iPhone UI Design Criticism

Former Apple designer Don Norman believes that Apple iPhones have lost touch with well-designed iPhones. He says that important designs often have small and low-contrasting text that makes it hard to read. He also thinks that the iPhones are not suitable to be used without a manual, and thus making the designs inefficient and inconvenient….

Camp: It’s Not Hiking and Fire Pits

On May 6, the annual Met Gala occurred, showcasing today’s biggest stars in elaborate gear. The theme of the gala was “Camp.” No, it is the hiking, outdoorsy theme you think. Camp is defined on Wikipedia as “an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.”…

Burger King: Forget About Happy Meals, Get Yourself a DGAF Meal.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Burger King has released meals parodying the iconic Happy Meal of McDonalds. Targeting a more mature audience, Burger King is shedding light on the mental health issues that plague many individuals across the globe with its Real Meals. The set of meals include the Blue Meal, the Salty…

Brought to You By the Letter: X

KAWS X Sesame Street is a new line of apparel and toys that takes an edgier approach to the beloved characters and is targeted towards an older demographic. KAWS is a well-recognized artist and designer known for reimagining iconic kids show characters in his art, from a miniature Mickey Mouse sculptures to a Simpson’s painting…

Redesigning at Sonic Speeds

After facing major backlash from fans, the creators of the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie have announced that they will be redesigning the titular character, whose current motion picture form is admittedly a bit terrifying. And, although fans have an abundance of suggestions on how to redesign the beloved character, the reality of redesigning the…

Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends Character Designs

I recently came across one of my favorite childhood shows again, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Interested in the show’s character-driven plots and colorful animation, I wanted to look more into how the show’s creator developed the characters and decided on the art style to use. Upon researching character designs, I was very surprised by…

Why All Coffee Shops Look the Same

In an interesting video by Quartz, they explore why coffee shops around the world look suspiciously similar – exposed wood, hanging lightbulbs, and a few plants. They explain the history of coffeeshops and how Starbucks first taught people that coffee could be something where you slow down to enjoy it. In the early 2000s, there…

36 Days of Type

36 Days of Type is an ongoing project that invites and challenges all artists with various backgrounds and styles to illustrate their interpretation of the letters and numbers of the alphabet. The challenge occurs once a year, and is currently in its 6th year and will end on May 7th. One its instagram account, @36daysoftype,…

Adapting to Instagram Trends: Publicly Engaging a Changing Audience

The public art installation has me pondering on how to engage a public audience through art. While perusing the news headlines, I came across this interesting article by The Atlantic technology staff writer Taylor Lorenz. Lorenz details a peculiar trend about the end of the “Instagram Aesthetic” and the shifting trends of moving away from…

The Art of Making Sounds – Zimoun

https://www.zimoun.net/ Arist Zimoun constructs “architecturally-minded platforms of sound”, combining visual elements on a massive scale. His sculptures transform industrial elements into delicate audio. Zimoun’s installations immerse the viewer (listener?) in an enclosed location where they are entirely surrounded by the piece. His works encourage us to reconsider the purpose of these every day items. It…