Public Art in a Pandemic

In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the new reality of the COVID-19 has already been immortalized through a mural in the center of the city. Artist Andrea Kostyal depicted children and adults wearing masks through the city’s landscape. I thought this article was interesting in the way it exemplifies how public art can often serve as a reflection…

Coding Creatively

This article discussing the overlap between developing and design, highlights art created through coding, and lists programs that enable you to start coding creatively. The website is an excellent resource, so feel free to check it out here!

Discover your Typographic Superpower

‘Discover Your Typographic Superpower’ is a game that has been recently launched by Adobe. Using your sense of and preferences for fonts, the user design a typographic representation of their ultimate superpower. This reminded me of our session focusing on the often overlooked minutiae of typography and the kerning activity we did in class. Check…

Remembering Ed Benguiat, a Great in Typography

This New York Times article honors Ed Benguiat, a renowned graphic designer known for his work in typography. He designed the well-known typeface used in the NYT logo, as well as typefaces used by many other major companies and brands. Learn more about his legacy here!

Nancy Liang’s Nighttime Gifs

This article feature an artist named Nancy Liang and her multidisciplinary approach to making gifs of nighttime scenery. Liang imports her hand-drawn art and cut-outs to her computer to create collages and gifs. Her work reminded of our discussion on the history of hand-drawn animation. Check out more of her work here — its all…

PSA: Vote!

This article highlights native Philadelphian artists who are using murals and other forms of public art to encourage voter turnout. This reminded me of our class discussion of PSAs and how design can be used as a powerful tool in social initiatives. Check out the article here, and don’t forget to vote!

Wildfires and Speculative Design

This article features photographs from the hazy red skies that fell over the Bay Area last month. Seeing this article really reminded of the speculative designs that we’ve created in class, and how it’s incredibly important for us to design creative solutions for a future that might look very different as we mitigate the effects…

Apple Iconography

This article discusses the new emojis that are coming to iOS in 2021. I always find Apple’s emoji releases to be interesting to dissect as they are a pretty strong indicator of how norms are changing in society; for example, this release includes a wide variety of racially and sexually diverse couples. I also think…

Observers becoming the Observed

This article highlights Trevor Paglen, an artist whose work centers around the relationship between the “real” world and the virtual world, as well as systematic prejudices that exist within systems of artificial intelligence. One of his current exhibitions includes an element where the people walking through the exhibit are recorded and broadcasted for anyone to…

Being an artist and an essential worker

This article tackles an interesting intersection between art, academia, and the COVID-19 pandemic. It features Monica, a BFA graduate and grocery store manager, who discusses both the challenges of art school and being an essential worker. Monica’s art utilizes basic design elements and shapes, reminding me of the abstract work we’ve discussed in class. Read…