How Emoji is Obscuring the Way We Communicate

Emoticons were initially created to help illustrate hard-to-explain emotions in text, but as it turns out, they’re actually obscuring the way we communicate. A study from the University of Minnesota’s GroupLens laboratory reveals that when two people look at the same emoji, they often have differing opinions on what it depicts. This discrepancy is further exacerbated when viewing emoji from different platforms, as Apple, Google, …

Collecting Words

A photo book of very short visual stories told by graffiti, signs and other text found outside

There’s something about text found outside of screens and pages, in the “wild,” that grabs our attention. It’s the way they make a declaration in the public realm, trying to join our personal conversations. For the past five years—starting around the time that Instagram launched—Boulder-based art director Brian Fouhy has been “collecting words,” whether it’s graffiti or signage for Pittsburgh’s “#1 Exotic Club” Blush. “Back …

Miami Art Week 2015: In Words

Works that incorporate text in powerful ways

As you wade through the sheer amount of artwork on view during Miami Art Week, there’s something both compelling and divisive about the pieces incorporating words. They grab ahold of your eyes from far across the hall, drawing you in silently. Unlike abstract sculptures that might require a bit of patience or background information, these pieces are direct, brash and elicit almost a knee-jerk reaction …

Feminist Embroidery by Yes Stitch Yes

Interpreting rap lyrics and the internet for empowered sass

A sarcastic Tweet disappears almost instantaneously these days, but a brazen embroidered message only gets louder with every look. Edginess and individuality have been elevating fine needlework from a quiet hobby to cultural relevance for some time, and we’re especially enamored with what Yes Stitch Yes has been stitching onto hoops. The brainchild of Park Slope, Brooklyn resident Lauren Singleton, Yes Stitch Yes offers mantras …

Word as Image

Ji Lee's entertaining book of letters in their most graphic element

Seeing the world through the eyes of Ji Lee means every billboard is a blank canvas, the alphabet has three-dimensional form and words are actually images. The former Creative Director at Google Creative Labs playfully communicates through visual design, depicting clever messages that are sometimes obvious and sometimes abstract, but always on point. Joining Univers Revolved in the collection of Lee’s independent projects to take …