Monday, December 28, 2009

if you're stuck inside at your parents house

and they happen to have iO digital cable, you can rent beautiful losers on demand

you should probably rent it, watch it and enjoy it

it's available to rent in HD as well

any other documentary recommendations?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Beat the Downtime Doldrums

This is good inspiration for how we can utilize the GD lounge next semester, and its also helpful for personal right now on break

Sunday, December 13, 2009

holiday gifts by and for designers

Download a range of gift recommendations to put on your list of use to cross of your list. This list was recommended by MICA students. Thank you to: Rivkah, Emily, Ben, Mel, Michelle, fashion graphics class, and others.
Happy holidays!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

relax during finals

hey guys
finals are pretty stressful
this will help you relax
i promise

Monday, December 7, 2009




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

neutra face video

goofy video about neutra face
set to poker face

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CDP In the Baltimore Sun!


The Center for Design Practice was featured Sunday in a comprehensive article in the Education section. One of the graduate fellowship students was featured in the main photo. Undergraduate design student Jillian Erhardt is featured prominently in the article.

Monday, November 30, 2009

graphic design: the MIX

Seeking song recommendations for a MICA mix for graphic designers!
Anyone who recommends gets a free copy of the compilation. Post suggestions here:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

junior andy mangold featured in make magazine

Andy's project from Graphic Design 2 last spring made it into a magazine!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

the bird machine in baltimore

Jay Ryan from The Bird Machine is at Atomic Books/Pop
tonight (wed, nov 18) at 7, signing his new book. More info here.

ellen lupton in print magazine

Enjoy Ellen Lupton's conversation with Jeffrey Zeldman about web typography in Print magazine online.

win fame and prizes: How mag

Have a great poster design?
Enter it into the How magazine's poster competition for FREE!
Deadline is December 1.

(this poster by amazing junior Kailie Parrish)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Hey Gang
Sorry for the lack of updates recently - we've been busy.
The MoMA trip was a great success. Thank you all for coming, I hope you all had fun and enjoyed the Bauhaus exhibition as much as I did. It was great getting to know everyone a little more a long the way.

Anything in particular stick out to you in the exhibition?
Textiles? Modular Alphabets? Architectural Drawings? Cradles?
Please feel free to use this blog as an outlet to you know, do just that!
T'ai Smith will be coming to our meeting this upcoming Monday.
From what I understand, she has also invited students from her class specifically about the Bauhaus to join!

Also, I couldn't really get over these lithos, I mean they are LITHOGRAPHS. Awesome!?

"ABC ONE TWO THREE AGAINST THE WALL THANK YOU" - probably the best coat check attendant of all the museums in new york city

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Michael Bierut // NOT TO BE MISSED!

Michael Beruit of Pentagram, Thursday, November 12, 7pm AOK Library Gallery

Michael Bierut was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, and studied graphic
design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture,
Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. Prior to joining
Pentagram in 1990 as a partner in the firm’s New York office, he worked
for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of
graphic design.

His clients at Pentagram have included The New York Times, Saks Fifth
Avenue, The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Harley-Davidson, The
Museum of Arts and Design, United Airlines, The William Jefferson Clinton
Foundation, Mohawk Paper Mills, Princeton University, the New York Jets,
the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Morgan Library and Museum.

He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in the
permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Montreal.
He has served as president of the New York Chapter of the American
Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1988 to 1990 and is president
emeritus of AIGA National. He also serves as on the boards of the
Architectural League of New York and New Yorkers for Parks. Michael was
elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1989, to the Art
Directors Club Hall of Fame in 2003, and was awarded the profession’s
highest honor, the AIGA Medal, in 2006. In 2008, he was named winner in
the Design Mind category of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.
Michael is a Senior Critic in Graphic Design at the Yale School of Art,
and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management. He writes
frequently about design and is the co-editor of the five-volume series
Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic published by Allworth Press.
His commentaries about graphic design in everyday life have been heard
nationally on the Public Radio International program “Studio 360” and his
appearance in Helvetica: A Documentary Film is considered by many that
movie’s funniest moment. Michael is a co-founder of the weblog, and his book 79 Short Essays on Design was published
in 2007 by Princeton Architectural Press.

free copy of Lettering and Type

Thanks, everyone, for assisting with the Book launch party on Thursday
night. Make sure to check out the website for a new book about fonts,
Lettering and Type.

