Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Music (OUGD101)

Designed by Anthony Smith and David Simpson of Music (the name of the design company of which they work for), these Christmas cards appeal to me as they take the usual and stereotypical element out of a Christmas card.

The cards were D&AD winners in Graphics Design in the field of 'Greetings Cards & Invitations'.

Smith and Simpson claim the designs hold the purpose of bringing, "music into the minds of clients and peers". They used recycled record sleeves to create the designs and added - in their words - "a touch of sparkle" by which they must mean some typography, which is necessary to communicate the point of the card. The eco friendly aspect of the cards is a plus too. Here are a few of my favourites:

The following images can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/grpd/graphic-design/23885/music-christmas-cards

'Design 1'

'Design 2'

'Design 3'

'Design 4'

All in all, top stuff and a rightful D&AD winner.


Monday, 26 October 2009

Hat-Trick Design Consultants (OUGD101)

Yet another D&AD winner in Graphic Design in the field of 'Posters'. The design was designed by Gareth Howat and Jim Sutherland and illustrated by Ken Miki, all of Hat-Trick Design Consultants. The poster is to communicate and promote Charles Darwin's bicentenary celebrations to schools, universities and museums nationwide. I believe that this has been done in an effective way. Especially through the main illustration which has a distinct biological theme to the beard which is simply what makes it work.

Not too complicated which makes i effective:

'Charles Darwin Bicentenary Poster'

This image can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/grpd/graphic-design/21653/darwin

I also like this design due to my fascination and respect for science.


Lowe & Partners Malaysia (OUGD101)

Another D&AD winner in Graphic Design in the field of 'Point of Sale' designed by Khor Kok Yang, Lim Ken Peng and Joseph Lee of Lowe & Partners Malaysia, this design caught my eye because of it's originality and unique ability to work with the products it is selling. Here is the design:

The following images can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/grpd/graphic-design/16189/ikea-sale-fruit-peeler-potato-peeler-grater

'Fruit Peeler - Ikea Sale'

'Potato Peeler - Ikea Sale'

This idea is so brilliant just because it's so apt in its concept. The price just keeps peeling down!


R2 Design (OUGD101)

This particular piece designed by Liza Defossez And Ramalho And Artur Rebelo of R2 Design won a D&AD award in Graphic Design in the field of 'Environmental Graphics':

The following images can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/grpd/graphic-design/14968/vai-com-deus-go-with-god

'Vai Com Deus (Go With God)'

And when you look closer:

'Vai Com Deus (Go With God) (Close Up)'

This clever piece of typography was worked onto The Hermitage of Nossa Senhora dan Conceiçao which is a chapel in Lisbon built in 1707. It opened in 2008 as a gallery for contemporary Portuguese artists. Working with the Knockout typeface, Ramalho and Rebelo concentrated on the binding of the building formerly being a place of and it currently being a place of popular culture which led them to play with different expressions in the Portuguese language that refer to God in choosing what to display on the building.

I think this is a fantastic design which works well visually in expressing the buildings original purpose in combination with its current purpose through the artistic style in which the buildings walls are designed. A lovely way of combing the old and new.


The Designers Republic (OUGD101)

I discovered The Designers Republic in my Graphic Design book, "Contemporary Graphic Design" by Charlotte and Peter Fiell in which I discovered this design:

'Lovebeing - M5 Project For Coca-Cola'

This image can be found in book entitled "Contemporary Graphic Design" mentioned above.

What drew me in was the boldness of the design itself and the fantastic, warm colour combinations which really work with the notion of "Lovebeing". I was facinated enough to take a look at their website where I found a couple more designs I liked:

The following images can be found at: http://www.thedesignersrepublic.com/

'The Sheffield Pavilion'

The typography on this design is clearly the key feature. The best thing about it is that the letterforms are incredibly abstract which - for me - puts a very modern edge on The Sheffield Pavilion. A good example of how Graphic Design (and typography) affects corporate image.

'Sarah Staton Exhibition Flyer'

The subtle, stone-like colour combinations combine well with the fact that Sarah Staton is actually a sculptor as well as more importantly contributing to what is a sleek, modern design. It was also the (again) abstract typography titling the flyer that caught my attention.

