Author Archives: Erin Mays

Mirrored Images: An Exercise In Perspective

Can you remember the first time you held a kaleidoscope? Do you remember turning that brightly wrapped cardboard cylinder filled with little bits of colored plastic and mirrors awed by the endless patterns you could create with just a turn of your wrist? While kaleidoscopes may have faded out as children’s toys there is...

We’re Wild About BKWLD

It’s not often that you come across a new-made-old building that has as much quirky charm as its inhabitants, but that is just what the Ebner Hotel in Old Sacramento is to creative agency, BKWLD. The Ebner Hotel, pictured above, has a unique story that is older than the building itself. The hotel dates...

“Alchemy of Tea”: A Tea-tastic Poster Design

Nothing spells relaxation quite like relaxing in a comfy chair with a hot drink and a good book, especially when you’re accompanied by a magical trio and a good cup of tea! I’ve often found myself bamboozled by the miracle that is a tiny little tea bag sitting in a wax paper box in...

Why Wireframing and Prototyping Matter To You

Take a second and think about your internet usage. How much time do you spend online a day? How many emails do you receive a day? How many websites do you visit? If you’re anything like the typical media consumer who spends most of their time online the numbers might astound you. For me...

Word Play: Just a Note With a Cause

Iconic designer and branding guru Debbie Millman is perhaps one of the best known designers in the industry sharing the stage with the likes of Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and more. Her role as the President of Design at Sterling Brands has overseen the branding and rebranding of major companies...

Creativity Can Be Learned

Many people still believe that only certain people are creative and that creativity is a special or elite skill that only some possess. But this misconception is now changing. In recent years more evidence that creativity and creative thinking skills can be taught, learned and practiced has appeared.

Outdoor Gallery: New York City

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love affair with street art. From 3-D chalk art paintings to the graffiti that litters the sides of rail cars and abandoned buildings all over Cincinnati to beautiful Banksy-esque street art. In fact, I love Banksy so much that I have a number of...

A Universal Typeface & Pen

It’s no secret that I am an office supply hoarder and that my pen collection rivals that of many office supply stores—my favorite time of the year is in late July when the new school supplies start to trickle back into the stores. I may be well past elementary school but there is always...

PLAY: A Visual Excursion in Sound

As a species the human race has a love affair with sound. We enjoy all kinds of sound from classical music to hard rock to even the sound of thunderstorms. Fake Love & installation artist Aramique together with Sonos have opened two exhibitions in New York & Los Angeles that allow users to play...