23 May 2012 - 4:53Web Design Has Come A Long Way

Can you believe how much the web matures every year?  OK, let’s admit it.  Those of us who were around UH last decade know that the site developed at a snails pace.  And that’s not to step on anyones toes.  Developing a website at a bureaucracy as complicated as UH must be a real headache.  What matters is the progress and evolution of aesthetic style and usability. I can’t tell you how many times I would curse at navigating through 3 mouse-over menus only to lose my place because i moved the pointer a measly 10 pixels to the right!

So here it is folks.  A blast from the past:

Old uh.edu website

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7 October 2011 - 11:09Thoughts on Jobs

I was thinking about Steve Jobs this morning and wondered if we should consider him a hero in our field. My thought is that he really wasn’t a designer in terms of actually coming up with the technical designs as much as he was an art director.

I am feeling a touch of fear because I think that our world has lost a “design” leader. Jobs was someone that held great design as sacred, a way to meet his capitalistic goals. He seemed like a champion for our field and someone we could point to when talking about why design is important. My fear is that there will be no one new to take on this mantle.

Then I found this video by accident: Apple Steve Jobs On Design

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3 September 2011 - 1:46can never look at enough stuff

The Swell Season poster

great site for inspiration: http://pinterest.com/?category=design

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28 August 2011 - 22:16New look for restaurant the Kickin’ Chicken

The Kickin’ Chicken restaurant recently (and by recently, I mean a couple of months ago) a brand change, complete with new website and goodies. To see the new website, click here to see the evolution of the design, go here. Armin Vit gives his opinion on the new design.

I thought the new design was fun and energetic, much of what the name of the restaurant implies… It also comes with a great character: Professor Chicken.

Professor Chicken

Plus, I thought since we’re starting the year off with a website, this might be a fun one to look at. Also, if you get a chance, peruse other rebrandings on Brand New. It’s a great site. Now if only we had a kickin’ chicken in Houston….

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27 July 2011 - 0:28Turning Communities into Classrooms

Here’s an article in the Houston Chronicle about our very own Cheryl Beckett!

Click here to read

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5 May 2011 - 13:17Class of 2011 Senior Show, Tonight!

Come see the Graphic Communications senior show, a culmination of 2 years of hard work and determination. Their show name, What is 302? is a nod to the senior studio room 302, where many sleepless nights have been spent. See their webpage here, their Facebook page here and follow them on twitter here. We hope to see you there!

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29 April 2011 - 11:43Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

AIGA Events
Ellen Lupton

Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

Date: May 19, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Ellen Lupton, director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at Maryland Institute College of Art and author ofGraphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming

Register now!

AIGA and F+W Media present “Extra Credit,” a new series of free webinars for students, new designers and anyone seeking a creative boost.

The design process involves researching, inventing and expressing ideas. Sometimes concepts seem to pop out of nowhere, but just as often they result from deliberate techniques. Many designers start a project with brainstorming, an open-ended search for initial directions. Brainstorming, however, is just the beginning in a designer’s quest for useful and inspiring ideas.

In this Design Cast you’ll learn:

bullet How to invent surprising variations of a core idea
bullet How to conduct and apply visual research
bullet How to quickly develop concepts for complex interactive projects
bullet How to use visual experimentation to jump-start your design vocabulary

In this engaging session, Ellen Lupton and her MFA students at Maryland Institute College of Art will present a variety of fun and helpful methods for exploring the design process. See fresh thinking tools at work, inspired by the work processes of leading designers and thinkers.


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7 April 2011 - 0:54Things Organized Neatly

Great site that shows things, well.. Organized Neatly. Some are better than others, but you can appreciate the grid.


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4 April 2011 - 16:32Steal like an Artist

This is an Interesting little article about artists being collectors, and finding your own inspiration by looking at other work, surrounding yourself with things you love, having fun, etc.


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3 April 2011 - 22:55Free Online Magazines

Here’s a list of some free online magazines for designers if you’ve already exhausted your home library.

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29 March 2011 - 21:23A Brief History of Title Design

Check out this compilation of notable film-title sequences. Then go to The Art of the Title Sequence to see a whole lot more!

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29 March 2011 - 21:02Erik Spiekermann: Typefaces are like sound

Watch this short video of Erik Spiekermann passionately arguing the importance of typeface and communication design in the formation of culture and government.  Oh yeah, he also talks about how typefaces are like sound. (from Design Observer)

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23 March 2011 - 14:41Working Shop

Students in the graduate design studio have been working tirelessly toward their upcoming show:

Working Shop: Ryan Middle School Historic Exhibition

This is a collaboration between design grads and students from the College of Architecture. Everyone should make an effort to drop by tomorrow after school.

Thursday, March 24, 2011
6 pm
Ryan Middle School
2610 Elgin Street

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23 March 2011 - 14:24Allan Chochinov Lecture

Don’t miss the next AIGA Lecture featuring Allan Chochinov, editor-in-chief of Core77.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
6:30–8:30 pm
Duncan Hall/McMurtry Auditorium, Rice University
Register at AIGA Houston

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11 March 2011 - 23:30PreBlockish.

Prepare yourselves! PreBlock is coming! March 24th. 6pm. Rm304. Be there. We’ll give you awesome super crits about your stuff, get a better idea of what to expect from block, what you need to bring for block, and to just hang out with the Juniors. (cause we’re super cool.) We will be giving out super secret information about block that can only be obtained here.

Bring your stuff. All of it—this includes sketchbooks (they’re super important to the teachers when looking at your wall). We will not crit something that isn’t there. Bring your sketches of your current projects as well. We will give you advice on how to compose your wall. We will crit that. Unless you have super memory, bring something to write with.

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