Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Argentina '78 World Cup Logo (OUGD103)

I discovered this logo in a strange way. I watched a video of Noel Gallagher talking about his experiences of watching the World Cups of the past and he talked about how good a logo it is in his opinion and I would have to agree. Here it is:

WHO, WHAT, WHERE? - Much like the posters before this, the logo has to encapsulate the nationality of the World Cup in which country it is being held whilst combining the football element. This way it is obvious to the viewer what it relates to. This design succeeds greatly in this due to the original adaptation of the Argentinean flag combined with a stylised football.

RELATION TO WORK - As an integral part of my brief is to inform freshers of different pubs and their qualities, the inclusion of symbols is a high possibility. This means a high degree of clarity will be needed as to what they mean. Simplicity is a key factor and this logo is a fantastic example of it.


Just for the hell of it, here is the video I watched of Noel Gallagher talking about his experiences of previous World Cups:


World Cup Posters (OUGD103)

WHO, WHAT, WHERE? - I was casually crawling around the internet looking for the Argentina 1978 World Cup logo (next post), when I can across official posters for every FIFA World Cup that there has been. And as the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is coming up I thought I'd put some on here. I was actually pretty impressed by some of the standards of design for the time in which they were created. Each poster carefully considers the obvious football element whilst cleverly maintaing elements of the country in which the World Cup is situated.

RELATING TO BRIEF - The World Cup is highly regarded as one of the greatest and most exciting sporting events, so the design behind it needs to be fun, exciting and innovative. The tournament has extremely festive qualities which is certainly reflected in the choice of
colouration in each design. With tonal contrasts of colours with high chromatic values comes visual excitement which reflects the festivity of the tournament. This is the kind of excitement I would love to convey in my own packaging for my brief to establish a connection between students and the fun and freedom of freshers week.

Here are my favourite ones of the lot. My favourite would have to be Uruguay 1930. This design in particular is very much ahead of its time!:

Uruguay 1930

Chile 1962

Mexico 1970

West Germany 1974

Argentina 1978

All of the posters can be found at:


Richard Amor (OUGD103)

These images are by Richard Amor a Philosopher/Theologian and non-profit illustrator from Exeter. He creates his illustrations based on creativity and fun. Here are a couple of poorly constructed screen based illustrations based on drawings:


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Monday, 26 April 2010

Xavier Barrade - Democracy (OUGD103)

WHO, WHAT, WHERE? - There is an election coming! (Obviously). And although this poster design is nothing to do with the British General Election, it offers a clear concept towards the democratic process of election. It is clear to the audience who is - much like Real Crisps with their Politi-crisps - the entire nation, as politics is something that effects everyone.

The poster supports an exhibition entitled 'Create Democracy' and is conceptually sound. We vote with paper slips and they decide who runs the country. The paper makes the country and essentially makes us - hence the paper hand. A great piece of conceptual, image based graphic design. Right up my street.


Designers Republic - Coke Bottle (OUGD103)

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

'Lovebeing - M5 Project For Coca-Cola'

WHO, WHAT, WHERE? - 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". There is a very natural quality to the design, what with the inclusion of butterflies and whatnot. The curves of the design have a very natural flow about them. It's all very 'hippyish' if you ask me! Perhaps it's a branding idea that is reminiscent of the old famous coke advert, 'I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke' which has a distinct hippy vibe about it due to the original lyrics of the song being "I'd like to teach the world to sing". Here's the advert for the hell of it:

In fact the one of the latest adverts shares this notion of freedom and nature. Also the extravagance and over-the-top nature of the famous old advert above:

It's also a very fitting design due to Coke's huge target audience. It's a multinational company that is worth millions of pounds. Everyone knows about Coke so I guess it's fitting for them to have such a freely influenced design. Not sure what the hippies would have to say about that though!

However, this is the kind of design that I would ideally like to work to with my Speaking From Experience idea due to the wide target audience of Fresher Students.

A free, fun, 60s influenced design, for a free, fun generation. My Generation! (See what I did there?)


