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  • Manifesto

    Arts & Culture

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    Do you think it could be possible to go through one day in the modern world and not come across one item for purchase that has been graphically designed and screen-printed? The fact is it would be highly unlikely to not come across hundreds of items that have been designed and screened. Screen-printing itself is one of the foundations of graphic design, so why then would they not teach such a skill at a design related school? The art of Screen-printing is one of the greatest inventions that man has ever created. Since it’s conception screen-printing has shaped the way we view the world around us, through various substrates that make up our everyday life. Early forms of screen printing made it possible to circulate information faster to people that would otherwise have no idea of the occurrences around the rest of the world. Screen-printing has also played a vital role in the advancement of fine art and graphic design. The art of poster design and certain promotional materials would be lost without the technique of screening. As the art has evolved and been perfected through advancements in human knowledge and modern technology screen-printing has become an important aspect in our everyday lives, whether we acknowledge it or not. So I ask again why do they not teach the skill at an art school that teaches graphic design? I don’t have a clue. It is to my understanding that my school (The Art Institute of Atlanta) used to teach the foundations of screen-printing some time ago b...

  • 12-inch Manifesto

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Back in 1997 when the internet exploded into the public domain, we had no idea what it would eventually evolve into. The networking of computing was in it’s infant stages. However we still went to go get our music on CDs or tapes from stores. Mp3s were fairly new and would take at least a few hours for one song.

    Today, the digital music scene is huge. A vast selection of music is available for purchase on the internet, entire albums even. That’s all very well and good, however I believe we’re in danger of losing something important, especially to design.

    Album art.

    Everyone has their favorite album cover, or even covers. If you’re lucky, you have a lovely 12 inch vinyl sleeve displaying it proudly. However, in the age of instant gratification and music downloads, I believe we could lose the tangible aspect of album design. Hopefully, we will never fully go digital, but as more and more people become integrated into the iPod/Zune/etc. system, there may come a point where albums are only produced digitally.

    For me, part of the music experience is the opening of the package and taking in the designs of the CDs/DVDs/LPs. The cover, the back, the sleeve, the inserts, and the disc itself all had conscious design/artwork produced to provide that extra bit of emotion that the music represents.

    Popping on your online music catalogue, you are only given a measly 200x200 pixel album cover when you purchase it. Imagine that, you’re given a design brief to design an album...

  • Water Woman Project

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    Water Woman Project can be seen here: www.waterwomanproject.com

  • Social Innovation Camp

    Community, Environmental Design

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    Social Innovation Camp is an experiment in creating social innovations for the digital age.

    We think the web and related technologies hold huge potential to change some pretty fundamental stuff: how people hold those in positions of power accountable; who they rely on to provide the services they need to live healthy, happy lives; or how they make a difference to something that affects them.

    But for any of this to happen, we have to work out what people really need and start building the technology that can help - which is what Social Innovation Camp is all about.

    Through unusual, creative events we bring together talented software developers and designers with social innovators to build effective web-based solutions to real social problems.

    Every six months these weekend-long events bring together some of the best of the UK and Europe’s web developers and designers with people at the sharp end of social problems.

    The Social Innovation Camp takes six ideas for web-based tools that will create social change and develops them over one weekend. Working with a diverse range of people, participants organise themselves into teams and help make a back-of-the-envelop idea into a working prototype - complete with working software - in just two days.

    To find out more, please visit: www.sicamp.org

  • Language Matters

    Communication, Communication Design

    UNESCO is calling for entries on their "Language Matters" competition. I believe it is a great oportunity to design thinking on an aspect of life that is crucial for human communication and understanding.

  • Expand my Vocab

    Arts & Culture

    i am thinking of creating a self driven project for my portfolio about expanding peoples vocabulary by creating shirts with interesting and positive words on them and the definition of the word on the back… just a thought

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    Light Pollution is misdirected light, stray light, avoidable reflected light, light during hours when it is not needed and light levels more than what is needed for the task. (Unwanted light illuminating an area or property and excessive brightness in the normal field of vision.) Light pollution affects wildlife in undeveloped natural habitat areas and the use and enjoyment of property. It also interferes with astronomy and it wastes energy.

    Some of the sources for light pollution may come from a variety of artificial sources including street lights and neon signs that increases levels of background ambient light. There are some place where we require high levels of light for safety and or security reasons: airports, prisons, bus stations and associated facilities (Marta or CCT), place of that nature.

    So next time you look at the bright, and sparkling skyline where ever you are, and you see that glow. Think light pollution.

  • I will act always as a designer!

    Communication, Communication Design

    It is my daily nightmare. No, it is not a true nightmare, let us say, a visitor. It is not only a night visitor; it is a visitor of every time. I am a designer, and as a designer cares for everything, I frequently find myself thinking like a designer. I ask questions that a designer asks. I attempt to find functional design solutions to a design problem I have uncovered while being a designer. I think of design brief, design proposal and design principles to guide me through the process. I rely on design thinking.

    This is does not concern how much experience I have, no matter who am I, a great designer or not, it is normal to find something missing when I forget myself as a designer, or I do not consider my self as one of the audience, a user, a consumer or an audience. If I do not act as so, I will not be able to solve a problem.

    All design solutions are considered as conjecture. Ok, that is fine, but this requires me using design thinking and principles; and how good to solve problems, and simply be not only a designer. How important for me to know whether the design works in a positive sense or not. Am I able to answer the question. I think that the answer can be achieved best by incorporate user feedback in the design process, by allowing myself playing a double role, a designer and a consumer, or one of the audience.

    It is simply to act on behalf of others by allowing myself to get into their world, better than inquiring what they have in mind, and living their...

  • Interview at Greenmarket (Union Square)

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Last Friday (October 24), I had a chance to talk with one of honey seller at Union Square Greenmarket. His name was Duane and for ten years his profession was building beehives. He worked for company named Tremblay Apiaries, which located at upstate New York. He said, he is not expert on CCD issue but commented “organic (bee) farmers wonder what flowers will bloom next year; it’s the other farmers who wonder where all the bees went”. His comment indicated problem of using chemical pesticide rather than using plant extract GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), which organic (bee) farmers prefer.

  • The "unofficial" launch

    Well-being, Communication Design

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    the empathy method has just been launched. This is my current project, which involves design, art, and theory within a socially conscious mindset. It's expected to be a space of vast collaboration and participation, so please comment and pass it on!

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