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Hurray! We hit 300!


Thank you, you loyal readers for helping me hit 300 posts here on amARTSMEDIA! Without your views I can’t keep going. It’s been a blast bringing you my news and views on design, media and pop culture phenomenons since my first post in 2011. Some recent highlights are the Theoretical Thursday columns, another story about … Continue reading

Comin’ on Like a Hurricane…


So I heard on the radio this afternoon that tropical storm Danny is supposed to grow to be a category 2 hurricane before dies out. Hopefully it won’t hit us here in Central Florida, but I’m sure we’ll get wet weather from it anyways. Why do bring up big storms (and AC/DC)? Get ready because … Continue reading

Tech Troubles


Oh goody. My favorite things: hackers and technology troubles. Earlier in the summer I set up scheduled content for a segment called Theoretical Thursdays. Needless to I was surprised to not see the 10 posts today. Please hold while I reinstall my security plugins and update WordPress to get the blog moving again. I thank … Continue reading

Priez gets the lead out of lettering


Welcome to the ninth edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at a French freelance type designer.  Calligrapher and type designer Julien Priez lettered a series of compositions in 2011 based around the idea of The Boogy Paper. This followed his success the year before when he graduated with an … Continue reading

Benetton bumbles Pieta AIDS Campaign


Welcome to the eighth edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at the many controversies of United Colors of Benetton.  The fashion house United Colors of Benetton has spent the last few decades under critical fire for their often controversial advertising campaigns. One of the first examples of … Continue reading

Just My Type(writer)


Welcome to the seventh edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at an Italian typewriter.    The Italian company Olivetti put the compact typewriter, crafted by the designer Ettore Sottsass, into production in 1969. Sottsass was quoted as saying, “Design should also be sensual and exciting.” He wanted … Continue reading

Design directing the public


Welcome to the sixth edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at the evolution of the design of the London Underground map.  Harry Beck created a new map of the London Underground “tube” station in 1933. He was honored posthumously on the 80th anniversary of the map with … Continue reading

Banking on Good Design


Welcome to the fifth edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at Danish banknotes.  In 1964 the Dutch Central Bank commissioned two designers and one artist to redesign the 5 bank note. Oxenaar worked through his process with the basic, and best, tools. Working only with pen and … Continue reading

Tate Modern takes a new look at public traffic influence


Welcome to the third edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the previous article click here. This week takes a look at Britain’s Tate Modern Museum branding.  Wolff Olins’s 1999 concept of the Tate Modern branding was that of “look again, think again,” according to the archive of the agency’s case study. This phrase is signature to the series … Continue reading

Upfronts may be upstaged by new media


Millenials aren’t using media the same way their Gen X older siblings and baby boomer parents did before them—and its showing in the ratings, particularly for primetime television.  Variety takes a look at the facts as they reveal the fall premiere shows aka The Upfronts. Upfront 2015: Time May Be Running Out for Primetime TV | … Continue reading

NBC still seems as ‘proud as a peacock’


Welcome to the second edition of Theoretical Thursdays this summer. For the first article click here. This week we have the visual history of the NBC logo. Oh, and no, I haven’t yet forgiven their executives for canceling Community. John J. Graham’s peacock logo debuted in homes on May 22, 1956, to advertise the recent switch of television … Continue reading

▶ Coneheads Create Old-School Commercial Comedy


State Farm collides with the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary this summer. The Coneheads prove they’ve still got comedic chops, now in the 21st century, even at 3 am. You may now consume mass quantities. ▶ State Farm® Coneheads Commercial – Behind the Scenes – YouTube.

Copyright conflicts create chaos


Seen here as the logo from 1975 the NBC color block “N” cost the National Broadcasting Company some serious cash. This short-lived abstract N logo was first unveiled on October 1975 and premiered on-air January 1, 1976, nicknamed the “Trapezoid N”.  In 1976, a lawsuit was issued by a public television broadcaster in Nebraska named Nebraska … Continue reading

Play Major Scales on Your New Stemware


Remember that scene in Miss Congeniality where Sandra Bullock plays the wine glasses onstage at The Alamo? (No? Well thanks to YouTube the clip is below.) Well, now you can make your own stemware sing right in the comfort of your own home. Major Scale Musical Wine Glasses | Foodiggity.com.

The First Friggin’ Friday Fun in a while


Finals are over! We can start celebrating Christmas! Here to spread some Christmas cheer is a road trip with some of my favorite comedic celebrities in “Merry Friggin’ Christmas.” The Griswolds get a new millennium makeover pairing a father and son duo (Robin Williams, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and Joel McHale “Community”) must go back for the … Continue reading

Take a page from Page Three Hundred’s playbook


I love successful design. It’s why I packed my bags (and boxes) and moved in sunny central Florida to be a Gator! I’m currently halfway through my first year in the masters of fine art program in…drum roll please…graphic design. How’d you know?! Today I present to you Page Three Hundred via The Dieline. This … Continue reading

Merry Happy! It’s December 10th!


I bring you the return of the blog–mostly because my best friend (You should visit her at http://bsidesdesign.com.) won’t stop bugging me about it. I caved because I enjoy it. I hope you do, too. Hey there everybody! It’s December 10th! I’m excited to once again be writing about the return of Community (#sixseasonsandamovie)! This is … Continue reading

USGA: Undergrad Slackers Governing Activities


I work at my alma mater as the office manager, but I’m still a student albeit grad school. Part of my job is to keep up with campus activities or lack thereof. This year the undergraduate student government was part of the latter, and I called them on it. As a student returning to campus … Continue reading