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Thank You, Hillman

Hillman Curtis wrote the book on Flash web design, designed some of the earliest animated websites, and then left the technnology completely to focus on much larger corporate websites. For those of us who always feel one or two steps behind the ever-evolving web, Hillman managed to stay one or two steps ahead. When he… Read More

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Thinking Outside the Box

During a tour of the University of Rhode Island last week, I couldn’t help but notice the cornerstone of the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences building. The number eight from the 2008, the year of the building’s completion, frees itself from the granite and floats into space. It’s a refreshing change of pace for a… Read More

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Have You Read Your Bookcase Lately?

Being a confirmed type-junky, I thought this typographical twist on modular bookcases was just plain cool—so I had to share. Designed by Eva Alessandrini and Roberto Saporiti, the bookcases are a fun and functional series of modular storage cubes shaped as letters and numbers for the Italian furniture design firm Saporiti. Now what would you… Read More

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: CADC Presentation

Last Wednesday we opened up our studio to the members of the Connecticut Art Directors Club. With our studio’s twenty year anniversary as the backdrop, I shared the stories behind our work and added a few pearls of wisdom on adapting to change, work/life balance, hiring good people, creating a solid work culture, and finding new clients. It… Read More

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Designing with Less, Part II: Batteries

Over the past 30 years or so, the field of design has changed considerably. This is mostly due to advancements in the field of electronics, more specifically, computers. Being a web developer in the design industry, I know that better than anyone. I couldn’t do my job without the technological advancements in computers and electronics.… Read More

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Centuries of Progress: American World’s Fairs, 1853-1982

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center recently hosted the traveling exhibition “Centuries of Progress: American World’s Fairs, 1853-1982.” The exhibition featured an array of artifacts from past World’s Fairs, including promotional/marketing materials, products of the future, postcards and journals from fair patrons, as well as video footage of attendees interacting with exhibitions. Being the curious bunch… Read More

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Point to Your Level of Pain

While the medical staff was prepping me for inguinal hernia surgery at Stamford Hospital on Friday, I noticed six faces staring back at me, each displaying increasing levels of distress. What a brilliant idea. Regardless of language, age, or level of education, all that is needed to accurately communicate a patient’s level of pain is… Read More

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Recycling at Its Finest

This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the weathered wood wall sculptures of John Long in person at a quilt show in Southport, Connecticut (His work was part of a special exhibit within the quilt show entitled “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” featuring artists who work entirely with found objects). If I had a large… Read More

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Crowdsource Your Logo

We recently met with a client to discuss a packaging assignment for a new line of foods she was launching. During the meeting, she pulled out a stack of papers with hundreds of logo concepts for her new company that had been designed using a new technique called crowdsourcing. I’m sure you’ve heard of this.… Read More