Reply to this comment and become eligible to receive a free copy of
the book. Winner will be chosen at random from all comments on
November 6 at 5pm.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's Good:

Hello 'Urbody

Hope you all had enjoyable breaks!
Please allow me to fill you in on what's good for the next two weeks:

_Pulp Ink & Hops

We have four tickets, these will be given to students on a first come first serve basis,
SO if you can get yourself to PI&H (it's easiest to drive, but from what I understand you can take the lightrail and then walk),
and want a ticket, send me an email. The first four people I receive emails from will receive the tickets.
This is probably the biggest event that Baltimore AIGA does all year, so I strongly encourage you to go and mingle!
It's at the National Electronics Museum. on OCT 22. THAT'S THIS THURSDAY

_Post Typography

__ Lettering and Type
Bruce and Nolan are having a release party for their newest book, Lettering and Type, on Thursday Oct 29 in Falvey Hall.
They need help setting up for the event and cleaning up afterwords.
You would have to arrive around 5:30 to set up and 8:30 to clean up.
___Fan Letter: 26 Artists and Designers Present Their Favorite Letter or Typographic Characters
Are any of you handy with a video camera? Feel confident in your filming skills?
The Post dudes are looking for someone to video tape Fan Letter, which will be happening in conjunction with the release party on Oct 29.
Please let me know ASAP if you are interested/can use a video camera
_____Also, if anyone wants to help with some follow-up flyering/postcard-ing around campus next week that would be awesome too


Typeface, a film about the Hamilton woodtype museum

November 9 at 7pm
in Falvey Hall

After the film, hear comments from the director, Justine Nagan

Learn more here:

Thanks to Stef Allen for designing a dope poster!

_MoMA trip
__get your bolt tickets before they run out! We're still waiting to hear back from the big AIGA in regards to the 365 exhibition
however if that part of our trip doesn't work out, there is an ill Herb Lubalin exhibition up at Cooper we could check out.

This Thursday we're having a guerilla bake sale somewhere within the vicinity of the Brown Center. Stay Hungry & Keep Your Eyes Pealed!

ps- sorry for the typo in the email!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Some Thangs

So as you may or may not know, we had a really excellent membership drive!
27 people, 5 of which were renewing. So welcome and welcome back.

Thoughts on Matt McNary Lecture?
I thought the "virtual tour" of the Hammerpress shop was very interesting as well as the conversation between printer and client.

Get your Bolt Tickets asap!
32 dollars round trip (and they text/email confirmation to your phone)

Thank you to everyone who uploaded thumbnails for the gallery proposal. GOOD JOB BECKY KEEP IT UP!


We're not going to have a meeting Monday
However, we're trying to have a bake sale on thursday.
If you're interested in baking email Michelle or myself and we can give you more information.

It's suppost to be a break, remember?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bauhaus Trip

Hey guys, Boltbus tickets are now on sale for the November 14th trip to MoMA.

Buy yours now at
We are taking the 8:15am bus there and the 7:15pm bus back

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I noticed no one else had done it yet.
So just as a heads up i guess. I know Becky wanted us to upload images for the AIGA student space by tomorrow.

Incase you don't have the form the site is
Hey guys,
Just a reminder: tonight is weekly movie night. Come do homework and watch a movie to wind down your week.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Hey Gang-
There's a lot happening tomorrow!

Membership Drive! : 3-4pm GD Lounge Bring your check for 50 dollars and your info! Money orders are also accepted.

Matt McNarry: Lecture Main 110 at 7pm! He's cool, his work is cool, come listen to him speak.

We're working with Jessica White to get the lounge feeling loungey.

YOU CAN HELP US: Give us some feed back on the color choices; remember we want to work with the black furniture we already have and all the gray that exists in the brown center.

