Rule #1

Ask Questions!

Rule #2

Observe the World!

Rule # 3

Make new rules!

About Spring 2018

Welcome to Spring 2018! I am teaching Design Technology 1 where we will be working on Social Media, Websites, a Design Booklet and more. The hope is that you will learn much more about the Adobe Software Programs used in design. I am also teaching Graphic Design 1 which I taught previously but am always changing depending on what the trends in design are. Finally, I am teaching 3 sections of GD 3 where we will spend time working on new and interesting projects and work like an agency. Check out the schedule and project information in the class pages linked above.

Come and visit me for any reason or no reason at all / 242 Montague Hall. My Office Hours are 2-3:30 T/Th!

Latest posts

Spring Project Resources: Packaging and Promo Items

Posted by in Uncategorized, on April 8, 2018

Cardboard for Box and Bottle Resources Amazon (Corrugated Sheet—Have 5 Sheet Packs) Neenah Paper (Folding Papers) Staples  (Corrugated Cardboard or Chipboard Sheets) Specialty Bottle (Small Bottles, Tins, Plastic, Jugs, etc.) Dielines (a free guide to making packaging dielines) on and here is volume 2. Laser Transfer Paper…Can print and transfer onto glass, ceramic, plastic, etc. Here is […]

ASE Branding Guidelines (In Process)

Posted by in Uncategorized, on January 24, 2018

Quick Links Back to GDIII Schedule Project 1 Specs Introduction Presentation (w/Submission example) ASE Promotion Schedule UMD Art / Design Instagram Poster Specs / Example of Hierarchy& logo placement Current Guidelines / Process Working on 11 x 17 Poster; Sticker; Social Media (FB/Instagram) Specs for Poster as of 1/24/18 Content / Hierarchy of Type / Placement […]

Enter Contests!!!

Posted by in Uncategorized, on January 22, 2018

Designers looking for kudos to add to your resume and just a recognition of the hard and beautiful work you do, enter contests! Here are couple well-known contests you can enter: Innovation Center for Design Excellence: Deadline January 26 How Promotion and Marketing Awards: Deadline March 12 Print Regional Design Awards (also has student category): […]

Designer’s Doing History

Posted by in GD 1, on January 18, 2018

GDIers, as we work on our historical designs, I am running into different design references with designers doing exactly that same thing. Here is one that just came through Print Magazine of Designers designing in the Surrealistic style.   Here is another one of a designer (Swissted) that used the Swiss Style to do band […]

2017 AIGA Experience

Posted by in Uncategorized, on October 17, 2017 aiga minnesota   Home Page Designer Resources Graphic Design III Graphic Design I Design Technology I

Storytelling and Graphic Design

Posted by in GD 1, on October 6, 2016

How do we tell a story with graphic design? “The visual arrangement or ordering of elements with the representation, called syntax, also influences how we interpret meaning. We assign significance to the placement, orientation, and perceived hierarchy among elements with the visual field.” Meredith Davis in Graphic Design Theory For your booklet you are first […]


Posted by in GD 1, on September 27, 2016

Semiotics and Design What is Semiotics? The study of signs and symbols, especially the relationship between written or spoken signs and there referents in the physical world or the world of ideas. A core strategic method by which graphic marks, texts and images can be deconstructed and interpreted to determine underlying meanings. Signifier: A physical […]