Archive for the ‘Discussion’ Category


Font-tacular Fonts

23 May, 2011

Sympathy card font is called “Philosopher” and is categorized as sans-serif. It does not have serifs. I chose this font because it just looks so somber and neutral. It doesn’t “look” like it would be for a cheery card or birthday card. It is definitely a sympathy-card-looking-font.

Hot Dog Stand! This font is “Ballpark Weiner” and is categorized as script. It’s cursive and script-like. So hence, it is script. I chose this font because it looked like something that I could see on a hot dog card in Times Square or something. It looks (especially in this red colour) like a nice-looking hot dog stand. Also, it has a more rounded serif and lends formal elements to a layout. It has varied strokes which is reminiscent of handwriting.

Diner-Styled Restaurant is called “Grease”. This is more of a modern , decorative font. This is better designed for larger point sizes or display. It’s very distinctive with the diner-styled era.

The Logo For a Financial Institution is called “Sanford” and is considered serif or Roman. It has wedge-shaped angled serifs and has a low contrast of thick-to-thin strokes. It looks sophisticated!

Certificate for a Prestigious Award’s font is called “GregorianFLF” and it happens to be one of my favourite fonts. It looks so righteous and is considered a blackletter font. It resembles calligraphy/done by hand. It is highly ornamental and has elaborate thick-to-thin strokes. GregorianFLF looks official and highly-credited. It would more than likely be seen on more official documents (like your diplomas).


A Summarization: Embrace the Strain by Andrew Twigg

13 May, 2011

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This article describes the occasional hardships designers face in the offices and on the go. Multiple pieces to work on at once, all do in a short time. The article describes that even though the economy is poor, designers still have jobs (somewhat) and even though shops close and business file chapter 11, a designer’s work still goes on. “We must simply ‘make-do'”. This statement, as accurate as it is, describes most anything one has to do. We must make do with what we have in order to move on to the next best thing. We must work with limitations and restrictions and these rules and regulations will only make your design stronger.



13 May, 2011

AIGA is the professional association for design. Their values empower the individuals to do well in whatever career they may choose. AIGA’s mission statement is “mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force ” (http://www.AIGA.ORG).


Surrealism: The Art Movement

10 May, 2011

Surrealism began as a cultural art movement in the early 1920’s. Using juxtaposed and surprising elements, surrealism is unlike any artwork of its kind. Each piece is more individual than the next. Starting during/post World War I, and out of the Dada district, surrealism hit the city of Paris the hardest and eventually spreading across the globe. Paris became the epicenter of a cultural and social reform surrealistic movement.


Three examples of Surrealism:

First image – “La Trahison des Images” by René Magrit

Second image – “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dalí

Third image – “The Man in the Bowler Hat” by René Magrit



2 May, 2011

In February of 2011, IBM used their newest breakthrough Watson on Jeopardy. What is Watson? Watson is a POWER7 Machine using multiple core processors to solve a question in less than three seconds. Watson ended up winning the Jeopardy episode “he” appeared on. The advantages to this machine are great in numbers. It can think for itself and is a faster thinker than humans are. Watson buzzed-in the fastest in Jeopardy for most questions. Humans have the advantage over machine in the way that humans understand natural language and the urban flow of things. Watson responded best to signals rather than natural language. I believe this is a huge step for technology and our progress in the field of machinery. With IBM’s POWER7 processor, who knows what could become of this technology? This could create new medications and vaccines or help produce a better planet. Whatever the case may be, I think Watson’s creation is impressive and is a good thing.


A Day In The Life Of Daniel Adel.

22 April, 2011

Article- Daniel Adel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous by Ellen Shapiro- May/June 2007 Issue



This article is witty and entertaining, believe it or not. The man himself, Daniel Adel, seems to be a funny guy. He’s known for celebrity caricatures and portraits. He has illustrated children’s books (such as The Book That Jack Wrote by Jon Scieszka) and has won the Society of Illustrators’s medal. The article explains the interesting life of Mr. Adel and all of his inspirations and even gives examples of some of his pieces of work.

I thoroughly enjoyed this informative article. It’s cunning and witty and readable material. An interesting article for an interesting man. His pieces of work are gorgeous and funny to look at. They bring out the very best (or the very worst!) of his caricatures.


The Man Behind the Collage: David Hockney

22 April, 2011

Born in July of 1937 in England, David Hockney began loving art as a young boy. First attending Wellington Primary School, then to Bradford Grammar School, he then graduated from Bradford College of Art and Royal College of Art in London. He worked for the English National Service and was given the Companion of Honour and was made a Royal Academician. Surprisingly, he was offered knighthood, yet declined it for untold reasons why. He worked with photography and photograph collages. Painting and set design are his other strengths in the Arts. He won the John Moores Painting Prize for his 1967 painting, Peter Getting Out Of Nick’s Pool at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, UK.

Born with synesthesia, he sees synesthetic colours to musical stimuli. He often painted along to the sounds of the opera or whatever he had on in the background at the time. He is closely associated with the Pop Art Movement being one of the most important British artists in the 1960s. He is currently working out of Yorkshire, UK and his base in London to help save the arts programs.

Two Examples of  his collage work:

Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1982.

Telephone Pole, 1982.