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A very common cliché seen in corporate print material as well as websites is the use of stock photography; the subject matter of said photography is usually smiling business people of diverse ethnicities, selling you everything from internet and cell-phone service to pharmaceutical drugs. You’ve seen these people locked in eternal smile in dozens of advertisements on the subway, on tv, and in magazines. Maddox, of internet-trolling fame, gives use a not-so-insightful, yet rather humorous description of the semantic relationships these stock images have in relation to the text-content of advertisements.

Check it out here: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=stock_photos

Be warned: the site above is definitely not safe for work, uses rather vulgar language quite frequently, and should in no way ever be used as an academic resource.

-rgm

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As we all know, there are many clichés and faux pas in both print and web design work that irk and upset both the design savvy and non-design savvy alike. Designers often react to these clichés with sneers, rude gestures, and loud commentary. Both Modern Life and Underconsideration have great lists that include—but are not limited to—some classic clichés such as rampant diagonal lines, the always horrible wet-floor effect, pixel fonts (which I am totally guilty of abusing), swirls and drips, cartoon mascots, textured backgrounds, globe and compass icons, computer code speak, and the dreaded ‘swoosh.’

The three lists linked to include some of the biggest perpetrators, however I have listed a few more for your pleasure.

1. Hand-written type
Hand-written type has become synonymous with naive, child-like, and hipster-cool.

2. The White Box website
For some reason, a ridiculous number of graphic designers’ portfolios follow the template of having just a white background with small text links on the left side of the screen and image on the right.

3. Distressed/Graffiti-esque type
“Grunge” typography has been, and will be, around for a really long time. Unfortunately.

4. Shepard Fairey’d
Once considered an underground, rebellious street-artists, Shepard Fairey is loved by all, even the government Fairey is rebelling against. Now, everyone is riding the OBEY wave, from Facebook photos to billboard ads to Optimus Prime.

5. Helvetica Bold
The most popular, most  clichéd typeface of all time.

6. Rounded edges, and the Apple-esque
Many—if not every—website nowadays seems to conform to the web 2.0 standard of rounding off the corners of each and every rectangular box on screen. This is epitomized by Apple’s style that is copied over and over again in advertisements and posters. How many more iProducts must we suffer before the fad dies?

That’s all I’ve got for now. Be sure to look for a  Clichés Continued post in the future.

-rgm

Monograms have been around since medieval times. They were first used by craftsmen and guilds to mark their products—often times these products would be furniture, metal tools, etc… Nowadays, they are primarily used as logos for large companies, design firms, and often, an identity mark for the individual designer. See the Wikipedia page on monograms here. Continue Reading »

In order to increase my credibility as a designer, I am taking a web authoring course this semester to build a portfolio website. I know a bit of flash and a decent amount of java programming, however, my html/css stuff is a bit lacking. Hopefully, this class will really reinforce my html knowledge.

The first project for the class was to build a bio web page for yourself using only html and a text editor, but then to subsequently soup it up with a separate CSS file. My page is still rather basic, however, I aimed for cleanliness. And even though cleanliness was my ultimate goal, I found it rather difficult to keep an organized system when there were more than a few requirements; we needed at least one bullet-point list, one table, three images, 500 words, etc… Till next time,

-rgm

moodline logo

So, the assignment (the first given in my design class) was to document something—anything—for 24 hours, and present that item or object or what-have-you in some format—any format. As you can see, this was a very open project. My solution to this project came out as Moodline, an internet application/web site. Check it out yourself by clicking on the logo image above.

-rgm