Blogging is a great way to put your ideas and your work out there. FIT has some great tips about blogging that are helpful to anyone considering maintaining a blog. Below we provide our own guide with Art and Design students in mind. It is also helpful to look at other bloggers and to think… Read More »


Grammar is something that we all find ourselves concerned with as writers. Simply put, grammar has to do with the way that we arrange words in a sentence to make meaning. But it never seems to be as simple as that. Professor Mark Goldblatt offers us a crash course in grammar in his series of… Read More »

Chicago Style

The proper use of the Chicago Manual of Style allows writers to give credit to authors whose materials they have used, avoid plagiarism, and provide readers with factual accounts that give credibility to writing. The Chicago Style of citation is formatted in two ways: the Notes-Bibliography system, which is used predominantly for writing in history,… Read More »

Writing Situation Model

The model below demonstrates how people, relationships, places, ideas, and beliefs influence our writing in complex ways.     The arrows pointing in all directions on the model depict the different connections that exist between readers, writers, and texts. These connections or relationships happen in physical, social, and cultural contexts that shape the way that… Read More »

Literature Reviews

A literature review is a unique entity among papers and essays. The “literature” would be sources of information on any given topic (i.e. editorial articles, journals, books, websites, traditional papers), and the “review” the compiling, examining, and discussion of these sources themselves. A literature review may stand alone or be used as part of a… Read More »

Logical Fallacies

Logical Fallacies Hasty generalization: Conclusion not logically justified by sufficient or unbiased evidence. Post hoc ergo propter hoc: Literally, “after this, therefore because of this.” Just because Event B occurred after Event A does not mean that A necessarily caused B. Genetic fallacy: Arguing that the origins of a person, object, or institution determine its character, nature, or… Read More »

Art/Design Statements

Writing can be a significant part of any artist’s design process and can help you to develop sophisticated ways to articulate the significance of your work, your personal perspective and your aesthetic.  Design Philosophy/Artist Statements  Artists and designers often write statements that offer admirers of their work greater insight into the collection/portfolio, the design process… Read More »