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That Makes Me Want to Live in Cooper

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First off, I love this book and I love Chip Kidd! He seems like such a cool guy and the book is such a fun one to flip through. Kidd presents the material in such a fun and colorful way that while I am reading it, I don't feel like I am avidly learning but I am.

Here are the three photos I took from around campus:

I like this poster for the Eileen Myles reading. I love the repetition of the face in different colors. Since the left side is colorful and busy the left is minimal and lets everyone know the vital information.

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Basement Graphics

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I love design. We are more and more a visual people, and so it follows that we are drawn to that which is aesthetically pleasing. No rocket science here.

I found the following images in the Freeman Hall basement, where the printmaking and photography studio are located.

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This first image is a poster displaying the various events going on within the Clemson art department. I love the grid structure and how it contains little bits of beautiful chaos in each cell. The juxtaposition of order and disorder come together beautifully here.

Clemson Campus

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academic success center
I am often walking to the Poole and Agriculture building for work and I love the area around the Academic Success Center. It is wet and gloomy in this picture but I especially love the tree in the center of the circle by the bus stop. I just love how centered the tree is in the circle (being a bit OCD). It is such a simple thing, a circle with a tree but its simplicity is amazing especially when the tree has leaves. It gives the place amazing color.
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Design on Campus

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Chip Kidd says, "everything that is not made by nature is designed by someone." This statement is actually pretty obvious, but I'd never really thought about it before, and I find it pretty interesting to think about. Though architecture is generally very different from books, there can be some connections.

botanical gardens
This image is from the botanical gardens. I don't really know what it means but it reminds me of some Little House on the Prairie type thing.

Campus Looks A Lot Like A Book

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Something that attracted me to Clemson University was definitely the old buildings as well as the historical feel to campus. That being said, when I looked through my pictures of campus I saw many that reminded me of books, and the idea of books.
The first image of the statue of the soldier (I may have photobombed and linked arms with him) reminds me of old war books, which have covers of heroic soldiers in their uniforms walking to save the American people. This reminds me of an entire genre of book- war books.

Graphic Novels and Visual Communications

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The assigned reading for this week was really cool! It reminded me a lot of some of the criteria I learned in a Children’s Literature course, mainly because of the placement of the pictures in relationship to the text. The text wasn’t as important, because the adults were more focused on it, while the pictures took up the majority of the page so that children would enjoy it. It also reminds a lot of the Visual Communications course I am taking right now. We are studying widely circulating pictures in the media right now, and the types of responses and affects they have on global audiences. I’ve always enjoyed looking at pictures with designed purposes to try and figure out what the message is.

The good, the bad... The creative?

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Reading Chip Kidd's book "Go" was both incredibly frightening and wonderfully delighting. Honestly, it was the most interesting book (design wise) that I've ever picked up. The design was incredibly intentional throughout the entire book, and that's what made it special.
Jumbo screen
The first picture I took is of something we have all seen, I’m sure. It’s the giant screen that greets us when we walk into Cooper library. What I like about this design is that it is clean, organized, and informative. From the flashing pictures to the scrolling Tweets, this is one big designed screen!