Today with Nick we started off by looking at the context behind the workshop. Our focus was May 1968 “
The posters offer a two-tone colour scheme and appear to offer a human feel to them. It is evident that the posters are created by hand and this has a really nice effect on the context behind them. I choose these two because I really liked the difference between them both even though they offer the same style of imagery. The first image shows the illustration to not even be touching the bottom of the page and appears to be slightly floating and offers bolder typography that becomes more fulfilling however the second image allows the illustration to become more framed due to where it is situated and the use of the long thin typography at the bottom of the page, this is well balanced out with the use of the bold clenching fist at the top left of the imagery. I really like how well balanced out both of these designs are and the simplicity behind them.
At a similar period, artist Bart Van Der Leck uses a similar feel to his images by working with the term Bricoler – where the artist uses what they have to hand using geometrical shapes and cutouts mimicking the idea of cubism to create a similar feel. The artist uses the primary colours which offer a childlike simplistic feel. It is really interesting to see between the two how both designs are from the same period and the same technique and both imagery follow a simplistic composition. I like the idea of this as it is really understandable and offers more than one interpretation which I think is really important in our everyday society now. Our society has evolved only in recent years to allow everyone to have their own opinion and to also include politics in designs. It is really unique to see such beautiful abstract imagery that makes sense, I always find myself in my course overcomplicating my imagery and then going back and restricting parts of the design a way to take it back to the core and create a minimal message. It would be great to work with the same technique as these artists as it is so effective and speaks for itself. I would love to try working with this idea of minimal more often.
In the workshop with
For my first image my sentence was “Choke me, smoke the air” and my picture was a TV. I was inspired to create an old style TV with the antenna coming out at the top. I decided to use an old style as modern TVs now aren’t as interesting to illustrate and if I was it would look like a boring rectangle. I decided to situate the typography inside the TV to frame it and the context of this would be to show the idea that we watch what is inside the TV. For my colour scheme I did the typography in yellow and the TV red but looking back now I would of done this the other way around as the red is so dominant it starts to
For my next
What surprised me:
I was really interested in the context behind the workshop and even looked at this after just to give myself a bit more knowledge. I also found through the extra research that this actually has some relevance to my essay question and will be something I will explore and can add some extra context too. I really enjoyed the detail behind the workshop and how everything makes sense and has a purpose.
What I found hard:
I found drawing the typography out quite hard, hand-drawn typography is not something I enjoy or work with but it was really engaging to try something I wouldn’t normally do and make me consider some new alternatives to design through the technique and materials we created.
I am really happy we did this workshop, not only did I enjoy the context behind it, it also helped me in my essay question for some extra context but also made me consider a new alternative way of looking at design and using the idea of the term Bricoler myself and not just researching about the technique. I really enjoyed the workshop as a whole.