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Pop art

Posted in Aesthetics,Appealing,Arts,History,Imagery,Paintings,Skills by emz2687 on October 14, 2007

Pop art is one of my favorite art movements. British pop art can trace its roots back to the mid 1950’s. It’s characterized by such things as advertising and comic books, and employs images of popular culture and cheap consumer products in art. There are many famous and amazing Pop artists, including Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jasper Johns and, my favorite, Roy Lichtenstein. Although the movement was developed over 50 years ago, Pop Art remains very much alive and more possible as ever.

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(Left: Original by Roy Lichtenstein, Right: My Version!)

A History of Photomontage

Photomontage as an art developed from the Dada movement. Photomaontaging began when Kurt Schwitters was unaccepted by Dadaists, and therefore named his artistic outcomes Merz. The term Merz came from a fragmnet of newspaper that originally read ‘Kommerz’. Dadists did not accept Schwitters as most of his material came from the street, rather than from photographs and relevants. Schwitters montages and collages, created from gathered refuge, are in no way political yet have great integrity of vision. Schwitters went on to make his ultimate work of art, connecting numerous pieces of his work. This took over the downstairs of his house, and later took over all floors!!!

Another well renowned photomonteur was Raoul Hausmann who created images with enthusiasm and anger. In a definition, Hausmann describes the power of photomontage as:
“…its contrast of structure and dimension, rough against smooth, aerial photograph against close-up, perspective against flat surface, the utmost technical flexibility and the most lucid formal dialectics are equally possible…The ability to manage the most striking contrasts, to the achievement of perfect states of equilibrium…ensures the medium a long and richly productive span of life…”

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A more recent famous photomonteur is Peter Kennard who took up phontomontage for its ability to show the “unrevealed truth” behind an image. He believed that photomontage was able to show the causes rather than the results.

Sean Hillen is also an amazing photomonteur

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Exhibition at MoMA I hope to see in December!

Posted in Communication,Graphic Design,History,Typography by emz2687 on October 6, 2007

50 Years of Helvetica

2007 is the fiftieth anniversary of Max Miedinger and Edouard Hoffmann’s design Helvetica, the most universal of all typefaces. Often regarded as the official typeface of the twentieth century, Helvetica communicates with simple, well-proportioned letterforms that convey an aesthetic clarity that is at once universal, neutral, and modern. The exhibition presents posters, signage, and other graphic material demonstrating the variety of uses of Helvetica.

I hope I get chance to visit the exhibition and experience the work first hand!

Surviving The 21st Century…

Whats prominent in our world today that is going to effect our future??? Checking out the BBC News website, all I can see are stories of disaster, misery and hurt… Is this waht our world has become? Or can it be changed. Growing up in a generation surrounded by  ASBO’s, Gun Crime and Bombings, what can we do to change the course of the world, and therefore the future of the next generation? Whats the answer? How can we as a  population improve the world and the damage caused? Maybe this is the sort of line my magazine should go down. Look at methods of improving life, but more so, the environment. Maybe in the future, the main change everywhere will be the need to ‘go green’ and prolong the life and functions of our planet.

Magazine… What is it? And is there a future for it?

Posted in Graphic Design,History,Magazines by emz2687 on October 3, 2007

“If you want to make a magazine, there are two solutions: Either you create the product the market expects, or you make the magazine that you believe needs to be made, for you and you only”

Magazines are publications that are published regularly: from magazines which focus on current events that are published weekly or biweekly to magazines that focus on specific interests, which may be published less frequently, such as monthly or quarterly. Magazines contain a variety of articles and images on various topics and themes, and are generally financed by advertising. Magazines are like fantasy microcosms into which you can project your viewpont and ideals, while making evident statements with chosen paper size, paper texture and quality, printing processes and packaging. A good magazine tweaks the interest of the readers, in the hope of getting them back every issue.

The future of publishing is enabling access to any and all the information available, quickly and reliable. So is the future of magazines, as we know it dying due to the rise of online magazines? According to “The Last Magazine” by David Renard, the market for printed periodicals will descrease by 15% through 2016 in Europe and North America, with only 10% of the paper-based magazine industry remaining within 25 years. An example of this decline is evident in Belgium. The Belguim daily newspaper, De Tijl, is to become the world’s first newpaper to become an ‘electronic paper’, i.e. an e-paper. Instead of buying the daily paper, readers will be able to download the e-paper, whereby automatic updates will occur during the day. This move reflects newspapers and magazines fight for survival in a world of increasing competition, the development of technology and the declining circulation. However as mass-market periodicals migrate to the Web, the urge for some to publish on paper has not diminished.

KEEP MAGAZINES ALIVE!!!

Hello!

Its time to start blogging! Or so I’m told! My plan here is to extend my knowledge of all thing knowledgable within design. Over the next year I aim to use my blog as an online diary to record all my experiences concerning design.

Although the theme of this semester is ‘Surviving the 21st Century’, my plan is to investigate as much as possible – relevant to both the theme and to my interests! I’m going to look, listen, see and read EVERYTHING, and plan to make a collection of ANYTHING that may be of use.

I’m looking forward to travelling this journey into knowledge and understanding, hoping creativity, inspiration and influences will give me the ability and drive to design bigger and better things!