Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010


The definition of graphic design goes as far as the designer is willing to push it... Whatever is needed to communicate the intended information.  As times are changing so does technology and its ability to translate ideas into an understandable way.  Print, web, television, iphone, and whatever else the future hold for design.  Unlimited syntax.


I really would have loved to have any other letter besides "o"... Drawing a large scale o in futura (bodoni and garamond) consisted of too much math, and the dirtiest I have been at art school yet.  1:.625 the ratio of the large circle to the smaller.  Meaning if I were to make a 35" radius outer circle the inner would be 22.5".   But besides being overwhelmingly symmetrical, futura offers a sense of simplicity other fonts do not.  The o is what it is at it's simplest form a circle.  The line weight and the counter are solid and stable.  The geometric sans font was created out of geometric shapes, hence the name.


Stefan Sagmeister an Austrian contemporary designer, who started his design career with an interest in creating visual experiences for audio artist (musicians).  He has spoken at TED about the need for a sabbatical, and how it can produce much more then a time to catch up on sleep. He runs Sameister inc. a New York based design studio, and also teaches graduate school at the School of Visual Arts.  His ability to show his process of creation is a constant value in his work, even if it is not apparent to the viewer.  His "typographic sculptures" seem to be one of the many enjoyable aspects of his calling.


Why would I pick graphic design as the thing that I want to do for the rest of my life?  Because I am a smart ass.  Or at least that's what my mother called it...  The natural intuition I have to not do what you say, yet follow your rules at the same time.  This urge is what sparks my creativity.  I ask myself how I can allow a technicality or a loop hole to have the freedom to do what I want.  Some call this problem solving, but to me it's not about only solving the problem, but doing it in a loud and in your face, yet beautiful way.  You should always remember me and how I didn't do exactly what I should have done.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Assignment:  Abstractly convey 3 of 12 possible words with no more then 10 black dots in a 6"x9" frame, with cut paper.  I chose the the words instability, captivity and cooperation for my final compositions.  First I thought about all the words, what the meant to me, and things associated with them.  Those ideas bloomed into sketches which I drew by hand first then translated to Illustrator, then finally to cut paper.


Drawing a lowercase a could be my favorite letter of all to draw, this certainly wouldn't have been the first time I have looked at the specific form of "a", but it was the first time I have done it actually for a class. I guess this whole design program will take some getting used to.  Being surrounded by other people who also enjoy the same quirks as me.  Yet understand that it is all for a purpose, we are not doing this just because we love it, but because we love it and are craving more knowledge about it.  Everything I have learned in the past and everything that I've done is being put aside to focus on what I missed in the first place.  The Basics. I love it.  Hopefully one day I will be able to tell people to draw 100 arrows in 10 minutes and analyze the drawings as Jamie has, telling me things about my thought process I didn't even realize were going on at the time.   Exhausting the cliché to refine creativity.


Sonic has a nice little design on its cups...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Every room in GRAPHIC DESIGN is named after a 
distinguished font. So what does that make the 
name of the building? Cuneiform?