Platform For Art (OUGD103)

WHO, WHAT, WHERE? - These designs for a tube train running on the Piccadilly Line on the London Underground have the sole purpose of brightening up the London Underground and making it a little bit more exciting for commuters. This is done through bright colours which highlight the visual senses therefore heightening the tone. This is also done through flowers in Hideyuki Tanaka's design of the train floor as they connote positivity and fun to the design. It is this energy that I should wish to transfer to my own workings for a freshers student Leeds pubbing pack.

The energy will be intended to work synonymously with the outgoing student stereotype with whom my product will be associated with. Here are the designs:





Friday, 23 April 2010

Real Crisps: Politi-Crisps (OUGD103)

Welsh crisp company Real crisps are clearly very in touch with current affairs due to how rapidly they've managed to release these crisps alongside the general election campaign. Very cool:


WHERE - The shops of the UK, although Fred told me that they were giving them out at Leeds train station. The design is extremely current relating to the general election campaign.

WHO - People with political interests and swing voters. More or less the entire country. The general election is one of few issues that effect the entire population.

WHAT - In order to raise an awareness of the General Election to the nation. Particularly swing voters and those who don't take that much of an interest in the election. By creating this design, Real Crisps are raising awareness of a message that a lot of people choose to take an interest through something that most people like. A very successful, non-bias (due to each packet having the same flavour!) piece of graphic design.

Vote on the Real Crisps poll!

Lib Dems are winning for some reason. Amazing how after one debate the public suddenly become aware of their existence!


Thursday, 22 April 2010

Iv Orlov (OUGD104)

Iv Orlov is an Illustrator from Murmansk, Russia. Her style situates itself strongly around use of block colour and styalised imagery. Her work is reminiscent of 1920s Soviet design from Vkhutemas the Soviet art school. The abstract style is relevant to my own work due to the fact that it offers strong colour, which induces a lot of clarity to the design. Here is some of her work:


Do Not Oversleep Revolution In Biotechnologies

From Mens Health Magazine


Rubix Cube (OUGD104)

The Rubix Cube was invented by Hungarian Ernő Rubik in 1974. With Hungary being from the Eastern Bloc, it makes this even more relevant to my concept of modern Russia overpowering old Soviet and Eastern Bloc states. Working with the cube representing the ex-Eastern Bloc/Soviet states, Russia controls the cube and plays with the countries. The notion of a cube is all very relevant to the concept of Eastern 'Bloc(k)'. Here is a Rubix Cube:


Here's a chap breaking the world record for doing a Rubix Cube with one hand:


Tetris (OUGD104)

Tetris was invented by Alexey Pajitnov in Soviet Russia. It hit the shelves in 1985 in the Soviet Union soon followed by the West in 1986. The game was revolutionary...

It has been a key theme in my work relating to Russia/Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. The geometric nature of the game is a fitting style for my method of communicating Russia's power in my work. Here are a few images and a video of the game (on original gameboy with the fantastic music) for contextual reference:


El Lissitzky - Beat The Whites With The Red Wedge (OUGD104)

This piece of 1920s Soviet design endorsed the red wedge or triangle as a very prominent symbol within Soviet design. It was seen as a symbol of power and significant status for anti capitalism. This influenced the addition of the red Tetris piece with three protruding blocks in the 'Soviet Tendencies' design.

El Lissitzky - Beat The Whites With The Red Wedge (1920)


Russia/Ukraine Gas Crisis (OUGD104)

Russia cuts gas from the Ukraine:


Russia/Georgia Conflict (OUGD104)

Russia/Georgia conflict. Russia the aggressors:


Monday, 19 April 2010

Christoph Niemann - What Is A Line? (OUGD104)

Christoph Niemann is one of my favourite Designers. His graphic approach to illustration has always appealed to me as it combines hand drawn illustration with computer manipulation in order to convey a particular concept.

Niemann's tone of voice within his work is something I agree with very much. Particularly with the direction of my What is a Line project. In relation to my work based on Russia expressing Soviet tendencies towards the former Eastern Bloc and Soviet states, it is something I feel as being appropriate to include in my work due to the controversial nature of my designs. Russian's wouldn't take kindly to it so why not make it fun?!

