Friday, March 30, 2007

Student show

There are currently two student shows up on campus. One exhibit has photographs and books from last summers India tour. The other exhibit is of current student work. r

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Pin Hole

In six weeks or so I will be in the mother country (ala Great Britain) for about three weeks. I need to starting honing the accent. This blog has some nice pictures of London etc. I look forward to having time to get my Holga out and shoot a bunch. r

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Learning from the master

One of the syllabi for Advanced painting requires students to choose 8 paintings from different time periods and recreate them. I walked through the painting studio a few minutes ago and took this pictures of some in progress. The whole idea of looking to master painters and learning from their technique is a lesson we need to remember spiritually. The only way forward each day is dependence on Christ. r

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I love letterpress

When I was in grad school at the University of Notre Dame this guy Kevin Bradley came from yeehawindustries to do a letterpress workshop. After he left I resurrected the old letterpress that was in cold storage beneath a pile of trash in a back room of the art building. I bought some type, ink and other supplies and have it back working. There is a real push in the design world to make work that is less slick and more hands on. Letterpress fits that perfectly. If anyone out there is getting married any time soon, it has become the classy way to print the invites. Here is a sample of yeehaw’s work. For more go to

Monday, March 26, 2007

It’s 80 degrees outside

Spring has suddenly come. The daffodils are in bloom and there are only 5 weeks left in the semester. Most students are back from spring break. On Friday we are taking students to Chicago. I am taking a group to a design studio called Thirst.

One of my design students just completed a project on the United Nations 30 Human rights. Rather than choosing one right they chose to create a button for each right. Here are the buttons.
If you want to know your rights . . .

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The question

This website does a nice job answering the question.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


This past Sunday and Monday there were 300+ academy juniors on campus getting a University preview. On Monday morning we had 70 of them express an interest in the BFA and come for a tour.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


So it is now Tuesday and I have barely had time to breath. These are images from a basic 2-dimensional design class I teach. I am a square freak. I love squares.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Student posters

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

What is Graphic Design?

“Graphic design is the most ubiquitous of all the arts. It responds to needs at once personal and public, embraces concerns both economic and ergonomic, and is informed by many disciplines including art and architecture, philosophy and ethics, literature and language, science and politics and performance.

“Graphic design is everywhere, touching everything we do, everything we see, everything we buy: we see it on billboards and in Bibles, on taxi receipts and on web sites, on birth certificates and on gift certificates, on the folded circulars inside jars of aspirin and on the thick pages of children's chubby board books.

“Graphic design is the boldly directional arrows on street signs and the blurred, frenetic typography on the title sequence to E.R. It is the bright green logo for the New York Jets and the monochromatic front page of the Wall Street Journal. It is hang-tags in clothing stores, postage stamps and food packaging, fascist propaganda posters and brainless junk mail.

“Graphic design is complex combinations of words and pictures, numbers and charts, photographs and illustrations that, in order to succeed, demand the clear thinking of a particularly thoughtful individual who can orchestrate these elements so they all add up to something distinctive, or useful, or playful, or surprising, or subversive, or somehow memorable.

“Graphic design is a popular art and a practical art, an applied art and an ancient art. Simply put, it is the art of visualizing ideas.”

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Mr. French

French Paper is located about 10 miles away. A family owned paper mill that has the coolest design out there. Check out

Thursday, March 01, 2007

A Japanese art

Handmade student book on the art of origami.