Posts Tagged With design

Navigating Rocky Gap State Park

Going to Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland was a brand new experience to me in 2020 and let me say the views were stunning (however, a fatal flaw is that this a natural location, but it was the only public space that I had pictures of). The park in itself is made up of…

Damsel in Distress Trope

Damsel in Distress Trope Rachael Litavecz This 1953 advertisement for ketchup reads, “You mean a woman can open it?” (“Beyond Belief: Shocking Vintage Adverts from the ‘Golden Age’ “). The advertisement features a close-up of a woman’s face and her holding a ketchup bottle. The advertisement’s imagery and text promotes the hassle-free design of the…

Anatomy Textbook

My last wild design post is going to be on my Anatomy and Physiology For Speech, Language, and Hearing textbook. This class is an anatomy class but instead of learning about how the whole body is set up and how it functions, we only learn about how speech is produced and how people are able…

ART AGAINST AIDS | Dan Friedman

ART AGAINST AIDS is one of Friedman’s later works, made in 1987. This work was made for a coalition of artists and galleries to have an exhibition to raids money to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. From what I can gather about Friedman and his personality, he most likely did this poster for…

Marlene McCarty — Murder Girls

Marlene McCarty, in her later years, moved from graphic design to drawing, specifically with a ballpoint pen and graphite. Focusing on social issues is always her goal, but she moved onto more working on feminist and sexual issues. In her series “Murder Girls,” Marlene drew multiple young women in see-through clothes showing and bringing emphasis…

Depero’s I balli plastici

One of Depero’s projects that first stood out to me was I balli plastici. This is a set design that was created in 1921. In 1917, Depero  began to conceive of a Futurist ballet in which machine-like puppets would replace human actors and dancers.  He felt that this would emphasize the Futurist ideals of technology…

Fortunato Depero

Fortunato Depero was an Italian futurist painter, writer, sculptor, and graphic designer. He was born on March 30, 1892 in Fondo, Italy. “He grew up in Rovereto and it was here when he first began exhibiting his works, while also serving as an apprentice to a marble worker in 1910. He schooled at Scuola Reale…

History of Ships and Seafaring by Erik Nitsche

The image above pictures an illustration from one of Erik Nitsche’s many history books. This one is specifically Volume 2 in The New Illustrated Science and Invention, written by Courtlandt Canby, depicting the history of ships and seafaring. During Erik Nitsche’s later career, he started his own book publishing company and made it a goal…

Stanley Morison

            Stanley Morison was an English typographer, scholar, and historian of printing. He was born on May 6, 1889 in Wanstead, England and he died on October 11, 1967 in London. He spent most of his time growing up at the family home him and his family had in London.…

North by Northwest

North by Northwest is a thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock about an advertising executive in New York City who is mistaken to be a government agent and has to outrun foreign spies. However, the star of this movie was the famous introduction, designed by Saul Bass in 1959. This experimental sequence is often cited as…

An Under-examined category: Clock faces

A friend recently tipped me off to the fact that this clock was on sale (he had purchased the electric version), and I snapped it up. We both made the purchase thinking it was the work of the multi-talented Donald Deskey, due to a newspaper article stating specifically he had been designing clocks in 1933…

Ancient Spanish Ballads: Historical and Romantic

When I first entered the Special Collections Library, I was very surprised to see such delicate pieces scattered all over the room with so many students hovering over what just looked like books. I felt almost afraid to even touch the books, as everything in the atmosphere gave me the impression that things were ever…

Airbnb: Design Language System

For the past few years, I have used Airbnb to rent unique homes and spaces for trips around the country, and even internationally. Airbnb is a global online marketplace and hospitality service. Its’ members can use the service to book or offer lodging or tourism experiences. With 150 million users, 640,000 hosts, and four million listings…

Chicago Public Library – John Rieben

John Rieban’s importance to graphic design can’t be understated, and the work he designed for the Chicago Public Library, titled Chicago Public Library, was one of many indicators of this. This is my favorite piece by Rieben because it draws the eyes of the viewer with the giant red “a” and brings you closer only…