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.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Sadly, our old friend and colleague Henry Lehmann

passed away yesterday.

I'd known Henry for about 25 years. He was a

real gentleman, a sweet and funny fellow, who really

loved to tell stories.

I can remember him as a young sharp and shiny Boulevardier,

talking and writing about art with enthusiasm and skill, and I can

also remember him as a white haired emeritus, slowly taking

his students about a gallery.

Henry was a rare kind of person, always gracious, elegant of mind and fair.

I will miss him. He was a diamond.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Free Beer and Sushi ( I'm lying )

An important reminder:

Digital 1 and 2 you must hand in at the beginning of the last class a "portfolio".

It should contain all of your work (graded or ungraded), all of the assignments for your particular class.

Such as, but not limited to: the Pollock assignment, the David Carson Project, The Blog, any/all layout typesetting assignments, le Magazine, the Sculptural letterform poster, the Street Sign assignment, the Onomatopoeia assignment, and the Film Titles assignment, etc. (not all projects apply to all sections)

It can contain anything you want really beyond the basic assignments - it can contain re-working or improvements of projects or personal stuff you've done or just the assignments.

Put your portfolio on a USB key (it will be returned next semester) or on a DVD (it will not be returned), make sure that all the files are there, correctly.

If I open the portfolio and there are files missing, well you can guess what the result will be. Remember to always check your files on another computer, so as to ensure that it is universally openable.

This is not an optional or negotiable part of the class, it is resolutely absolute.

Last class & complete.

Oh and .... I love watermelon sorbet.

Friday, November 20, 2009

the United States of Ameatia

Never one to downplay his own achievements, Wolfgang Weingart
explains why he has shifted his emphasis from design to teaching:
"I had to stop in order to let the things that I produced sink in, and
wait until the next, real explosion comes, so that designers in the
new decade can copy me again." Labeled by some as the father of
New Wave Graphics for his dramatic departure from Swiss style and
his maverick attitude toward design, Weingart considers himself an
"educational orphan." After studying under various mentors, Weingart
abandoned apprenticeship and institutional study altogether, and
accepted a position on the typography faculty at the Basel School of
Design. His unique style of wide lettering, spacing, underlining, and
layering photography with typographic images had an immediate
impact on the design world, and its influence on subsequent design
developments was instantaneous. Weingart advocates a triumvirate
relationship between design identity, typographic elements, and
printing technique. His combative relationship with new technology
is manifest in his efforts to prove, through both theory and practice,
that visual complexities can be produced by hand as well as by technology.
A teacher with an aggressive style, Weingart has given up designing to
travel the world in order to spread his idiosyncratic vision of design to a
new generation of graphic artists.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Five Ways to Change the World

digital one, please read the linked article. You will be quizzed,
for marks, in class. The word World is linked to the article.

here's the first paragraph.

So you want to change the world? Start by changing the built
environment. Buildings shape our experience and open up or
close down possibilities for life. Hardly anyone gets to realize
his or her visions for transforming society, but activism through
architecture is a place to start. Here I offer a guide, idiosyncratic
and partial, drawing on personal experience and American history,
to how architecture can contribute to social reform.

" I hate to say this, but if you really want to be successful,
you have to rethink the concept of the so-called work/life balance.
The most successful creative people I know do not segregate their
“work” and their “play”—it’s all the same. They love what they do,
and do it all the time. If you look at design as a job that you do
between 9 and 5 every day, you will earn a paycheck...and that’s all.

Talent will take you far, but determination will take you further.
I can’t tell You how many people I’ve heard moan about how they
could have started a business, gotten the great assignment, scored
a better position or whatever. The truth is, most people aren’t
willing to put the time and effort into accomplishing their goals.
It’s easier to just live their dreams inside of their heads instead
of putting in the sweat equity.

I look at successful people and I see the same patterns. I know a
photographer who, when starting his career, worked literally
around the clock, and even spent his own money to make shots
memorable. He never looked at an assignment as a job, but as an
opportunity to do something outstanding. He is still pushing
himself today and branching out into new areas. His renowned
career is nothing if not enviable.

When I started my business, I had no clients and very little money.
The first year I worked until midnight most nights, almost seven
days a week. Not only did I work past the point of endurance on
my design, I learned how to do basic billing. I wired my own network.
I wrote copy. I steeled myself and made cold calls. All of the long
nights paid off, I built a client base, and now, years later, I have a
thriving practice. You can achieve great things, if you’re willing
to put in the effort. "

Lynda Decker, Decker Design

dig 2 please check out this English student design blog.
It contains some interesting contemporary, as well as
vintage page layouts that may inspire you to re-do/improve
or upgrade your rapidly approaching minimum 10 double
page, magazine assignment. The circa 70/80's British
magazines are particularly bold & interesting.
Remember to always backup your work. this is linked

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

I'd meant to post these over Halloween, knowing that some of
you are very interested in vintage illustration. The word Halloween
is linked to the great site that these covers came from, enjoy.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

as an aside, for Dig 2, please read the article linked to this. Thanks to Zarine for der link.

Monday, November 02, 2009

things most remarkable No. 12 ( for an extra mark )

who uses this font in a lot of their work ? and has for years

Extended Evening Lab Hours

until the end of the semester, the lab will be open
an extra 2 hours

Monday ( 2 hrs commencing after last class )
Wednesday ( 2 hrs commencing after last class )
Friday ( 2 hrs commencing after last class )