Category Archives: fall 2013

let’s catch up on some readings


cliche’s can sometimes be the most powerful way to reach out to people because they are commonly known. dissent is what keeps society growing. sharing opinions make people more aware of different views and hopefully more open to those points of views.


I am leading the discussion on this reading so here are my notes for that:

“talking back and arguing (graphically) in the streets is evidently one of our longest traditions.”—Graphic propaganda styles started as satirical caricatures and have evolved to El Lissizky powering in the Constructivism with the New Typography. and then went to social realism/avant garde, cubist movement,

What ways/platforms today do we reinvent the traditions from when this form of street art/advertising began? Opposition of the Church and nobility were the main topics back then, what are the graphic topics today? Essentially these propaganda posters are the first techniques of commercial advertising, and now the majority of the art on the streets is commercial. posters were the main vehicle for wars throughout history.  They served as encouragement to war bonds, build moral, and production. posters were a substantial political outlet. Satirical caricatures i think are mainly still found in newspapers and political magazines, any specific examples that come to mind?


i love that new technologies have made the double duty of designer as producer. I think it’s essential in this day in age that all of us designers have a little entrepreneur growing inside of us, new technologies allow us to reach a wider range of people consumers and also allows for easy delivery of services.


If we really need to coin a phrase that describe an activity that encompasses imaging, edit-ing, narration, chronicling, performing, translating, organizing and directing, I’ll conclude with a suggestion: designer=designer.” the designer is malleable, we several hats at one time. but our motives are always the same to communicate a message. 


yes as new technologies are multiplying the need for designed interfaces is growing rapidly; suddenly design is not seen as insignificant but extremely necessary. the future of design is going to rely heavily on these technology advances.


a design which is made from a catalysing mentality needs to argue itscontents, not simply state it”—design’s main goal is to convince the viewer of the intended message wether it be just a feeling or prompting an action. 

design for good


we live in one city but live divided by hyper-segregation. we tend to live in a bubble of our own little world and not realize what’s happening just 3 streets over, we are superman was a wake up call to how bad the division of kc really is.


as much as we’d like to think us designers have magical powers like mr. harry potter, we are just like everyone else. mentioned in the article is the thought that we are just outsiders coming in with a different perspective. totally true. the reason we are able to see things differently is because this is what we crave, in my eyes doctors and lawyer types have the magic powers because blood and arguing is not my thing. we all have our thing. we all have the ability to bring in a new perspective with our own individual special knowledge.


“design is not a neutral, value-free process. a design has no more integrity than its purpose or its subject matter. garbage in, garbage out.” all about that content and context. oh and concept. the c’s to be a good citizen.


cheers to a positive future.


learning about ramzy masri’s experiences with his research and his breakthroughs is inspiring. the levels of interaction that he created to go along with his designed book, is what brought his idea to life. to have the reaction of the children sharing their own stories and communicating with other local students, i think, is a good tell that the kids had learned from ramzy’s lesson.

the key topic in this article for me is trying not to get overwhelmed with all of the organizations  needs and only promise what you can handle with the resources and time that you have. start with a narrowed in specific need so you can have a stronger grasp on the outcome of your involvement.

“in our age of social networks, many of us are in touch daily with people from around the world, but few of us actually know our next-door neighbors.” — i think we are all pretty guilty of this statement…

with morgan ashley allen’s project it shows us that to be abel to make an impact we need some sort of trust or linking bond to the communities we are reaching out to.

interests perhaps ///

kc pet project

happy bottoms

up above.

i graciously got to be a part of a second window display during my anthropologie internship. with this display i was able to be involved in initial inspiration for the hot air balloon concept, all the way to the final product. it was a great learning experience with a thoughtful group of people. thank you so much to yuli and chris for pushing my thought process and pushing the narrative.  i loved my time so much that once i graduate i have a feeling i might take on the challenge of searching for an anthro display coordinator position. 


and lastly for my third interview for my internship i asked cara, a fellow intern from the summer, about her experiences.

1 as a child what did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be an “artist”, even though I really didn’t know what that meant, I just knew I enjoyed all sorts of art-type-things. 

2 college, major I graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Design and an Emphasis in Illustration.

3 are you currently in a position that while in college, you thought you would end up in? Ha, not at all! I never thought I’d go into or enjoy advertising, or that I’d even be accepting into advertising. I thought I’d go somewhere more warm fuzzy like Hallmark.

4 if you weren’t a designer/illustrator, what would you be? That would be sad. Maybe something with books, like an editor or publisher. Or a museum curator. Or an international travel and food critic/journalist – that’d be awesome.

5 job experience Not a whole lot design-wise, admittedly. I’ve worked in libraries for years; then as a designer for KU’s paper’s advertising department which was half legit half not depending on the day, although I worked with a bunch of real businesses. I’ve also done a small handful of freelance projects.  

6 how was the transition from interning to being a full time employee? Very little changed actually. Over a weekend I was just paid a little more and got benefits. I continued the work I’d been doing as an intern and slowly picked up a busier workload.

7 any additional responsibilities given to you? I was slowly assigned an increasingly larger workload, which was nice. As I’ve gone on I’ve picked up more clients and get pulled into more side projects – often when the in-house illustrator is busy I’ll get a random variety of illustration projects, so that’s really nice.

