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"DETROIT" film

michael cousins

"The Detroit Historical Society, through its Detroit 67: Looking Back to MOVE FORWARD community engagement project, has taken the lead to convene an unprecedented community-wide effort. An outcome of this multi-year project will be the creation of a model for bringing diverse voices and communities together around the effects of a historic crisis to find their roles in the present and inspire the future.

The Detroit 67 Project and its centerpiece, the Detroit 67 Exhibition, will cover a period of 150 years. We will look back 100 years – from 1917 to today and forward 50 years to 2067 and use an understanding of our collective history to inform and define our future. Those who engage with Detroit 67 will be able to better understand the events leading up to July, 1967, where we are today, and connect to efforts that are moving Detroit forward." Learn more

DYI mobile stock photos

michael cousins

Taken with Samsung Note 5.

Taken with Samsung Note 5.

Sometimes you need a captivating photo but you're outta cash and don't own camera. I've got some tips to help you out with your projects by using you cellphone. Using my cellphone has been such a life saver, with some of these photo basics I hope this helps you out..

  • Depth of field

In a nutshell, its the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that seem sharper than surrounding area. Aperture (f/11 or f2.8) determines how much light gets in. Now since mobile phones dont have that great of a distance but when positioned close to and object you can achieve the effect. 

  •   Rule of thirds

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Dividing and positioning important subjects in the image using two horizontal and vertical lines where they meet.

Clean you lens: Finger prints and lint can hugely affect the quality of your photo - make it a habit to clean.

Don't use zoom: digital zoom crops your image as you zoom in, This leads to loss in image quality.

Keep the camera steady.

Take multiple shots at different angles: Give yourself options

Don't put subject in front of light source: that darkens your subject so all you see is the outline.

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This is just a handful of tidbits that can help you when you need of a photo quick and in a hurry. Hope it helps!

RE: The Black Experience in Graphic Design

michael cousins

The author of a 30-year-old Print article on diversity, Cheryl D. Holmes-Miller, surveys the industry in our summer 2016 issue to see who is designing the solution to a problem that continues to this day. Here, we dig into the Print archives to share the articles that started the conversation. For more, visit www.printmag.com/summer-16

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Tokenism is still the order of the day in the graphic arts industry (having replaced a routine refusal or a smiling “I’ll call you”). However, there are signs that conditions are changing: advertising agencies in particular show a greater willingness to open up their bullpens to more black designers..

There are certainly many more black art directors in agencies now than there were five or ten years ago. Then, there were so few that their numbers were statistically insignificant. Today, black designers constitute perhaps one or two per cent of the total—not exactly an overwhelming percentage READ MORE

Oakland Artist Avenue Coalition

michael cousins

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The Oakland Avenue Artists of Coalition (OAAC) is a grassroots community organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the transformation of Oakland Avenue into the [Detroit] North End’s art corridor. The corridor will feature a public art park and continuous performing arts events at varying locations along the avenue. MORE

HUBERT MASSEY

michael cousins

Hubert Massey is a Michigan artist who works in a variety of media to create large public art installations. Massey is noted for collaborating with communities to create art that tell their stories. His installations can be seen in Detroit at the Museum of African American History, Paradise Valley Park and Campus Martius. 

INSPIRATION: YESTERDAYNITE

michael cousins

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By the time he graduated high school in 2008, Smith had been diagnosed with epilepsy and his mother had lost her job, prompting him to opt out of further pursuing art school. But he continued to create, right from his living room.

The following January, Smith and Silva drew a portrait of Barack Obama and went door to door around their neighborhood selling copies. Noting the positive response, they traveled to Washington, D.C. and sold the portrait to attendants at the inaugural address. 

Smith says he is devoted to creating art that is heavily inspired by entertainment (primarily music and comedy), women and black culture. Smith says the presence of black culture in his work serves as a form of self-expression and education. Read more via his site

Revision Path: Jonathan Key

michael cousins

From REVISION PATH

"The conversation covers why it’s important for artists and designers to be involved with social issues, and from there talked about his time at Brown University and RISD and how those experiences shaped his current work. He also mentioned the design work he’s doing in the black LGBT community and talked about the artists and designers who influence his work." Listen now