Wider White Space, APFEL (Part 1)

On the California College of the Arts campus earlier this year there was an exhibition at the Wattis Institute called The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space, which investigated how graphic design is represented in an art gallery format. The …

What is Typographic Illustration?

While hardly as provocative a question as last week, my colleague and I have been batting this around ever since we created what we thought was a simple assignment for our Typography students. It reads: Replace all photos on the …

Bikebook, Like Facebook, Only Better

Albert Pereta, is a student at SVA MFA Design, bike rider and entrepreneur. He just launched Share the Path, a unique mass-media website, devoted to bicyclists in New York. He says: It is ‘The Moment’. That little amount of time …

Designucation

Last week Allan Cochinov, editor-in-chief of Core77, announced the formation of a new design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. MFA Products of Design is a two year multi-disciplinary program (and summer session) that transforms the …

Why CMYBacon is Smokin'

With a name like CMYBacon how can you not be intrigued? Although Designer Martin Refsal has to “suppress my inner-geek from time to time to ensure that I don’t post too many things about Star Wars and Legos” he is …

"Designing a Life" and other Summer Activities

Summer is the time for ice cold drinks and hot summer workshops. Here are two art programs worth considering: The Jim Thorpe Project is an intensive five-day storytelling workshop held in Jim Thorpe, Pa., named after the famed all-around athlete …

Neighborly Transaction

My neighbor waved hi on the sidewalk last Monday morning. “I saw your new piano,” he said. “My daughter plays in a private band.” The neighbor’s daughter is 14 years old. “What does she play?,” I asked. “What is a …