design, people, & things that work

Consumers consider a product valuable when they have a good experience with it, and products must be designed in a way that gives consumers a good experience. A couple weeks ago, UX Designer Clinton Carlson came to JBU and spoke about User Experience Design, a new field about designing products that solve real human problems. …

red says fast food

I have noticed that almost all fast food restaurants have the color red in their logo. I live in Johnson County, an upscale county outside of Kansas City, where all businesses are only allowed to post one sign and the sign must be close to the ground, and most restaurants are classier than your common …

selling ideas

I have noticed that marketers often create products or variations of products that seem unnecessary to consumers, and I think it is because they are trying to sell ideas. When I was at the Wal-Mart Express in Prairie Grove this afternoon, I noticed that Duncan Hines now sells “Mini Brownies,” which is a box of …

Albrecht Dürer and The Feast of the Rosary

Albrecht Dürer was a German artist in the northern Renaissance. He is best known for revolutionizing printmaking and elevating it to the level of an independent art form. His work combined the Northern gift for realism with the breakthroughs of the Italian Renaissance. I presented this report as I stood before “The Feast of the Rosary,” …

Do churches need Graphic Designers?

No one can decide whether or not a church needs a graphic designer until the church knows what they want to say. Graphic design attempts to solve communication problems, and good graphic design provides an effective voice for anyone who has something to say. If the church has something to say and wants to be …

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton became a designer in an age of “commercial art” and pioneered the idea of a designer being an author. A self-professed art girl in a family of English teachers, she didn’t discover typography and graphic design until she started college. She became a fine art student at Cooper Union and graduated in 1985 …

Paula Scher

In an age of changing pop culture, Paula Scher became a designer. She majored in Illustration at the Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania and earned a BFA in 1970. She was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. As a student, Paula …

Herb Lubalin

Design was in Herb Lubalin’s blood. Even though in high school he didn’t show any signs that he would work in graphics, he was always a designer, simply because design was a part of who he was. Lubalin didn’t discover his gift of design until he casually entered a poster competition and won second place, …