Tag Archives: inspiration

Andy Zetek  

The Art of Japanese Design Techniques   June 25, 2019

If there’s one thing western design has benefitted from, it’s Japan. Design has always been a cross pollination of ideas, and the influence of Japanese design, art and architecture on creative forms in Europe and the Americas has been powerful. For a better grasp on this influence, I’ve centered on the techniques specific to Japanese design that make it effective, Continue Reading

     
Maggie Curran  

A Game of Ads for Game of Thrones   March 26, 2019

Spring has officially arrived, and while that means warmer days are ahead, it also means something far more monumental is on its way. Every day, there is a palpable air of excitement. Anxieties run higher and patience runs thinner—until the day many of us have been waiting over a year for arrives. Yes, spring is here. But more importantly, winter Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Lessons from the Bauhaus 100 Years On   February 20, 2019

In design school, in addition to a practical education in the use of programs and the principles of design, I gained a thorough survey of art history. One of my favorite eras to learn about—and maybe the most relevant to design—was the Modernist era of the early 20th century. Countless artistic movements emerged from this time, and number one among Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Skill Up for the New Year   January 15, 2019

At the end of every year, people around the world begin crafting lofty resolutions, lists filled with things they’ll likely abandon by February, or March if they’re lucky. Societally, we do this out of tradition. And that puts a lot of pressure on us to come up with something unique to achieve. But often, we just repeat a failed resolution Continue Reading

     
Horacio Acevedo  

Building a Strong Understanding of Graphic Design through Urban Arts   November 6, 2018

As an aspiring graphic designer, I began my education with what I thought would be a great disadvantage. I did not have my first computer until my junior year of college and I had no experience in programs such as Abode Illustrator, Photoshop or InDesign. I felt I was behind in a classroom full of students who had taken graphic Continue Reading

     
Carlie Miller  

8 Inspiring Newsletters to Help Take Back Your Inbox   September 25, 2018

In today’s attention economy where views equal dollars and content is being thrown at us wherever we look, it’s easy for people to be passive consumers—reading newsletters you didn’t subscribe to, watching Instagram ads that don’t pertain to you just because they’re in your feed or listening to that U2 album you never chose to download. It’s a habit that Continue Reading

     
Todd Pierce  

Collaboration Makes BMSD Work   May 29, 2018

Collaboration is a word that we all heard as freshmen in college. You know, being in those common rooms or classes and being told that if we all work together, we can change the world. However silly of a concept it may have seemed, one of the biggest factors that contributes to our success at BatesMeron is whether or not Continue Reading

     
Carlie Miller  

My Chicago Summer Bucket List   May 22, 2018

With summer fast approaching and the temperature in Chicago climbing, the number of events happening around town is also on the rise. While during the winter months I find that I rely on podcasts, videos and articles for daily inspiration, over the summer months I try to attend as many new and unique events as I can to keep my Continue Reading

     
Joshua P. Ferguson  

Our 2018 WeeTreat Workshop   May 15, 2018

As a gaggle of designers and word nerds, the BatesMeron team is really good at keeping its proverbial nose to the grindstone. Lately, we’ve almost been too good. With so much dedicated plugging away going on, we’ve been overdue to spend some QT with another aspect of what makes being part of the BMSD team so great: the team itself. Continue Reading