Milton Glaser Webinar

In Search of the Miraculous, Tuesday, October 5

Milton Glaser is a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, the only graphic designer to receive that honor. He is best known as a founder of the Push Pin Studio, co-founder of New York magazine, and the designer behind “I [Heart] NY.” To coincide with his exhibition at the AIGA in New York, Milton Glaser will discuss his recent work during a webinar, exploring the backstory, context and the challenges, and interconnections of influence.

His webinar will discuss:

  • The creative influences behind his recent work
  • A selection of his favorite design solutions that were rejected by clients
  • A review of Glaser’s prints and a look at the nature of art and perception

Glaser is the subject of the 2009 documentary film To Inform & Delight: The World of Milton Glaser.

Date: October 5, 2010
Time: 4:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $69.00

DesignPhiladelphia @ Philadelphia Sites

October 7 – 17, 2010

A city-wide design festival, partnered with the University of the Arts, DesignPhiladelphia aims to further this region’s creative design economy.

Philadelphia is a unique environment for design exploration and development – an incubator for students and professionals alike. DesignPhiladelphia showcases the role that design has played historically in Philadelphia, and celebrates the city’s contemporary significance as a center for creative advancement.

Through a host of events, this initiative unites the creative disciplines – from architecture to interior design, fashion to product design, multi-media to graphic design. Lectures, symposia, open studios and round table discussions create opportunities for people to connect across design categories. Street happenings and public installations expand general awareness of the power design has in our everyday lives. DesignPhiladelphia places Philadelphia in the spotlight as a center for innovation and vibrancy.

Your Art Here by H&M – Deadline Oct 15

Participate in Your Art Here and see your work displayed in the window of the H&M store at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue in New York.

Winner swag also includes:
  • $500 H&M gift card
  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Roundtrip airfare + accommodations to NYC
  • An installation budget of up to $15,000
Full details are available online, and the deadline is October 15, 2010.

Instructor Interview: Ellie Brown

Conducted by Rob Craig

RC: Can you give us a brief bio, where you are from and how you started as an artist?

EB: I am from Boston, MA and stayed there for undergrad at Massachusetts College of Art. It was there that I studied with an AMAZING photo faculty and it became very clear to me that I wanted a life as an exhibiting, published, teaching and regarded fine-art photographer. I have and do play with different media from time to time but at heart I am really a photographer. It has been really wonderful to be able to travel and exhibit all over the country and world with my photography.

RC: What events or people inspired you as you developed as an artist?

EB: The professors I had at MassArt were Laura McPhee, Virginia Beahan, Abelardo Morrell, Nicholas Nixon, Stephen Toulentes and Shelburne Thurber. I was in awe at all of their expansive careers as fine-art photographers and they created a model for what I was to strive for in my career. As an artist, my development has come from learning to persevere and mature with a project.

RC: I am interested in finding out more about your process. What do you mean when you say, that as an artist, “[you] persevere and mature with a project?

EB: Nicholas Nixon taught me that some of the best projects can be lifelong. When I look at his 35 year project of the Brown Sisters (his wife and her sisters), I not only see a group of women aging together but I also see their shifting relationships with each other and even the photographer. Sometimes we don’t understand the meaning of what it is we are making until long after we are well into it, or even finished with it. Sometimes the significance of what we have done comes to us in unexpected ways. When I began photographing my sisters in high school, I had no idea it would turn into a ten year project a few years down the road in college.

RC: Could you tell us about some of your work? What do you find most interesting?

EB: My work has shifted a lot in the past four years, but it seems I am always drawn to issues of identity. The work I am most recognized for is called Two Girls: My Sisters 1996-2006. I photographed my sisters going into and through adolescence and their quest for identity in the interim. It seems that the notion of working on a long-term project by my old professors really stuck with me.

RC: Is there a single image from the series that you are most proud of?

EB: It would be hard to pick a single image from ten years of photographs. I am rather fond of the ‘last’ image, Emily Spreading Gown. It has so many levels of symbolism and significance for me; it seems like a tidy image to end the project with.

RC: What 5 words would you use to describe yourself as an artist?

EB: Adaptable, Tenacious, Witty, Creative and Driven.

RC: What is your greatest strength as an instructor?

EB: As an instructor, my strength is finding the strengths of each student and pushing that in them individually.

RC: What do you think makes for a good student?

EB: In my mind, a good student cares about being in the class, and with an open mind. Of course most professors love hardworking students, but I will take that one step further and say I love students who are not lazy and are willing to take risks and fail.

RC: What do you most enjoy about teaching?

EB: In teaching, I enjoy how every class is a completely different experience, even if the material is the same. I enjoy what the students bring to the table.

RC: How was POP!sicle Artist Marketing born?

EB: I have always been praised for my ability to market myself and get exhibitions and grants. After years of listening to my peers complain about not having time or the ability to do the same, I created POP!sicle to fill in the areas where artists may need help. A lot of my desire to start the business also has come from teaching for ten years and seeing how [few] life skills artists are left with upon getting their BFA or even MFAs. I know I was left with very little.

RC: How do you bridge the gap of the business side of art with the creative?

EB: To me, the business side of art is just the other side of the coin of being creative. You can make the most interesting work in the world, but if you don’t market yourself it may never be seen. There is so much art out in the world, it is essential to learn to be savvy and competitive with learning to achieve your personal art goals.

RC: What are you working on now?

EB: I am working on shopping around the BAG project. It is now having its first solo show in Urbana, IL (for which I got a grant to fund the exhibit). I have an idea stewing around in my head for an upcoming project which you ask me about if you are female. Sorry to the men out there….

RC: Why do you think viewers engage with this project and what is the most interesting thing you learned in the process of developing this piece?

