Catherine Currie is currently 21 years old, a senior graphic designer in MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design) and like creating and designing. Catherine grew up in Illinois and moved to Milwaukee once she started MIAD because of good scholarships. At first, she wasn't unsure if going to art school was right for her until freshmen year in digital 2D class, she got into Adobe Photoshops and Illustrator. She really enjoyed and very passionate about the world of communication designs because she can do a lot on whatever subject she is designing but also following a boundary rule of design that she is following and playing with that rule. Throughout in MIAD, she likes to post her typography works, advertisements, and packaging designs that she made on her social medias.
In her senior thesis, she plans on creating an subscription app that help with clothing design and help making shopping more attractive. This app focuses on the audience's personal styles and help them shop specific clothing that would be best fit for them. Currently that is the idea for the thesis but she planned on changing in the future. After graduation or in the future, she planned on focusing more on advertisement work but she wants to stay away from big corporation first. At the moment, she does a lot of internships that involved with designing whatever the commissioners' needs.
Throughout outside of MIAD, Catherine likes read books or hangout out with her friends and family, such as playing cards or board games with them, watching at the movies, or boat drifting. "That's pretty much what I do, but I always think about designing every time, but I occasionally read sometimes."
In this article called "These buildings were demolished for soulless surface parking spaces," my first thought is that he is upset about historical buildings are replaced by parking lots and he is unhappy about it. As I look more about the article he wrote, he provided a lot of examples of these buildings are turned into parking lots and he stated that "Parking lots are an unexciting, passive place with no visual interest." In his voice, these buildings are exciting, malleable and fallible in their composition and skyline flow but turning these buildings into parking lots are lost potential. A lot of the buildings that he mentioned in this article has their backstories and were more creative than parking lots as he stated. He mentioned about how the buildings look in their unique design, their windows being decorated or windowless, and how more expensive than how much a parking lot would cost.
My thoughts about this article is that it's a lot different than previous articles that I looked at. Most articles usually have white or bright background in the back but instead, this article uses a black background with white texts. I think that gave me more of historical or gloomy feel. It's interesting and unique, I've seen some articles that are more bad news focused, tend to be more exaggerated and bold about it but Jason McDowell focused mainly on the story and design. I personally enjoyed it and appreciate the uniqueness of how he designed the article and provided a lot of comparison photos of the before and after buildings.
Viewing Todd Mrozinski's website tells me that he is passionate with nature. He has a lot of amazing artworks on many different trees that he created and a lot of studies on stumps. As I get further and look into a blog website, Blog: The Natural Realm, specifically voiced by Todd Mrozinski, tells me that he is inspired by Fellenz Woods. He expresses a lot about his experiences in the wood and being immersed with it. He describes a lot about the texture and how tall grass feel, all of the peaceful ambience sounds from the wind, crickets, and the sound of walking on grass and soil. Going back to his work, his art statement is to give the viewer a sense of beauty, diversity, and spiritual resonance that he experienced at Fellenz Woods.
Todd Mrozinki also wrote on an article for Urbanmilwaukee, called "The Power of Great Paintings." In this article, he discussed about a painting of pyramid of peaches by Henri Fantin-Latour and another peach painting by Jean-Simeon Chardin about the texture creates a illusion in his mind that he is able to feel them. He is heavily drawn by all these paintings and heavily fixated on variety of brushstrokes creating these soft and hard textures edges on these canvases. He discussed more about these artists and their history of what they're like beyond as a painter. From viewing his article, I like that he talks about the textures because I also truly believe traditional painting's main powers are the brushstrokes, textures, and combining colors to create these wonderful paintings. In this article, I sort of wished there could at least be more paintings examples that he could provided than just one.
In his voice from previous blog post about nature and seeing his voice, there is a resemblance on how these inspires him and both are related in his portfolio work.
Milwaukee Local National Entertainment and Culture Website Reviews
September 11, 2022
For this blog post, I am analyzing and giving my thoughts on these local websites. As I take notes about these websites, I notice a lot of these websites have their own unique ways of building their own websites, maybe in strange ways.
Starting first with OnMilwaukee website, my first initial reaction to the website is that it looks professional culture website. The website has their own logo and everything layout is mostly decent and easy to navigate. The color scheme overall is well-balanced, the texts are easy to read, visuals look like they're cropped perfectly. As I scrolled down to see more of the website, the "More articles from OnMilwaukee" section, everything is chronically in order but I feel like it would be easy to see more of the articles if it didn't take up almost the whole screen.
The overall color scheme is nice, easy to read, and looks professional. However, I feel like there are way too many section tabs that it gets overwhelming, especially when you hover over them and there's still more sub sections. Besides the overall design, the whole content of the website is another news source for Milwaukee and I like that it focuses a lot about lifestyles.
The first initial reaction that I got was that this website feels way to clustered but I think it's just because there are two columned articles and that has a lot of texts to look at, specifically on the right columned. The color schemed looks nice, white background and black texts, easy to read like previous websites. There are not too many top sections and the subsections are under them once you hovered over them. Scrolling down the website, the previous articles are ordered chronically.
Milwaukee Record focuses on culture and lifestyle, and a bit of news once every week. The website overall color scheme uses dark blue for the background with an advertisement, "One Call That's All" that's poorly, cropped. The website looks strange and not as professional compared to other sites based on how it looks but the content is heavily focused on Milwaukee music and also list future events, and I think that's pretty cool. To me, it looks like small percentage of users would use this website if they're in Milwaukee and they're into music record news. Other than that, I heavily disliked the website cropped background, makes it very strange and out of place.