Category Archives: Criticism

Typeface Perception

People see typefaces all day long, but the ones they actually perceive are unique in some way.  Helvetica is boring and overused, so people don’t notice it.  Some typefaces are associated with store brands, other types lend themselves to what they are selling or … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, Design | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Usability, Affordability, and Duration

As I was watching Objectified, I realized for the first time that everything around me is designed.  One part of the film talked about the design of a potato peeler and how designers took women with arthritis into account.  At … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, Design | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Computers: Extensions of Humans

Technologies are extensions of humans, a fact that Marshall McLuhan, author of “The Medium is the Message,” endorses.  McLuhan mentions that perception is altered through the use of technologies.  The use of cell phones alone alters this sense perception.  Even … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, New Media | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Why Websites Don’t Have Audiences Members, They Have Users

Websites are inherently interactive.  Websites are for the curious, people roll the mouse over every image and word to see if it is clickable.  Simple movements reward the user, such as change of color (which can be pleasing in itself), … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, New Media | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Photoshop: A Positive and Negative Innovation

I have been alive for only 21 years (22 in a few days). Therefore, I could not adequately say how Photoshop has affected images in our society over the last 20 years without doing some research.  According to Burim Loshaj, Photoshop came … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Criticism, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Christ in Orwell’s 1984

The novel 1984 by George Orwell describes a utopia in which Winston Smith and his fellow rebel, Julia, are comrades. Though there is no god in Oceania, multiple parallels to Christianity exist in the story. The people learn to doublethink … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, Literature | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Realism in Hollywood

Television and movies have become so realistic that they are not realistic.  Hollywood productions are so melodramatic.  While situations may seem realistic, such as divorce, falling in love, etc. the situations are overdone.  Everything is magnified in Hollywood.  For example, … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, Film, Hollywood, Television | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment