Friday, April 22, 2011

Take a look at this link, Fecal, it has plenty of information. You'll meet a couple of the artists we talked about yesterday).

Your turn #9 (your last)

 drawing by KRSN

Hi. Remember I'll close this post next Tuesday at 4pm. Please, have your all your comments by then. I'd like to read from them next -our last- class.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nagi Noda's peculiar aesthetics

Born in Tokyo, director, art director Nagi Noda has established herself as one of Japan's most prominent young designers. She rose to prominence as an art director designing print advertising, book designs and CD sleeves before turning to larger clients such as Nike and the famed Laforet Harajuku. Her commercials have won a host of prizes in Japan. Nagi has also shot several highly acclaimed and inventive films, including her short film "FITNESS VIDEO for being appraised as an EX-FAT GIRL" featuring exercising poodles, and music videos: her stunning and much-loved promo for Yuki entitled "Sentimental Journey" exemplifies her work's inventive left-field visual sensibility and poignant emotional colorings.

Res Sapiens' interactivity

The Res Sapiens project merges the digital world with the physical. It connects them seamlessly, treating both entities equally. It asks questions not only to us, but also to itself.

Res Sapiens refers to thinking physical objects, from products to architecture, that surpass their visual representation and display their meaning, role and status in society. The continuous stream of (public) digital data and information form the energy on which the Res Sapiens can live. It builds the oil fields of the future, where an ever growing digital heritage increases our understanding and knowledge and, most importantly, creates a stronger collective consciousness.

Friday, April 15, 2011

List of topics and movements for Final Exam

Futurism: An avant-garde movement initiated by poet Marinetti (who produced his Manifesto of Futurism in 1909) characterized by loathing the past (i.e. political and artistic traditions). Futurism defends speed, technology and violence (favorite symbols are the car, the plane and the industrial town). Futurists represented the technological triumph of people over nature. Graphic artists: Fortunato Depero and Giacomo Balla.

Suprematism: (1915) An art movement which seeks  the production of fundamental geometric forms forms, such the square, triangle and circle. Artist: Kasimir Malevich.

Dada: Nihilistic movement in the arts that flourished in Zürich, New York City, Berlin, Cologne, Paris, and Hannover, Germany from 1917-1923. Dada defends a nihilistic, antirationalistic attitude. Dada artists concentrated on anti-war propaganda through activities, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals. Graphic artists: John Heartfield, Raoul Haussman, Hannah Höch.

Constructivism: An artistic and architectural movement in Russia from 1919 onward (especially present after the October Revolution) which dismissed "pure" art in favor of a highly formal almost abstract art used as an instrument for the construction of a socialist system. Graphic artists: Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis and Valentina Kugalina.

Bauhaus: School of design, architecture, and applied arts that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933. It was based in Weimar until 1925, Dessau through 1932, and Berlin in its final months. Founded by the architect Walter Gropius. The curriculum trained students equally in art and in technically expert craftsmanship, so it sought to end the schism between the arts and the applied arts. Graphic artists: Lázló Moholy-Nagy, Herbet Bayer, Johannes Itten.

Die Neue Tipographie (Modern typography)A modern, universal method of communication developed by Lissitzky, Tschichold & Maholy Nagy & BAUHAUS in the 1920's. DNT's main contributions are: 1- rationality, 2- sans-serif typeface, 3- simplicity & legibility, asymmetric layout, photo-montage. Form dictates function. 

De Stijl: (Dutch: "The Style"), group of Dutch artists in Amsterdam in 1917, including the painters Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg and the architect Jacobus Johannes, Pieter Oud among others. Its members, worked in an abstract style, seeking laws of equilibrium and harmony applicable both to art and to life. As a movement, De Stijl influenced painting, decorative arts (including furniture design), typography, and architecture, but it was principally architecture that realized both. Graphic artists: Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian.

Swiss School of Graphic Design: developed in Switzerland in the 1950s. It emphasizes cleanliness, readability and objectivity. Hallmarks of the style are asymmetric layouts, use of a grid, sans-serif typefaces like Akzidenz Grotesk, and flush left, ragged right text. The style used photography instead of illustration. The idea was to improve communication, learning the principles of space and proportions. Graphic artists: Jan Tschichold, formulator of The New Typography and Theo Ballmer, Paul Rand Josef Müller-Brockman.

The Polish School of Design: It emerged in the late 1950s. After years of Social Realism being all-pervasive in art, Polish artistic life suddenly became much more exciting. A key figure is painter, drawer and graphic artist, Henryk Tomaszewski. He quickly gained the support of young and extremely talented artists who for years dedicated themselves to poster art. Graphic artists: Roman Cieslewicz, Wiesław Wałkuski, Waldemar Swierzy, Jan Lenica and Franciszek Starowieyski.

"The New York School":
The first wave of modern design in America, imported by talented immigrants from Europe. It introduces Americans to European avant-garde. While borrowing freely from the work of European designers, Americans added new forms and concepts to the tradition of graphic design. European design was theoretical and highly structured; American design was pragmatic, intuitive, and more informal in its approach to organizing space. Graphic artists: Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig, Saul Bass, Cipe Pineles, Alexey Brodovich, George Lois, etc.

