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Design. Design. Design. It’s Everywhere!

Have you ever thought about design? And how and what is designed that you see in your everyday routine?

Take a moment and think about it right now.

You wake up in the morning, most people to their phone alarms on an iPhone: design. Then, you get out of bed and go to the bathroom to brush your teeth with toothpaste, which has a distinct logo: designed by someone. The Tropicana orange juice you drink with your breakfast has a package and logo design in order to be effective, or ineffective, when it comes to sales.

All the billboards you see on the expressway on your way to work are design, the brand of car you drive requires design, the couch you sit on while you watch your television after a long day of work: ALL DESIGN. See my point?

Designers play a huge role in society, since every little thing that surrounds us on a daily basis took some work to make and design well. However, there are always fails when it comes to design; fails that I find funny and want to share with you.

Below are some major design fails that no one caught, so they were produced and released to the public. Sitting back and thinking about if your design will be effective, if it will be displayed properly, and if it looks visually appealing are all important before sending it out for production. How some of these got passed along without being caught amazes me, but I hope you enjoy them!

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Design: Recreating a Website

Design is extremely crucial. Think about your favorite clothing brand or company, you know their logo, right? You know that the Swoosh symbol is associated with Nike, the M arch is McDonalds, and the red bulls-eye is Target.

Logo design is what a person thinks of when thinking of a specific company, which makes their branding important because it is the baseline for customers.

Websites are equally as important in today’s society, since everyone uses the Internet to do research and shop. In the Visual Communication class this past week, we discussed logos and logo fails, however, we were asked to recreate a website that had poor design. I am very pleased with the work my group and I have completed and would like to show you the before and after website designs.

Sometimes less is more; Penny Juice used rainbow colors to create their brand so we decided to use those same colors while making it less busy and more appealing to the eye of our audience.

What do you think? Did our redesign work for this juice company?





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Mixing Your Networks

Is it bad to mix your personal and business networks?

What do you think? The answer is not black or white; it lands in the gray area because it really depends on the people involved.

Lets say you want to find a mentor, you pick who you relate to the most and who you think will benefit you and help you succeed, but their only free time is at their child’s sporting event… how do you feel?

Some people would feel offended and uncomfortable in that setting because it is not business professional, however, some people would not have a problem with it. They would feel grateful that their mentor is willing to help them even if it is in a personal atmosphere. But it is not bad to mix your networks as long as those involved do not mind.

This week we discussed Heidi Roizen and how she maintained her network to be a huge success.

Here are some overall tips to keeping your network:

  1. Always socialize with those who might benefit you in the future
  2. 2. Trim your network when it feels necessary
  3. Take time to help those who need it
  4. Manage your time

Networks are important because life revolves around who you know. If you know someone who is looking to fill a position in their company and you also know someone who is looking for that kind of job, connect them.

Help others so they will help you in the future when you need it.

Sunny & 75

Today, I got a glimpse of what summer class sessions are going to be like. Sun_PinEveryone in class knew the weather was so nice outside and couldn’t wait for lunch break and go experience the beautiful weather.

I have a feeling that coming and sitting in class this summer is going to be difficult for this cohort, but thankfully we have our lunch breaks to go out and enjoy the sun and catch some rays as we walk the lake.

WE CAN DO IT. Even though the weather is getting nicer we have to keep the end goal in mind: A Master’s Degree from one of the best universities in the country.

Infographics in Everyday Life

right-vs-leftVisual communication surrounds us everyday. In class this past week, our assignment was to design an inforgraphic displaying numerical data that would otherwise be boring.

I used right brain vs. left brain statistics for my infographic, as shown below. It shows the percentages of right, left and equal brained people in the United States and compares it to the people in Germany. Then it shows the characteristics of someone who is left and right brained.

The bottom of my infographic displays percentages of people who are right handed and left handed based on gender.

*Fun Fact: Did you know that the right side of your brain controls the muscles on the left side of your body and the left brain controls the right side?

The consensus from the class was that they enjoyed designing infographics because they can be used in every day life.

We encounter statistics on a daily basis, and for those of us who do not like numbers find the data boring. Putting the numbers in a creative and easy to follow infographic will make people want to look at it, and learn while they look.

I even noticed the other day when the electric bill came in the mail that one side had the boring straightforward numbers for those left brainers, and the other side displayed the information in an inforgraphic for those of us who are more right brained.


There is No I in Team

Teams, they surround us on a daily basis: at work, our kid’s sports teams, and in school dealing with group projects just to name a few.

