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H. Todd Duren blogs on graphic design and design education.

Last Build Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:57:03 +0000


Big Changes

Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:57:03 +0000

I’m coming to an interesting juncture in my teaching, so it looks like My Open Door will be closing soon. Last spring I accepted a teaching post at Spring Hill College, a 4-year liberal arts college offering unique academic experiences, … Continue reading

Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 06:25:38 +0000

I would like to visit the following places if we have time while studying abroad in the Netherlands. 1.Mike’s Bike Tours: We can save money by saying that we saw ads online. Also it’s a great way to see the … Continue reading

Westerkerk Tower

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 19:08:31 +0000

For the most amazing view in Amsterdam, climb the steep steps inside the tower of Westerkerk, the church with the blue-and gold crown on top. Last year I climbed it with my wife Karen and several students, and it was … Continue reading

Sagmeisterize It

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 23:45:43 +0000

Pixels from coffee cups. Words from caution tape. Text from X-acto cuts. Ads written on steamed up windows. Design rock star Stefan Sagmiester makes lettering (Great as it is, it ain’t really typography) that functions as sculpture, experience, and installation.

Color Wheel

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:14:10 +0000

Here’s a nifty set of color wheel explanations and graphics sent by former student Josh Buchanan. the whole color wheel thing was developed by Albert Munsell, and here’s more about him. Since we talked about using Kulor last week in … Continue reading

American Screen Art Tour

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 15:14:48 +0000

When: Thursday, February 25th at 1:30PM Where: American Screen Art; 1801 Midpark Road; Knoxville, TN 37921 | Map To carpool from Pellissipppi, Meet at 1:00 in BA 202 Ever wonder how the huge graphics that you see on the sides … Continue reading

CSS Zen Garden

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 01:13:02 +0000

OK, so I’m learning CSS, and I need some inspiration to keep slogging through the travails of code toward the enlightenment of beautiful pages. CSS Zen Garden has been around for a long time, and it has nice examples of … Continue reading

What Type Are You?

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:59:09 +0000

Pellissippi student Sharon Dowdy posted a link to What Type Are You, an online greeting card from Pentagram. The interactive video offers an insightful “clinical analysis” of the user’s typographic personality, delivered by a therapist complete with corduroy trousers and a … Continue reading

Don Norman: Design can make you happy

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:01:50 +0000

I found this thoughtful and entertaining video on designer Janden Richards’ Facebook page. Since our poster design project in Design I is about creating an emotional response, I’d  like my student to watch this video so we can discuss it. … Continue reading

Fontstruct: A new DIY type design tool

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:08:54 +0000

The other day I ran across a newish link on Elllen Lupton’s Thinking With Type, and thought I would check it out. Fontstruct is a free tool by FontShop for designing modular typefaces set in in a social network-ish type … Continue reading