Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Ugly Web Site

I am pretty sure I have found the most awful web design I could have ever found. I am not really sure what else to say about it. This photo speaks for it's self. The colors, the lay out, the bad bad graphics, the HORRIBLE photoshopped baby and penny.... why and how?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Source: Communication Arts, November 2004 Design Annual, Pg. 45

Art Director: Sharon Werner | Designers: Sharon Werner/ Sarah Nelson | Client: Monica Nassif, Clean & Co. LLC

I picked this design for this week because of the retro looking design on this modern cleaning product line. The type, the drop shadow, the muted colors, the large amount of text scream retro to me. The design is simple and yet busy all at the same time. I like it. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Source: Print, Sept/Oct. 1993 Including Computer Art & Design Annual 2, Pg. 128

Designer: James Mowrey | Design Firm: Digital Communication Design | Client: The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts

This week's image was interesting to me and stuck out because of the contrast and the hands. The hands are familiar to everyone and was a good choice of imagery. The light finger tips give us a point of entry and positive space leads my eye over the image. The contrast of the negative space really helps us to be able to focus on the fingers. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Source: Communication Arts, Illustration Annual 40, July 1999, Pg 9

Illustrator/art director/designer: Altered Image, design firm | Client:Euclid Tavern

Promotional poster for Firewater

I picked this design because of the illustration. It is very memorable. Although the colors are muted, the cherub wearing a fire helmet while using his "hose" to "rain" on the crowd below is very unusual. The image is a bit disturbing, but I have a hard time believing, I will forget about it any time soon. The combination of the image along with the text being shoved together on the top and bottom makes this photo a winner this week.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Source: Communication Arts Design Annual 45, November 2004, Pg. 91

Art Director: Nelly Yiptong | Designer Director: Tiery Li | Illustrator: Laval Ng | 
Client: ABAIM

I chose this design because it is different. The concept of CD's may be dying out but I love the physical context to this package. It is a book of several different mediums. From story telling, illustration, and music, this media package has it all. The personal touch of the whimsical illustrations are complimentary to the fun folk tales that coordinates with the music. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kibbles ~N~ Bits

Source: Communication Arts, Advertising Annual 45, December 2004, Pg. 19

Art Director: Joel Nendel | Writer: Troy Asplund | Creative Director: Troy Schneider  | Photographer: Michael Jones

The award winning image I chose is one with a very creative concept. As you look at the image, you know, with out seeing the dog actually there, that a dog patiently waits for its trusted owner to bring food. I imagine, looking at this image and having 3 dogs of my own, that the dog will go to its empty bowl, bark, and as the dog's human brings the bowl full of food, the dog cannot control it's joy, via it's wagging tail, hence the markings it made down to the bare wood. This image brings me much joy.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Source: Communication Arts, Advertising Annual 45, December 2004, Pg. 20

Art Director: Jeff Williams Writer: Jeff King | Creative Directors: Roger Camp/Susan Hoffman | Photographers: Vernon J. Biever/Peter Donahue/Errol Morris

The award winning ad I chose this week was easily spotted, knowing exactly what I was looking for.  It has larger font size, as it is a lower resolution print. The text format is left/ragged right. Because of the font size, the designer decided to use sans-serif font. And last but not least, the type is dark on a light background for easy reading.