Back to Paxman’s Contextual Studies, were we will now start on Contemporary art movements. We started off with a defining activity were we were in pairs and had to come up with the definition of 4 words; Contemporary – Which we all agreed meant ‘In the now’, which would relate to the art happen in the 21st century. Postmodern – Which means after Modernism, Modernism being the era of art we looked at in the previous year ‘Historical Contextual Studies’. So this will then be related to Contemporary art as it is after Modernism. Evaluation – Which is looking over work, pointing out the strength and weaknesses of work and making a conclusion. Continuum – Which a more difficult word to define, I knew the word from ‘Space-Time Continuum’ on Doctor Who and other Sci-fi Movies and TV shows. But the definition related to art was ‘were movements fit in a timeline’ Objective – the task and having an goal is one of the definitions, be the definition we needed was objective and subjective truth, which would make something that can be proven rather than subjective which is something you believe is true but it hasn’t been proven.
Then we looked at the typography by Sagmeister.
Having guts always works for me
Using different objects to spell out a sentence, using different techniques and perceptive to create type.
Self – Confidence produces fine results
Sagmeister used 10,000 bananas to create this piece, which will in time the bananas will all over ripen and this piece will turn all brown.
AIGA Detroit Poster
This is a poster Sagmeister did were he got one of his co workers to carve in to his skin, this left scars and he will be forever burdened with this text thats from a past invite.
Stefan Segmeister also relates to our ‘Thinking Type’ project, were we create a cover and 2 double page spread inspired by one of the artists on the list, one being Segmeister who is a divergent, type based artist. Whether its 3d/photography or hand drawn typography. We also reflected on a last timeline 1850 – 1959 modernism and we drew out a timeline and wrote the art movements and the artist or other things related to that year, also recapped on the typography side of the modernist era.
In last weeks lesson we had a very fun session were we got to play a game simpler style/layout to Monopoly, made up by Adam Paxman were we would recap on all the art movements and history we looked at through 1850 to 1959, the Modernist era. We would get a question when we landed on a piece of art or person and if correctly answered we would then own that location and get a yellow token. At the end of the game the person with the most tokens would win. I have to say the best ‘man’ did win, which was me! Yay!
Overall I loved the game and it helped with reflecting back on what we had done previously and reminded me of things that I had forgot or weren’t sure about. Also there was a few Red Herring thrown in there that got me too.
In Shirley’s lesson we continued to complete our house rules that are going to be going around our studio! I am the creative director of this project and I will be doing any of the final changes on everyones work if need. Getting inspiration from the book ‘Change Your Mind: 57 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Self’ by Rod Judkins gave me a new idea for the layout and how it’ll will all look like, instead of the first idea of the black board with chalk, I decided to have colourful pieces and different type to make up the quotes. This is like the work done by Anthony Burrill
So Shirley and I wrote some ‘House Rules: Rules…’ and placed it on the board so everyone could see, even though I think a few didn’t even look at the board….
Once everyone had finished their quote I asked them to print them off in the 6 colours I choose and I put the one I like on one board and the other on a different, then me and Shirley wrote some changes that need to be added on the work. Next week I’ll ask my peers to make the changes and once they have I’ll make some finalization on them and choose the colours they will be in, I don’t want one colour to be used more than twice, so I might have to adjust some of the colours so they look better with the quotes.
This is my terminology of type showing San Serif, Serif, Leading and kerning, and what they are and how I’ve used it on my House Rules.
In todays lesson, Shirley gave us 8 task that each had to be completed in 10 minutes. There was various different task were you had to think laterally, convergently or divergently.
- The first task I did, I got given 3 different pieces of paper each with random lines and marks to be completed however you want.
- The Remote Associates Test is where you have 8 pieces of paper each with 3 words that have a fourth word to connect them all.
- We were given 2 images with objects and then 2 objects we could handle, and we had to think of what that object could be used for. The more unique the better.
- For the 4th & 5th task we had to download podcast and listen to Inside Creativity – The Alternative Uses Test
- Inside Creativity – The Remote Associates Test
About Creative Huddle
Podcasts Creative Huddle
- Was to riddles one I got which was ‘Reading between the line’ and the other I never. Also I had to make ‘Creativity’ using paper clips, I asked Shirley whether we had to think literally or laterally which she said that it was my choice! So I thought laterally and creatively made an image using the paper clips.
- Was to research Joy Paul Guilford who was the man who created the process of Convergent and Divergent Thinking.
The Alternative Use Test – Joy Paul
- Lastly I got to create an image using a comb and black paint, which I decided to create a tree… yay
Comb and paint – Outcome
Today in Paxman’s lesson we had a discussion with Anna from Skills Focus, she came into help use understand Harvard Referencing and how to use in correctly. Here is some of the referencing I did today with Anna.
Book – Tracey Emin: Love is what you want
Cliff Lauson (2011:9) said this about Tracey Emin’s work ‘Emin’s artwork have embodied what can only be described as an intensity that mirror the life experiences to which they refer.’
Rugoff .R and Lauson .C (2011) Tracey Emin: Love is what you want.