Niemann displays a lot of images on his website that are self motivated in order to express his style to potential clients. Here are a few that appeal to me which work with my ideas:

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

Conceptual Graphic Illustration is very much up my street!


Thursday, 8 April 2010

Newsnight General Election Constituency Map (OUGD104)

This map that I took as a screen shot from Newsnight on Tuesday the 6th of April illustrates which parties gained control of which constituencies in the 1979 General Election, which was won by the Conservatives.

As opposed to viewing a literal map of the United Kingdom, where the sizes of constituency boundaries is inconsistent, the constituencies have been cleverly transformed into equally sized hexagons whilst maintaining the general shape of the UK in order to maintain a recognition of the location of the constituencies. The result is an easy to understand information graphic of the United Kingdom, which clearly shows the party with the majority of constituency seats.

The boundaries of recognition are pushed yet still kept through the shape of the UK whilst communicating effectively.

An election seat calculator that can be played with to visualise potential outcomes of the election which uses exactly the same map as above can be found here:


Monday, 5 April 2010

Europe Night Lights (OUGD104)

This orbital image is a fantastic view of the Europe. The lights of earth make a unique formation of the continent as an alternative and interesting way of viewing it.


Saturday, 3 April 2010

Graphic Thought Facility - Paris Calling (With M/M Paris) (OUGD104)

This GTF piece of design is another pioneering example of information graphics at its best. The poster is for a London exhibition of Paris-based artists. The spirit of the exhibition enticed the French to work with the British to create the design. The result is a beautifully constructed and visually informative poster that communicates the various locations of the exhibition of itself:

This too has influenced me in my 'linear europe' piece in the fact that it has managed to create a visually appealing, directionally communicative piece of design that expresses the form of something as familiar as a mapped area of london in an abstract, yet recognisable way.



WHERE - As the poster is for an exhibition in London, the poster would be located around London. Tube stations, bus stops etc.

WHO - The culturally orientated due to the fact that it is an art exhibition. French people living in England too perhaps.

WHAT - The poster is very informative. Not only does it succeed by creating a unique design to give the exhibition an image on the street, it also succeeds in informing the general public of the various venues of the exhibition itself. French imagery connected to the map itself hints on the theme of the exhibition making it relevant.


Graphic Thought Facility - DDD Gallery: 50 Projects - Visual Langauage (OUGD104)

This particulat piece of Graphics accompanied a GTF exhibition in Japan an includes every project produced in 15 years and illustrates the connections and introductions that have generated their evolving client base. The piece is a fantastic example of bog-standard information becoming visually interesting:

This linear for of information graphics has been influential in such works as my linear map of europe, where lines dictate the meaning and ultimately the form of the piece of design.


Mr. Chomendley Warner & Mr. Greyson on the Working Class

This does not influence my political opinions. It is simply hilarious.

Christoph Niemann - States Of The Union (OUGD104)

This illustration by my favourite and most influential illustrator/designer - Christoph Niemann - was very influential in my own experimentation in communicating identity through a country when considering its boundaries. Just as Niemann uses the US states to communicate a message, I experimented with the British counties. Here is the design which is from the Nozone magazine - the brainchild of also illustrator/designer, Nicholas Blechman:

'Nozone - States of the Union'


WHERE - This graphic illustration can be found on the inside cover of Nicholas Blechman's Nozone IX magazine. It is a magazine fueled by strong politcal opinions. Particularly relating to American politics and consumerism (although this design in particular does not relate directly to consumerism).

WHO - Certainly anti-Republicans of America! This particular piece of design narrates the opinion of how George Bushes' government used the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to go to war. This is what the unreadable text is about on the image. The images made up of the US states help to communicate the narrative of anti-Bush nature.

WHAT - To express opinion and shock. The design is controversial by its very nature of being anti-government and anti-war.


'L' is for Labour. 'L' is for Lice