Monday, September 17, 2007

SUSTAINABILITY
Platform Green
AIGA Miami is back in action for 2007-08. Join them at Grass Lounge to kick off the season in consciously green fashion. Go and see the latest and greatest issue of Platform--their charter publication--that puts the focus on environmental and sustainable issues that surround our community. Members receive their free issue, which will be available for sale to non-members.

Listen to Marc Alt, co-chair of AIGA's Center for Sustainable Design, talk about their mission and what designers can do to incorporate green thinking and sustainable practices into their professional lives.

Thursday, September 20, from 7-10 pm
Grass Lounge, 28 NE 40th Street, Miami Design District. 305-573-3355
miami.aiga.org
TYPOGRAPHY
Typeface Designers Mix Art, Engineering
For all you type geeks out there, this fascinating article appeared on Earthlink.net News September 16th. Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, partners at a New York type foundry that bears their names, discuss the finer points of type design including x-heights, swashes, corners and terminals.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

SOCIAL ISSUES
Should Graphic Designers be More Involved in Social Causes?
Bruce Nussbaum comments on the level of social involvement typically (perhaps stereotypically) attributed to graphic designers. His September 10th article appearing in BusinessWeek.com points to the recent nervous response by Miss Teen USA contestant Caitlin Upton to a question about geography posed during the competition. Upton plans to go to Appalachian State University to study graphic design.

Nussbaum generalizes that graphic designers, unlike industrial designers and architects, are not interested in using their design skills to help people in, say, rural Africa or Asian villages. But is he right? Graphic design can be a powerful force in capturing people's attentions and making them aware of important social issues. "With great power comes great responsibility," says the adage about superhero powers. Graphic design can be just as powerful, and graphic designers can be just as heroic when they are involved.

Monday, September 10, 2007

JOURNAL
Ellen Lupton Discusses Success
In an August 28th journal article appearing on AIGA Voice, Ellen Lupton writes that success means more than just getting a job or earning money (true, those things are important). True success is a deep personal satisfaction in doing what you love--and it's independent from money. It's an interesting article; have a look!

Monday, September 03, 2007

LOGO DESIGN
LogoDesign.com Reviews Presidential Logos
The blog website LogoDesign.com reviewed campaign banners for the candidates of the 2008 Presidential Elections. Take a look and vote for your favorite.