Mask and Wig: Grandmas Smoke Crack

Outside of class, one of the activities I’m involved with on campus is Mask and Wig, the oldest all-male musical comedy troupe in the country (it’s a lot of qualifiers). One of my favorite responsibilities as part of the Business Staff  is directing, filming, and editing our video bits. This video bit was featured in…

Clever Gym Ad

I stumbled upon this for Gold’s Gym. I liked it because it had a clever concept of using a person’s physical progress as a way to visualize change. It changes from “FAT” to “FIT” as the person loses weight. The bright yellow background with large black text and minimal visual elements also make it aesthetically…

Paper Helmet Wins James Dyson Award

Isis Shiffer created the EcoHelmet, a cheap cycling helmet made of paper. It’s made of recycled waterproof paper and its unique honeycomb pattern softens the impact of an accident. The purpose of the helmet is to give people who use bike-sharing programs an easy option for safety. 90% of people who use bike-sharing programs do…

Kodak’s Throwback Logo

Kodak recently announced its photographer-focused smartphone, Ektra. They chose to use an old logo for their new logo, essentially a throwback to an iconic shape and color scheme that branded Kodak from the 70’s to early 2000’s. This new logo was created by a studio in New York, Work-Order. The old one was designed by…

The 50 most popular brand colors

An analysis of the 1,239 brand colors used by 456 notable brands This is a researched article written using an analysis of the 1,239 brand colors used by 456 notable brands. James Archer, the author, was curious what colors were used most in popular brands. The author programs like Brand Colors and vis.js to scrape data…

A Meme

A quick Google search defined a meme as: “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.”…

NYT: What’s Really Missing From the New iPhone: Cutting-Edge Design

Farhad Manjoo explores the shortcomings of the new iPhone 7 products past the viral backlash against the choice to remove the port for earphones. The fault in the new iteration of the iPhone is also prevalent in their other products: bad design. Majoo also discusses possible solutions to Apple’s problems.  

Adobe Creates Fashion Line Using Cheesy Stock Photos

Adobe recently came out with a new fashion line of t-shirts featuring the cheesiest and most generic stock photos available. It’s a funny wink to stock photo’s inability to actually capture the reality of our world while still promoting their service, Adobe Stock. Unfortunately, these t-shirts are not available to the public. Instead, it is…

Japanese Security Guard Creates Utilitarian Art with Tape

I don’t read or speak Japanese so this won’t have as much information as I’d like, but the gist of this story is that a security guard working in a Japanese subway station started to create beautiful signs using duct tape. He uses a lot of clean lines and his technique includes careful measurement, cutting, and…

Free Copy of Psychology for Designers

Psychology by Designers is a book written by Joe Leech. It’s currently being given away for free (digital version only). It attempts to leverage concepts in Psychology for good design, and is a short read of about two and a half hours. Get your copy while you can!