For graphic design five, I am creating a process book, magazine, posters and a few other things for an architect that I researched. My architect is Benjamin Garcia Saxe. Here are a few images of my favorite works by him, Containers of Hope and A Forest For a Moon Dazzler.
Now that it is summer,I have time to make whatever I want! I want to improve my drawing, and I came across an interesting photo of Kurt Cobain and just did whatever I wanted with it. This resulted in war paint and lots of stenciled type I am finished with the drawing, but I want to take it further and make a poster with it. Here is my drawing!
I am happy that we were able to accomplish so much over these two weeks in History of Graphic Design. We created five posters, some letterpress broadsides, and four letters. We also got to visit my favorite design studio! I can already tell that I have learned from the class, because I am beginning to notice how different things are designed by specific design eras. For example, my grandparent’s live in an older neighborhood that has a hint of mid-century modern. It is full of small one-story houses with clean lines. Also, I am looking forward to going to France and being able to notice all of the Art Nouveau inspired pieces. Needless to say, this was a great class! Here are my final posters and type designs.
Today we did not have class, but instead we attended a lecture at SCAD Atlanta for Sapient Nitro. Each speaker from the company spoke of how it is important to be able to design in a digital format. Designing digitally can open up a whole new world of options for design and user experience. My absolute favorite thing about the talk was the ice cream vending machine designed to give ice cream when the customer smiles big enough. I do think that taking emotion and experience into consideration with design is very important for making something memorable. The vending machine made me think of when I made bracelets for the You Are Beautiful campaign last semester. Knowing that I probably made at least 20 people happy that day, even if it was just for a second, gave me such a good and fulfilling feeling. I definitley want to make more bracelets. Here is the link to the video that was shown about the ice cream vending machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxMv9ZPiMyU
Last night when watching the videos about the Bauhaus movement, I realized that the Bauhaus philosophy is still very prominent in design today. Although this seems to be the case, the philosophy my be on a decline for this decade. During the discussion I posed the question; has there been a point in history when the Bauhaus philosophy was rejected? The only example we could think of is today, and how we are beginning to move back to the more hand-made and home-grown aesthetic. After class, I began my reading and then started on my Bauhaus sketches. Although I understand the Bauhaus philosophy, I found it much more difficult to sketch for compared to Russian Constructivism. I feel like the two are closely related, so it is difficult to accidentally make one look like the other. Here are a few examples of my sketches.
This morning we critiqued our colored versions of our Renaissance posters.
After that we watched videos on Futurism, Dada, Russian Constructivism, and the De Stijl movement. After watching the video on Futurism, I almost asked if they had really said that they were against feminism. Then I thought about it and realized that there was also extreme hatred towards Jews (the Holocaust) and other groups during that time period. It was a time of economical unease, which in turn caused war. It is understandable why the designs of this time period are so chaotic, yet geometric and controlled at the same time. It is like controlled chaos.
After the videos, we began creating sketches by cutting and pasting. Here are two of my Russian Constructivist and two of my De Stijl sketches.
Today we critiqued our process on our Renaissance and the Enlightenment posters. We also began sketching for our Arts and Crafts movement posters. Here are my two best sketches and best thumbnails for the Renaissance.
We did not have a formal discussion today, rather we counted our discussion as our critique. I never knew that when centering text, you should try to create a diamond or kite shape. It is interesting how we often revere the art and design of the past, yet we shy away from important aspects of it (like centering text.) Almost all text was centered during the Renaissance, and today centering text is usually considered to be bad design. Design is constantly evolving. Some may believe that it evolves and gets better, or some may believe that it simply evolves to fit the feeling of the time period. I believe the latter, because if we were to transport the design of today to the Renaissance, they would probably think it is strange and possibly ugly. Taste evolves and changes with time.
Also, we watched a few videos today in class. I was mostly interested in the video about Art Nouveau. I was loosely aware of this time period before today, and I knew that Alphonse Mucha was one of my favorite designers. I had forgotten that he also designed posters, and learning that he was the first to create such ornate beautiful posters for the public makes him even more of an inspiration. I am really looking forward to seeing the Art Nouveau inspired designs in France this summer!
Today in class we worked on finalizing our letters for the type fight! I like my R better than the w, and will vector-draw it asap….but sadly it could not be done in time to enter in to the fight. I enjoyed creating the letters, and I want to make more!
A few things that were mentioned during our daily discussion:
* vernacular design
* humanist type
* for some reason Baskerville is a believable font
* Benjamin Franklin was a letterpress printer
* reverting back to the past
* the zeitgeist of different eras, and how it is difficult to see the zeitgeist of our own time.
I look forward to when we will be able to look back on this era and define its aesthetic. It is difficult to define the present. This is probably because it just seems ‘normal’ to us. An example to explain this would be fashion of the past, and how we can look back and wonder what possessed people to wear shoulder pads in the 80′s…or for men to wear powdered wigs in the 1780′s. Everything is normal to us now…but it will be easier to see the quirks when looking back. A few things that we can define about the current era are….
* tiny house movement
* slow-foods movement
* the social network invasion
I can definitely say that I use lots of social networking. Our generation gets easily sucked in to mindlessly scrolling our facebook news feeds…secretly just waiting to get a notification or a message. Why? Who knows, but it is annoying…and difficult to escape. Social networking is also very useful, like blogging and using for networking (obviously!) I also want to live in a tiny space. My ideal home right now would be a simple studio loft in a city on the coast…where I can be a usual at a coffee shop each morning and walk to work at a design studio. One day I plan to be walking to my own studio each morning. That is pretty much my dream right there. I can also appreciate the slow foods movement, and I plan to cook a lot more when I have a place of my own.
So what type classification fits our current era? So far my bet is on super thin condensed san-serifs, and on Egyptian typefaces…but I may be a bit biased!
Today we visited Methane Studios, The Robert C. Williams Papermaking Museum, and the Eero Saarinen exhibit at MODA. I really enjoyed making paper at the papermaking museum! My favorite part of the trip was visiting Methane Studios. To be able to finally pinpoint what I want to design is really, really exciting! Here are a few of the posters that I got from them today!
Also, I could definitely see the connection between the type and the architecture at the exhibit. Mid-century modern architecture and design is clean and simple, so it would make sense that san-serif typefaces like Futura are placed with that aesthetic.