Website – The Guardian
Cumming .L (2014) Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance – Review. [Online] Available at: http://www.the guardian.com/…
(Accessed: 26th February 2014)
Imagery – Wes Wilson
Fig.1 Country Joe & the Fish, Buffalo Springfield (1966)
Fig.1 Wilson .W (1966) Country Joe & the Fish, Buffalo Springfield [Poster]available at: http://www.wes-wilson.com/bill-graham-presents.html Accessed on 26th February 2014
On Thursday we were given the task to make 8 typography pieces using one quote with one typeface out of the options given. Once we had designed the type we found of the designer who said it or was related to them. They were;
- ‘Psychedelic’ – Wes Wilson
- ‘You have to misbehave to make a breakthrough’ – Paula Scher
- ‘Graphic design will save the World right after rock and roll does’ – David Carson
- ‘Work? It’s just serious play’ – Saul Bass
- ‘I shop therefore I am’ – Barbara Kruger
- ‘Digital design is like painting except the paint never dries’ – Neville Brody
- ‘Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated’ – Paul Rand
- ‘Think of your own ideas’ – Anthony Burrill
Font – Helvetica. This is my favourite out of all of them as I thought it was nice that it was just one word. So I made most of the words backward, with a rainbow gradient back for the 60’s “Psychedelic era and the peace sign which is related to hippies who are put with the word “Psychedelic”.
Font – Garamond. This one has a few words that I played with like ‘You’ has the arrow meant for point “at you”, I emphasised the words ‘have to’ to make sound like it real needs to be done, ‘Misbehave’ which has a graffiti like line through ‘mis’ which makes the quotes go against what the quote intended and there is a line breaking through the word ‘Break’
Font – Copperplate Gothic. I like this quote but found it more difficult to use because of the length and the font I needed to use. I’ve made the ‘O’ in ‘World’ bigger and added countries in it to make it look like the world, I also played with the word ‘Rock’ and made the ‘O’ a hand doing the rock symbol, then played with ‘Roll’ making the ‘O’ a wheel with speed lines to look as if it’s moving.
Font – Gills Sans. With this one I emphasised the word ‘Work’ using bold italics, as a question to the reader, then I crossed out the word ‘Serious’ to change the quote to more about play and finally I messed around with the word ‘Play’ changed it to more playful, child-like colours, moved each letter and added lines to look as if it was bouncing around.
Font – Caslon. I’ve made a shopping bag frame for this quote. I then emphasised the word ‘therefore’ using italics and emphasised ‘I am’ using the colour red, because its a bold but also used a lot in shops, for example for Sales
Font – Baskerville. I added a simple frame for this to look like a canvas. I played around a lot with this one placing each word carefully to fit in the canvas. I made the main words like ‘paint’ and ‘ except’ italic which emphasises the word and I put the word ‘Never’ in capital letters to make it stand out and to emphasise the word. I also added a little paint dripping to the bottom.
Inverted version. Shows the negative space
Font – Futura. This is one of the simplest out of the quotes. I’ve only placed a black box behind the ‘simple’ so that I didn’t have to change anything about and it stayed simple but still emphasised. Then I used ‘Bold’, ‘Medium’, ‘italics’ and underlined the word ‘Complicated’ to make it as busy as possible.
Font – Didot. Why this one I played with the letter ‘i’ and made it an ‘?’ instead, I emphasised both the words ‘your’ and ‘own’ using italics and bold as to me I thought they were the main words. Then I had in a little light bulb illustration to symbolise the word idea, using a yellow background as the light from the bulb.
Here is my presentation for the artist We Wilson I did it on Prezi and recorded it so that I could post it on my blog, it has some information on him and his style of work and it also has my own design done in the style of Wilson. Searched google to find out more about Wes and I found a website with his work on (wes-wilson) and had a look through the artwork that he has done and also I found ‘A Brief Biography, by Michael Erlewine’ were I got most of my information from for this presentation and also were I got the imagery from. Then I drew my own image and scanned it into Adobe Illustrator, then went around the lines using the pen tool and had colours that matched to his work. I also so mage it into a gif in Adobe Photoshop using the time line, but I couldn’t upload it to Prezi so I put it into Adobe Premiere Pro and made it into a mini video then uploaded it to Prezi.com.
One I had finished the presentation I open up QuickTime and screen recorded my work so that it could be up load to Vimeo. I presented this to my peers onto the smart boards so it was bigger and easier to display to them, I explained through the video a few details of his work and my own. I got some feed back from a few peers (2 people) but not all. They both said they like the style of presenting and the tidiness of the presentation, and they liked my own illustration in Wes Wilson style. One also said about Wes Wilson that he hand writing typography is difficult to read which I also found when I started researching and looking at the work but now once doing my own type like his I find it much easier to understand. Altogether I really love his style and would like to do more work in is style, as I think it fits with the style of work that I like to do.
After looking at others presenting their artist I found that I really liked work by some of the other artist like Saul Bass and David Carson, I would like to look fairer into their work and get inspiration from them to do in other pieces of work that I will do in the future.
Penguin and Puffin
The brief is to either design an adult or children’s book or you can even have a go at both, which ever you prefer.
Penguin Adult book: What A Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe
Puffin Children’s book: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Penguin Design Awards Website
At the moment I have looked up and read about the book ‘What A Carve Up!’ and have a few ideas on how I want to design the cover. For example splitting the book up of each Winshaw family by doing illustrations of their occupation. I’d like to bring in the colour green or something to represent the greed of the whole family.