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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The UK Through My Lens

April 26th, 2011 by Nate

[view the full album on my flickr page]

At the beginning of April we had the privilege of taking our first vacation overseas. We’ve been wanting to go abroad for a long time and the perfect opportunity finally presented itself to make it happen. Our friends were temporarily living in Aberystwyth, Wales which allowed us to stay with them for a portion of the trip. We chose the UK because it was a relatively easy entry into the world of travel and there’s plenty to see in a small area. Naturally, I was excited because it’s somewhere I’ve never been and I didn’t know what to expect – All I knew was there would be some amazing architecture and probably a lot of wide open spaces with grazing animals… and plenty of new inspiration. There’s something about taking a picture of something you’ve never seen before. You don’t have to try to capture it in a new way, you can just focus on taking the photo in the best way possible for the subject. For the first time in a long time [...]

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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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