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

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

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