Author Archives: Guest Contributor

Design Thinking Should Make Designers Think

By Ronald de Vlam, CEO & Global Managing Partner, Webb deVlam The title of my piece is meant to provoke: Of course designers “think” and use their brain to do their work, I am being contrite. But there is a movement in my studio that is asking some deeper, fundamental questions of our profession;...

Pre-Super Bowl Feature: The Complete Spot Paintings of the NFL

By Ken Carbone  The art world is seeing spots, lots of them. Currently, the Gagosian Gallery is exhibiting three hundred and thirty one paintings by Damien Hirst in eight cities around the globe. The show entitled “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” features stark white canvases covered in neatly arranged, candy colored dots. Famous for his...

Pausing for Amandine Alessandra

By Cheryl Yau As pedestrians meander swiftly through urban grids, confronting billboards, scrolling through incoming texts and saturated Twitter feeds simultaneously, London-based designer Amandine Alessandra demands that they pause…with the use of typography. Eager to step away from digital fonts and ubiquitous desktop publishing software, Alessandra frequently turns to the urban environment, found objects...

Why "It" Matters

By Hunter Wimmer By day, I have the good fortune of spending time with young designers looking to hone their skills and gain insights into the craft and business of design — I’m a teacher. In our program, we keep a fairly robust two-way conversation going with our students through a few electronic forums...

The Mixed Media Mastery of Bram Tihany

By Cheryl Yau Others have tried to describe multi media artist Bram Tihany as a filmmaker, a photographer, and even a photo surrealist. But when asked, 30 year-old Tihany, who speaks energetically and enthusiastically about his work, prefers not to adhere to rigid labels. “There wasn’t really ever an intention to be that broad,” he explains, yet...

Monkey Business – Part 2

By Jami Giovanopoulos, Vice President, theispot.com [Editor's note: this is a sponsored guest blog post by our friends at theispot.com.] Steven Noble collaborated with GBH in London to design the illustration logo identity and all room collateral for SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills (“SLS” stands for style, luxury, and service). The identity’s monkeys are a mischievous and...

An Anatomy of Uncriticism – Part 2

By Alexandra Lange When Print asked me to contribute to its upcoming “Power” issue, I had to stop and think. The obvious topic would be a piece on America’s most powerful design critic. Crickets. While the number of national architecture critics shrinks, the number of national design critics never grew. There are few outlets...

Getty's 27 Letters (and One From Paula Scher)

By Andrew Delaney, Head of Content, North America, Getty Images It’s not often that a site like Getty Images’ 27Letters, which is dedicated to inspiring creatives by showcasing the visual trends that are currently setting the global visual conversation, is presented in a way that is so compelling. Getty Images leverages its expertise to identify...

Branding The Barnes

By Jenny Kutnow Philadelphia may be the “City of Brotherly Love,” but the last few years have seen that love turn to uproar over the relocation of The Barnes Foundation. The new building for this expansive art collection was designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and is currently under construction on the Benjamin...