Resource-2016 AGIA Design Conference 

The time has come and it couldn’t be better.

The 2016 AGIA Design Conference is here and they’re looking for applicants.

“The AIGA Design Conference is the biggest event of the year for creatives from all across the country. Be there as the design community comes together for provocative speakers, nightly networking receptions, live competitions, exhilarating exhibitions, innovative professional development sessions, and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes.”

If you feel like registering for the time of your life, click the link below.

Conference Time


Resource-Professional Development

Looking back to the AIGA site, I’ve found out that it had a professional development page. Pretty useful, huh?

According to the page, “AIGA members have opportunities to learn new skills, get advice on pressing career questions, hear insights from industry leaders, and learn how to manage more effectively.”

It’s a resource I’ll definitely use in the near future, but right now I’ll just broadcast it to the world I.e my followers.

Professional Development


Resource-Jack Kirby Museum 

A little follow up from the Jack Kirby inspiration post.

“The Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center is organized exclusively for educational purposes; more specifically, to promote and encourage the study, understanding, preservation and appreciation of the work of Jack Kirby by:

illustrating the scope of Kirby’s multi-faceted career, communicating the stories, inspirations and influences of Jack Kirby, celebrating the life of Jack Kirby and his creations, and building understanding of comicbooks and comicbook creators.

To this end, the Museum will sponsor and otherwise support study, teaching, conferences, discussion groups, exhibitions, displays, publications and cinematic, theatrical or multimedia productions.”

This would be one of my stops if ever in the New York area.

They also have a blog for current events and certain published artists. To learn more, clock here to fill your mind.

J.K Museum

Inspiration- Jack Kirby

Inspiration- Jack Kirby

I couldn’t go on this semester by talking about Stan Lee in one post and not talk about Jack Kirby in another, that would be a crime against humanity.
He had the opportunity to work Marvel and DC Comics in the 70s while creating some well-known characters like Captain America, The New Gods and any other that left their mark in the world. Along with editor-writer Stan Lee, the two made comics known at Timely, now Marvel, by creating some of the most popular characters to hit the shelves. He died February 16, 1994, leaving a legacy we dare not soon forget.

He’s relatable cause his work suggests to look outside the box and venture out into the unknown. To me, that what makes a good impression; wondering what would happen if this was replaced with that to get an unknown result. I guess that’s what I’m aiming for right now in graphic design. So thank you Kirby for filling my mind with wonder and opportunity,


“The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business.”

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of visiting and learning there when I was eleven. Since then, I’ve never looked back and I’m still in graphic design for the years to come. 

For more information on your given visual art major, visit and just look at what they have to offer weather you apply or not.

 College of Creative Studies


Reflection-Project 3: Constrained Systems

In this project, I was assigned to design and apply a modular system for a connotation of the word by using a simple shape i.e squares or circles.


I was assigned magnification and oppressive to work with throughout the project. Now before doing any attempts on what I’m doing, the words and using their synonyms seemed to be the most appropriate way to go.  Brainstorming the definitions really helped to rough out the direction I was going with my sketches. For example, magnification can either increase, enlarge or enhance certain qualities while oppression can use pressure and abuse which branches out to numerous words to define like break, shatter, strip, tear, shred, bend and to ruin those same qualities. Here’s my sketches to clarify:

Now the hardest part was to put the sketches to use in a modular system. There couldn’t be any cutting and morphing, It was just a basic shape to be used. So I thought instead of altering the shape, why not change the placement.  Not to mention the emphasis placed on the word with it’s given connotation.  The only way to go with this is to devise a process and error situation where every connotation is use in an alphabetical system. Which ever one didn’t correspond with the given criteria were immediately deleted. The end result was three remaining systems for both words no one image was alike.


By the end of last Monday, just one system from each word was chosen for the final critique to put into context which was the most easiest part. Supported by the sketches and connotations, the project went without a hitch while figuring out how the negative space could enhance or take away from the word. The answer was applied to Oppressive, it only made sense to do so.


The end result was a completed constrained system for each word and their given connotations.

Final Project (Constrained SystemS)

Typographers for Designers- Eric Gill

This one’s a bit strange to me…..

Bio Summary

“Gill was born in 1882 in Steyning, Sussex, and grew up in the Brighton suburb of Preston Park. He was the elder brother of MacDonald  Gill (1884–1947), the well known graphic artist. In 1897 the family moved to Chichester. He studied at Chichester Technical and Art School, and in 1900 moved to London to train as an architect with the practice of W.D. Caroe, specialists in ecclesiastical architecture. Frustrated with his training, he took evening classes in stonemasonry at Westminster Technical Institute and in calligraphy at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where Edward Johnston, creator of the London Underground typeface, became a strong influence. In 1903 he gave up his architectural training to become a calligrapher, letter-cutter and monumental mason.”

Type Summary

“In 1925 he designed the Perpetua typeface, with the uppercase based upon monumental Roman inscriptions, for Morison, who was working for the Monotype Corporation. An in-situ example of Gill’s design and personal cutting in the style of Perpetua can be found in the nave of Polingchurch in West Sussex, on a wall plaque commemorating the life of Sir Harry Johnston. He designed the Gill Sans typeface in 1927–30, based on the sans-serif lettering originally designed for the London Underground. (Gill had collaborated with Edward Johnston in the early design of the Underground typeface, but dropped out of the project before it was completed.) In the period 1930–31 Gill designed the typeface Joanna which he used to hand-set his book, An Essay on Typography.”

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My Description

It does have some traits that of New Times Roman that’s easily recognizable other than that it’s a pretty average font to use. Still, I find this font kind of mediocre and almost no use but for typing out blogs and papers like these.

Research- Basic vs Applied Research

I’ve described in more than one post how to research for a project, but never on how about the difference between basic and applied research, which may cause some confusion between graphic designers.

The reason for this is simple…

“The implied value in graphic design is to train our students to perform ‘real’ projects as opposed to theoretical exercises. We continue to give our students basic problems to encourage them to think on their own. It is the charge of industry to supply the next generation of students (future designers) with the applied research in the field. The commercial designers are better equipped and funded to supply this end of the students’ education.”-Michael Kroeger

Kroeger gives us a basic chart on what the difference is between the two, to see it click on the link below.

Basic vs Applied Research and more

Resource-Blick Art Studio

There’s a common saying amongst artists alike: “you’re only as good as your tools”.

In this case, you’ll probably need to stock up for the future.

At a nearby Blick art shop, I can pick up what I can for any project with the help of their fine staff that have a genuine basis on what to get. The best thing about this is that is my wallet never emptied because all their supplies from sketchbooks to an 11 X 15 canvas are affordable for the average college student like myself.

For more info or looking into purchasing for a certain class, follow the link on the bottom.

I swear you won’t be disappointed!———————-> Dick Blick Art Materials