Photos from the Library of Congress

March 9th, 2008

Flickr is now hosting photographs from the Library of Congress’ archives. It is fantastic that such a detailed visual history is now available through a simple search.  Often even the most detailed description of the past cannot provide as much information as a single photograph.

See them here

Quirky & Beautiful

February 7th, 2008

Archer

Perhaps the most beautiful font I have encountered, Archer satisfies my desire for a fresh yet traditional face in the world of type.  It is always difficult for me to pick a party in the debate between serif and sans-serif, both have their obvious benefits and downfalls.  Archer provides the clarity and strength of a sans-serif, but the quick scanning quality of serifs.  Hoefler & Frere-Jones inclusion of elements reminiscent of the traditional typewriter provide a beautiful quirky feeling that transcends time, at least for now.  Arriving on the scene during a period of modernistic nostalgia, Archer fills the typographic  niche too well, with the potential to be displayed in every tasteful antique/thrift store/boutique shop window just in time for spring.

Welcome

December 28th, 2007

Hello, and welcome to the new version of SamanthaArmacost.com, it is still a work in progress, but then any portfolio site/blog will never be complete. This blog section has technical elements that I am still working the kinks out of, so if you find some part that doesn’t appear to display correctly I would greatly appreciate you leaving a comment on this entry to that effect.

My web presence has come a long way since my first table-laden design which was hosted by my alma mater. Focusing on my print work and ceramics, the site was called She Dreams in CMYK reflecting my desire to do print work.

The second layout kept the ink inspired theme, but moved in to the realm of Flash. This posed quite a challenge that resulted well, but didn’t provide the best solution for a site that needs continual updates.

So here we are with the third try. Easier to update, a fancy blog, and, of course, matching my letterhead and logo. I hope you enjoy all my efforts.

Future of marketing?

December 27th, 2007

Secret Websites, Coded Messages: The New World of Immersive Games

Interesting article posted at Wired about the trend in campaigns focusing on games and the engagement of consumers.

Reaction to Lessig’s on creativity’s strangulation by law

December 25th, 2007

Breech the topic of copyright in any circle within modern society and you are certain to encounter a variety of perspectives. Larry Lessig’s well-constructed discussion of law’s strangle hold on creativity provides one of the strongest arguments for the expansion of fair use and parody laws. His comparison of media usage to the experiences during the early existence of flight truly exemplifies the complexities of democratizing media tools while simultaneously criminalizing common uses of those tools; a few chickens may be hurt in the process, but the bold, passionate creators will thrive in a culture more expressive than ever before.

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