Category Archives: Design

1 Comment on Leavin’ On A Jet Plane

I did the design assignment “Let’s See Some ID” to create this image that I’m going to use as a component in my final project. This is a rendering of a fictitious airplane ticket from Baltimore Washington Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport.  I downloaded an image for an old plane ticket and using Photoshop, I erased the names and airports and typed in my own for use in my final project.

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No Comments on My Suggested Daily Create – Part the Second

I suggested a new Daily Create assignment: DS106 Stamp It! where you design your own postage stamp, ds106-style.  For fun, I made this one using the DS106 Radio Logo as an example, with the online app at Zazzle:


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1 Comment on Buyology of The Wire: Wired Buyers Promo

This is a promotional piece for our group radio show project called “Wired Buyers” where we focus on the product placement in HBO’s “The Wire”.  The show was rife with consumer products and we’re making a radio show largely made up of commercial ads, naturally given to hyperbole.

I took a circuit tree design from and put a green layer on it, with white neon highlighting.  I added text, with the same filters, to keep it subtle...

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6 Comments on Buckets Behind Bars

Here’s another bumpersticker for a commercial I’m doing for the radio show.  I’m working on a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial, and I’ll want a graphic for the SoundCloud posting when I get it done, so I decided to go ahead and do it now to get me in a chickeny mood.  This is  for a fictitious program “Buckets Behind Bars” that I envision might’ve happened for Avon Barksdale who apparently lives pretty well in prison where the guards bring him KFC...

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No Comments on New Design Assignment: Let’s See Some ID

I made a new design assignment called “Let’s See Some ID”, because I wanted an assignment where I could make a library card for Brother Mouzone from the HBO show “The Wire”.  He is quoted as saying “The most dangerous thing in America is a nigger with a library card” and from that moment on, I wanted to make him one.

It’s cool to think that all of these characters from “The Wire” have ID of some sort such as driver’s licenses, credit cards, bank cards, although ...

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1 Comment on Brother Mouzone’s Library Card

I had wanted to make Brother Mouzone a library card ever since I heard his quote in “The Wire”, but when I searched on an assignment that would fit, I couldn’t find one so I made one.

Brother Mouzone's Library Card

Brother Mouzone has come to Baltimore from New York City, so it figures he has a New York Public Library card, not one from Baltimore...

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No Comments on Brother Mouzone Sends His Love

Here’s what I imagine a fictional postcard from Brother Mouzone would look like if sent from the great city of Baltimore.  I imported images I found on the internet into Photoshop, erased existing text, roughed them up with dust/scratches filter and proceeded to add Brother Mouzone’s hand writing.  I periodically made new text boxes, distorted them and tilted them so that the text appeared more natural as handwriting.

Can’t a Brother get some decent literature ...

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3 Comments on Thingen Werken und Stuffen: The Design of Things Photoblitz

After reading The Vignelli Canon, Tim Owen’s “We Are All Artists” statement and links, and listening to the Groom/Owens interview + talk, I felt well-armed to tackle Design Week.

Tim Owens’ statement “The Mozarts are over here and the factory workers are over here” really resonated with me. I’ve never considered myself an artist, but I’ve always appreciated art and enjoyed making things or taking things and adding to them to make them function differently...

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2 Comments on Anger Management

This assignment was for a motivational poster, but I couldn’t resist the temptation to make a DE-motivational poster, and Rawls was my first inspiration.  He’s the most demotivating manager in the show, and makes no effort at controlling his anger issues. This was captured from Season 1, Episode 1 where he is giving McNulty a dressing down, in typical Rawls style.

Still image was imported into Photoshop, framed with a shape tool, and text added with the text box...

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1 Comment on Hamsterdam Venn

I’ve been re-watching into Season 3, and the Hamsterdam episodes are among my favorites mostly because of the concept of a drug-tolerant zone in an inner city. Fascinating concept.

The assignment to create a Venn diagram required a lot more thought and playing around on scratch paper than I had anticipated.  I doodled a lot before settling on my final categories that would overlap...

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