posters we’re working on and I really appreciated how Kay talked about the use of advertisements for various activist movements throughout history. It was interesting to see how graphic designers take various approaches to these advertisements such as taking certain graphic…

1 VoteCloser – Giving You Reasons to Vote

After discussing PSA campaigns in class, I’ve begun noticing the voting ads I get on Instagram and found the one that led to this site really interesting. 1 VoteCloser is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that explores 84 different issues collected from the websites of a diverse group of members of Congress allowing people to make…

Andrew Sendor: InstaCOVID Drawings

In InstaCOVID Drawings, Andrew Sendor draws different posts from his Instagram feed from the past few months of quarantine which reminded me of our discussion in class on the development of Instagram into something more professional, more text-based, and used now for discussion of social justice and political issues. These drawings are really intimate yet…

EU’s Call For a “New Bauhaus”

This article by explains how the European Union is looking to the influential modernist movement as a model for a new, climate-neutral architecture. I thought this was interesting because it related to the “Speculative Everything” text and is a perfect example for how the societal issues at this time (i.e. climate change and the economy)…

Making Tokyo Blends Film Festival Art

From the Behance article on 2020 Design Trends, I found the section on optical perception art really interesting and especially loved the posters from the Tokyo Blends Film Festival. The link leads to a page where the designers actually show how they made the material for the festival including billboards, stage passes, and t-shirts. I…

Summertime blues: Five Points Gallery in Torrington

The author Laurie Fendrich details her experience of visiting the not-for-profit Five Points Gallery at the Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, in Torrington, Connecticut and how it felt to come back to art after months of quarantining. I also remember visiting the National Gallery of Art in August when they started opening back…