Monday, December 17, 2012


This blog was meant to be a resource for any student of the communication arts, where visual problems are encountered, and solved, on a continuing basis.  The posts were intended as a source of inspiration and information about graphic design, illustration, visual art and creativity in general.  The work of at least one photographer was featured as well as several other artists whose work is not commercially-based, including a couple of street artists, a painter of miniatures, a papercut artist, and a creator of kinetic sculpture, among others.

This was also intended as an online location to feature the work of our students in the Visual Thinking class at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.  The class was divided into three sections because of the number of students and was taught by myself, Pam Barby, who also contributed to this blog, and Bob Hochgertel.  Pam and Bob are the Graphic Design and Illustration department chairs at the school, respectively.

Our class was made up of sophomore design and illustration students and was meant to be an introduction to visual problem-solving.  Some of our projects were more commercially driven while others were not.  The projects were designed to give the students a taste of things to come, when they will focus more intensely on their chosen fields of study.

I was happy to see that some of our posts were influential on some students' work, and I can only hope that those of you who have been following along have enjoyed the posts.

As our semester has ended and the Visual Thinking class has come to a close, I will be posting much less frequently on this blog.  Please check back and visit from time to time.

Thanks and credit goes to all the artists featured on this blog as well as the many online resources that I was able to use for reference. Also, thanks to Pam Barby for contributing.

I'll sign off (temporarily) with a small collection of my own work...

Michael Fink

See my other blog HERE.


  1. Thank you Mike for putting so much time and consideration into this blog site. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by myself and all our viewers.

    1. Thanks Pam! I really enjoyed doing the research for all the posts. Doing so taught me about several artists I wouldn't have known about otherwise. It was interesting to see how some of these artists influenced our students as well.