Friday, April 27, 2012

P.L.E.A.S.E. don't forget the student evaluations!

Each year you have the opportunity to evaluate our job. The evaluations for ARH 346 are up. Don't forget to leave your opinion. Thank you.

See you next week.  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The child consumer

Are children under excessive commercial pressure to be seen buying and wearing fashionable brands?

YES. The average American child watches an estimate between 25,000 to 40,000 television commercials per year. In the UK, it is about 10,000 $15-17 billion is spent by companies advertising to children in the US. Over $4 billion was spent in 2009 by the fast food industry alone. The marketing seems to be worth it. For example, Teens in the US spend around $160 billion a year Children (up to 11) spend around $18 billion a year “Tweens” (8-12 year olds) “heavily influence” more than $30 billion in other spending by parents, and “80 percent of all global brands now deploy a ‘tween strategy.’” Children (under 12) and teens influence parental purchases totaling over $130-670 billion a year. 

The Journal of the American Medical Association has said that children between the ages of two and seventeen watch an annual average of 15,000 to 18,000 hours of television, compared with 12,000 hours spent per year in school. Children are also major targets for TV advertising, whose impact is greater than usual because there is an apparent lessening of influence by parents and others in the older generation.… According to the [Committee on Communications of the American Academy of Pediatrics], children under the age of two should not watch television at all because at that age, brain development depends heavily on real human interactions.

A nice website here.

End of suburbia

You can watch the whole documentary here.

First World vs. Third World realities

Water predicament

Where does our dumping go?

Try to make buildings imitate ecosystems

Issues in Contemporary Design

Sustainable design
Waste and waste management
Social consciousness
Buddhist Economics (Gross National Happiness)
Critical design
Environmental design
Business ethics
Occupational safety
Design redundancy
Consumer protection
Social engineering

Suburban sprawl

Green Design


Your turn #11

Raoul Ubac, 1910-1985, via Juxtapoz.

What do you have in mind? Think outside the box.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Design is History

A very good website for graphic design history here. You get a time table on the left hand side and a scroll down menu of schools & figures. A nice bio with clear images informs the artist or school. It's a work in progress!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Namaiki (Tokyo)

Those familiar with Namaiki’s insanely colourful objects and installations, mad graphics and psychedelic videos might be surprised to hear that they are now mainly working in the garden watching their plants grow. Oh, really? Indeed, the Tokyo-based foreign design duo, consisting of graphic designer David Duval Smith (NZ) and architect Michael Frank (UK), are not only celebrating their 10th Namaiki (naughty) anniversary this year: Still fulfilling the connoisseur’s high expectations in terms of silliness, madness and genius, they added another level to their recent fun and light-hearted installations by switching literally to more natural grounds. PingMag transcribed the essence of an afternoon in David’s garden introducing some of Namaiki’s inspiring thoughts as to why ending up working with living things is just the most interesting thing to do… (taken from Ping Mag)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Your turn #10

Filip Dujardin, courtesy DGV
We talked about lots of things: the digital magazine paradigm, paper vs. virtual. Designing entertainment & new cultural niches. What drives the selection of style, that is to say: typeface, grid, image and text placement, what's the demographics? Re-designing design. The new stars. A new world out there: rich, complex, difficult.

What's on your mind?   

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Jean Paul Gaultier CokeAd

Aisle One

Aisle One

Almir Mavignier

Almir Mavignier (Brazil 1929)

Hurricane Projects: poster as a political medium

Jeff Boyes Pitt Meadows, Canada

A.. Vastagh, Nashville, Tennessee
Jason Thompson, Brooklyn, New York
 Allen Boe, Lincoln, Nebraska

The posters were part of the Hurricane Project, a collaborative effort to raise money for the victims of Katrina.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Julie Joliat

Julie Joliat pursues her career between the two key graphic centers of The Netherlands and Switzerland. Recently based in Zurich after spending 4 years in Amsterdam and the Hague, she works in the field of graphic design and illustration mainly in artistic and cultural medium for: books, magazines, logos, corporate identities, brochures, posters, flyers, web design, and self initiated projects...

Logo trends for 2012