In my opinion, The Design Republic are a quintessential example contemporary Graphic Design from what I have seen by them (which constitutes more than these 3 designs!)


Sunday, 25 October 2009

Christopher Goodwin (OUGD101)

When exploring the given resources on the Leeds College of Art's Student Portal, I came across some work by the young designer Christopher Goodwin who - funnily enough - graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University recently. It's good to be checking out the Leeds competition I guess! These pieces took my fancy:

'Look Harder At Things In Your Life For You May Miss A World At A Glance'

This image can be found at: http://wemadethis.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451c2d869e20120a5e7848b970c-pi


This image can be found at: http://wemadethis.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451c2d869e20120a5e77d95970c-pi

Both designs have a concept which works closely around how the design is formed to help emphasise their point. The designs aren't the most creative, yet they are simple and effective which is why I believe them to be credible Graphic Design.


Saturday, 24 October 2009

iri5 (OUGD101)

'iri5' is the username of an anonymous Flikr photo sharing website user who produced the images below this piece of text. He claims to be an artist who, "specialises in using non-traditional media". Although he claims to be an artist, I see the communication in the following pieces to be very effective which is where I see these pieces of work crossing with Graphic Design. Like Stanley Donwood from earlier, this is where Fine Art and Graphic Design cross over:

All of the following images (and more by iri5) can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iri5/sets/72157611954107572/

'John Lennon'

'Paul Simonon From The Clash (London Calling)'

'Bob Dylan'

'Robert Smith'

'Nick Cave'

The concept behind these pieces is great. The portraits of famous musicians are made up of the actual tape in original tape recordings of the artists themselves. The pieces therefore communicate through image, what the tape contains by building the image out of the object itself. This aspect of communication is - as I have said - what I believe makes these pieces of art credible within the field of Graphic Design.

What I also really like is how iri5 was influenced by the British philosopher, Gilbert Ryle's analogy of 'The Ghost In The Machine' (also the title of this series of works). The analogy - in a nutshell - explains Ryle's Dualist belief (that is, that the mind and body are seperate from each other and that the mind lives on after the body dies) as a development of Rene Decartes' philosophy which is best recognised through the famous quote, "I think, therefore I am".

So iri5 is essentially communicating 'The Ghost' (the musicans) who live in 'The Machine' (the tapes). Just as Ryle suggests that 'The Ghost' (the mind/soul) lives in 'The Machine' (the body).

All very deep and interesting (yet relevant) but it's a completely different tangent!

These compositions communicate their intentioned communication successfully.


Friday, 23 October 2009

Mash Up Monday (OUGD101)

I found this piece of Graphics when scouring the blog links on a website entitled www.hypem.com which is a website where new music can be discovered and listened to. I generally find that blogs about electro music sometimes tend to include some nice bits of design in them (such as the typography entitled 'The State We're In' on a much earlier post which was also found through Hype Machine (hypem.com)). This is a piece of design that caught my attention:

'Mash Up Monday'

This image can be found at: http://www.earmilk.com/2009/10/19/mashup-monday-it-has-begun/

A nice piece of design with effective communication of the notion of mashing something up by the manipulation of the typography.


Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Birger Linke (OUGD101)

Birger Linke is the typographer behind this cool advert for racial awareness for Lego. This particular piece of design won an award at this years D&AD awards under the category of Typography in the field of Press Advertising. Here it is:


This image can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/typo/typography/17800/colour-blind

The only text that Linke provided to accompany the design is the following:

"Kids don’t care about race. All that matters is whether other kids are good playmates or not. Let’s keep it that way."

Nothing more needs to be explained really! An effective piece of typography.


Ken Garland (OUGD101)

Ken Garland is generally regarded as a key figure in the development of Graphic Design since the 1960s so I figure that his work fits like a glove in a brief entitled, "What is Graphic Design?"

