Assignment 5


Limmer U Barber

Topics in Graphic Design


Graphic design has a rich history that has evolved over the years. When it comes to design it’s important to learn from your predecessor because “we standing on the shoulders of giants” to create and make better designs or to innovate and because of trendsetters. I hope I can express my appreciation of art and art history as a look and the future to explain my inspiration and love for the design and designer’s that we will talk about today.


I was fortunate enough to take good art history classes on of the first ones I learn about was El Lissitzky very important in the Russian avant-garde he was  a big influence in Bauhaus and constructivist

Yes, it was a propagandist unfortunately many beautiful and wonderful art from the past are never as pure as we would want them to be. he believed art can be an agent of change a goal that I think all designers should try to reach no matter at what level they are at. Lissitzky work brought innovation to typography, exhibition design, photomontage, and book design bringing much acclaim and respect to his work and name.


Let’s talk Bauhaus not a person more a school of art and design founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 who help lead one of the biggest influences in modern art that we still see today we still see the style in advertising, furniture, and technology. web designers today can be seen using the architecture that came from the Bauhaus the Xbox one dashboard as an example. Bauhaus school was an open book allowing anything and everything to be created as fine art even architecture later on everything is art and art is everything that creativity and design have no borders and we should try to push the boundaries of expression and any way possible.


Let’s talk new Jennifer Morla born 1955 in New York City, New York highly awarded graphic designer if you look at her work you can see that she was inspired by the Swiss style. She believes like Lissitzky that art is meant to tech and and make you feel even if you are designing for a company like levis “You always have to give them the combo platter: surprise and educate,” it’s important for artists to make connections with the audience so a brand or art piece can resonate with you emotionally it’s a balance of selling and having a message.


My influences are part of my creative processes when I am ready to work I take a moment and reflect on the artists that have come before me because I do believe “we standing on the shoulders of giants” and to believe that all creativity and art is made in a vacuum is naive.

Networking event (or) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the network

Networking event (or) How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the network

By Limmer U  Barber


I attended a presentation at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum called Feathered by Design: An Evening with Rebeca Méndez. The exhibit displayed the importance of birds for the Latin American culture and how western imperialism destroyed that culture by killing off their most precious birds. The exhibit showcased birds in various mediums including textiles, books, apparel, and sculpture. Christina De Leon, curator of the Latin American exhibit of Smithsonian invited Rebeca Méndez to the Cooper Hewitt to create this exhibit.


In the lecture portion, Méndez discussed her work and the lengthy process of organizing her exhibition. It was interesting to learn the back-room details of creating an exhibit. The process involves the work of so many different departments and forms of communication. I was also surprised at how much negotiation is involved in curation.  For example, in order to get access to museum pieces from various museums, she would have to adjust her language depending on if she was communicating with Ornithologists (bird scientists) or museum administrators. Often her proposals would come back to her with a lot of markup for revision and clarification before final contracts can be signed.


Rebeca Méndez was was born June 8, 1962 in Mexico City. Her parents, who were in attendance, are engineers and travel the world exploring temples and studying significant cultural regions and architecture. She has done work for Ogilvy & Mather’s Brand Integration Group, Wieden + Kennedy and Carl Seltzer Design, and earned top honors in graphic design circles (from Graphis and AIGA, among others).

Méndez believes an artist can excel in the studio and in fieldwork. That exploration of nature can help build upon one’s framework of scientific research and design.


I attended this event because I am interested in exhibit design; and I want to learn more about the process of coordinating museum exhibits. I have always been interested in teaching people through information design in museums because it connects people to information and can helping people dissect information easily.  


Christina De Leon was very candid about the process to get the show together. She says it takes six months to a year to get things together. From De Leon’s explanation, it seemed that Méndez was not the easiest person to work with because she had many ideas and she did not work in a linear fashion.


One challenge they faced in collecting pieces was when trying to get the last carrier bird from The American Museum of Natural History. De Leon explained the frustration of having to be a broken record when requesting pieces.  She said to be prepared to explain yourself over and over again because one of the repeated questions they got was why do you need the actual bird for the show when you can use a picture. Ultimately, they were unable to get the bird they wanted so they had to go back to the drawing board and workout a new idea.


