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.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

digone here's the link for the photoshop tutorials
makes sure you review the sections on 1. making selections and 2. using layers, then repeat ! both are found in the Photoshop CS3, in the getting started section ...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Classic Dieter Rams, Dietrich Lubs watches - circa 1972, they're barely there ... that lovely rational simplicity, which was a constant feature of Rams' genius.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The artist's bio, illustrator Ruth Marten

Born and living in N.Y., Ruth Marten has worn several hats, in spite of the hair. From 1972 to 1980 she was an important figure in the tattoo underground and, as one of the few women practicing the craft, influenced people's ideas about body decoration. Working during the disco and punk era, she also tattooed in the Musee D'Art Moderne de La Ville de Paris during the 10th Biennale de Paris in 1977.

Hired by Jean-Paul Goude for her first illustration (and for 30 years after) she illustrated books, albums and magazines and is most associated with the "Year in Provence" books of Peter Mayle, art-directed for A.A.Knopf by Carol Devine Carson. That love of the printed image informs her newest interest: changing, through over-drawing and collage, the configuration and content of 18th century engravings.

Her book "Histoire un-Naturelle," published for her 2007 London exhibit at Isis Gallery, is a catalogue of the work that came on the heels of a 17 year obsession with hair. Her drawing, painting and sculpture has been exhibited at the Aldrich Museum, the Tang Museum, the Halsey Institute, and is represented in many collections -- most recently in the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Monday, January 16, 2012

in a time of plastic hearts, LED's and wifi jungles- here are simple things made by hand, made for the hand for use in the world - all from the w├╝nderful Kaufmann Mercantile daily functional design, for the humans still among us

Sunday, January 15, 2012

some examples of the classic London Underground map, the red text is
linked to a little animation of how the maps have changed over time, the other
images will, if clicked, enlarge.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

the Design two- "it's not what you know ... ,

BUT who you know " list "

design two
, assignment one, you'll see.

Walter Gropius

Edgar Brandt

Harley Earl

Alexey Brodovitch

David Carson

The Eames

Art Nouveau

Norman BelGeddes


Weiner Werkstatte

Arne Jacobson

Marcello Nizzoli

Wesley and Sean

Tangerine Studio

Joseph Hofmann

Henry VanDerVelde

Gerrit Reitveld

Saul Bass

Rudy Van derLans

George Jensen

George Nelson

Peter Behrens

Dieter Ram


Georg Kleeman

Richard Sapper

Peter Saville


William Morris

Charles Rennie Macintosh

the Bauhaus

Hoefler & Frere Jones

Micheal Graves

Marian Bantjes

Frank Lloyd Wright

Phillipe Starck

Chermayeff & Geismar

Norman Foster

Alvar Alto

Milton Glaser

R. Buckminster Fuller

Eric Gill

Brad Holland

Herb Lubalin

The Arts and Crafts Movement

Memphis Group

Herbert Mayer

William Van Allen

Marrianne Brandt

Jonathan Ive

Alvin Lustig

Chip Kidd


Paul Rand

Henry Van de Velde

William Morris

April Greiman

Welles Coates

Michael Beruit

Raymond Lowey

Peter Saville

Robin and Lucienne Day

Wally Olins

Mies van der Rohe


Ray Gun

Ellen Lupton

Tobias Freres


Joseph Muller Brockmann


Tibor Kalman

Barbara Kruger

Seymour Chwast


Push Pin Studios

Aubrey Beardsley

the Dadaists

John Heartfield

Ettore Stottas

the Constructivists

Hector Guimard

Firmin Didot

Jasper Morrison

Christopher Wren

Bruno Matheson

Victor Horta

Antonin Gaudi

Alexey Brodovitch

Alphonse Mucha

Fredric Law Olmstead


Rene Lalique

Johannis Itten

Richard Neutra

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

d is for designers, at work in the dark, E is for effort, required from the start !
assimilate the following people (D1)

digital one, assignment one ! ~ introduce yourselves to each of these graphic designers & typographers -look carefully at their work, learn to recognize their styles, and read about their lives and influences.

One of the names is quite jumbled, mixed up on purpose. If you can decode/deduce who it is, beaux Koo extra marks ..... She's part of a famous design couple, and an influential company/magazine specializing one might say in all type of types. due second class. please, no showing off, digital one only

Monday, January 09, 2012

my new class schedule for the
winter 2012, click to enlarge ..

Thursday, January 05, 2012

something you all should know, courtesy of one of my personal heros, mid fielder Vinnie Jones