‘Articles’ Category

Russian Propaganda Art at Tate Modern

April 30th, 2011 by Nate

While I was overseas earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit the Tate Modern, an international contemporary art museum in the heart of London recommended to me by my colleague Travis McCleery. The Tate Modern is part of a family of 4 Tate galleries, and displays selections from the Tate Collection from 1900 onward. I was particularly drawn to an exhibit in the States of Flux wing, which displays are from the early twentieth-century movements Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism.

I walked into the room and was immediate struck by the enormity and completeness of the exhibit condensed into one space. At first I wondered why it wasn’t spaced out into several rooms, but the effect was exactly what I think they’d envisioned. It wasn’t about any particular individual piece, but about [...]

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Web Designers are all Comedians

March 6th, 2011 by Nate

Often when I’m trying to gain insight on a particular issue, I find it useful to explore something that is similar but easier to dissect and apply those findings as potential insight into the original issue. One could roughly compare it to the transitive property of equality in mathematics, where if a=b and b=c, then a=c. Obviously since math usually has concrete answers to a problem it doesn’t translate entirely, but it’s useful nonetheless. It’s especially useful for stepping outside your own set of beliefs and opinions, allowing a more objective view of ideas, because it’s based primarily on logic rather than emotion.

While browsing my netflix queue of standup comedy earlier this week, I got to thinking about how a comedian’s and a web designer’s job are similar on many different levels. Not only are both “artists” within a creative field, but they both require a certain level of communication finesse. It’s from these communication elements that parallels can really be drawn [...]

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Trending: Infographic Resumes

February 12th, 2011 by Nate
Infographic resumes have been growing in popularity in the past few years, following the popularity of infographics in general. While they are nice eye candy and present a lot of information in a nice graphical package, do they really communicate that information more effectively than a standard resume?

A couple days ago, a twitter post by Xiik prompted me to check out what’s been a growing trend in traditional resumes: The infographic resume. It seems logical enough – a resume is essentially a collection of focused information about your employment experiences and accolades, and well-designed infographics excel at presenting information in an interesting and understandable way. Creatives (esp. designers) may be particularly drawn to this form because 1) They hate boring resumes 2) It utilizes their skillset 3) It is still “traditional” in the sense that it’s still presentable as a printed document, yet different enough to stand out from the mass of other resumes that may be coming across HR’s desk.

Cool Infographics blog has a nice article about this trend that’s picked up over the last year or two. I’m impressed by the variety of different infographic styles that people have come up with, and some even contain humorous bits about the individual’s life history. It’s definitely refreshing t…

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