Friday, December 4, 2009

Let me give you stuff!!!!

Don't know if anyone still checks this BUT....

For one of my classes this semester we made postcards and business cards and sent them to print at a professional printing press! So now I have something like 150 postcards and business cards sitting around and I don't know what to do with them!

So if anyone wants, I will GLADLY send some your way! Just let me know what your current address is (pretty sure probably everyone has moved around since last time...)

Here are some examples:
(We made them in layers: CMY, CMYK, CMYK + PMS metallic silver! Then we turned press plates on and off for fun!)
Oh yeah, the project had to be about "binary oppositions"

And here is the business card I made. I didn't use it as a business card, I thought instead I'd make something you could leave behind for people once you fill it in with whatever you want to say to them (like "Thank You Taxi Driver, You are very friendly" or "I hate you, jerk, you are a horrible person")



Saturday, September 26, 2009

Help with a Project?

Hi Aesthetics Abroad,

It's been a long while since I've posted on here, but I'm back & ready with some questions for you!

I'm currently working on a research-based publication about the globalization of language and it's relationship to design. I though it would be great to get all your views on the subject. I have some questions about your work and your practice as designers working in both native and non-native languages, etc. If any of you would like to participate, I would greatly appreciate it!

The questions are listed below incase you're interested. If you find skype or other media is preferable to the written word, that's great too! You can emaail me responses at

Thanks so much for helping out!

-Alexandra Roche

What is your native language, and what languages have you designed in?

In what country were you born, and where have you lived since?

Why do you chose to work in languages other than your native language?

Who is your audience for these pieces (in terms of language-speakers)?

How do you approach the problem of designing in another language?

Do you view typography as form, line, and weight, or rather as a message?

How has globalization affected your practice?

Do you approach a different language design in the same way you approach regular language project?

Why do you design in your non-native language?

Do you think there are ethics involved in working in a specific language?

Would you design in a foreign language you didn't know?

How much of an understanding of a foreign language would you say you must have in order to design in it?

How has globalization affected your practice?

Is it important to work in this second language? Why or why not?

Do you ever do work in multiples, formatting the same design for different languages?

How does this change the design form language to language?

How do you view the future of design dealing with globalization or global language?

Can you talk about a specific piece: the process, language, audience, etc.?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Harmen Liemburg lectured at my school a few days ago and it was really great, it made me want to go out and make things!

Then yesterday one of my classes went on a field trip to the Museum of Russian art to see an absolutely beaaaauutifullll exhibit of postage stamps. It was fascinating to see and made me think about work within a whole new context.

Anyone else do/see/make anything interesting or inspiring recently?

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Hello everyone,

First of all sorry for the email i managed to get sent to everyone about changing passwords and what not. I was just wondering if anyone still uses this thing or checks it. Also, I wanted to ask what everyone is doing nowadays, or if they have any new exciting things to share. Hope everyone is doing wellllllll!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hey everyone!

I'm going to be visiting a friend from home who is abroad in Belgium soon (around may 1st). Filip is based in Belgium so I'll get to say hello to him but if any of the rest of you out there will be around at that time, let me know and we can have a mini meet up or something! HOORAY!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

VERY LATE but....

a happy new year to you all!!! Hooray,
I guess everyone's being REALLY busy at the moment!!

I've had to deal with a lot of personal issues in the last year and a half, unfortunately, but now everything seems to be solved and I can finally focus on my studies!!!...and yes, it's thesis time. So basically I am doing all the works that I have missed in the last year and a half and also doing my thesis in 3 months!! I hope I will survive!

I hope we can get some works going again...what happened to the old one? I think I was the last one to get it, and it took me a while but I got it done, and sent it to Julie...did it get lost on the way?! I'm gonna look through my harddrive for the pic I took of the work, since I didn't really get it posted yet!

Yay yay yay.

The first post of the year :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

My new blog I started this master-after-master programme a month ago and it is really cool. Lots of different workshops, international teaching staff and international students. Since I have to do research and I started to collect all projects that interest me and to make it myself a little with keeping an overview I created a blog. For anybody that might be interested here is the link;) Hope you guys like it if you decide to pay a visit!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yuta had the idea to maybe make holiday cards and send them to each other. Anyone interested? I think it could be funnnnnnnn!!!! I don't know about you guys but I have finals this and next week so time will be hard to find but I think it could be a nice break from doing homework stuff. Let me know if you are interested!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I just finished watching this really beautiful film called "MEGANE" (2007) directed by Naoko Ogigami

There isn't much story to it and it's very minimal but hey, the cinematography is beautiful!!!!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

1 Year!


So I'm a few days late but this blog is over 1 year old now! Isn't that exciting? Does anyone have any ideas on how we could make it better? I've been kind of consumed by school stuff lately so I haven't had much time to work on the blog, but I'd like to get more involved in it again so it's more active or whatnot :D

Ok yay just thought I'd share that little bit of news.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hi hi hi!

long time no see!
I am writing my thesis proposal as I speak and I am sleep.

It's been about 36 hours so far without any sleep! Woohoo but I'm sure y'all how how it feels,
I mean...studying design = no sleep, from at least what I've seen in the past!

Anyways, I am putting together an exhibition, with all the photos that were taken at the same time:
Sorry I didn't announce the time here, but hopefully there will be a next one!

check out the photos, they are quite nice!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What If....

I learned how to make cute litle accordian books (and stab-bound books), and it is f-u-n, cheap, and easy.
WHAT IF I made a number of tiny little books (one for each of us interested in this idea) and sent them around and we each took a page in each book and did something to it, and then once we filled up the books we could each have one?



Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hi guys

It's been a while, sorry.
But soooooooooooooooooooooooo if any of you are still around reading this, I just have a question that I am curious about.
School started again for me this week, and with the beginning of classes we were introduced to a school wide, mandatory (I think...) project that is not for a grade, but it being discussed in all classes and it creating quite a stir. Each student is required to make some sort of message to the future president on a piece of paper, and we will hang each throughout the school, and eventually mail them to the President. Last year we had a project that every student in any design/illustration/comic class had to participate in. I think they are a really interesting idea and a nice change of pace, but they always seem to get a lot of mixed reactions.

Do you guys ever have school wide projects like that? Do people at your schools have strong reactions either way?

Ok, sorry abut my strange question but it's just making me wonder.

allrighty, BYE!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hi ^____^

Hey guys,
Sorry I haven't been around much at all lately, was finishing up school WHICH IS DONE NOW. yay ^____^, and I also went to Rock Werchter festival. But now I finally have time again and can do stuff for myself, so if that thing julie made isnt going around yet, you can send it to me if you want. Right now I'm just working, and trying to get all my stuff together for when i go to England. What's new with you guys, any exciting stuff? BTW I'm updating my website, so I don't know if people are interested in seeing stuff, but it's  . It's still a work in progress tips and stuff are welcome