Samuel Rhymer Profile
Samuel Rhymer is a Communication Design major with an Illustration minor at MIAD. He produces art for the publication market, and his artistic interests include magazine and packaging design. Sam has always enjoyed drawing, and in high school he explored his interest in fantasy and concept art. “Senior year is when I really got into it,” he said. “I was in 7 art classes. Only when I was taking a few graphic design classes did I get into CD.”
Samuel originally started at MIAD as an illustration major, but mentioned that he “looked at illustration projects as CD projects," and that what he was creating in Illustration could be applied to advertising and packaging. He recognised that more opportunities lie with Communication Design, and switched majors after his sophomore year. He doesn’t recall a particular favorite project, but mentioned that his Advertising Design class has been his favorite.
After his time at MIAD, Sam hopes to stay local to Milwaukee and work in the magazine publication field. He has mentioned specific publications that interest him like Magnolia Journal and Taste for Home. Sam mentioned that he enjoyed the style of design of these publications. “They aim towards the twenty-five to forty year old age range, and that’s what I feel like I'm strongest in designing for.”
Jason McDowell Article
This article by Jason McDowell discusses his opinion on the destruction of buildings to build parking lots in Milwaukee. He walks through different examples of specific locations around Milwaukee where this has taken place. He shares facts about the location but also incorporated his own voice and opinions. McDowell clearly cares about Milwaukee and preserving its history. Visual appeal of spaces in the city is important to him, and he remarks that parking lots have no visual interest or appeal. In the article he discussed the argument that parking lots are necessary for commuters. “I hear a lot of people complain that Milwaukee has a parking problem, but nearly every block has its own lot or multi-story garage. There are more than 100 parking facilities in the city that rarely, if ever, reach capacity. Truly, Milwaukee has a parking perception problem.” He also discusses the pros and cons of a surface lot VS a parking garage. “It’s arguable whether parking structures are more or less onerous than surface parking: They make better use of the space, but nevertheless encourage more people to drive and discourage use of public transit.” Though his opinion of these parking lots is clear, he does address counterarguments that others may have. He uses his voice as a writer to express his distaste for the destruction of historic buildings, but still looks at the whole picture and addresses facts.
Mrozinski describes in great detail his experience viewing the exhibition “A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection.” He writes from his own point of view, putting the readers in the exhibit, looking at the paintings themselves. Through the way he talks about the paintings, he seems to have more of an appreciation for the work and the thought that goes into a piece of art than the average viewer might. He takes notice of everything. Mrozinski's experience with his own art practice helps him point out the skill and technique that went into each stroke of each painting. He puts himself in the shoes of the artists, dissecting the piece and taking note of the types of strokes used and the texture of the canvas. For example, his discussion of Morisot’s paint application techniques and the way it affects the work: “Morisot’s masterly use of paint through unconventional means, perhaps rags or fingers were used to slightly smear or rub the paint, creates both psychological intrigue and intimate presence.” Based on his writing about his artist residency at Fellenz Woods, this seems to be the way he views the world, not just works of art. Paying attention to and appreciating every detail.
OnMilwaukee is made up of a few different types of articles. At first glance at the home page it is largely lists, guides, and rankings for different places and activities in Milwaukee. Just upon opening the website you see Outdoor Drinking Guide, Best Movies on Netflix, Live Music coming to MKE, and more. This is accompanied by articles highlighting local hidden gems, events, and festivals. The website also has its keyword search system (on/anything) which allows viewers to find articles within a certain category. This is different from most other news and entertainment sites, which typically have a series of tabs at the top of the page to choose from. OnMilwaukee only has “guides,” “weekend preview,” and “on/anything.” OnMilwaukee’s keyword system is unique but may be more difficult to use for some readers.
This article by Molly Snyder describes local boutique Omen. “Omen is woman-owned, LGBTQ+ inclusive boutique that's filled with emo, punk, Goth, witchy and alternative clothing (and more!) from indie shops around the country” (Snyder). Snyder writes this article just in time for the beginning of fall, making it likely to attract the attention of readers. The article includes quotes from the owner, and information about both her and her business. It is also accompanied by photos of the business and some of the products sold there.
Teen Vogue is well organized into different categories labeled in tabs at the top of the site, including style, politics, culture, and more, all targeted towards a young adult audience. Their “Top Stories” on the home page are each accompanied by an image, some of which take up quite a bit of space on the screen, making it hard to quickly browse through articles. There is also a lot of negative space between items, adding to that effect.
The articles themselves though include a lot of text and information. This article by Liam Hess talks about Serena Willimas’ recent tennis match, which may be the last of her career. The article gives a detailed "play-by-play" account of the match, and how she eventually lost, though “Williams’s exit from the tournament will be remembered as the most significant on-court moment of this year’s tour, marking the ending of her extraordinary, two-decade-long career as a tennis pro” (Hess). The article then goes on to discuss the reactions of fans and celebrities, linking Tweets and video clips at the end of the article.
Rolling Stone covers a variety of topics including Music, TV & Movies, Politics, and Pop Culture. Some articles include celebrity interviews, movie reviews, TV recaps, concert coverage, and more. The website is overall well organized, with featured articles taking up more space on the homepage, and others covering a wide range of topics. However the amount of articles readers can view is limited unless they pay for a monthly subscription.
Rolling Stone has several articles covering different artists and moments from the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert on Saturday. This particular article discusses Paul McCartney’s performance of ‘Oh! Darling’ with Chrissie Hydne and Foo Fighters, and includes a video clip. This performance was the first time that McCartney had performed the hit Beatles song live, 53 years after it was originally released. The article discusses Mcartney’s performance, as well as highlighting other artists that performed at the concert.