October 3, 2018

How to research, design and present an Amazon Alexa Skill

In April 2018 I participated in Vice Media’s first annual hack week. It was an entire week of workshopping and prototyping new ideas involving machine learning, augmented reality and everything in between. At the end of the week, each team would present their project and demo their prototype. Earlier in the year I received my first Alexa enabled device and was excited to pitch my idea for a voice assistant. To my surprise it was one of the most supported ideas in the department and was accepted into the hack week as a team project.

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May 31, 2018

4 Tips for Emerging Designers (I graduated 4 years ago)

As spring approaches and my Facebook feed fills with graduation photos the familiar sounds of ‘pump and circus’ echo in my head. In May of 2014, 4 years ago, I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. I made it through the rigorous obstacle course that is known to many as the senior thesis. A year long process for visual and performing art students demonstrating what they have learned during their journey. I was ready to graduate and begin my career as a graphic designer filled with much hope and joy. At the time I imagined I would hit the ground running and jump right into a 'forever job'. That was not the case and after four years of treading water I finally feel like I’m starting to progress in my career. It goes without saying that there is still much to learn and achieve but here are some things I learned along the way that I hope can help new designers and creatives entering the field.

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April 14, 2018

Tacos and typography in Jersey City

It’s no secret that everyone loves tacos. You can fill them with whatever you want and eat about a half a dozen before you start to feel disgusted with yourself. It is also no secret that there are a ton of really good taco spots in Jersey City. One of my favorites is a small mom and pop shop called Taqueria that has a lot of charm and not to far from the center of Grove Street. As more and more restaurants open up their doors, the competition continues to grow. This encourages restaurants to think hard about how they can stand out in this growing city. I recently visited Gringos’s Tacos in Jersey City. While it has some of the familiar traits of any other Mexican American restaurants, I think they were able to create something unique through their design choices.

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March 13, 2018

My Favorite Bar Design in Jersey City

I took the day to explore downtown Jersey City in hopes of finding a few bars and restaurants that I thought had wonderfully-designed materials. As I began to write this post (which was originally going to include more than one place), I slowly focused in on one bar.

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Jon Sorrentino