Category Archives: design

Interesting visuals in design…

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A New Question…for your comments!

Our textbook, Rapid Viz, breaks down the Rapid Viz Process into three stages:

  1. Stage 1: Thumbnails
  2. Stage 2: Transparencies (Roughs)
  3. Stage 3: Final Drawing (Comps)

Now, we have worked with principles of the textbook, but have not worked exclusively with the textbook. Can you tell me- What are the goals and key concepts of each stage? How much time do you think should be spent in each stage?  Why? And finally, is it better to work collectively, in a group, critiqueing or alone? Share!

What can we learn from the Obama campaign?

Are there lessons designers, especially web designers, can learn regarding building a sustainable brand from the ground up?

What started as a “grass-roots” campaign utilizing social media, emerging technology and traditional media emerged as a carefully groomed, carefully controlled message…Elect Barack Obama as President of the United States.

How did it happen? Why did it happen? Your opinions please!


5 Questions/35 Designers…an article requiring your feedback!

I want you to go to:

Read the article, then answer the five questions here, in this forum. For WGD 205 students, please read and answer by classtime, Thursday, Nov.6.

For WGD201, please answer by Tuesday, Nov. 11!


History will be made tomorow

Be a part of what may be the most important election in your lifetime…be sure and vote tomorrow. And go to on Tuesday, and watch history being made in your neighborhood, and across the nation.

And, to quote Seth Godin:

“If you see something, say something.

The transformation of communication is real, it’s permanent and it’s more powerful than most of us notice.”

Why I care about Gestalt, and why you should too…

Okay, so here we go. One of the very first aspects of design you all need to understand, whether you’re a seasoned veteran (enrolled in WGD 205) or just dipping that big toe in the vast “web design waters” (sorry…very lame, but shout out to ALL of you, Joseph and Elise, in WGD 201!)…is Gestalt. It impacts everything you design, and ultimately, you will work your heart out to break all these “rules of design.”

But for now, for all of you, the definition of Gestalt” Gestalt theory first arose in 1890 as a reaction to the prevalent psychological theory of the time – atomism. Atomism examined parts of things with the idea that these parts could then be put back together to make wholes. (“Hi there, why yes, I am an Atomist!…put THAT on a campaign button!) Atomists believed the nature of things to be absolute and not dependent on context. Gestalt theorists, on the other hand, were intrigued by the way our mind perceives wholes out of incomplete elements.

“To the Gestaltists, things are affected by where they are and by what surrounds them…so that things are better described as “more than the sum of their parts.” Gestaltists believed that context was very important in perception.

An essay by Christian von Ehrenfels discussed this belief using a musical example. Take a 12 note melody. Play it in one key, say the key of C. Now change to another key, say the key of A flat. There might not be any notes the same in the two songs, yet a person listening to it knows that it is the same tune. It is the relationships between the notes that give us the tune, the whole, not which notes make up the tune.

So…what are your thoughts on design and Gestalt? Talk to me about why this matters to you, and why this is important.

Um, yeah…always check the expiration date

Welcome to WGD Students at DeVry University!

Hi. This is an attempt to motivate you, inspire you, encourage you. This is your virtual place to interact as well, a place I will share my ideas, jokes, thoughts and rough sketches, and I want you to feel comfortable doing the same.


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It will be fun, I promise.