EB: The BAG project engages viewers because of the eighty people photographed, there is someone who is perhaps a mirror for the viewer. The project can be seen on the basic level of “oh, what IS in people’s bags?” It can also be seen as a cultural anthropological look into the material things we deem important to carry on our person. The piece developed mostly organically where I would try out different ideas and realize that most of them weren’t working until I arrived at the ones that did. The lesson in that is to keep pushing through ideas because your first idea is very rarely your best idea.

RC: Any words of advice for aspiring artists?

EB: I have many words of advice, but to keep it simple, I will say to believe in yourself and your talent. An artist’s life is not an easy one, but if you hold onto the belief that you are worthy of being called an artist, it will most likely keep you steady.

RC: Could you share 4 or 5 images you would like to accompany the interview?

EB: These images are all from the BAG series. A book detailing the BAG series is available on

YouTube Play Shortlist Announced

The Guggenheim Museum announced a shortlist of 125 YouTube videos that will be considered for inclusion in YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video.

Jurors including Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Darren Aronofsky, Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter, Takashi Murakami, Shirin Nashat, Stefan Sagmeister, Nancy Spector (Jury Chair) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul will select up to 20 that will be on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York from October 22 to 24, 2010.

Studio Visit: Kristin Kozlowski

This week, I was lucky enough to visit the studio of Kristin Kozlowski (or as I like to say, “Kristin Koz“) to peruse her new work and talk about upcoming projects. Kristin is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Painting and Drawing and she is working on her MFA at Pafa. Kristin Koz is teaching the watercolor class this fall in the Saturday School program and she currently has work up at Cafe Estelle in Northern Liberties.

This is the first painting I immediately was attracted to when I entered her studio. Her work is a mix of media (acrylics, oils, paper, parchment, pencil, pastels and various textured material) and deals with the marriage of nature and man-made.

Kristin is attempting to blend both energies together and dissect the way that the natural world and the constructed worlds overpower one another. Among other things, she is inspired by peeling paint (such as that on the ceiling of her studio) and cracks in concrete.

Kristin adds, “the geometric forms in my paintings refer to construction, man and unified culture.” Personally, I love her ethereal creations and all of the small things in her studio that showed her inspiration.

Her desk was awesome.

Here’s Kristin’s mascot, Emmie.

She’s been looking at lots of different artists at the moment, including Gordon Matta Clark.

Not unexpectedly, her studio was full of inspiration.

Oh, and did I mention the view?

Instructor Profile: Christina Hess

Christina Hess graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts and has been a freelance illustrator in the publication field for over 10 years. Specializing in digital illustration, both her professional and personal work currently reflect her education in traditional oils and collage mixed with her in-house experience in digital applications. She has experience in magazine, book and institutional markets.

“I strive to create an interesting image that is complex enough to bring people back for a second look,” she said. “I am always trying to find new and exciting ways to convey ideas and stories through my work.”

Hess also teaches for the Professional Institute for Educators program at the University of the Arts and is an undergraduate instructor at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and Moore College of Art and Design.

Visit her website at

Courses: Adobe Creative Suite Overview, Corel Paint for Illustrators + Artists, Introduction to Corel Paint

Andrew Moore's "Detroit"

Andrew Moore, Detroit Dry Dock, Detroit.
Photograph © Andrew Moore,
Photographer Andrew Moore’s Detroit series depicts the abandoned and destructed architecture, interiors and landscapes of Detroit, Michigan. These large-scale, sublime photographs depict a sort-of fallen American empire; an elegiac vision of America’s ruins. More universally, the photographs are meditations on the impact of time, nature, and history. Moore spent time between 2008 and 2009 in Detroit making the images for this series and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The series is currently on view at the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio.

ART:21 – Memory

by: Alexis Granwell

Art:21 is an excellent educational video series that first aired on PBS. Art:21 interviews established artists about their work and shows footage of these artists working in their studios. Each season has a different theme.

I wanted to post this link about Susan Rothenberg. Her paintings are associated with Abstract Expressionism. They are incredibly physical and tactile. I love the footage of Rothenberg in her studio. Apparently she rarely cleans her brushes and her palette is so built up with paint that it begins to look like a relief sculpture. Out of all the muck, she creates these beautiful pieces.

Towards a More Beautiful Web

by: Anthony Shull

In the coming months I’ll be writing various posts centered around the theme The Beautiful Web. Gone are the days when a website could just work. From e-commerce sites to marketing micro-sites, visitors expect a website to be more than functional. They expect it to be delightful. Broken CSS, confusing navigation, missing images, etc. undermine users’ trust. Who wants to give their credit card number to a company that can’t put a decent looking site together?

Unfortunately, browser quirks and limitations have made providing a quality experience to our users more difficult than it should be. We’ve often been caught between the two options of adhering to web standards or simply hacking away until everything looked the same. In order to navigate the contradiction, the idea of graceful degradation and progressive enhancement was developed. But, adhering to such standards is costly and time-consuming. The result has been a lot of lowest-common-denominator sites that implement a base level of features supported in every browser. Even worse, many sites look good in every browser but are a mess of code under the hood.

But, finally we designers and developers have some relief in sight with the new standard HTML5. And, with a wide range of cutting-edge technologies from support for vector graphics to threaded javascript it’s going to revolutionize the Web. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE9 are committed to supporting the new standard. Even the Android and iPhone web browsers support it. That means, for the most part, we can write the code once and have it appear the same in every browser. So to begin the series, I would like to highlight major features of HTML5 that are relevant to web designers, front end developers, project managers and anyone else interested in the future of the Web.

In my next post I will showcase the new canvas element.

Also here are some links and accompanying images: – Favorite Website Awards