Category: Graphic Design

Lessons from Berlin

Lessons from Berlin

| June 13, 2017 | Reply

Last week I spent a day in Berlin on my way to Amsterdam. Berlin is a mecca of interesting museums, but one that particularly struck me was the DDR museum, the Deutsche Democratic Republic, or the museum of Soviet occupied Germany. After writing recently about memory, I was surprised to remember again that Berlin was deeply buried within the partitioned East Germany, which meant that this cosmopolitan city was often at the mercy of the Soviet Union for supplies brought by truck. This vibrant city was partitioned into 4 sectors at the end of World War 2.

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Memory Palaces: on Remembering

Memory Palaces: on Remembering

| June 2, 2017 | Reply

This last year I have faced some $24,000-question-type problems: the question of when to respond with practicality, and when to respond with the heart. It’s been a year of tricky problems: human problems, daughter problems, sister problems, caregiver problems, mother problems. These have proven difficult to navigate with the tools I have honed through my profession, as it seems to me that design prides itself on the practical, and is suspicious of the whiff of sentimentality

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Remembering: Some thoughts on Memory

Remembering: Some thoughts on Memory

| May 29, 2017 | Reply

This week I have been working on my show at Millitzer Gallery, Remembering, and working on a few site-specific pieces to accompany the set of ten silkscreen posers I made last summer and fall. I wrote this reflection for the exhibit:

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Graphic Design Thesis Presentations

Graphic Design Thesis Presentations

| May 10, 2017 | Reply

This year was an amazing year for Thesis Presentations at UM-St. Louis. I was truly grateful to be a part for Senior Seminar this year. Check out this great article in UMSL Daily. Thank you to Evie Hemphill for the excellent article and photo.

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2017 AIGA St. Louis Student Conference: Lecturers with a Conscience

2017 AIGA St. Louis Student Conference: Lecturers with a Conscience

| February 26, 2017 | Reply

This year’s student conference was an especially thoughtful one. Set in what one could call one of the more earnest parts of town, This year’s conference chairs Audra Hubbell and Anna Heinze lined up a number of nice surprises for us. There was an inspiring talk about time and making sure to use it wisely […]

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Creating the Spark: Design and Creative Writing

Creating the Spark: Design and Creative Writing

| July 5, 2014 | Reply

A percentage of designers, more than you might suspect, have a second life writing essays, poetry and fiction. For some reason, most of them elect to keep it a secret. My own writing seems to make my design work more vivid and lyrical: not just conceptually, but visually as well. As a culture we are somewhat suspicious of creative writing; at the same time, design’s incorporation of visual poetry, as we can witness from flipping through design annuals, seems to become more complex and sublime with each year. Today on reality TV the idea oft thought and ne’er so well expressed seems rare. Are we chasing other ideals these days? While mass culture seems to become less interested in wit, design is pursuing ingenious ideas, expressed to surprise, inform, delight. Much of the passion for exquisite ideas exquisitely expressed, once the territory of bibliophiles, now seems to be what the public looks for in design and advertising. Those complicated ideas, expressive oddness, artifacts of literacy and appetite for the unusual seem to reside even more in design’s amalgams of image and idea.

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