Friday, April 22, 2011


Take a look at this link, Fecal Face.com, 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

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.

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 and Gerrit Rietveld.

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.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 Josef Müller-Brockman, Anton Stankowski, Armin Hoffman.

The Polish School of Design: After years of Social Realism being all-pervasive in art, Polish artistic life suddenly exploded in the 1960s with a new syle based on avantgarde contributions such as Surrealism, dada, collage etc. The Polish Poster style swept through Europe in the 1960s and the 1970s. 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. Graphic artists: Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig, Saul Bass, Cipe Pineles, Alexey Brodovich, George Lois, Ivan ChermayeffAlexander Liberman, Herb Lubalin.

Grunge typography (1990s):  David Carson, the acclaimed graphic designer who created Ray Gun magazine, is the so-called Godfather of Grunge. His method was simple: you don’t have to know the rules before breaking them, and never mistake legibility for communication. Carson’s technique of ripping, shredding, and remaking letters touched a nerve (THE AWL)

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.