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

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

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

Top Annie Moments #sixseasonsandamovie


No one plays paintball like the cast of Community, and no one can freak out over pen theft quite like Alison Brie! Enjoy this week’s Friday Fun featuring quite possibly my favorite television show ever.

Quick Mistletoes


While on my lunch break I was telling my co-workers about this web-comic I used to read when I was a freshman in college. It shows my age that author Katie Tiedrich was in high school at the time and now she’s about to graduate from college. *sigh* This girl has comic chops even though … Continue reading

Best of Troy and Abed #sixseasonsandamovie


You know you’re a fanatic when a TV show comes along and several seasons down the line you’ve barely missed an episode since the pilot (the first episode) debuted. Joel McHale (The Soup), Gillian Jacobs, and Dan Harmon caught my attention early and have held me captive ever since despite NBC’s best efforts to cancel … Continue reading

Sheriff Woody’s story is no stranger to Woodbury


The Walking Dead has become a complete phenomenon and has seen the highest television ratings ever this season. Pixar’s Toy Story is one of the most successful CGI movie franchises in history. These two stories have a lot more in common than their successes. To see the complete comparison click here Proof That The Walking Dead … Continue reading

Influencers


INFLUENCERS TRAILER from R+I creative on Vimeo. R + I created this quick, but captivating, clip about how culture spreads and who it is that holds influence over it. Enjoy!

‘Warm Bodies’ proves comedy isn’t (un)dead


Tired of watching the same movie all the time? Check out the fresh tale of teenage love from a zombie’s perspective! This movie had me laughing so hard it hurt, and then I laughed some more. Nice to see some fresh faces (Nick Hoult, Teresa Palmer, and Analeigh Tipton) take lead roles–especially coming from the … Continue reading

Marvel Comics creates superhero ‘Blue Ear’


Boys love their superheroes regardless of their age and this little one is no exception to the rule. Marvel Comics makes a Mom’s dream come true and her son used his new “powers” to help others. Enjoy this uplifting edition of Friday Fun.

novum narrates printing processes without words


Despite the dire warnings of print is dying it isn’t going anywhere for a while. It’s just shifting. Print is getting more creative and becoming more of a fine art. Just look at this video on the making of the November issue of German/English magazine novum.

April showers bring May flowered colors


National Geographic picked this crazy, colorful photo for one of its April photo of the month contest. I’m excited to see the photos because I’m participating in this race in September! I’ve been doubling my number of work-outs to prepare because this will be my first official 5k. 

Keith Haring: Painter, activist, and one of the original street artists


When I was enrolled in a contemporary art class one of my favorite artists was Keith Haring because he wasn’t afraid to try new mediums especially with video and what we now call street art. From a design standing I am indebted Haring and fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Barbara Kruger for creating the concept … Continue reading

AIGA Birmingham presents the Emerging Designer Showcase


AIGA Birmingham presents an Emerging Designer Showcase April 1 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at Matthew’s Bar and Grill, 2208 Morris Ave., Birmingham. sponsored by AIGA Birmingham, Forstall Art Supply Center and Matthew’s Bar and Grill. The juried show will spotlight up-and-coming talent from Birmingham and beyond. Come mingle, enjoy the exhibit and meet the … Continue reading

Word as Image


Because its too nasty out do anything outside today this week’s Friday Fun is a typographic challenge: turn a word into an image. Here are some examples from the creators of the book Word as Image. Word as Image – YouTube.

When Gaming Is Good for You


University of Rochester researchers found that people who play videogames have better hand-eye coordination, make faster decisions and are possibly more creative. Gee guys, those results have been coming out for years. In fact, there’s a whole books dedicated to the subject. Wall Street Journal reporter Robert Lee Hotz pares down the medical terms and … Continue reading

Disruptive Wonder for a Change


Design is everywhere. Good design is harder to find to the untrained eye, but it’s there. It’s just much more subtle. One of my icons, Kelli Anderson, does a talk about looking at the small things for inspiration. TEDxPhoenix – Kelli Anderson – Disruptive Wonder for a Change – YouTube. #amforshort

Birmingham presents best of local advertising


Today’s edition of Friday Fun features last night’s ADDY Award Show winners. UAB students stole the show in most of the categories they entered. Yours truly walked away with a gold and a silver trophy for back-to-back winning years, but I’m not alone. Fellow partner-in-crime Brittany Fox will also be headed for a consecutive run at … Continue reading

Tea bags the Christmas spirit


These little tea bags have been designed to be rather genius. The cookie cutter shape protrudes from the top of the box in a nice shade of green. The neat part is that the shape of the cutout at the base of the tree. This forms a slit to hang the bag on the side … Continue reading

Painter Kureshi creates type by hand


Todays edition of Friday fun features the digitalization of hand painted letters. Design ‘historians’ are documenting and archiving the text, most of which is as simple as street signs and India’s equivalent of a billboard. All of this must done on a tight timescale as the paintings fade or the buildings come down. via Painter … Continue reading