Thanksgiving x Design

As we work on our Processing art, it’s interesting to think about the different applications of art and design, both within this application and beyond. Holiday favorite Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is no different, I found: “When engineering a new balloon design, creators first sketch out a diagram, which is examined and adjusted by engineering…

Still Life Portraits with a Modern Day Message

In looking into modern-day still life portraits for inspiration on project 3.1, I came across the work of Richard Kuiper. While his works draw inspiration from classic still life artists, the items he chooses in his photography are all made of plastic – water bottles, floral arrangements, even the feathers pictures here are all made…

#CombatCovid

As we finalize our animated PSAs, it’s been interesting to look at current examples of what this looks like. Now that we’re working on these, I feel like I find interesting examples everywhere – one in particular was #combatcovid: “[Inspired by Steven Heller’s article in PRINT Magazine about posters commissioned during the polio epidemic], Poster House teamed…

Design as Storytelling

Our discussions on creating looping “loading” logos that either induce a calming effect or inspire an action from the ‘consumer’ reminded me of Ellen Lupton’s ‘Design is Storytelling’. Among all the topics she covers here (including Gestalt Principles!), she includes this exercise: She discusses, here, that when searching for something specific, people actively focus on…

The Evolution of Social Distancing Symbols

As we went through a variety of “loading” icons, progress bars, markers and symbols in class, it got me thinking – what other visual representations have a similar breadth and depth of iconography + use? In my search, I came across this article analyzing the recent evolution in visual representation of social distancing. From symbols…

Imagining the Invisible

It’s amazing to think about Italo Calvino’s book Invisible Cities through the eyes of Kublai Khan or Marco Polo – the former, in hearing about these fantastical cities, and the latter, in spinning these incredible tales of wonder. As I was exploring my own city, Octavia, I came across this article describing two London-based paper…

Designing for a Bleak Future

As we look towards some particularly dystopian designs in our speculative work, this NYT article caught my eye. The article explores various ways of tackling our current problem statement: “How do you design for the future when the future you are designing for will not exist?” The tension between technological change and environmental planning is…

“All Good Design is Critical”

This quote from Chapter 3 of Speculative Everything really stuck with me from this week’s readings, especially in the nuances hidden in the word ‘criticism’. At first glance, criticism appears to only mean ‘negative’, when truly good critique offers an alternative, in a positive, almost idealistic way. By extension, the authors noted that this concept…

Design & Behavior

It is no secret that design has roots in visual studies, but perhaps more importantly, in behavior patterns as well. This basis continues to show up even today, especially in the main design trend in 2020, per Behance – motion design. Per our class discussion, effective visual design takes into account three things: The audience…

Antonymic Nuances

Something that really stood out to me from our very first class was our exercise in brainstorming via antonyms. Not only is this great for divergent thinking, but also highlighted how “antonym” means something different for everyone! This guy made me laugh, and my mind immediately jumped to the opposite of his fully fluffed nature…