8 how long have you been in this position? Since mid-August, so just about 4 months full time.

9 what are some key skills needed to be successful in your position? Design skills are certainly at the forefront, but also: a variety of computer skills, organization, good communication, time management, that kind of thing.

10 how do you manage to stay organized? I try to keep up on my own calendar, and I’ll make post-it note checklists when things get really hectic.

11 what do you find most rewarding? Right now working with others to see an idea start from scratch and grow into a full-fledged, actual real-life, out in the world thing is pretty neat.

12 what are some struggles? When those same ideas get shot down, or, worse still, get whittled away at (due to a client’s budget, design conservativeness, or simply disinclination to understand the idea) until they’re a shell of their original potential. That sucks, and I lose enthusiasm to even work on that project then.

13 what about Barkley convinced you to work there? When I was doing work that I found interesting and it wasn’t at all what I’d expected to do at an advertising agency. I also enjoyed the people I was working with and the environment. Also I needed a job.

14 favorite and least favorite thing about what you do I love that I just go to work and make stuff all day, and they pay me to do it. I don’t love that I don’t have a lot of say in the work that I am assigned – they’re great about trying to give me clients I fit with, but if we lose that client then I’ve got to try to fit with another group.

15 where do you find inspiration I look at other design and illustration work I like, and I use Pinterest a lot. If I’m really stuck or really researching hard I’ll go a little more broad and just flip through books of general design or art and see if anything jogs a thought.

16 any advice about entering advertising Hmmm, I don’t feel like I’ve been there long enough to give any real advice. But maybe: go to a place where you know you’ll like the clients and the people you’ll be working with. Size wise I think it was a really good thing I started at a bigger place, but I know someday I’ll be happier somewhere smaller and more design-boutique-y; so maybe just have an idea of the culture you’d be best fit for.

17 advice about surviving the rest of college Print stuff early! Learn how to do a website and do it early! I wish I’d interned more places as well and I wish I’d taken (or could take now) some more specialty classes. And just have fun, and try to remain calm. I know I had all sorts of late nights and deadline freakouts but I could barely remember them a week later and certainly can’t remember them now, soooo enjoy the things you will remember *cue sappy music*


for my second interview required for credit for my internship i sat down with stephanie moore, the district visual manager at anthro.

1 education started in skincare/makeup—regrets not finishing or going back. mostly on the job training throughout the years.

2 what did you want to be when you “grew up” something with theater/broadway, did theater in high school

3 job experience, how’d you get here experience early on with buying, started at 16 with buckle. moved to working at the buying office at 19. built a career. became an apparel manager with anthro 12 years ago. started with 29 stores now 200, went to openings of stores such as the one in london. be willing to start at a company you want to be with and work your way up, get in no matter what it is. be flexible and build connections. 

4 describe your role, typical day/week senior district manager, 9 stores across six states. 

monday, office reports and planning the week, touching base with stores and planning their week.

tuesday, touch bases aka 9 hours of phone calls.

wednesday & thursday, in stores and traveling every other week. hq about 2-3 times a year. training new district managers. 

friday, office time with more conference calls and planning. 

5 how long have you been in this position district manager about 3.5-4 years, started in great lakes. this past year took on title of senior. 

6 what are some key skills needed, how do you stay organized communication, flexibility, multitasking, time management, organization, optimism, avid motivator, teacher, facilitator, “wedding planner.” folders in outlook of stores/season/person, notebook with every hour planned out. 

7 what do you find most rewarding  recognizing someone’s potential and getting them to recognize it and getting them to be the best they can be. seeing them go through the challenges but succeeding with their talents.

8 some struggles never enough time. having to teach and rely on them to take it in, have to learn on their own and then not seeing what you expected. not being able to do it for them. visual things are very subjective, making it about the objectivity, what is successful and looks good and not just something you like personally. 

9 what drew you to anthro shopped at anthro before, felt like home. no question, i had to be a part of this. at the time relocatable, first applied at the home office but there was new construction so took that opportunity.

10 favorite thing about position the people; specific set of traits, hire people who aren’t willing to settle.

11 least favorite thing airplanes and living out of a suitcase.

12 where do you find inspiration artists houses and studios, traveling internationally (polland, germany, netherlands), instagram, kinfolk magazine, elle decor

13 last bits of advice degree. don’t stop. pursue whatever you want to pursue. when you get older you get more scared to change. live it up. don’t stop learning. 

thai kitchen

the finished product. for my project i combined three separate products into one, enabling for an adventurous foodie to have all the right ingredients handy for a tasty dish. once the flavors have been devoured, there are seeds included with the set so the jar and case can be repurposed as a start up herb garden. use//reuse.

click below image for process book.

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curry it up

progress images with my curry packaging. 

some edits for the turn in on friday include:

-boosting the saturation of the color scheme, more jewel toned not pastel

-adjust nutrition/side label to have the use/reuse imagery all the way on the side boxes

-enlarge thai kitchen/seed type/up-cycle text on the sides

-create cut out on sides to enable easy access to the seed boxes

-finish painting lids white/completing inside gold leaf