FontConf happened the other day. I’d been looking forward to it since it had been announced and I was not disappointed by the event. So much is happening right now with type for Type Designers, Graphic Designers, and Web Developers that the I can barely believe I’m around for it. That sounds a little bizarre doesn’t it? This is the mentality of a rather cynical Designer and...
Designer's role what with Flash dying and all...
This post will probably be filled with generalities. Just putting that out there; though with that disclaimer I do want to make it clear that this isn’t some sort of fanboyish cry about Flash, more a question about designer’s role in web design as Flash becomes further pigeon-holed into video players and the web moves on to HTML 5, the canvas element, Processing, and further with CSS....
Experiment: Hypno →
An experiment done with processing.js
Dialects; or how I'm proportionally more Designer...
I firmly believe that as a designer I know no bounds. There is nothing that I cannot research, understand, and use for design. Though I will admit, programming can be a struggle in those terms. I can say that I am no more than a novice at such things, and while I live and talk in a language of visual medium, I can still utter phrases in thick accents of classes, conditionals, and variables. That...
Focus. Or lack thereof.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I may be spinning my heels a little bit. With that I should immediatly clarify: this spinning sits outside of teaching. I find teaching to be a considerable challenge and joy. The spinning comes from the subject I teach, and it’s been bothering me more and more as I keep trying to remember what I do in design. The thought has compounded into a simple...
Playing with Context Free. Very interesting to see how easy it can be to make generative art. contextfreeart.org
My road-trip mix tape
Always funny, not just disembodied voices, and it can be fun to play along. Legionnaire’s Lament by Decemberists Has just enough energy to keep me awake, and I usually start singing along with it. Advice by the Pillows While not heavy, after hours of driving, it wakes...
My first job: DJ (radio variety)
Snagged a job as a DJ while I was in high school at a local radio station. Was quite possibly the best first job I could have had, though it didn’t really last more than a summer.
How much detail?
I think I have a project. Though I need to actually follow through on this one. I don’t want to say much about it otherwise I may just consider the loosing of it from my fingers to be enough progress on it and call it a day. I will say that it is an extension of the plan to remember at least one thing said in my dreams every night.
I decided towards the end of the last semester I needed to become more involved with the design world in the Cities since it is close-ish to the university. Of course I decide this as I recieved an email from the AIGA asking for volunteers for the annual portfolio 1-on-1 in the spring. The timing is perfect, and I should (thoretically) have more time to spend/contribute to the project. Why not...
There is a small change in the program. It works more consistently (the focus thing is still annoying), but the file that it asks you to download lacks the .jpg extension. It is still a jpg file, but just doesn’t show the extension. Why? Good question. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the string I’m passing to php from actionscript, but I can’t quite figure it...
Another flash experiment I’ve been calling letterDecay. This time a little less concept and a little more random composition. This project has been a good learning experience with Actionscript 3 and what bitmaps can do (as opposed to using the vector drawing tools). The project spawned from sketches of a dimensional number 5. A possible sculpture that nature had overtaken. While a building...
Possible research project
On a local level, in this case we’ll say the department and it’s students majoring in art and design, which travels faster: word of mouth or text/twitter? This is a response to the idea of being able to virtually tag a space with information. The initial concept was to be able to allow students to update things that appear in the halls and in the display cases and add comments to them...
The bare minimum
Next year (or whenever I have GDII next), I want to tell my students that they only get to use the fonts from this book. Why? Because even in their second class of graphic design, I’m noticing students using strange and unusual fonts for projects that don’t always need them. While they need to experiment with type and explore possibilities, I notice that when they need a style of font...
Information vs Emotion
In my graphic design II classes, I like the idea to incorporate a project that introduces students to information design. Mainly due to my own belief that design is more than making posters with kick-ass graphics to get people’s attention. I can certainly blame graduate school, where an informed designer could make a more effective design as opposed to just going with existing minimal...
So the new design is up, but not everything is in place. Mainly because I am no where near various source files that would make up a lot of the student work I want to update and my own multimedia work. I am definitely taking advantage of twitter, tumblr, and vimeo to make maintaining a site as simple as possible. I think/hope. I went for minimal, and I’m still debating a background...
Where My Mind is Currently
This fall, I’m leading senior studio. The goals of the class are pretty intense, like the kinds of all-encompassing projects I got used to in grad school. That said, I hope to have time to address design issues over the course of the semester. Ethics and defining art and design seem to be my direction at the moment. Or how art and design is defined for us; which is frightening at times....
In my many attempts to have a blog alongside my portfolio, failure always follows in a consistent way: I never have anything to say about design other than the rants I’ve already spou. This failure is usually followed by the fact that whatever design I’ve created for poorlydrawn never includes an aspect of the blog on the main page. It is always something that has to be navigated to. ...
I’ve moved the blog yet again. This time to tumblr. I think it was mainly because I just wanted to mess with it.