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Designing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Olympics are finally here! After being delayed for the first time since World War II, many are excited to finally see the return of the biggest sporting event in the world. With 17 million viewers having watched the Opening Ceremonies, there’s a huge audience of fans tuning in. Such a massive global audience brings… Read More

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What Happens to Your Life’s Work Afterlife?

Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959), estranged from family members, was a loner who owned and operated a portrait studio in Herber Springs, Arkansas. For pocket change, locals would pose for a photograph to commemorate just about anything. Individuals and groups sat for formal or informal portraits—all of which had an honest, stark austerity about them—unlike portraiture of… Read More

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Is the World Becoming Flat?

From BMW to Burger King, many of our favorite brands have switched to a simplified, flat logo at some point in their recent history. For about a decade now, logos have been following the flat trend with more brands adopting that style as they transition away from being highly decorative to the simplest elements they… Read More

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Polka Dots in the Garden

I had the distinct pleasure of going to the New York Botanical Garden over the holiday weekend to experience the artistry of Yayoi Kusama’s work. There were several displays throughout the garden—from trees wrapped in polka dot paper to a yellow and black pumpkin exhibit that gave the optical illusion of going on forever. Kusama… Read More

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Cat Portraits Wakuneco

Like many people, I have numerous pets. I’ve had them my whole life. Most of my pets have been cats, and I still find myself dreaming about them from time to time, long after they have passed. I wake up wishing I could see their faces and give them a scratch once more. Pictures don’t… Read More

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The Closer You Get, the Slower I Go

Ford released the Model A in 1927 with a new safety feature—bumpers—and drivers soon began decorating them with homemade signs. As we know it today, the bumper sticker was the brainchild of a Kansas City screen printer named Forrest Gill. Mr. Gill had a surplus of adhesive-backed paper and fluorescent ink, two items left over… Read More

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Political Design Imitators

American political candidates typically demand the traditional design elements of stars and stripes and the colors red, white, and blue for their branding and marketing. But Scott Starrett and Maria Arenas of the New York design firm Tandem took a different tack when designing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s political brand. They drew inspiration from boxing, farmworker unionizing,… Read More

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Beginner’s Guide to Beef Cuts

My dad LOVES barbecuing. He is always down to talk about meats and how to cook them. That’s why for Father’s Day, I redrew and redesigned this iconic Angus Beef Chart, courtesy of the American Angus Association. I’ve always had a deep love of food, but I’ve always been overwhelmed standing at the butcher’s counter.… Read More

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Webflow — UI for Code

Every year, I try to learn a new tool to add to my skill set and help bring my ideas to life. For the past year, that tool has been Webflow. It started around May of 2020 when I was building my first portfolio site to showcase my design work. I started by using Squarespace.… Read More