February 2010 Archives

Poster Meanings

Poster One: The telephone poles represent communication, most likely through talking to people on the phone. You can call anywhere in the world and talk to whoever. I used telephone poles and the cords to make a picture that represents a lot of communicating, which is one of the key points this UNESCO poster should illustrate, a communication or dialogue for sustainable development. My intentions are to make this poster read communication and dialogue and for people to understand that it is important to have dialogue among cultures.

Poster Two: This poster is about mutual understanding and how there are many different layers to it. I wanted to show the letters as coming forward and then returning to the back because mutual understanding comes and goes with different issues brought up. There are many different colors to it because it is used by many different people but to all these people, the phrase doesn't change meaning. Mutual understanding is something everyone understands but may not know how to express it when problems arise. My intentions with this poster are to make this phrase a more common one and to show different angles on how you may read these words.

2 Rough Draft Posters

Visual Research: Parodies

Examples of parodies

I liked the water bottle that was labeled "Naive" because it is referencing the use of water battles and how they are destroying the earth by being wasted plastic.

Reading: Anatomy 1

This article talks about parodies in the visual sense. The author describes a parody as "transforming a familiar graphic form by slightly twisting its intent and altering its original meaning immediately, triggering audience recognition- with devastating effect". The example they used for this reading is a poster for the iraq war in the form of an iPod poster as its parody. This iRaq poster is very hard to look at because it references pain and suffering, but you also find yourself not being able to look away since the iPod idea is seen so clearly that it makes you really think about the deeper meaning behind the black figure and the white wires- acting as the white head phones in the famous iPod logo. Parodies can be used for good, funny humor or for very serious issues that need to be addressed by using a familiar idea and twisting it around.

4 rough poster designs

Visual Research: International Design

I wanted to search for vintage, old posters from different countries and found some examples:

Vintage Swiss Posters
Vintage French Posters
Vintage German Posters
Vintage British Poster

They are all different in style, for example: the french posters all use very detailed pictures of people or things with a balance of warm colors and not that much type found on them, the German posters use large font sizes that take up half the poster in a very contrasting color to the background, and finally the British posters use bright colors and a lot of examples of boats and landscapes.

Reading: Contemporary Graphic Design of Iran

After reading this article, I feel like I gained more knowledge on foreign design. I had no idea how different countries found their inspiration behind graphics and how they really got attention to their culture or society. The author said, "Because we are not innately a modern society. Therefore, modernism cannot naturally come from within." This statement is talking about Iran specifically and how modernism, what we in the U.S. use all the time, does not come so easy to them. This is because of their culture and how it is very old fashioned and very much based on traditions and the past.
The author talks about this issue by saying, "One of the most important issues of concern in our cultural graphics is the relationship of the designer with the past and with our visual tradition or Iranian identity. In view of our culture, graphic works should be a continuation of the past or an evolution of the past." This, again, is very different then the U.S. because we are always focused on moving forward and coming up with a great, new idea that no one has ever heard or seen before. Although we do sometimes give pieces of work a more 'old school' look, it is mainly because that is what is in at that time. Doesn't mean we are focused only on our past, but that we want to connect future with oldies. "One of the most important issues of concern in our cultural graphics is the relationship of the designer with the past and with our visual tradition or Iranian identity. In view of our culture, graphic works should be a continuation of the past or an evolution of the past." This is a statement from the author, talking more about how the Iranian traditions and how they will always be incorporated in the current design because that is who they are, a culture who is very proud of their past and traditions and will always want that shown to the public.

Visual Research

This website is a great spot to look at for any type of inspiration because it has examples of photos, font designs, website designs, and logos. I really liked the Font Inspiration part.

The Design Inspiration

Reading: The Charity Begins at Work Problem

I actually learned a lot about what my future job could hold for me. I had always thought that charity work would be harder because it is for very less money, or none at all, and I didn't see the real point in striving for a charity design job until I read this article. It makes sense that doing work for hardly nothing would mean you get to be more creative and have more freedom with the work you are doing. But it is really a catch-22 I think because you want to create your own work and not have so many restrictions but then you hardly get paid for your hard work. In the reading, the author states, " The charity appeal can only work if the message is as simple as possible." I think this basically sums up the article because that is all the charity organization is looking for- something simple that gets their point across without paying a designer too much for their work. For some reason I just keep thinking about how this concept of charity work is really only benefiting the company, not really the designer. Sure it is a way to get noticed but at what cost? Hardly nothing it seems like. Unless you get lucky like James Victore and get the chance to have exhibitions made for your work because it is so unique.

Thumbnail sketches for Poster Project

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