Archive for February, 2011

Many designers (myself included) can REVEL in the ‘right’ typeface (collectively dismiss the ‘wrong’ one), obsess over kerning, weep about leading. This is TRUE LIFE: I WENT TO DESIGN SCHOOL. As much as one can obsess about what words look like, lets consider what they say and mean when communicating to our audiences. Taking this […]

After the State of the Union Address January 25, 2011 this graphic emerged in the New York Times, visually representing speech patterns evident in State of the Union Addresses from FDR to Obama. This article allows us to note patterns of word usage (note the usage of Power starting from 1934, or Terror after 2000). […]

“One reason for the poor quality of the brochures lies in the RNC’s assessment of its audience and their notion of design. “Your average person doesn’t think of the Republican Party as being associated with glitzy, contemporary graphic presentations,” Marcia Brown, the Director of Graphic Services says. “People don’t look at us that way, so […]

Not to be confused with “The Greatest Show on Earth” or a Britney Spears album, the “Circus” I’m excited to explore is the Political Circus Act comprised of the Elephant and the Donkey. After the election of 1874 Thomas Nast illustrated the Republican vote crushing the Democratic planks of “Inflation”, “Repudiation”, and “Reform” (Reform specifically […]

There are possibly only two topics that I get excessively giddy discussing and those two happen to be linked. What am I referring to? Obviously Typography and Batman. Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with A Thousand Faces” dips into greek mythology to connect the journeys of the archetypal hero and explore their similarities. While the contemporary […]

Song played a critical role in the 1840 presidential election and the success of Whig Party candidate William Henry Harrison. The tune “Tippercanoe and Tyler too” first known as “Tip and Ty” became the catchy tune that followed Harrison to the White House. According to sources, credit for the song goes to Alexander Coffman Ross, […]