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In Psychology
Social Issues

By Mike Frans

Replacing Hate through Design

On 20, Jun 2018 | In Psychology, Social Issues | By Mike Frans

Replace the Hate

The weeks following the 2016 Presidential election saw an unprecedented rise in hate speech, hate crimes, vandalism and violence against minorities and people of color. According to the FBI hate crime statistics, the day after the election there was a 127% increase in the number of hate crimes reported and that number continued to grow for the next 10 days.

Replace-the-Hate is a grassroots effort led by design educators that builds communal ties, renounces hate and rejoices in diversity through creative expressions and community art-making events.


Replace the Hate

Obey Design

On 28, Nov 2017 | In Art, Creativity, Graphic Design, Illustration, Pop Culture, Printing | By Mike Frans

We all know Shepard Fairey as the guy who did that Obama poster; the guy who created those t-shirts and as one of the most successful street artists the world has ever seen. But have you ever wondered where it all started?

Fairey’s passion for graphic design and illustration came from his teenage years when he discovered an interest for skateboarding and punk rock at the age of fourteen. The cultural aspects had a huge influence on Fairey’s work, as he uses a wide variety of materials and techniques to create his artwork.

One of the main techniques Fairey uses for his prints is screen printing — a printing method which can transfer artwork on to almost any material by pressing ink through a screen with areas blocked off using stencils. Due to the screen-printing technique of using layers to create the final artwork, if there is more than one colour being used then the artwork has to be split into separate layers so in order to do so you can posterize an image. This allows tone to be split from a continuous gradation to several regions of fewer tones often resulting in strong bold tonal regions within an image.

Fairey’s work tends to use a real mix of clean, simple and bold shapes often as an illustration of the subject against a collage of floral wallpaper and old newspapers for example. Then from some of his own stencils he has created as patterns, blends these using spraypaint allowing some of the design to fade into some of the backgrounds or negative space. On that note I think that is something I really like about his work is his use of the layers and instead of just having three solid fills as layers, he’d mix in maybe some patterns into one of the layers splitting up the tones in the design and adding that little bit more detail which I can appreciate.

For a new understanding of how this skateboarder turned mega famed street star turned out to be, check this film out.





In Graphic Design

By Mike Frans

New 2017 Solar Eclipse Stamp

On 11, Aug 2017 | In Graphic Design, Printing, Technology | By Mike Frans

The United States Postal Service has just released a commemorative Forever stamp that both philatelists and astronomers will love. Called the Total Eclipse of the Sun, the new stamp celebrates the upcoming August 21 total solar eclipse.

This eclipse is going to be a huge deal… it will be the first such event to be visible from anywhere inside the continental United States since 1979, but it will also span the entire country, with a path that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, which has not occurred since all the way back in 1918.

What makes the stamp itself special is that it’s the first in U.S. history to be printed using thermochromic ink, which means it responds to changes in temperature. As you press your finger on the stamp, the image of a solar eclipse—based on a photograph from March 29, 2006, shot in Libya—becomes an image of the moon. It reverts to the original image as it cools back down.

Released in conjunction with the Total Eclipse of the Sun forever stamp is a special edition, commemorative folio that displays a map of the eclipse’s journey and includes a translucent slip case.