Celebrating African Activists

Nigerian artist Fred Martins uses the symbol of the Afro Comb to celebrate significant African activists, who were jailed fighting for freedom and fairness.

Nigerian artist Fred Martins uses the symbol of the Afro Comb to celebrate significant African activists, who were jailed fighting for freedom and fairness.

Nigerian artist Fred Martins is making a name for himself as a graphic design advocate.

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A “not so subtle” controversy

If you got a chance to see the recent Kara Walker exhibit in an abandoned Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, you may have found yourself on one side or the other of a heated debate about art and racism.

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Encouraging Bullshit

When I was growing up my mother would often yell “bullshit” during dinner time discussions. In fact she used it so often it’s become a bit of a legacy for her. Now in her 80s, those who were present for those lively discussions—typically involving politics, the Viet Nam war, women’s rights, or other hot topics  during the sixties and seventies—fondly recall hearing her use her “favorite” word. As I remember it what prompted my mother to say bullshit was when anyone tried to use sensationalism, emotional appeal, fear mongering, or other tactics besides hardcore facts to win their argument.

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Is everything a remix?

Beginning graphic design students often wrestle with the idea of originality. They argue that “nothing is original, it’s all been done before.” They will resist doing research because they claim that they don’t want to “steal” someone else’s idea. The concept of research and re-purposing ideas are not always easy ones for them to wrap their heads around.

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