We have been dealing with teamwork our entire lives but did we ever really understand how we pick our teams? Who works well together and why?

In the Understanding and Leveraging Networks class, this past week was centered on teams and what makes teams work within companies.

When putting together a team, there are some key factors to look for in order to have a positive outcome.

  1. Look for people who are interested in becoming part of a team. Those who do not want to work well with others clearly will not be beneficial to have.
  2. Find people who have skills sets that vary from your own, people who bring different views to the table.
  3. Is this person you are thinking about teaming up with super busy? Will they have time to get the project completed? Make sure you team up with people who have enough time to get the job done. Otherwise you are looking at a group nightmare.

We all want to be successful in life, and teams are not going anywhere. Understanding what makes a team work is important.

Stay tuned this quarter to find out how to continue to be successful on your teams but also in your personal network and life.

Spring Quarter

Welcome back, everyone! I hope each and every one of us enjoyed our two weeks off. Time to get back into school mode.

After the first class of the spring semester, I felt confident in my elective choice and happy with the information I will be learning in both the core and elective courses.

The core class is about understanding your own personal network, and how to use that network to be successful. The information that will be taught in this class will be beneficial for all of us, whether we are looking for jobs, looking to advance in our careers, or high up in a company in charge of those below you.

I picked Visual Communication for my elective course because I love designing. I am excited to see what else I can add to my design technique or change for the better to advance my design career.

I was not completely ready to end my Spring break, but after seeing what the next quarter is going to be like I am back and ready to learn as much as I can.


See you all Saturday (-:

A Network Decision

Since I moved to Evanston in September, my social network has greatly changed. I’ve lost contact with many of my old friends, but have been adding new ones through work, school, and church. I love hanging out with all my new friends and strengthening our relationships with one another.

However, I recently had an old friend from my previous church contact me on Facebook. I hadn’t communicated with him in over 6 months and he wanted to meet for dinner. My initial reaction was to say no based on what I had just learned in class that day. We learned about Dunbar’s Number and how the average human is only able to comfortably maintain 150 socially stable relationships. I really like my old friend and enjoy spending time with him, but was this relationship valuable enough to maintain? Wouldn’t it be better to eat dinner with one or more of my new friends?

After meditating on this, I decided that it is absolutely worth it to meet up with my old friend. Dunbar’s Number is not a law and it shouldn’t guide my decision in how many friendships I can have. This old friend is a great human being and the kind of person I want to spend time with.

Also, I do believe it is possible to build strong friendships that can last a lifetime. Even if I haven’t spoken with a friend for years and they are not part of the ~150 relationships I am currently maintaining, I can still call them to catch up because we previously established a strong relationship with one another.

As cheesy as it is, I had to smile when one of my new friends told me this nursery rhyme: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.” I hope you all take the time today to meet someone new or call an old buddy because you can never have enough friends.

Attend MSC’s Annual Happy Hour

The MSC Spring Happy Hour will be held on May 14, 2016, 5:30pm – 8:00pm at LYFE Kitchen (1603 Orrington Ave, Evanston).

Come celebrate the warm weather, being back on campus and the new quarter! You will have the opportunity to meet and network with MSC students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as members of the incoming class of 2017.

To RSVP, fill out this survey.

Happy Spring!

Nashville Networking

Dylan Cash and the Nashville Cats

I had a great and relaxing Spring Break from classes. On our first weekend off, my friend and I took a road trip to Nashville to see the sights and experience the southern, country culture. We visited a number of attractions including the Country Music Hall of Fame (CMHOF).
While at the CMHOF, there was an exhibit on Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. The exhibit explained the impact Dylan and Cash had on Nashville in the 1960s. When Bob Dylan arrived in Nashville in 1966 to record his album, he served as a catalyst for other musicians to visit. Through his friendship with Johnny Cash, many musicians visited Nashville to record their albums or to sing on Cash’s network TV show, The Johnny Cash Show. With so many musicians visiting Nashville, it quickly earned the nickname Music City and remains a focal scene for music stars today.
Since we just started the quarter yesterday, I am fascinated by the Understanding and Leveraging Networks course we are taking. In applying what I learned in class, Dylan and Cash had an extensive network of friends and colleagues in the music business. Due to their popularity, they had a magnetic effect to draw music professionals to visit Nashville.
After reflecting on this, it’s shown me the value that a large social network can have. We should never underestimate power of networks or the influence we can have on others. I look forward to this quarter and learning how we can improve and leverage our social networks like how Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash did for Nashville in the 1960s.