Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Collateral Damage Typeface (OUGD101)

I absolutely love this typeface. I've known it for a while which explains why it is appearing in my 'What is Graphic Design?' blog! It was designed by Chris Hunt and Chank Diesel.

'Collateral Damage Typeface'

This image can be found at: http://www.identifont.com/show?NJ5

Monday, 28 September 2009

Klaus Voormann (OUGD101)

Not many people know the name Klaus Voormann, but a lot of people know this image:

'The Beatles - Revolver'

This image can be found at: http://1heckofaguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/revolver.jpg

Album artwork has always stood out for me in the context of Graphic Design since I was very young, although this cover in particular has only really come to my attention in the past 3 or 4 years or so when I first started listening to The Beatles.

The contrast of collage and drawing is great as it almost seems to tell a story and there is something that I really love about black and white Graphics. It's probably the striking contrast. Even better for me is the fact that this was hand drawn which is something I am very fond of.

Anyway... I love this piece of Graphic Design so much I have a massive poster of it on my wall. I think that makes a big statement about how I view it in Graphic Design!

Cheers

Christoph Niemann (OUGD101)

Christoph Niemann caught my attention in my Foundation last year when I was really beginning to learn about the contextual side of Graphic Design. His primary field is illustrative graphics (although he does occasionally use type), which I personally like a lot. Due to his early influence on me - even though he is not particularly hugely known - he will always play a big part in my view of Graphic Design. Here are some of my favourite pieces of work by him:

'American Illustration no. 3'

This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/portfolio.html

The image above influenced me a lot in my Foundation which can be seen in the 'Another Kettle of Fish' idea on my Design Practice blog as I used the same concept to communicate a different idea. This is what I particularly like about Niemann. His quirky and clever visual concepts which can sometimes make a serious point seem quite light hearted like the following:


'Debt'

This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery2/gallery2d.html

I believe the above design was made around a year ago as an (unofficial!) accompaniment to the recession.

Niemann has produced a lot of work for the New Yorker magazine that I like. Particularly front covers, such as these:

'New Yorker Cover (Unknown Issue no.)'

This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery1/gallery1b.html

I believe that design too has something to do with the recession! I absolutely love the light hearted take on it. It makes the bad news that little bit more enjoyable somehow!

'New Yorker Cover (Unknown Issue no.)'

This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery1/gallery1b.html

Humorously conveying the message of American troops having to spend Christmas in Iraq, this is just another example of why Niemann is a big part of my view of Graphic Design.

Niemann displays a lot of images on his website that are self motivated in order to express his style to potential clients (such as the 'Debt' design). Here are a few that appeal to me:

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This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery1/gallery1c.html

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This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery1/gallery1c.html

'(Unknown Title)'

This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery2/gallery2b.html

'(Unknown Title)'

This image can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery2/gallery2d.html

I like the last one of these 4 especially. You have to be pretty brainy to tie a knot like that...

Lastly... Niemann put this fantastic illustratively informative piece of work together for a magazine I forget the name of (and unfortunately it's not listed on his website!). It's pretty funny and also quite clever.

To get a better idea it is best to enlarge to images so you can read what is on them.































































































































These images can be found at: http://www.christophniemann.com/man/bpages/gallery6.html

So that's Christoph Niemann and why I see him significantly in Graphic Design. He seems a nice guy too. I took the liberty of e-mailing him in my Foundation to ask some questions and he was really nice about it!

Cheers

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Jonathan Barnbrook (OUGD101)

Barnbrook is one of the big names in Graphic Design and I was introduced to his work early on when I began to study it. I particularly like the political aspect in his work - some of which is often seen as controversial. He heavily links his consumerist beliefs into his work which ties with the politics. I feel that this makes his work interesting and unique due to the viewers reaction to it. The following example are pieces of his work that I love and contribute to my view of Graphic Design at present:

"Corporate Fascist"

This image can be found at; http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/lab2004/tomorrow_truth/info.html#

"Rosama McLaden"

This image can be found at: http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/lab2004/tomorrow_truth/info.html#

"Disneyland"

This image can be found at: http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/lab2004/tomorrow_truth/info.html#

I feel that Barnbrook cleverly communicates his view that general consumers who buy commercial things from large corporate companies such as McDonalds, are funding the world stock market which helps keep governments in power and funded for fighting the war on terror. Hence the Mcdonalds Osama Bin Laden. As Barnbrook puts it:

"People shouldn't pretend they are not responsible (for war), because they are. We all are" (From the book 'Contemporary Graphic Design' by Charlotte & Peter Fiell)

Although this work is very image based, I admire Barnbrook's typographical skills for which he is best known. Such as the following:

"'Mason' Typeface"

This image can be found at: http://www.identifont.com/show?1GO

"'Bastard Fat' Typeface"

This image can be found at: http://www.identifont.com/show?965

"'Doublethink' Typeface"

This image can be found at: http://www.identifont.com/show?IDT

I love Barnbrook's typography due to its shape and form which gives it unique character over other fonts distinguishing Barnbrook's style from other designers in my opinion. The controversial nature of his design work is only highlighted further by him naming a font 'Bastard'. Plus, I also like his reference to 1984 by George Orwell with the 'Doublethink' typeface as I see it as reflecting his views of how powerful our world leaders are.

Here are a couple more Barnbrook designs that contribute to my present day view of Graphic Design:

"David Bowie - Heathen Album Cover"

This image can be found at: http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/david-bowie.jpg

I love the type in the above design. It really works well in communicating the notion of a heathen. Especially how it is upside down! Although being a corporate design and going against all his consumerist opinions, Barnbrook maintains that he has to earn a living and Graphic Design is how he does it so he therefore works corporately to hold respect for his profession. An opinion of which I have a lot of respect for.

"Violence Is A Cycle"

This image can be found at: http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/lab2004/tomorrow_truth/info.html#

This design highlights the Israel/Palestine conflict brilliantly through the circular notion in the design as the conflict between Jews and Muslims has been going on for around 100 years and therefore seems never ending. Like a circle. I really like this one.
"U.S.Rael"

This image can be found at: http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/lab2004/tomorrow_truth/info.html#

This image relates to the previous one due to the Israeli connection. Simple and effective, this rare non-typographically based piece of Barnbrook design hits the spot for me in communicating how America always have to butt in other peoples conflicts.

So in conclusion, with Jonathan Barnbrook being one of my favourite designers, he has had a huge effect on my current view of what Graphic Design is.

What Is Graphic Design? (OUGD101)

In having to answer this huge question I figure that the best way to go about it is for me to begin with posting what I personally see Graphic Design as now and then have my current knowledge of it develop into new things I come across which will be found on this blog.

The following posts will be examples of what I see Graphic Design to be. This post is introductory!