We're really liking Grandiose SW6404

check you on the flip side
mel, michelle & rivka

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Minutes For This weeks meeting

~ Group Membership Sign Up Monday October 12th, 3-4 the lounge be there or be square; bring your check for money order for 50 bucks; cash will not be accepted

~ sign up for MoMA trip in the lounge; sheet will only be there for a limited time; so sign up soon if you want to go; again MICA will pay for our MoMA tickets; but we will have to buy our bolt tickets; Michelle is following Bolt on Twitter; so theoretically; we'll know when they go onsale as soon as possible

~ Art Market
Ryan, Michelle, Emily and I (and i think Greg was there too?) went to the meeting and basically; if you wish to participate; you just needa sign up online; and we just have to ask the department for a table. If you are interested and have questions feel free to ask me or michelle

~ Film Screening at UB TONIGHT at 6 meet in front of brown in approx 15 minutes if you want go, we posted this on the blog but why not add it to the minutes; Michelle will be there with a crew; run if you want to catch up and go!

~ Some people showed interest in participating in the Baltimore Sight and Sound Billboard project; if you still want to participate let me know, and I'll get more info from Brockett and we'll get going with this

~ Student Space Gallery : Becky and (i don't remember who it is but if you are helping her let me know) are going to submit and application for the student space gallery; we're going to remind people that design is beautiful!

~ If you want to participate in Create Don't Hate with Ilene (she described it towards the end of the meeting), let me know and i'll forward your email to her

~ post fall break bake sale is still happening; we will plan more at the next meeting


~ Snacks and Movies and Homework tonight brown 305 pur usual

i think that's it; is there anything else? if you remember let me know or just like put it on the blog!


Oct 16
Brown 320

Jerelle Kraus, former art director of NY Times Op Ed page
should be dope you should come

also movie/potlock/ hw time in brown 305 2nite lyke tots c u th3re!

minutes are coming, i swear

Monday, October 5, 2009

Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight

Hey guys,
info for the screening of Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight

Thursday, Oct 8, 6-8 p.m. at UB's Student Center Performing Arts Theater (21 W. Mount Royal Ave)

Anyone interested in going should meet in front of the Brown Center by 5:45 to walk over together

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Hey Guys,

Hope y'all had a lovely weekend.
The membership drive will not be tomorrow but Monday October 12th; next week.
We will still have a meeting tomorrow, 3pm in the lounge as usual.
Sorry for the inconvenience


Friday, October 2, 2009

design criticism

brockett sent me a link to this article:

How To Effectively Respond To Design Criticism

definitely worth reading!

ps- hope y'all enjoyed objectified, and thank you everyone who participated in the talk afterwords. That was certainly an interesting discussion.

pps- don't forget membership drive on Monday 10/5 at 3pm ~ ~ ~ TELL ALL YOUR DESIGN FRIENDS ~ ~ ~

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

AIGA Scholarship // Member Drive

Hello Hello

I think I've told you guys about this before, but the administrative end of things has been working very hard on trying to figure out how to grant a MICA Graphic Design student an AIGA Scholarship. It's happened. We have an application/essay for you guys to fill out if you're interested, please submit the information to Anita in the Graphic Design Office (Brown 301) by October 5th. The recipient will receive notice within 10 days after.

This is a jpg you can save and print, email me if you have any trouble with application.

Remember Monday October 5th, is our membership group sign up, so bring your friends, bring your checks!


Not to be missed!

A film by Gary Hustwit (director of "Helvetica")
a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with
manufactured objects

Falvey Hall
October 1
In collaboration with Baltimore AIGA

Learn more here:

Enjoy free pizza and chat about the film with environmental design students
in room 309 at the conclusion of the screening. Carey is going to lead the discussion.

Thanks to Andy Mangold for making some dope posters too!

hope to see you there !

I.D. Call for Entries!

Hey Guys,

Brockett sent me this link, we should try!

Monday, September 28, 2009

in addition

Hey Gang,

Good meeting today- great to see some new faces!
As soon as Emily sends me the minutes I will post them.