I got a lot out of seeing there process especially when it came to working remotely – De Leon lives in NY and Méndez in L.A. They opened my eyes to the challenges of trying to collaborate bicostaly and giving one another time to talk and refine new concepts. The new concept still focusing on the dead birds but now instead of focusing on the last carrier bird,  it’s more on the effects of climate and the effect it’s having on birds and how birds are a big part of her native Mexican history and heritage.


Then the process of getting all the objects that they wanted to show and how they wanted to show it, What ideas could be used and what ideas had to be cut for time and taking under consideration the limitations of space. They had to travel to the Smithsonian Museum in D.C. to see the birds they needed and to look up old handwritten books that that had diaries of the time of the Mayans. It was the purest form of research  just to feed into what she wanted to show off in her art. I can honestly say I felt a little jealous. Many times I have wanted to look behind the curtain of a museum to see how it works in the background


The exhibit and the lecture were great, I definitely feel that their message was received. But unfortunately I could not talk to anyone afterwards. Mostly I felt a little out of place and I got weird looks actually from Christina De Leon herself which made me feel like I was intruding on a private event. I really wanted to meet Christina De Leon because I admire her. She is doing such great work trying to build a Smithsonian Latino Center; and a field I would like to learn more about. In retrospect, if I could do it again, I would have tried a little harder to push through the crowd and speak up but i just felt out of place and respectfully made my way to the exit. I plan to email her and I hope that one day I can meet her again.  


In conclusion the work that goes into designing for a museum and creating a show to present how much work you need to do and how many people you have to bring on board to do the work is massive. You even have to change how you communicate with different people depending on what is at stake. Knowing  how to communicate is key to getting what you want. I just wish that I could have felt more comfortable to talk to the people I wanted to talk to. I am hoping I can go to another Cooper Hewitt event and other events to learn more about exhibit design.

The one called Muse

Limmer U Barber


Muse she or he is a beautiful mistress that loves to drive me crazy. She/He loves me and hates me and wants me to do the best work I can ever do but sometimes I think She/He loves to see me fall on my face.


I have been going to therapy for 3 years now I was in a bad spot then still am in a way. Suicidal Ideation self-harm and depression that would stop me for days on end. I did my best to work on it by myself for so long it did more harm than good. I should have to look for help earlier maybe my life would be a little different. I don’t know if being creative automatically puts you on a spectrum of mental illness there is a possibility I don’t know. I know the idea that sadness and depression help you be more creative is a lie that I wish people would understand. When you are down there’s no chance in hell I want to create my muse may show up but I am not interested in what She or He has to say because I am disconnected emotionally from any joy and life.


I can give you an idea of what helps me be creative what helps me emotionally life going out and seeing the world game night with friend’s coffee my girlfriend some people look for the spiritual to help them I don’t believe in any spiritual life but it helps to balance them. when muse wants to talk to me its best to get me on the good days so I can enjoy doing my work without stopping to think about how life sucks.


i can’t tell you if mental illness is something that all artists suffer from but I can see why the pressure can’t have a negative effect on all of us that create if we don’t take time and stop and think about life we will never make to retirement.

Assignment 4


Limmer U Barber

Topics in Graphic Design


As I am sitting in class. Watching the best movie ever sold the first thought I had was wow I love Morgan works I need to see more. The second thought was how am I ever going to keep true to myself in the world design and advertising who will I be when I graduate? can I keep true to my ideas and creativity in a world where I am selling my skills thinks that I may not agree with?


As I keep watching the films there is something so dystopian about it that bothers me to the core the 1984 big brother I love you to pop into my head but in this case, is more big corp I love you. The corporation are doing everything they can to embed themselves in our lives the brand that we grow up with we will stick with to the end because nostalgia I myself have sat down and watched two hours of old ads because I love the commercials I grew up with it gave me that warm fuzzy feeling all over but it’s sick that we have been brainwash to love a brand.


It’s the idea of neuromarketing that’s disturbing its is just subliminal messaging selling you sex fear and product it’s something you see in FoxNews the lower half is always alert and emergency forcing you to always be on edge because fear keeps you in fear.


After Watching the film and having to think about what brand represents me in all honesty I don’t like the question. I don’t feel comfortable thinking that a product represents me who I am because by what the film is showing us that’s what companies want us to do to identify our self as this brand. I am a gamer a geek a coffee lover and with that the sub-question of what type of gamer are you or geek are you? or coffee lover are you? are you a real gamer? how can you call yourself a real gamer if you don’t have this brand or know that new thing and have that product GameStop card power to the player right?t.


