How Instagram has reshaped graphic design by stripping it back to the basics.

Poster by elliot ulm on instagram, poster reads “I’m a graphic designer by day but I’m mainly a graphic designer by night”
Poster by elliot ulm on instagram, poster reads “I’m a graphic designer by day but I’m mainly a graphic designer by night”
Design by Elliot Ulm / @elliotisacoolguy on Instagram

While most art-fiends are familiar with the works of Mondrian and Kandinsky, the notable style of architecture and design that emerged out of the Bauhaus School and the wider Bauhaus ‘art movement’ is still at the forefront of visual design today.

Similarly, Instagram gives a platform to the boundary-pushing voices of today’s design space, and the creatives at the top of their game are taking influence from the great design minds from decades prior, with a fun and refreshed tone that is reinvigorating visual communication at large.

Bauhaus Principles

With an emphasis on the basics, the Bauhaus School’s teachings centred around the…


How changing your mindset can unlock your potential

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If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that now more than ever we should not take anything for granted — and this most definitely applies to career prospects.

The reliance on a sole income stream is not only risky but creatively stifling.

We all have a favorite pastime, so why not figure out a way to turn our passions into pennies, and slowly but surely turn the things that bring us joy into valuable and reliable sources of both income and happiness?

We all have the ability to add value

I Know I’m Creative, But Where Can I Start?

Most people view ‘side hustle’ culture from afar, unsure of what…


A poem on a child’s uninhibited innocence

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Hand in hand, we float through these silver-topped fields.
Each blade dances as we pass.

This spring morning, the sun caresses your cheek.
The grass — illuminated with an impressive sheen.
My soft eyes glimmer as yours shine.

Your palm in mine, crop-crushing boots guiding your impulse.
Your eagerness fatigues me; no such encumbrance impedes you.

Thousands of times, we have trekked these fields, each time a joy.
A gesture; your smile grows, cheeks dimple, heart fills.

I’d tell you to count each blade of grass before the sun met high noon. …


An unspoken pressure carved into our minds from BCE

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“It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.” — Socrates

Various beliefs and cultural upbringings inform gender norms, but across the board, our views of the ‘ideal’ man share some provocative commonalities:
a broad-shouldered, three-legged specimen, with intelligence for days and an obnoxious sense of self.

“Oh, it’s like he’s been sculpted by the Greeks…” and exactly that he was.

A moment ago

Greco-Roman antiquity birthed not only the ability to measure, calculate, and critique man-made invention, but also man himself.


From Highly-Anticipated Remakes and Sequels to New Works by Wes Anderson, Chloé Zhao and Shawn Levy (And Lots of Timothée Chalamet)

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1. Candyman
Director:
Nia DaCosta
Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Nia DaCosta
Starring:
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah Parris

The long-awaited sequel to the 1992 thriller in tandem with Jordan Peele’s masterful writing will re-ignite the ‘urban legend’ and ‘slasher film’ genres we love with a new-age edge.

2. Dune
Director:
Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Zendaya

Villeneuve’s re-adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name is arguably the most anticipated science-fiction films of the year. …


An Essay on Bong Joon-Ho’s Cinematic Deep-Dive into Class Consciousness

“The best plan is to have no plan.”

Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite stands as a genre-bending parable, critiquing capitalism through visual poetry with a profoundness that Western cinema can only dream of. Quite literally, the film unveils the parasitic qualities we harbour, exploring this dynamic through the wealthy Park family and the Kims' domestic infiltration. Bong’s distinctive visual language and daring cinematic choices allow for the narrative to resonate much deeper than any similar allegory, but how exactly does Parasite achieve this?

THE CRAFT OF CINEMA

As established in Snowpiercer (2013), Bong’s extrapolation of ‘class consciousness’ culminates in an enticing feast for any cinephile…

RubenBaz

Designer and Creative from Sydney, Australia (He/Him): Writing on Art and Design, Film, Television and Pop Culture

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