In the meantime, I want to share this with you

- Where the Wild Things Are; it's coming out soon, it's going to be awesome

- Geoff Mcfetridge (WHO IS TOTALLY RAD LOOK HIM UP IF YOU DONT ALREADY KNOW!) is doing the type treatments/graphic design for the film

- Do you guys want to walk down and see it in the harbor or something as a fun outing? I'm pretty stoked on seeing it.

- Here is a cool little article via grain edit about his title type treatment. You guys should explore the site too, they have a lot of really cool/informative/beautiful stuff going on.

- Oh, here is the Hammerpress link, check it out!

Creat! Don't Hate

Would anyone be interested in this? Good opportunity to help your community and add to your resume!
( I tried to send this in an email but my gmail is acting weird and I am not sure it sent)

It's here!

the ical AIGA Calendar!
Click it and download it.
Double click it.
And import it.

darth type

James Earl Jones recites the alphabet

Membership renewal I think is going to be next week; stay tuned for updates

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Ok so I just sent an email to Brockett that she is forwarding to all the teachers as well as alumn asking if anyone would like to give us a short presentation on the top ten designer they think we should know about. I am still waiting to hear back about that. Also I have asked a friend of mine who recently graduated and got a job in fells if she would like to talk to us about her experiences both working and looking for jobs and anything else you might want to know from someone in a position that you all will be in very shortly.
Would anyone be interested in having my friend speak?
and, what is the best time/day for speakers to come in?
(Brockett said she would be up for doing a presentation she just needed a time and date)

Minutes - 9/20 meeting

_The Lounge: We are all really open/excited about Jessica's proposal. We're willing to create a "lounge team" to help her with the undertaking. We really like the idea of having one solid color; and then a wall covered in vinyl letter forms from various different typefaces and in different sizes (like in the example image). The general consensus was that the lounge should remain in a state that keeps us design minded; but feels more comfortable an homey than a classroom. We all really liked the fact that book shelves were going to be introduced. Concerned that beautiful design books might walk off the shelves, there was the suggestion that we keep design magazines readily available on them.

_Bauhaus@ The MoMA: We're going to go to NYC on the Saturday; November 14th. We're going to try to combine the trip with the MoMA with a trip to the AIGA building on fifth avenue. Is there a contact there for us to inquire about our group visiting the HQ? T'ai Smith will not be able to meet with us on that saturday; so we're hoping to go to the AIGA building first; and then the exhibition second. While we're at the exhibition we're going to keep track of things that are interesting and further research them so that when T'ai is available to meet with us; we'll have some good discussion points. We're going to use the AIGA budget to pay for the MoMA tickets; and pay for our own Bolt tickets. We have to sign up for the group tickets for MoMA by November 1st, and at least 10 people must be going on the trip.

_Rivka proposed we do workshops on doing more tangible design workshops; things that aren't on computers, more likely to get dirty. good idea for next semester

_Objectified Screening/Aftertalk: Thursday October 1st, 2009. 7pm Falvey
Meeting in Brown 3 after screening to discuss film with AIGA group and environmental design department. Discussion is going to be lead by Carey. Everyone is really excited to get to know the environmental design department; and agreed that this would be the perfect opportunity. We can't forget we need to order pizza for this too!

_October 5 Group Sign Up: We're going to do the membership drive. Michelle; Rivka; and Emily are going to be working on publicizing this event; and the AIGA group in general. To do such, Emily and Michelle are going to collaborate to create a basic system of branding for posters; fliers; those little things on the tables in doris; etc. Basically we're going to try to start a guerilla campaign. We're going to make buttons (gain access to button maker through anita) We're also going to place our advertisements in the illustration and environmental design department areas and make them geared to graphic design concentrators within that department. We all agreed it would be really beneficial to get perspectives from other students from the "commercial arts" with a specific passion for design.

_EllenLupton: Special Presentation: Andrew has asked Ellen to give us a smaller lecture and she has graciously agreed to! Andrew is going to ask her if she has any prepared talks that she feel would be appropriate for us to hear as the AIGA student group; or if perhaps there is something she's really excited about and wants to share.