I don’t want to identify myself to any brand so I don’t see myself in any brand. I am not saying that I am a unique person for thinking that way, of course, this is nothing new really its all part of capitalism we get social capital by identifying with a group it makes life easy and connecting with people easier. Even so I grew up in a time where marketing was all about He-man She-ra and if you wanted to experience the adventure buy our toys and the playset each sold separately of course.


In conclusion, what is my brand? It’s not whatever Starbucks is selling.


Limmer U Barber
Topics in Graphic Design

In our last class, we took a long look at the fear of change in learning and growing. We carry our fear and doubt with us every day with everything we some of us are confident and don’t have many fears but the majority of us do. Our fears keep us from doing what we want to do keep us from reaching our full potential to be who we really are. I look at my work and with fear and trepidation, I fear the future the idea of am I good enough can my work speak for itself. With this essay, I hope to put into words what type of graphic designer am I because if I cant I don’t know what to do with myself.

I have been a graphic designer for sometime before I started going to City Tech. I studied at ASA an expensive mistake that will hound me for the rest of my life. I went for a graphic design degree but it turns out it was a programming degree I have an associate in programming that. I don’t use me don’t like programming I hate it an everything about it. I did my first internship at a small not-for-profit company called X1.0.

X1.0 was a nightmare of an internship that I keep working at for year after finishing with it I work for free. I ended up quitting the job and quitting graphic design for a few years I did not touch anything about design I did not do anything creative at all for a few years I just could not bring myself to do it. I ended up in City Tech a few years later trying again to becomes a graphic designer, again and again, I wonder what am I doing. Like Piper, I fear of the union I don’t know what’s around the corner. I am standing on the shore again running away from the waves because I still don’t understand where I am going and what I am doing and if I can overcome it.

I have learned a lot in the past few years in City Tech I have done many mistakes and I have had many setbacks because of them. But I have learned a lot about what makes art what makes design art the creative process that helps us make wonderful work. It has helped me understand and appreciate what I have learned and I am grateful for that. Art history was one of my favorite subjects because I am a nerd.

With all of that said, what type of graphic designer am I? I have look at my work and I see is a lot of different styles. I have done advertising I have done photography business cards flyers. A museum exhibits my most ambitious work to this date. I personally I don’t like advertising I don’t have the stomach for it and I have a sole and I would like to keep it that way. I like the information graphics and wayfinding. I like the idea of working for a company and doing there letterheads or a college something safe and boring. a non-for-profit to help people in need would be interesting. If I want to be adventurous I want to work in a museum helping design a consistent layout for an exhibition a way to pass on the information in an interesting way. I don’t know if this answers the question that was asked all I can say is this is who I am.


Limmer U Barber
Topics in Graphic Design

As I take my first class in Topics in Graphic Design (TGD) I can see that it will be an interesting class that may help us students gain focus on what we want to do in our carriers. TGD is a class that will have a lot to say and will be very fast we will need to keep up if not we will be left behind.

What I have learned from this class is Prof. Mariane is an energetic professor with a lot of experience in the field. She will interesting and honest to follow. Prof. Mariane wants students to ask questions but she never did answer the question about failure. How do you fail and still keep going? What big project did she fail when she first started off in her career?

Another subject I thought was interesting was the idea of doodling how it can be used the help someone gain from focus and may help you learn easily that students can use. Another part of the talk was the fact that creativity is being stifled by teachers in schools the teachers thinking that doodling is just distracting and that art is not needed. suppressing creativity only hurts kids in the end by not letting them express themselves and be a unique view or style of learning that is best for them that helps there developing the brain.

Chip Kidd’s video was eye-opening as a graphic design student I have been interested in the creation of book covers the time it takes to create a cover the introspective on the development of the idea of the book cover. His work of the book called 1Q84 by Murakami was something that made me think about how a complex idea that you read in the book can be streamlined and simplified to show on the cover. The idea of displacement and interdimensional travel can be shown simply by the use of type and cover jacket thinking outside the box is something many students need to work on.

In conclusion, what I got out of class was that Prof.Marianas class is going to be a hard class that I hope will push us to understand what we need to be ready so we can handle our carriers going forward. So when we the students get out there in the real world we won’t fall on our faces too hard.

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