The Terracotta Army

The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.

The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.[Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.


Jacob Cass

Jacob Cass, at the prime age of just 22 has already received numerous regional, national and international design awards for his work in identity, web & graphic design. Cass has worked with the largest brands out there (Disney, Redbull & Nike just to name a few) creating visual & interactive designs across a broad range of devices. Cass’ work appears in a number of high profile design related books & websites including The Best of Logo Loungeand the Wolda Logo Design Annual, among many others. When not winning awards, Cass runs the wildly popular graphic design blog Just Creative Design which doubles as his freelance design business. Cass also runs the website Logo Designer Blog, a blog dedicated entirely to branding & logo design. Cass also runs Logo Of The Day, a high profile logo design award scheme that rewards the best professional logos and trademarks designed throughout the world.

“I am self-employed as a graphic designer, specialising in the fields of corporate identity (logo) design, web design, print design and branding with the majority of my time spent designing and implementing marketing promotions for businesses such as logos, websites, letterhead, business cards, packaging and more.” Jacob Cass

Reid Miles

Reid Miles (4 July 1927 – 2 February 1993) was an American graphic designer and photographer.

Reid Miles was born in Chicago on 4 July 1927 but, following the Stock Market Crash and the separation of his parents, moved with his mother to Long Beach, California in 1929.

After high school Miles joined the Navy and, following his discharge, moved to Los Angeles to enrol at Chouinard Art Institute.

After working in New York in the early 1950s for John Hermansader and Esquire magazine,Miles was hired in his own right by Francis Wolff of the jazz record label Blue Note to design album covers from about 1955, when the label began releasing their recordings on 12″ LPs. Miles designed several hundred covers, frequently incorporating the session photographs of Francis Wolff and, later, his own photographs, although many of his later designs dispensed entirely with photographs. Miles wasn’t particularly interested in jazz, professing to have much more of an interest in classical music, but used the descriptions of the sessions relayed to him by producer Alfred Lion to create the artwork.

Lion’s retirement as a record producer in 1967 coincided with the end of Miles’ connection with Blue Note. “Fifty Bucks an album…they loved it, thought it was modern, they thought it went with the music…one or two colors to work with at that time and some outrageous graphics!”.

As a photographer, operated a studio in Los Angeles, California. Many of his most famous shots were elaborate montages of people and group photographs. Reminiscent of Norman Rockwell.

Saul Bass

Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was a graphic designer and filmmaker, best known for his design of motion picturetitle sequences.

During his 40-year career Bass worked for some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger,Billy Wilder, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. Amongst his most famous title sequences are the animated paper cut-out of a heroin addict’s arm for Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, the credits racing up and down what eventually becomes a high-angle shot of the United Nations building in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and the disjointed text that races together and apart in Psycho.

Bass designed some of the most iconic corporate logos in North America, including the AT&T “bell” logo in 1969, as well asAT&T’s “globe” logo in 1983 after the breakup of the Bell System. He also designed Continental Airlines’ 1968 “jetstream” logo and United Airlines’ 1974 “tulip” logo which became some of the most recognized airline industry logos of the era.

“as Christmas morning, 1990, when my 4 year old self woke up in uncontrollable excitement. I sprung out of bed with my large bright blondie head and soared down the stairs to the site of the Christmas tree. What I saw probably changed my life. It was a blue and gold Fisher Price Art Desk. I ran up to it, not really knowing what it was, thinking that maybe something worthwhile was in the drawer. As I opened it up, and saw nothing was there I felt disappointed and somewhat confused. I slammed it shut and moved right along to the other presents under the tree. As the days went by, my disappointment went away and I found myself gravitating toward that desk. I started using it for it everything. I would store coloring books and drawings I created in that drawer. Assortments of Crayon’s, markers, and pencils, were lifelong stains on the surface of that desk. Remember, I got it when I was 4 so I did most of my “artwork” at that age on top of the art desk rather than inside the coloring books. I loved that desk, and I’ll never forget how I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without it.

Throughout middle and high school, I enrolled in any computer classes my schools offered. I remember I even took a Visual Basic class. I found it fun, I found it easy, and even though it felt nerdy to fill up all my electives with computer classes, I didn’t care. I held my head high. When I graduated I really had no idea what I wanted to do. I went to a community college for a few semesters, weighing out my options. Over the summer, I had a long talk with my parents and they pushed me to pursue what my passion was. They asked me, with all BS aside—what did I want to do? I told them, “I want to be a graphic designer.” They replied, “then do it, we support you.” This was a big deal in my life, a breaking point if you will. For once in my life, I was able to tell my friends and family that this is what I enjoyed doing, it wasn’t just a hobby, but it was something I wanted to do for the future.

When it came to choosing a professional career following my taste of community college, selecting the right college to attend was going to be important. I checked out a few schools in the San Diego area and settled on Platt College. They became my college for the next 2 years. They promised that if I worked hard, put out working web sites and applications with the W3C’s standards that looked good visually, I would receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Arts with an emphasis in Web Design. I worked hard, sometimes too hard on my projects. I was also interning for my first “real” job in the industry and never once cut corners or took the easy way out. It was too much fun and I knew that I needed to work hard if I was ever going to make it in this industry. After 2 years of grinding out all that I had for school, they came through on their end of the promise and I received my degree.

After a year of working steadily as the graphic designer for Overland Storage, I decided to pack up my stuff and move to the great city that is San Francisco. It’s always been my dream to live in a city that screams out my personality. I love the arts and the culture not to mention I’m a huge music buff and I think this is the perfect place to spend the rest of my 20s. I’m ready for my next challenge and I’ve moved here to prove it. “

Ed Price

“I am a freelance Graphic Designer and Art Director based in the south of England, Available for long and short term contracts and freelance work.” Ed Price

Abraham Lincoln statue- Daniel Chester

Out of all the monuments and memorials found in Washington, D.C., perhaps none is more imposing than the Lincoln Memorial. Located at the western end of the long park known as the national “Mall” and at the end of the “Reflecting Pool,” the Memorial has two primary components – a classical columned structure designed by Henry Bacon and a monumental statue of a seated Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. So important is this memorial in America’s consciousness that it appears on the obverse of the American penny (and, seen faintly on the penny, French’s statue can be found).

The Lincoln Memorial was authorised by the Washington D.C. Commission of Fine Arts on July 17, 1911. The Commission asked Henry Bacon to design the memorial which was to house a statue of Lincoln. French was Bacon’s personal choice for a collaborator for the statue and on June 27, 1913, Bacon’s plans were accepted and work on the Memorial began on February 12, 1914.

Daniel Chester French began work on the design for the statue in 1915, making many bronze and plaster models. French used Lincoln’s life mask as well as casts of Lincoln’s own hands as models and also consulted photographs by the noted photographer Matthew Brady. After various modifications, the final statue stood 19 feet tall, not including the pedestal. Sculpted by the Piccirilli Brothers (French’s long time sculpting collaborators), the statue was completed on November 19, 1919. Carved in 28 sections of Georgia marble, the statue was transported to Washington D.C. and in place for the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial on May 20, 1922.

Concerns about the lighting of the statue persisted for several years; the original lighting cast Lincoln’s face in a ghostly darkness. New lighting was installed in 1926 which to this day shows French’s statue of Lincoln in a dramatic fashion at all times of the day and night