_iCal: Andrew is going to set up an iCal for us so that we can all be on the same page event wise. He's also going to invite people to the blog so they can make posts.

I think we're gonna get a few pies from oriole's so get there on time in order to ensure your slice!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Same Time Same Place

Brown 3 GD Lounge

3-4 pm

This is now a regular occurrence. See ya there!

Thursday, September 17, 2009



Brown 305; bring your homework and your ideas. We're gonna order some pizzas. There's also a water cooler in the lounge.

What else would you be interested in watching?
Thursday night movies will be happening weekly.
Same place same time.

This is a good time to bring work that you might want a second opinion on, or maybe work on your GD3 homework.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lupton article for Print Magazine

Check out Ellen Lupton's latest article for Print Magazine:

Lettering is not typography

Photo: Deanne Cheuk for Tokion magazine

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

pantone swatch books on sale

These are really useful for both designing and screenprinting.
They're usually real pricey but Brockett has informed me of this internet sale.


Thanks to everyone who came! It was great to see some new faces and the familiar ones as well.

Please See Attached a the current schedule of events for Sept-Nov.
There are some physical copies in the lounge if you want to pick one up.

!New! Advisory Board/Planning Team: Michelle Fleming; Rivkah Khanin; Emily Long

- Painting The Lounge : I found out from Brockett that the FACMAN have to put a certain type of primer up on the walls; and then we are free to paint it. The work order was placed in the beginning of July so hopefully they will follow up soon.

- Thursdays @ 10 : Movies and your homework. We have netflix now, come do your homework; get support and second opinions while watching a movie.
Hopefully the first one will be this week; I have to get more info about the netflix and how long they take to be delivered. First movie is: WEEKEND AT BERNIES!

Michelle and Rivkah are going to plan a trip to the Bauhaus exhibition that's going to be opening at the MoMA in november. Stay tuned for more info!

- Gallery Space!
Carey is going to look into getting us a gallery space for a show on campus for next semester. More info to come soon.

Stef is going to make us a blogspot. This is going to be a really great outlet to share ideas; and keep everyone posted on what the heck is going on with in the group.
It's going to be super helpful as we will have a lot more things going on. Also, let's figure out how to use iCal so we can all be on the same page with dates.

Illene is going to organize a small lector series where local successful designers share their personal experiences.

Rivka and Andrew are going to look into getting Ellen to give us a small lecture

- Design Challenge, Command X
Kind of like the Survivor (the reality show) of Graphic Design; it's a game they play at the Make Think ( ) conference, where you're basically given an hour to make something awesome. If your work isn't good enough; you're eliminated.
This goes on until there is only one person left, the victor, the winner, THE DESIGNER.
From what I understand there is a MICA allum who participated in this at one of the conference; if people are interested we can get him to come and talk about making good design in a short amount of time.

hm; I think that's it for now.
I'll keep y'all posted as things come down the pike and become more solid.
remember, you da bessssss

Globe Poster Exhibition

Forwarded from Joe Galbreath:

UB Student Center Gallery: Globe Poster Exhibit Opening Reception

September 17, 2009 // 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Gallery Hours: M-F 8a-11p, Sat 10a-2p, Sun 12p-4p
Location: Student Center, 5th floor multipurpose room (21 W. Mount Royal)
Contact Name: Jaye Crooks //

Longtime Baltimore institution Globe Poster has been the pre-eminent printer of most of the touring R&B, blue and rock 'n' roll acts of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Using original letterpresses, inks and 24-weight card stock, the posters in this exhibit faithfully replicate the original posters.

The posters will be on exhibit in the UB Student Center Gallery (fifth floor) Sept. 17-Dec. 16.

More info: call 410.837.6022 or e-mail

-- While he was not involved in this event, he says it would great to see us there!

Monday, September 14, 2009

AIGA Calendar

Hey Folks,

So far I only have a handful of peoples emails, so please contact me so I can add you as an author ( Feel free to post anything interesting on this site once you become an author. Great websites, great designers, you name it. Just try and keep it somewhat organized and I don't think we'll have any strange problems. Let's try and figure out how to upload these iCals, also!