Design Safari: Finding Design in its Natural Habitat

Shh….come, look this way. Right between those two trees. You see it? Yes, that my friends is a rare element in its natural habitat. The family in which it comes from is known as Design, and it’s not alone out here in the wild. Here, take a look at my photo-journal. This is a collection of 4 of these rare specimens cohabiting with one another in nature.



This was a beautiful example of symmetrical balance located in front of Jefferson Hall. Notice how the 2 main lights are perfectly aligned with each other.


This little beaut’ was taking a rest near a river bank when I snuck up on her and caught a full-faced photo. Her species? Good ol’ Typography. The text on her face is organized by order of importance and size. Since “Pop” is the most important word, it is placed at the top in the largest possible font. “Frosted Cookies & Creme” only describes her type, so it is subtitled.


Look at this gorgeous Unity specimen! Despite the fact that she’s missing her bottom half, she gives off the perfect sense of closure and completeness. (she could also be a close relative to Proportion because of the decreasing size of the circles.) She’s so perfect you could just eat her up!


This specimen looked like it was dangerous to approach, but I ended up escaping with my life. This photo was recently taken in the rainforests of Myrtle Beach and it represents rhythm.

These are only 4 species of Design that I have captured, and there are 6 more types out there in the wild. Be sure to join me on my safari adventure next time!


This week seemed so grey and rainy that I decided to hold off on my photoblizing project until the sun came out. Finally today was a beautiful sunny day, and my class had gotten cancelled so I had the time to take pictures this afternoon!

The Photoblitzing assignment basically required me to snap photos of the content listed, from objects with figurative meaning, such as things that represented human complexity, to literal objects, like the hand of a random person. The catch was that you could only perform these tasks within 20 minutes. After 20 minutes of silly poses and awkward pacing around the area between Lee Hall and the clock tower, I ended up taking 9 photographs. These were my best 5:

Photo at an Unusual Angle Flowerbed from an Ant's Perspective

This photo was taken on campus walk between Lee and Trinkle. People looked at me like I was insane for taking a picture of a flower bed by sitting on the ground. But hey, if I didn’t I never would’ve gotten an amazing shot like this!

 Human Complexity
Human Complexitiy at its Finest

This is Trinkle Hall, the Computer Science and Philosophy building. This hall basically breaths human thought and complexity.

Things That Don’t Belong Together

This Doesnt Belong Here!

This just seems so weird….the most of the campus is built on square and rectangular shapes, but every 50 or so steps you get these weird circles that just seem out of place. Maybe they’re secret passageways!


Octopus Tree!

The only way we can make an image seem supernatural is if we use our imagination. To me this tree looked like an octopus walking around Ball Circle. Or maybe it’s an upside-down spider…either way it makes you not want to get close to it.

Human Emotion

Representation of Human Emotion

This one is definitely my favorite! This is a statue of James Farmer, one of the most important people of the Civil Rights movement. He risked his life multiple times by choosing to ride on Greyhound buses from the North to the South back in 1961, journeys which he nicknamed the “Freedom Rides.” Pretty soon others followed his example and also started riding the buses in protest.This later led to the desegregation of inter-state transportation in the U.S. When I see this photo, I think of human courage.