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Recently generative design has become a significant tool for defining corporate identity elements.

Visual identity of MIT Media Lab is a good example. The logo can be transformed into 40.000 variations without losing it’s essence. Just watch the video and enjoy.

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Another project is from Onformative on creating color pallette for their website, called Color of the Day . They developed a method for generating a flexible vivid color spectrum for the links to be highlighted on their website.

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Many thanks to our current course assistant Doruk Türkmen who found this very nice resource:
http://www.fontshop.com/education/

I am posting some visual identity expamples from Behance Network. This would be good for our students taking VA 301 course.

And please check the branding section of Behance and this site as a whole: Branding Served

Innova Identity

Augustine Claret Identity

VIBE Studio Identity

This site will especially be helpful to the students who are going to design a visual identity in the course VA 301. Unlike popular font bases like daFont,

Font Squirrel is picky about the typefaces uploaded to their site, so there are no broken type in their list of good typefaces. Take a look!

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/

With the academic year upon us this blog will hopefully get many new additions over the next few months.

At the same time we are also branching out – however with a slightly modified mission, although design education is still our primary goal. This new endeavor is targeted to provide inspiration to our students by putting together the incredible amount of related material that is available on facebook pages. So, our aim with this page is not to showcase design work per se  – although we will of course be doing that as well, from time to time; but rather to collect visual material that will give our students and ourselves “ideas.” That may make us think, or laugh, or help us make new connections, or broaden our horizons.

The content available on Facebook in this regard is quite extraordinary, and we have already put down a sampling of the type of content that we will be focusing. So, if you are on facebook yourself, please view and “like” our page to get our updates here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/acemi-caylak-inspirations-for-design/416840438376303

“Graphic design is pure semiotics in action. Design theory should be based on semiotics, but there needs to be much more development to make that happen. To that end, I offer for designers, and for those interested in visual semiotics, this collection of conceptual tools. This primer is a compilation and condensation of articles I’ve published over several years. They are entirely revised here for a non-specialist, general audience. Each chapter opens as a pdf.”

Brilliant resource on Steven Skaggs’ website, which takes you through the intrinsic relationship between these two fields:
http://stevenskaggs.net/SemioticPrimerContents.htm

Thank you Steven!

“Bugün Ne Giysem?” (“What Shall I Wear Today?”) is a TV show in Turkey where female contestants dress themselves and get critique from judges (fashion icons/designers) who decide whether they go through to the next round or not. The show claims to be in search of “the most stylish woman in Turkey”. The judges also claim that they are educating the viewers while giving critique to the contestants and thus leading Turkish women towards a better-looking future. As an avid fan of the show, however, I observe that their method is flawed. I propose that they may do better in their idealistic task if they take one step further in their educating. Now I don’t know a thing about fashion or clothing, but I’ll make my case as a (visual communication) design professional and you’ll see how it relates.

This is something I wrote on my blog and Elif Ayiter asked me to share it here; I believe it may be fun/useful for design students. Read more here.

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Sabanci University’s interest in supporting research output has been one of the primary initiatives of Image of Science, which will now run its second season July 11 – 15 on campus. Image of Science is a university wide collaboration, open to outside participation this year, organized by visiting faculty Gokhan Ersan (School of the Art Institute of Chicago),  Melih Papila (FENS), VAVCD teaching assistants, and Nancy Karabeyoglu (SUWC).

Image of Science seeks to familiarize researchers with design tools that can comprehensively depict complex research methodologies and findings. 

This year’s week long program of workshops and design tutorials focuses on creating interactive slide shows and presentations of completed or ongoing research. Two days of workshops on implementing design strategies open the program; three days of design work to produce interactive slide shows/presentation of selected submissions follow. All are welcome.

If you have  a visual image of a particular ongoing/completed research project and/or would like to learn more of design’s ability to serve as a powerful information source, please consider attending either the workshops or design production; both are free.

The links below are the formal invitation to Image of Science.

Website

http://iscience.sabanciuniv.edu

Registration/Submissions 

http://iscience.sabanciuniv.edu/workshop-apply/apply-ws2.html

Pages containing the work of last year’s projects

http://iscience.sabanciuniv.edu/projects/projects-emrah-p1-intro.html

I have not been around much at this blog lately and the reason is here:
http://easypeasydesign.blogspot.com/

For the past 2 years I have been teaching a web design class during the Spring semester. This is a course which a lot of non-design majors, particularly from our Faculty of Engineering, take together with our Visual Communication Design majors. In fact, usually the percentages go much in favor of non-designers. Last year I made small online tutorials for them, which are actually on this blog. This year I decided to take things a bit further and started a full blown dedicated blog, where I am giving them tips, showing them resources, even some tutorials and such. I am mostly basing stuff on the blogspot template editor, which I think is an absolute God-send for teaching an introductory level web design course.

I am having a really great time with this new site –  which does not mean that I forgot all about this one. I will certainly come back to it. However, for now my blogging energies seem to be focused there more than here and I hope that you will go and visit this new one also.

A group session we held yesterday to evaluate our graduate students’ current work status, has made me decide to go public with a password protected page which I wrote some time ago. Back then, this was written only for the benefit of students who enroll in CS450, our art and computer science hybrid course. Now, it is available to everyone both there as well as here, as a new page under Tutorials and Resources:
https://acemicaylak.wordpress.com/tutorials/writing-an-art-paper/

For our current 4th year students who are sweating over their senior project presentations which are due next week:
https://acemicaylak.wordpress.com/web-design/making-presentations/
;-)

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 18,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships. In 2010, there were 88 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 133 posts. There were 92 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 35mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week. The busiest day of the year was November 24th with 184 views. The most popular post that day was Web Resources.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, weburbanist.com, blog.xkcd.com, en.wordpress.com, and WordPress Dashboard. Some visitors came searching, mostly for steampunk tattoo, mechanical tattoo, leonora carrington, mechanical tattoos, and amazing tattoos.

Highly recommended inspirational web site, Thinking for a Living has many useful articles and posts. It’s worth taking a look at this site.

Typography tips and tutorials from Fontshop, all downloadable for free. I especially recommend “Erik Spiekermann’s Typo Tips (Seven Rules for Better Typography).”

Brand New Classroom is new a division of UnderConsideration and a direct descendant of Brand New. Its purpose is to provide a space where the work of talented students from around the world can be showcased and critiqued.