Graphic Design Oracle – a teaching tool

I made this small box for quick in-class prompts for exercises. In the box, there are three categories of information: Students are to randomly pick from the decided color and then utilize that information as part of an in-class exercise. For this first version, the quotes, artists, and tips came from my own readings andContinue reading “Graphic Design Oracle – a teaching tool”

PoP, the font in … The Faculty Biennial

Last year I created Pop. A font that explores high-contrast strokes, bold colors, and basic shapes. Its creation coincided with my assignment to teach typography in Spring 2022 at Illinois State University. So I started to think of new assignments I could apply to my students. I arrived at extracting shapes from Pop in 2×2Continue reading “PoP, the font in … The Faculty Biennial”

Celebrating Design – TYPEBOX Unboxing

For my final Grad Studio project, we were told to CELEBRATE DESIGN! After a whole semester of criticizing consumerism and parts of our culture, it was time to celebrate the good things design has brought us. I chose to celebrate typography since it is one of my favorite parts of graphic design. The assignment also askedContinue reading “Celebrating Design – TYPEBOX Unboxing”

Assignment 3 – Stickers (ArtGr 275)

Finally something fun and broad enough that everyone could relate to it. This time in my TA class, I decided to ask the students to create stickers based on a couple of very broad categories that encompassed just about everything in the universe: Emojis, Food, Quotes/word (only handwritten), Nature, Traveling/transportation, and Music. Some would say IContinue reading “Assignment 3 – Stickers (ArtGr 275)”

Technology & Letterpress

Very often, I feel like I am extremely old even though I’m not. This week this happened again. I am what some would call technology-skeptic. I like to wait for new forms of technology to develop before I dip my toes in it because I have a hard time buying into the whole idea rightContinue reading “Technology & Letterpress”

Different Perspectives and Street Photography

How to Have Great Ideas – Take Notice Today, in Graphic Design Theory, we experimented with some different creative methods to expand our creative minds. We followed some prompts from the book How to Have Great Ideas and went out and about Downtown Ames to take pictures and find objects that could have different meanings orContinue reading “Different Perspectives and Street Photography”

[WO]MAN UP! – AIGA Iowa Conference

I can’t even believe that this happened. Friday night, as I was watching TV and browsing Instagram, I saw that Jessica Walsh had posted a “stories” of her flying to Des Moines for the [WO]MAN UP! Conference. And I wondered: “How is she coming to Des Moines?” and “Why did I not know about this?” ForContinue reading “[WO]MAN UP! – AIGA Iowa Conference”