education

Olcani – Children's Paintings of Maasai Medicine Plants

The African Conservation Fund’s (ACF) program employs a strategy that builds local capacity for conservation by sourcing funds, providing skills, and creating geographical and cultural linkages regionally and internationally. SAPPI Ideas That Matter has provided funds for Melanie McElduff and Deborah Ross’s Watercolor Project to produce a book illustrated by the children of ll...

Rereading Bob Gill for the First Time

It is in no way hyperbolic to say that Bob Gill’s latest book, Bob Gill, So Far (Laurence King, $50), should be required reading in every design school. Additionally, it should have a place on all right-thinking designers’ bookshelves. In fact, the only argument against buying this work by one of America’s greatest graphic thinkers...

Journey of an Absolute Rookie

I’m absolutely not in the mood to bitch about technology, education, capitalism, employment, stupid policy, any of that today. (I’m sure everyone’s relieved.) Let’s look at something reassuring. This is a thread on conceptart.org that my boyfriend pointed out to me: it’s astounding because 1) it was started in 2002, 2) it’s still going,...

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...