Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Jo's task Favourite designers



TASK

In preparation for the first studio session of part 2 of this module, you are asked to re-evaluate the content of your design context blog to date and Identify 10 significant pieces of source material that you have found interesting, relevant to your own creative interests and worthy of further investigation. You may want to consider the following terms throughout this process:

  • Critical analysis - good questions, challenges.
  • Aesthetics - what satisfies you & why?
  • Designers - taste, inspiration, interpretation.
  • Audience - stereotyping, identity, appropriate inquiry.
  • Manifestos - passion for a subject, making decisions, taking control.
  • Chronologies - what happened when and what was its effect?
Your source material should represent a range of sources and 'types' of information (images, quotes, statements, texts etc.) and be supported by reasons why you have selected it. You should aim to represent your broader creative and contextual interests as well as key influences and current/historical events.

Research Sources / Further Information

You should refer to your existing research and tasks represented across all of your blogs, but also use this as an opportunity to extend individual lines of enquiry and identify new material.


Mandatory Requirements / Deliverables

10 specified examples of source material as outlined above.(printed)
Additional critical analysis and support material posted to your design context blog.
Clearly articulated reasons as to why you have selected the material.

1. ABSOLUT BLANK (COLLABORATION): REALLY COOL COLLABORATIVE WORK, LOVE THE MIXTURE OF ILLUSTRATION, COLLAGE AND DIGITAL ART TO CREATE THE DESIGNS.
In collaboration with a new generation of artists, ABSOLUT VODKA is introducing ABSOLUT BLANK, a global creative movement, in which ABSOLUT appears as a catalyst for cutting-edge creativity. The initiative comprises 18 artist collaborations, films, print and outdoor ads, events and a digital art piece that lives and evolves in your mobile phone.


2. DAN COLLIER (GRAPHIC DESIGNER): EFFECTIVE, AND AN UNUSUAL APPROACH TO INTERPRETING A CONCEPT. LOVE THE DESIGN WORK, MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT  WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU USE APPLE Z LITERALLY.


Apple Z // DATA VISUALISATION: A set of posters exploring a designer's relationship with the keyboard command Apple Z or undo. Each poster maps every mouse click and key press made during one hour working on various design projects using thousands of pages of mouse coordinates and keystroke data. The result is a visualisation of the process, showing the permanence of actions without the opportunity to use Apple Z.



3. YULIA BRODSKAYA (GRAPHIC DESIGNER)LOVE THE MIXED MEDIA. IT'S A CRAFT I WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIMENT WITH MYSELF, AND HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO PRODUCE SOMETHING OF THIS STANDARD ONE DAY.
* PAPER GRAPHIC IMAGERY, QUILLING TECHNIQUE.







Illustration, Graphic Design and Craft meet in Yulia Brodskaya’s projects, a young Russian designer with talent in transforming ideas to interesting concepts. Her designs are much more than handicraft; they are works of art. The most remarkable thing though is that Yulia manages to create most of her astonishing objects by using just paper. She is continuously exploring new ways of expression mixing what she loves most: Typography, Paper and Textile painting.


4. JULENE HARRISON (DESIGNER) LOVE THE CRAFT WORK SHE PRODUCES IN HER ILLUSTRATIONS, PORTRAITS AND TYPOGRAPHY, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIMENT THIS METHOD OF DESIGN.




Madebyjulene is the paper-cut art of British designer and illustrator Julene Harrison.

5. RADIO ILLUSTRATION COLLECTIVE (GROUP OF DESIGNERS) REALLY LIKE THE CLASSICAL/ VINTAGE LOOK TO THE DESIGNS, THEY LOOK VERY CHALLENGING TO CREATE, ANOTHER ASPECT I NEED TO FURTHER MY PRACTICE MORE, AND DEVELOP A STYLE AND MORE SKILLS.  



Radio is a South Africa-based illus­tra­tion and design col­lec­tive made up of Brad Hodgskiss, Byron Meiring and Gert Schoeman. Based on the impres­sive range of work in their port­fo­lio, some of which you can see below, they are def­i­nitely a group to keep an eye on.

6. Gavin Potenza  (DESIGNER AND ILLUSTRATOR)
I REALLY LIKE THE COLOUR PALETTE POTENZA TENDS TO FOLLOW. SINCE OBSERVING HIS WORK I'VE FOUND MYSELF BEGINNING TO LIKE INFO GRAPHICS A LITTLE MORE, A TYPE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN I WAS NEVER MAJORLY FOND OF. 




Gavin Potenza is an illustrator and designer working from Greenpoint in Brooklyn.
In 2010 Gavin was named a Young Gun by the Art Director's Club, and a "Young & Hungry Creative" by HOW Magazine. His work has been featured in the pages of ComputerArts, HOW, and multiple Gestalten + Rockport + Taschen Books.
http://www.gavinpotenza.com/filter/icons/Information-Contact

7. Fantastic Hysteria (ARTIST) 

Here are some retro-inspired illustrations by Spain’s Fantastic Hysteria.












Graphic Design by Pop Chart Lab








Monday, 27 February 2012

Context of practice - Manifesto

We had a workshop with Jo which consisted of exposing our mind onto a piece of paper, the task was to write non-stop and let our mind unveil any thoughts that came up first. As interesting as it was to see what I had wrote about (mainly food) I couldn’t really read my own writing as we were asked to change to our opposite writing hand. Never the less I was intrigued by the task and from this we had a group discussion and talked about the qualities we have as graphic designers and as individuals, like and dislikes about ourselves personally and professionally.  

What is a manifesto?
''A manifesto is a document which sets forth the principles and goals of an organization. Typically, a manifesto is designed to be widely distributed to the public, and it serves as an official declaration.''

Examples of manifestos:
Here are a few images i have collected to give me a head start on what kind of themes i should be writing about myself.





Personal Manifesto:
Manage my time more efficiently.
Listen to my parents, they know best.
Live the teenage life, you’re not 19 forever.  
Work harder and achieve my goals.
Enjoy things while they last.
Practice makes perfect.
Improve my-self motivation.
Try new things and meet new people.
Get good then even better.
Do what I love most, taking photographs.
Collect memorabilia. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Design is about doing: Posters

Here are a few images and vectors i have collected, i believe will help me along the way with my designs.













Design is about doing: Posters

Unique way to 'brighten up a rainy day':


Commissioned by TATE, SquiLondon designed and produced 600 colour changing umbrellas to coincide with the Colour Chart Exhibition 'Reinventing Colour'.










The brand’s hook is its revolutionary hydro-chromatic (colour changing) technology, made famous by the brand’s iconic flagship product, the ‘Squidarella’. Inspired by the artist Jackson Pollock, Jaeger and Parkes, London School of Fashion graduates, thought it’d be cool if clothes could change colour in the rain.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Design is about doing: Posters



"Most photographers do not feel comfortable in taking photographs in bad weather. Yet bad weather sometimes presents the perfect opportunity to get most out of our skills. In particular, in the beginning of autumn rain can provide the perfect opportunity to capture wonderful photos."




 Shooting in rain produces dramatic atmosphere and soft romantic scenes.

 Reflections can occasionally produce mirrors or blurs of dancing colors, making the photography in rain beautiful and unpredictable.







sources:
http://www.smashingmagazine.com