Maximalism: (1990-today) as a genre in the arts said to emphasize work-intensive practices and concentrates on the process of creation itself. Works from this genre are generally bright, sensual, and visually rich. Maximalism is generally figurative, politically aware, socially inclined, usually erotic, ironic and humorous, both in concept and form.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sorry about the canceling the class, but

I lost my wallet this afternoon right before class. I barely had time to go to LC 180 and let you know what had happened. Luckily, it occurred to me to go back to Student Union's "lost and found" and there it was. A nice soul had returned it, including a $100 bill. It was already 5:20pm.

Please, finish posting your comments and I'll see you next week. Thanks for your understanding.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Logo trends for 2009

These are (according to logoorange) some of the latest trends in logo design (for 2009). The consensus is that more is the new less. They group them into psychedelic pop, origami, tactile logos, arabesque, classic modernism, pictograms, etc. 

Here are the trends for 2008.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Your turn #7

I'm leaving this post open for comments for next week (also, if you have any question regarding next week's midterm exam).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

the arousal of abstract meaning

The world we perceive is a dream we learn to have from a script we have not written, @ miami bourbaki.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A recent medalist with certain influences

Jennifer Morla, AIGA's 2010 medalist is president and creative director of Morla Design in San Francisco. She founded Morla Design in 1984 as a multidisciplinary design firm encompassing print, motion graphics and environmental design.

I find Morla's aesthetics akin to that of the International Typographic Style. Don't you?

Piet Zwart as a bridge between Dada and De Stijl

I feel I didn't express enough how important Piet Zwart is for the graphic design of the second half of the Twentieth-Century. What's important is that Zwart is a designer from the Netherlands who bridges the tradition between Dada's playful vitality and De Stijl's functionalism and formal beauty. What is interesting about Zwart is that he had no previous training in typography or printing.

I'd like to discuss this more in detail. Here is a cool site with Zwart's work.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Midterm exam, Thursday March 24

I exchanged emails with Lise and we could have our midterm exam on Thursday, March 24, right after the spring break (March 12-20). This means that I can post the topics for the review before the break. We'll talk more about the midterm as it get closer. If you have any suggestions, post them here.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Your turn #4

Robert Longo, Untitled, from the series Men in the Cities (1979)

Good class. At some point I'd like to come back to the social idea of decadence, i.e., how this aesthetic pursuit of the 1880's can be compared to the so-called "me decade" of the 1970's; that unstable balance between refined gratification and raw glut. In this regard, I recommend Social Disease by Paul Rudnick, a novel which restores the luster to decadent style by offering no apologies for the unabashed hedonism of its cast of totally self-indulgent characters. As Thomas Reed Whissen writes in his The Devil's Advocate: Decadence in Modern Literature,
They  devote every moment of the day and night, sleeping and waking, to the pursuit of sensory gratification. The only thing that gives them a moment's pause is the fear that they may not be burning brightly enough, not maintaining a maximum level of ecstasy.
Pick any theme you'd like from the series. Next Thursday we'll go at it. Go ahead!

(This post closes Friday, February 25@ 11pm).
By the way, click here for some of Beardsley's erotica!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Your turn #3

It was nice to hear your comments! We'll keep that comment/discussion section as part of the regular lectures. Go ahead!

I'm closing this post Friday, February 18 @ 11pm.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Your turn #2

What's on your mind? We've covered more than 200 years since Gutenberg!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Your turn #1

So, for this initial post, I'd prefer you to pick a theme from all the different topics we talked about in class last night. Take advantage of this comment to ponder and briefly research a particular topic.

How to build your 150-word comment: Whether general or particular, try to be informative. Think through your point. Try to produce an argument. Please, avoid slang, capital letters, exclamation signs. Don't merely agree with an existing comment. Add something meaningful.

I'd recommend you start with Word. Open a file, elaborate your comment, spell-check it, polish it a bit and then cut and paste it onto the comment box. It's better to have it saved in case you loose it in the publishing process (accidents happen). Remember add your identity and become a friend of our blog!

I'll close the comment box next Thursday, Jan. 27 at 11pm. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Miniature of Beatus of Fernando I & Sancha

Shortly after the Arab conquest, on the eve of the Carolingian era, a monk from Santo Toribio Monastery by the name of Beatus wrote certain Commentaries on the Apocalypse that deeply affected all of Europe.
The copies (made over the centuries and illustrated with expressive miniatures), are known today as “Beatus”. The magnificent Facundus Beatus, completed in the year 1047, is perhaps the finest example of the millenarian sentiment of this period. Commissioned by royalty, no expense was spared in its manufacture. Its lavish images marked the start of one of the most prodigious iconographic traditions of the entire history of western art.

Lascaux Caves

In terms of design, what do we learn from the Lascaux Caves? These early paintings point to early rituals of sympathetic magic. For the purpose of our course, they represent a process of abstraction from the real world ---> realm of ideas. The execution of these abstractions as symbols whether isolated ideograms or so-called petroglyphs exhibit an remarkable simplicity and economy.