The Art/Design Behind Political Campaigns

One of my good friends is a political science major, and earlier this week she sent me a really cool article about the graphic design behind political campaign logos and materials. It was super interesting to read about the choices that people made behind certain colors/fonts they used and how their designs actually have been…

Loved Project 3? Check out Open Processing!

In the coding world, open source sites and projects are popular ways to get involved in really cool coding projects right from your own home computer. I recently discovered that Processing has its own open source site too: https://www.openprocessing.org/ Check out this site for really awesome processing sketches/animations that people around the world have been…

Helvetica Now

Helvetica, one of the most famous and widely used fonts, was recently redesigned in an effort to adapt it to the “digital age”. The new typeface, called Helvetica Now, is available in three formats: Micro, Display, and Text. In the font’s recreation, its designers sought out to correct the major complaint that users had of…

Love Statues Across the Word

Penn’s love statue is arguably one of the most famous public art works on campus, one that has become an icon for the university and for the city of Philadelphia as a whole. But did you know that there are other versions of the love statue around the world? In locations such as Milan, Italy,…

Amazing Past ADDC Intervention

One day a few weeks ago, I was walking in the Towne building in Engineering and noticed how many portraits of male engineers there were on the walls but barely saw any female engineer photos anywhere. A few days later, when I was doing research for Project 4, I found out that another group a…

Electronic Superhighway: A Washington, D.C. Spectacle

Over Spring Break, I travelled Washington D.C. on a trip with my family and visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the first time. While there, I saw an amazing installation of sculpture, lighting, and video called Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii. Created by Nam June Paik, who is known as “the father of…

Bao Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short

Bao, a Pixar short film centered around an Asian family and food, recently won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. This computer-animated film was created by Domee Shi, a Chinese-Canadian animator, as a labor of love, displaying true pride in her heritage. Initially, when this film was shown in theaters, its storyline and message…

Jackson Pollock and Abstraction

Many of our projects in class so far have focused on abstraction. A major artist who excelled in this area was Jackson Pollock, who made many pieces of artwork using a technique reminiscent of what most people know as a “splatter-painting “. While many people find Pollock’s work frustrating, there can often be a lot…

3D Doodler: Bringing 3D Printing Right to our Fingertips

Everyone knows about 3D printing, but have you heard about the incredible new gadget that allows you to literally draw 3D printing objects instantly? Meet the 3D Doodler, a pen that does just that! When a user presses on the pen’s button, plastic is heated inside the pen’s body and released through the tip of…

Joseph Caroff: West Side Story and Beyond

Earlier last week while my musical theater class was studying West Side Story, we spent time analyzing the famous poster from the 1961 film version of the show. I really enjoyed our conversation and decided to do more research into the artist who was behind this masterpiece that has now become an icon of American…