Monday, 28 September 2009

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

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

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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

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