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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

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The 360 Project

Being a lover of independent film making, I try to find film shorts whenever I can. I came across Ryan Hughes‘ work via my Vimeo musings. This incredibly tedious project highlights some interesting production techniques and provides an eyeful of beautiful visuals.

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Playing with LEGOs

LEGO has launched a new ad campaign/poster series entitled “Imagine.” Each poster displays a group or duo of famously recognized cartoon characters using only the simplest LEGO pieces. The campaign was created by the German design agency Jung Von Matt. Check out the whole ad series here.

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Let’s Play Ball

I once read that the five principles of effective logo design are as follows: make it simple, memorable, timeless, versatile and appropriate. I am not sure what principles were followed when these Major League Baseball logos were designed, but as anyone can see, they should have been viewed as 1, 2, 3 strikes your out! I… Read More

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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Recently a friend sent me a video from a 2006 Ted Talk entitled “Tidying Up Art” by Ursus Wehrli. Organize, organize, organize, and simplify, simplify, simplify are a designers’ mantras. Mr. Wehrli takes these obsessions to the ultimate extreme. View the video when you have 17:38 minutes. It is really funny and it will not come as a… Read More

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Your Name is Windows. Why Are You a Flag?

When Paula Scher was tasked with designing the identity for Microsoft’s Windows 8, she did what she’s so well known for: finding the simple and obvious solution. So, she took the flag and made it a window—reiterating the company’s originally intended metaphor for an individual’s experience at his/her computer. The straight lines and perspective of… Read More