education

Karel Martens & WTF Is Wrong With the U.S.?

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to see Karel Martens speak at a lecture hosted by the  New York chapter of the AIGA. It was the most inspired I’ve ever felt after seeing a graphic designer speak. If you don’t know him, Martens is the godfather of graphic design in the Netherlands...

The T-Shaped Designer

Marissa Chen writes an interesting essay at DesignTaxi today; a look at attitudes of young graduating designers versus market realities. According to this piece, the design student has quite a few romanticized ideas that don’t necessarily hold up to the reality of current market burdens. There’s a small piece in this which is actually...

Following Up From Yesterday

Yesterday, David Ramos commented upon my conversation with Adobe’s Lea Hickman: Design curricula are failing to teach students how to work programmatically, and the best response, then, is to make software that tries to compensate for designers’ lack of knowledge? I can’t agree. …and I couldn’t agree more. In fact, that’s the actual reason...

An Education in Natural Science Illustration

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of recent graduates of the Natural Science Illustration program at the University of Washington until the end of October. The certificate program is one of the few programs in the country offering education in natural science illustration....

Their Slogan is We (Heart) Technology and Design

Where do technology and design intersect? Increasing numbers of people say on Broadway between 20th and 21st Streets. I first read about General Assembly in a column buried on an inside page of the New York Times’ real estate section. It was presented as a place for technology and design entrepreneurs to rent desk...

Today's Obsession: You Don't Know Jack

A couple of unrelated, yet related posts I’ve found: Adrian Shaughnessy lists ten things he observes most commonly in current design students and graduates. There are three things that give me chills. He says in point five: It is getting harder to tell the difference between the work of students studying illustration and those...

Booo!!!!

No, it is not Halloween yet but it is never too early to enjoy a bit of horror or sci-fi fantasy. On June 3 through 5, Saturday Nightmares: Horror and Sci-Fi Expo will open for the second year at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, New Jersey (a fitting place for the macabre)....

AIDS Posters Make a Mark

The following is adapted from the introduction I wrote to the catalog of Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985-2010, which will be shown for the first time in New York at the Art Directors Club on June 6. The exhibition will be on display from June 7 – July 29,...

Designing Design History, The Movie

To call this a “movie” is a bit of an exaggeration. It is not anything like Gone With the Wind or Helvetica yet neither is it an 8mm home movie. It is a video lecture originally presented at “Graphic Design: History in the Making” at St. Bride Library in London on May 6 (see...