I recently did a presentation titled A Phone, a Tennis Ball, and a Wardrobe: Tools for Designing Effective Slide Presentations, dealing with basic design tips to help people craft better slide presentations and aimed at raising design awareness in general. (Download the handout here (PDF).)Read More
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra (LCO), a fixture of the Lawrence music community, and so the timing seemed perfect to launch a new identity for the group. They recently hired a new musical director, Steven McDonald, and have made some other sweeping changes to the operations of the orchestra and they have never sounded better! To reflect these changes, the new identity serves to usher in a new era for the group. The primary themes behind the new LCO identity (see logo above) are contrast, layers, and energy. These themes are directly influenced by the music and spirit of the LCO and serve as a conceptual foundation upon which the new identity is built.
While in Puerto Rico, I went to see the Pablo Casals museum which is in a tiny building on the edge of Old San Juan. It’s easy to walk through in a few minutes and only costs $1 to get in! It has a number of interesting artifacts related to the famous cellist including some beautiful photographs and several concert posters. It turns out, the posters are all designed by a famous Puerto Rican graphic designer, Lorenzo Homar. His typography, color, and bold graphics are really vibrant and are all really appropriate for the music they represent. These are the posters in the museum, the top one is a beautiful silk screen and the bottom two are HAND PAINTED. That’s right, even the type.
You can see a lot more of Homar’s excellent design work here.
I recently took a trip to Puerto Rico to photograph these ladies during a concert they gave at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. I had never been to the Caribbean before and so it was a great chance to visit a totally foreign place. Well, I say foreign, but it’s actually an extremely easy place to visit since it’s a US territory. No passports, no customs, most everyone speaks English and they use the US dollar. The trip was limited to the capital city of San Juan, but there is a lot to do and see there. I’d love to head back again sometime and see the rest of the island.Read More
To supplement a presentation I’m giving about responsive web design, here is a “evolving list” of good articles on the subject. I thought it would be nice to have them gathered in one place so it’s easily shared.Read More