Archive: Inspiration

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Ordinary Things

Poetry, my kitchen, and what you can learn from both

Powers Of 10

Originally posted February 12, 2010. Reposting for my GD2 class. Plus ten other ways to think about scale: 1. Size: larger and smaller 2….

Baratunde Thurston

How to be Black

“If You Don’t Buy This Book You’re Racist”

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PieLab

Changing the World, One Slice at a Time

Notebooks

Diary of a career in progress

Undiscovered Country

Working in a new medium can be intimidating. Just as you are becoming familiar with the language, principles and creative processes of graphic design,…

Study In Japan

For the first time ever, CCA is offering a design-focused study abroad program in Japan this summer. Lead professor emeritus Doug Akagi (also my…

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Where do ideas come from? Obviously there is no one answer, nor one true method for generating successful results. There are, however, some simple…

Six Things

Yvonne Lee Schultz Art You Can Xerox A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter Short by Short Edition of 1 Million Lighter or a Spoon?

Day 1

Today was the first day of class. I decided to skip the traditional introductions and get right down to work. In the spring of…

Ways Of Seeing

I read John Berger’s book, Ways of Seeing, about 15 years ago. I didn’t realize at the time that it was a book based…

The Rule Of Six

As you look at translating messages from surfaces to time-based media it’s important to consider the new opportunities the extra dimension of time can…

10 10 10

October 10, 2010. 10/10/10. In addition to a pretty cool looking date and the binary code for the number 42, 10/10/10 is international “Powers…

Something For Everyone

If you’re not currently in my class this won’t make a whole lot of sense to you, still you might find these people/things/ideas interesting:…

The Girl Effect

In 2008 Nike made a splash in the philanthropy world with a remarkable video for an initiative called The Girl Effect. The video was created…

Where Good Ideas Come From

Interesting presentation by Steven Johnson on how space affects creativity. This is a well-compacted version of his 20-minuted TED talk.

Great Fish

We were talking today in class about different ways designers engage audiences, particualrly with respect to issues and causes. In one instance a student…

Ideas That Matter

Today’s post is special to me. It’s about a remarkable man doing a remarkably simple thing for all the right reasons. It’s about a…

What Motivates Us?

Ok. I guess it’s been a heavy week on the blog. Nice to read all your comments and get a real discussion going. I’ll…

Striking Gold

Following up on yesterday’s Marlboro post, here’s a collection of Eastern European matchbook covers (via Andi Rusu on Facebook, who I don’t know but…

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Celestial Symphony

This little gem has been making the rounds of late, but its still worth sharing. Solar Beat is an orbital music box of sorts…

Stefan Sagmeister

Getting It

10 Designers’ “aha” moment.

504 + 415 + 76

Three posters. Three faculty members. Three approaches to information design: GD Chair Cinthia Wen tracked her mood over a period of 3 weeks, assigning…

What You’re Making Is Crap

That’s the bad news. The good news is, you know it. The better news is, you can do something about it. In this five-minute…

Advice On Writing

Even if it keeps you up all night, wash down the walls and scrub the floor of your study before composing a syllable. Clean…

This Too Shall Pass

I’m not actually sure that this tops OK-GO’s famous treadmill video, but the groups new effort is certainly ambitious. After all, Rube-Goldeberg inspired contraptions…

Art Of The Title

Your new favorite site, Art of the Title (.com), has a great interview and creative breakdown with the director behind on air ID for…

Overcoming Creative Block

Recently I was asked to contribute to a piece on Scott Hansen’s blog (iso50) about overcoming creative block. The advice I gave works for…

One Minute Film

Last semester we worked on some short films as means of exploring narrative form. Cosmo Ray’s Stripped of Cognition was among the standouts. Although…

her morning elegance

12 Short Films

Here are 12 short films/titles/video works worth remembering. Each has a different technical or stylistic strength, but all are equally devoted to storytelling: La…

Bohemian Rhapsody

In case you thought there is only one way to do something — or if you thought that once something has been “done” it…

13 Things We Referenced In Class Today

I hope you all found Philip Wood’s presence and critique to inspiring and helpful. He brought up a number of excellent points surrounding the…

The Naked Truth

Jamie Oliver (AKA The Naked Chef) was honored with the 2010 TED Prize. In a weekend sandwiched between the opening of the winter Olympics…

Interview With A Vampire

We will have a discussion about this interview (and this one) on Wednesday. You may also wish to inform and inspire yourselves by visiting…

All That I Perceive

Lindsay Daniels’ senior Thesis for CCA (then CCAC). I think I mentioned this in class the other day and wanted to share it with…

Faking It

Frank Chimero is currently one of my favorite illustrators. Boy genius. He’s also a pretty bright guy with a quick wit and some sharp…

Humble Pied

Get some good advice (one slice at a time) over at Humble Pied.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

An idea a colleague of mine had for Martin Luther King day a few years back. Not sure if it will catch on, but…

Memorial Day

I imagined taking a knife and cutting into the earth, opening it up, an initial violence and pain that in time would heal. The…

Searching For Lolita

Wonderful series of book Nabokov covers from a variety of designers, organized by John Gall (who designed one of my favorite covers, ever). See the…

Dealing With Rejection

Last week our Committee on the Museum Collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your drawing…

The Happiness Hat

Lauren McCarthy is pursuing her MFA at UCLA. As part of her studies she has invented the Happiness Hat, a wearable device that trains…

Three Outhouses

Above: the exteriors of three different outhouses built by Rural Studio students at Perry Lakes in Rural Alabama. Below: the corresponding view from the…

David Stark

Only just learned of this guy, but his work is amazing. His website is awful, but check out the corporate events section. Whoa.

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Bonnie & Clyde Sid & Nancy Hoefler & Frere-Jones

Sublime

At some point take the time to familiarize yourself with the work of Louise Fili.

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C3PO & R2D2 Laurel & Hardy Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Gin & Tonic Good & Evil You & Me. Where would we be…

826 _________

Here’s a rundown of some of the cool 826 stores around the country.

Seven

Excerpted from Alissa Walker’s coverage of the 2007 Y-Conference… “At Yale, Paul Rand once told Kyle Cooper that there wasn’t really anything interesting going on in title design. Alvin Eisenman…

Doing It

From an article about letterpress artist Amos Kennedy: “No one gets mad at you if you spend 30 years as a first-line manager at…