Weekly Assignments


1. Design Article: Getty Images is Going All Royalty Free, and That Sucks for Photographers

Summary: In 2020, Getty Images will be removing photography with a Rights Managed license (purchasing an image for specific use). This marks a transition to royalty-free content. For photographers, this change will interfere with their ability to control the license and usage of their photography. For the public and designers, a switch to royalty-free means more access to quality images at no cost.


  • Client: Vancouver Island Brewing
  • Designer: One Twenty Three West (Eric Seymour)
  • Audience: British Columbians (over the age of 18)
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Packaging that “visually references orcas’ eye patches, saddle patches, and dorsal finns” (Communication Arts)
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Shape/Form, Color, Texture
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Emphasis


1. Design Article: Twitter to ban all political advertising, raising pressure on Facebook

Summary: Twitter has decided to ban political advertisements on their platform. This decision comes after Facebook announced it will do nothing to fact-check political ads on their platform. The CEO of Twitter explains that “political message reach should be earned, not bought”.

  • Publisher: Counter Print
  • Designer/Illustrator: Malika Favre
  • Audience: Designers, Illustrators
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Learning more about the life and work of Malika Favre
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Shape, Line, Space
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Unity


1. Design Article: 7.5 Million Adobe Accounts Exposed by Security Blunder

Summary: This weekend, Adobe Account data was exposed by a security flaw. Adobe assures that hackers did not get any payment information. The hackers, did however, get access to things like email address, Adobe plan, and so on. This information leaves 7.5 million accounts at risk of high-end phishing attacks that appear like they are from Adobe.

  • Publisher/Client: Brooklyn Art Library
  • Illustrator: Variety of participants
  • Audience: Anyone – from anywhere in the world
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Library of sketchbooks- any artist able to contribute
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: N/A
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: N/A


1. Design Article: Startled Marmot and a Fox Lead the Way at Wildlife Photography Awards

Summary: A picture of a Tibetian fox about the eat a marmot “earned Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao the wildlife photographer of the year award”. The piece, titled “The Moment” is on display at the British Natural History Museum. Judges selected this work for the duality of nature: the fight to survive.

  • Publisher/Client: The New York Times
  • Illustrator: Mirko Ilic
  • Audience: Adults, middle class
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Type in the shape of the Star of David
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Shape
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Unity and Balance

10/14 no class


1. Design Article: A ‘Handmaid’s Tale’-themed wedding photo sparked outrage online. The photographer says that’s the point.

Summary: A wedding photograph online has sparked controversy. The image shows a newlywed couple kissing in front of wall featuered in the Hulu Original “Handmaid’s Tale”. The photographer claims the purpose of the photo was to highlight the issues addressed in the show; to get people to talk about these issues instead of “binging” on the tv-show. As designers, we need to use our judgement for the things we design or are asked to design. We need to be aware of the implications of something like a photograph and be prepared to defend it if we think it is something that should be done/designed.

  • Publisher/Client: Maribel Perz Wadsworth (publisher/executive of USA Today)
  • Designers: Veronica Bravo and Patt Shannahan
  • Audience: Millenials (18-34)
    • “(USA Today) consumers are productive and goal-oriented. They are optimistic, active, and exceptionally well informed, making them the people others turn to for opinions and advice. They actively and confidently talk about brands with their social network and, most importantly for advertisers, affect the bottom line” (Source).
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: News story in the format of a Snapchat story
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Shape and Texture
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Emphasis


1. Design Article: Why The Times Published Details of the Whistle-Blower’s Identity

Summary: The New York Times recently published the names of the “whistle-blower” that had information of misdeeds in the White House. The Times defends their reasoning in revealing the identity: “we wanted to provide information to readers that allows them to make their own judgments about whether or not he is credible” (Dean Baquet, The Times’s executive editor). This article opens the debate on fake news and anonymous sources. Anonymous sources are important to collect information that you would not get otherwise, but readers doubt their credibility of the sources. In this age, people are more critical of news sources and their accuracy in presenting objective news. By revealing the source’s name, The Times has eliminated the air of mystery or doubt around the “whistle-blower”.


  • Publisher/Client: Surfrider Foundation
  • Designer:  Saatchi & Saatchi LA
  • Audience: Surfers, beach-goers (love of beach/sea life)
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Garbage in our Oceans
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Shape/Form
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Emphasis and Unity


An article that challenges the article I mentioned last week: Museums Claim They’re Paying More Attention to Female Artists. That’s an Illusion.

1. Design Article: MIT Scientists Made the Blackest Black Ever Invented, and an Artist Just Used It to Do Something Magical

Summary: In the project, Redemption of Vanity, artist Diemut Strebe covered a 16.78-carat yellow diamond in the blackest black (created by scientist Brian Wardle and his lab). The black makes the diamond, a highly reflective material, completely disappear; only when viewed through a view-finder does the diamond show. This material has implications for the science field as being able to cover satellites where light interferes with data gathering. Strebe has other art works that unite science and art (like creating an organic replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s ear using descendants from his maternal and paternal lines).

  • Publisher/Client: N/A
  • Designer: Joseph DiGiovanna
  • Audience: New York residents, everyone
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Timelapse of the NY City Skyline
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Shape and Space
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Rhythm, Unity


GMD will be hosting a career panel in late October.

  • Do you know of any design firms in the area?
  • Any that you would want to work at?
  • Let me know (rel77459@marymount.edu) and we can look into getting a speaker from one of those studios.


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1. Design Article: Manchester Art Gallery tackles gender gap with female self-portraits

  • Summary: The Manchester Art Gallery in London is adding new exhibit that will try to bridge the gap of female art and artists represented in art galleries. Curretnly, about 10% of the Manchester’s Art Gallery’s permanent collect include art from female artists. Additionally, art that represents women are primarily nude and made by men for men.

  • Publisher/Client: Little, Brown and Company
  • Designer: (Inspired by a painting by Carel Fabritius)
  • Audience: Adults, women (readers)
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: “The Goldfinch” artwork
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Texture, space, and shape/form
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Emphasis



1. Design Article: Is This the World’s Most Accessible Museum?

  • Summary: The Wellcome Collection in London designed their new exhibit “Being Human” with people with disabilities in mind: exhibits at wheel-chair height and guides on the floor for the visually impaired. In public spaces, like museum, designers neglect or disregard how people with disabilities may access and interact with these spaces. “Being Human” went above and beyond to accomidate people with disabilities and confer with them to ensure their designs made it accessible for everyone.
  • “Accessibility is not ugly, or cluttered or distracting. Accessibility belongs in art and everywhere.”
  • Publisher/Client: Alan
  • Designer: DesignStudio
  • Audience: French “hotels and restaurants…individuals, not just freelancers…individuals who don’t work for a French company or have specific needs, retired people and public servants” (source)
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Cuddy and friendly mascot
  • Elements that Contribute to Design: Color, texture, and shape
  • Principles that Contribute to Design: Unity

1. Design Article: Stock Photos for Vaccines Are Notoriously Bad, So We Created Our Own

  • Publisher: Condé Nast Inc.
  • Audience: Women 18 to 30
  • Unique Sale/Information Point: Free stock images
  • Summary: Self Magazine, in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, created stock images to improve the image of vaccination. The current library of vaccination stock images only encourages a fear of vaccines as they portray threating medical locations and instruments. Self wants to make pictures available that are true to the medical procedures of vaccinations and represent more groups of people. These images are free with attribution for news articles and content that addresses vaccinations.

2. Inspirational Design Sample: Wet Apples, White Blood book cover