Here are a couple of his designs I like a lot:

'Keniston Housing Associates Brochure'

This image can be found at: http://www.kengarland.co.uk/KGA%20graphic%20design/keniston%20housing%20association/keniston%201.jpg.html

This is a quality piece of design in my opinion. The colours work extremely well together and the different typeface for each letter gives the design character and edge. Revolutionary for something from the 1985-1987 years. Here are the other typographical ideas Garland had in support of the design:

'Keniston Type Variants'

This image can be found at: http://www.kengarland.co.uk/KGA%20graphic%20design/keniston%20housing%20association/keniston%202.jpg.html

'1970 Metrication Board Annual Report Cover'

This image can be found at: http://www.kengarland.co.uk/KGA%20graphic%20design/metrication%20board/metrication%20board%201%20missing.html

Garland states on his website that the above design was to be designed so that with each future annual report the cover could be changed simply by changing the colour and the title. This is a successful design in meeting those demands in my opinion. Also, the general hard edged, precise, vertical and horizontal lines communicate the general notion of what the metrication board actually do well.

'University of Reading - Ken Garland - A Word in Your Eye'

This image can be found at: http://www.kengarland.co.uk/KGA%20graphic%20design/university%20of%20reading/reading%20university%20word%201.jpg.html

This design works for me due to the simple double meaning with words actually being in the eye on the design. Double meaning is something that I personally love to see in designs. The subtle blues are aesthetically pleasing too.

And that's a bit of Ken Garland!


Kim Hiorthøy (OUGD101)

I don't know a huge amount about Kim Hiorthøy other than the fact that he appears to be the brains behind this awesome t-shirt design. The design appears in the book I own entitled 'Contemporary Graphic Design' by Charlotte and Peter Feill which is where I discovered it. The type is cleverly constructed with two hands and the best thing about it is that you actually can make the word 'blood' with your hands like on the t-shirt. Here it is:


The image was scanned in from the book 'Contemporary Graphic Design' by Charlotte and Peter Feill and it can be found there.

So overall a good bit of t-shirt graphics. I think I might have to look into seeing if I can buy this t-shirt myself!


Marco Brezerra (OUGD101)

Marco Brezerra is another D&AD winner this year in the area of design for point of sale in the category of Graphic Design. A simple and effective idea which gives the coffee being drank a bit of character. The stencils were made for an up market coffee house in a very trendy area of Berlin. Brezerra said that Berlin is - in his words - "the Mecca of street art" so he simply combined the idea of "cool and original" heros with street art to create the stencil designs.

In my eyes it is a simple, effective and original design:

The following images can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/grpd/graphic-design/17927/coffee-heroes

'Che Guevara'

'Barack Obama'

'Barack Obama Stencil'

Another good example of how broad a range of places Graphic Design can show up, not to mention another good example of the wide range of medias Graphic Design can be created in.


Matt Dent (OUGD101)

Matt Dent (as I have just discovered) is the name behind the regeneration of the design of our very own British currency. He created a modern design with the inclusion of the traditional element of the coat of arms very successfully. The way the coins work in the sense that you have to collect them all to make the coat of arms is clever as each coin ends up with its own individual, design with a section of the shield. The whole concept of collecting the coins is also a great idea as it mirrors the fact the some people collect coins in general. Here are the designs displayed:

'Current UK Coinage'

This image can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/grpd/graphic-design/23319/uk-definitive-circulating-coinage-new-reverse-designs

The success of this design in combination with how massively it is distributed, are sure to have been factors in this design winning a D&AD award this year. A very good design and one we won't be seeing disappear shortly. If anything with inflation on the increase, we'll probably seeing more of it than ever!


Tátil Design (OUGD101)

I came across this when browsing the D&AD website. This particular series of designs entitled 'Natural Medium', won an award in the field of 'Greetings Card and Invitations' under the category of 'Graphic Design'.

The designs stood out to me due to their uniqueness in being on a dry leaf and I was even more impressed by the concept. To save me explaining it, here is the segment of text which accompanies the images:

"In Cannes Lions 2008, our agency presented the 'Designing Naturally' workshop, which discussed the role of design as a tool to transform the future. For our invitations, we asked our team to select images that, along with the time and date of our workshop, were laser printed on fallen leaves collected from the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Simple, different, meant to be looked at against sunlight – our invitation became a new medium, a flyer that is actually supposed to be thrown away on the ground. Paint free, borrowed from nature for a purpose and then returned to it."

