this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.
this is a private blog for my design students and assorted other survivors. Tro blemakers all.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

CRISTIANA COUCEIRO IS A 32-YEAR OLD ILLUSTRATOR and graphic designer who lives in Lisboa, Portugal. She collage’s vintage/found materials with contemporary images, in the old-fashioned way — with glue and scissors !!!!! Jeez, she actually uses her hands. Whether she follows that hand work with scanning and digitizing the pieces seem likely, as the translucent, overlapping sections would be difficult otherwise. Cristiana has a unique and interesting style that looks deceptively effortless, a style that refers to the birth of modernism, and the collage work of Hanna Hock, Raoul Hausmann et al. It would be quite easy to over-do something like this—but she knows just when to stop. Her work has a beauty to it based on her own sense of mathematical formulas, grids, balance, vintage ephemera, typography and numerals. Software if there is any, is an inconsequential aspect to her work, her designs are about her imagination and her ability to see beyond the obvious, beyond the digital desktop. check out her fantastic work at

btw, her work reminds me of a talented former student, Miss Zarine Baloosh !

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

expression comes in as many forms as there are, and one of the wonderful things about a life of the mind, is that you never know where it will go, I think.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Notice! To all those completely crazy people who asked for letters of reference, help with letters of intent, etc. I'll be doing them this weekend, as soon as the medication wears off... 

design 1 & 2

interestingly, and as if somehow secretly synchronized ... , two former students e-mailed me virtually simultaneously with an item they both thought might interest me, or be of some use to my classes.

That they're both very talented young designers, and doing rather well further made me suspect a conspiracy of some kind ... regardless, here are the links, give the matter your due consideration and we will, in honour of Duc Tran and Mohammed Thiam, discuss the issue of " fair use " in class. Neglect at your peril. and

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

According to AIGA, Graphic Design is explained as such: "Graphic designers work with drawn, painted, photographed, or computer-generated images (pictures), but they also design the letterforms that make up various typefaces found in movie credits and TV ads; in books, magazines, and menus; and even on computer screens. Designers create, choose, and organize these elements- typography, images, and the so-called "white space" around them- to communicate a message. Graphic design is a part of your daily life. From humble things like gum wrappers to huge things like billboards to the T-shirt you're wearing, graphic design informs, persuades, organizes, stimulates, locates, identifies, attracts attention and provides pleasure. Graphic design is a creative process that combines art and technology to communicate ideas. The designer works with a variety of communication tools in order to convey a message from a client to a particular audience."

Monday, February 09, 2009

design one - quiz 2 - due next week.

1. The Panopticon of Jeremy Bentham and the Maison de Force at Ghent, inspired Havilland to design and build what ?

2. Traditionally what were fine papers made from ? How were they made ? What is an archival paper and what is tooth ? The density of paper, its mass, or thickness is described using what term ?

3. who are/were - Dieter Rams, Achille Castiglioni, and Charles Rennie Macintosh ?

4. William Klein, Richard Avedon, Duane Micheals and Irving Penn are renowned as photographic illustrators, what else do they all have in common ?

5. What was the "salon de refuses" ?

6. Who designed Kew Gardens in London and Central Park in Manhattan ?
British Design Classics,on stamps, click to visit London

Massimo Vignelli has published an amazing 96 page book on better
understanding typography in graphic design. Wonderful! The book is
available for
free online in PDF format.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

d2 - in reference towards your page/book design project and
designed typeset pages, do consider how type is used in the
following. groovy baby. remember my leetle monkeys, click
images to make more large

Thursday, February 05, 2009

d2 please read the linked page for tomorrow, 
we'll be going over some of it in class. ici the link