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:
I have not been around much at this blog lately and the reason is here:
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.
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:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.
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.
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.
I stumbled upon this quite by accident, some of you may already know all about it. In any case, this is a very high end design networking domain which accepts membership based upon a review process and also works as a job center/recruitment domain. Hardly surprising since the work which is showcased is of absolutely superb quality and some of the best known art directors and designers in the industry are members. That said, they did accept me as a member, so I see no reason why those of you that have well developed portfolios (particularly seniors and graduate students) should not apply for membership as well.
I have started to collect my bookmarks and other weird/maybe useful stuff which I find in my online travels under a separate blog. Reason is that I simply cannot remember what the stuff that I bookmark relates to unless I have an image to look at. This is a personal collection and also includes things like boots that I want to buy and funny cat videos. However, there is also quite a bit that relates to art and design, so some of you may find the stuff that I collect useful. The sequence of the posts is totally random. I am however, attempting to bring some kind of a method to madness by setting up hierarchical categories and tagging stuff.
Check this blog for what one should not do!
I suggest you to read this post by Elif Ayiter since you are learning graphic design in “the land of the Shapeshifters”. It gives great insight as to why we in Turkey suffer from the absence of a solid visual tradition and why people brought up in Turkey (that probably includes you, students of Sabanci University) have to work harder in order to train their visual “taste”.
Stuck with what to do next?
Select a color.
Start thinking visually around it.
Go to tumblr., start a visual blog: http://red.onehue.com/
Step one: Browse to http://wordpress.com
Step two: Click on the huge sign up at the top of the page
Step three: Fill in the form. Decide on a funny blog name (like I did here – explained further in the about page).
Step four: Agree to the laegal flotsam.
Step five: Check your email. Find email from wordpress.
Step six: Click the activation link embedded in the email.
Step seven: Log back in to adjust all your your settings.
Step eight: Pick a wordpress theme from under appearance on the left hand menu. Decide on your widgets.
Step nine: Start writing your first post – just as I am doing now!