And here are some of the actual designs:

All of the following images can be found at: http://awards.dandad.org/2009/categories/grpd/graphic-design/22803/natural-medium

So that's 'Natural Medium by 'Tátil Design'. A very creative and innovative series of designs which rightfully won a D&AD award!


Monday, 19 October 2009

Si Scott (OUGD101)

After discovering that Si Scott is a well established Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Typographer in my interview for the Leeds College of Art, I decided to look into him a bit more in my spare time and what I saw I liked a lot.

His design is so intricate which makes it visually spectacular, not to mention that it enhances the communication within the design which makes it very appropriate. I personally love psychedelic Graphic Design of or influenced by the 1960s. I can't say I know weather Scott was influenced by this style of Graphics as I don't know, but I do get a visual impression of this from his work which I really do like. Here are a few examples of his work that I like in particular:


This image can be found at: http://15all.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/siscott.jpg

The sheer perfection and intricacy of the image really communicates this idea of 'excellence'. The type becomes an 'excellent' image.


This image can be found at: http://www.frozentoy.com/blog/siscott.jpg

The shape and form of this illustrative and - what I like to call - psychedelic style of Scott's protruding from the 'O' again, communicates the idea suggested in the text further. Although the style is the same as in 'Excellence', it is the way it is used which effects the communication of the type which is great. The style is very distinct which I feel is effective in creating a design identity for himself.

'The Heart of Design Still Beats'

This image can be found at: http://blog.cameesa.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/si2.png

Another example of Scott's brilliant style. God knows how long it must take. I have so much respect for that.

Scott produced the cover to a March issue of New Scientist I bought which displayed another great example of his typography in a different style to that of the above although I can't find an example of it on the internet and I left the copy back in Loughborough before I came to university. The issue was entitled 'Second Genesis' (The text which the typography is done in) and I'll try to get it on here if I can. Otherwise, I guess if you want to see it then you might have to find it yourself! It's a great design though.


Friday, 16 October 2009

Jock Kinneir And Margaret Calvert (OUGD101)

Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert are responsible for designing the way we find our way around the UK. Together they deigned Britain's road signage system. They had the task of making the signs as clear and easy to read as possible when driving a car. The system they produced is essentially revolutionary in Graphic Design in my opinion.

'Primary Road Sign Example'

This image can be found at: http://designmuseum.org/design/jock-kinneir-margaret-calvert

The above image is a classic example of a common road sign. The colours represent an A road. An integral part of the design process was to develop colour combinations for the road signs that could be easily distinguished as well as easy to read when traveling at speed. When experimenting, Kinneir and Calvert tested something in the region of 60 colour combinations in different conditions to determine what colours to use.

The following is an example of the construction of an early road sign. The letters were placed in boxes which shows clearly how much the letterforms on the signs have been kerned together or tracked apart.

'Road Sign Construction'

This image can be found at: http://designmuseum.org/design/jock-kinneir-margaret-calvert

In the process of designing Britain's road signs, Kinneir and Calvert had to design an entirely new typeface for the system. They designed the typeface 'Transport' which was used on all road signs with type. Here it is:

'Transport Typeface'

This image can be found at: http://www.identifont.com/list?2+Transport+6+33P+60+2QC+0+L44+0+ON9+0+LYM+0+387+0+66P+0+CMG+0+1WBK+0+F9N+0+F9O+0+L2Z+0+GYY+0+GZ0+0+GZ1+0

As well as type, image based graphics were extremely important in communicating things as directly and obviously as possible:

'Children Crossing'

This image can be found at: http://designmuseum.org/design/jock-kinneir-margaret-calvert

According to the British Design Museum, the above design was based on a childhood photo of Margaret Calvert which I found interesting enough to share on the blog.

Most of the other road signs can be seen here:

'Plastics Today (1965 - Issue Unknown)'

The above magazine cover was designed by Fetcher/Forbes/Gill and can be found at: http://designmuseum.org/design/jock-kinneir-margaret-calvert

The colour coding system that Kinneir and Calvert developed was so successful that it is easy related to most things today when communicating in design. Mostly if something is had a thick red border then it suggests danger! To me, it is amazing how this amazing system has played such an important part in the development of Graphic Design which is why I have included it in this blog.