Friday, March 23, 2007

Fashion: Brooks Brothers Updated

Recently, I stumbled into a Brooks Brothers store almost by mistake, that is to say I do not remember what lead me through their doors, but I was impressed with the level of customer service and a reasonably fashionable choice of clothing.

This hallowed institution has gone one step further in partnering with Tom Browne, who was honoured as menswear designer of the year, to introduce a signature collection called "Black Fleece".

Wasington Post Article

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Architectual Trend: Tiny Homes

I love the idea of doing more with less. And, in environments like Washington DC, where land is scarce and existing structures some over a century old run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, designing an efficienct dwelling is really appealing.

This trend has taken hold in others countries more than here, in the states, but I can see it happening here in greater numbers very shortly.

Business Week Article

Time Article

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

New Approach: User Centered Interface Design

The proposed $100 laptop for children in developing countries introduces a simplified interface "Sugar" which is designed to be child-friendly.

BusinessWeek Article

Typography: Assignment II - Results

The second assignment results are in and I am pleased with the products of my students. I can clearly see the students appling of many of the typographical design principles that have been presented in the course.

This assignment asked the students to develop a multi-page spread using a favorite song lyric as the content. The three panels including a cover and two facing pages were to support the intended message of the song, as well as hold together as a composition.

The cover panel was an extension of where the first assignment left off, using an 8"x8" formating which to place the song title and artist. The facing page spread allowed the students to gain practice in setting and compsing a long string of text.

The spread above was produced by student Tiffany Leech.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Online Site: History of Famous Logos

This site is a great resource for learning about the development of some of the most well known corporate logo's.

Logo History Online