Sunday, 14 November 2010

Really nice posters.

Here are a few really nice poster designs making use of really simple and to the point imagery and minimal colours in each poster.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The Crevasse - Making of 3D Street Art

image on different plains...

Felice Varini...

Felice Varini...

Varini Felice

Square with four circles artist Felice Varini.

Felice Varini in OSAKA JAPAN (1/2)

Felice Varini in OSAKA JAPAN (2/2)

Channel 4 ident - Market - High Quality Version

Channel 4 ident - Pylon - High Quality Version

Channel 4 ident - Hay Bales - High Quality Version

Channel 4 ident - City - High Quality Version


Monday, 1 November 2010

Visual Literacy...

This term is applied when a part is used to represent a whole, or vice versa. The main subject is substituted for something inherently connected to it. This substitution only works however, if what the synecdoche represents is universally recognised and understood. An example of this would be the Statue of Liberty, which is representative of New York.

A visual metaphor is used to transfer the meaning from one image to another. Although the images may have no close relationship, a metaphor conveys an impression about something relatively unfamiliar by drawing comparison between it and something familiar. 'The big apple' is a metaphor linked to New York.

A metonym is a symbolic image that is used to make reference to something with a more literal meaning. By way of association the viewer makes a connection between the image and intended subject. Unlike a visual synecdoche, the two images bear a close relationship, but are not intrinsically linked. And unlike visual metaphors, metonyms do not transfer the characteristics of one image to the other. Yellow cabs are associated with New York, despite there being so many other places where these can be found.

Here is a clever visual metaphor for the American Red Cross by a Brazilian design agency and it makes use of a piggy bank, which everyone would relate to saving money and compares it to the American Red Cross' donations being so small by making the piggy bank look very thin. This should make people want to donate.


Here is the imagery created for a flier for a British film festival. The illustrator that produced it has taken certain major landmarks from London, in order to convey the location easily without having to draw London...  


Here is an example of a typeface designed to represent the London underground, using the design of the underground map as a basis for the face. The style of the London underground map is one that I think could be easily recognised by anywhere regardless of their language so I think it is a good way to symbolize London's underground. The underground itself could also be seen as a metonym for London as a city because although lots of cities have a metro or underground system, none are quite as well known as London's.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Big Ideas: Don't get any - Radiohead cover by James Houston

Penguin Books... Ian Fleming 007.

This is a series of classic penguin book covers created for Ian Flemings 007 series. These particular covers make use a very simple layout focusing on the element of the Bond stories that brings in a lot of fans, The bond girls. Placing the type straight onto illustrated bond girls...

Pelican book covers...

Here are a few examples of some classic pelican book covers which make use of really simple layouts and imagery to get across their message. For example there is one book called 'the divided self' which makes use of a series of circles which cross... looking as if they all came from one, and there is a series using this same technique. Really clever and simple design.

Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

This is a really awesome video for Radioheads 'Street spirit', directed by Jonathan Glazer, who said, "That was definitely a turning point in my own work. I knew when I finished that, because they found their own voices as an artist, at that point, I felt like I got close to whatever mine was, and I felt confident that I could do things that emoted, that had some kind of poetic as well as prosaic value."

I love this video because of it use of really simple imagery yet when you look closer there is a huge amount of detail in each scene.

Si Scott...

 These two portray Si Scotts style of illustration and choice of imagery really nicely. He looks a lot at the texture and shapes created by wildlife, which he then brings into his typographic layouts and all other design. His style of illustration I think is really impressive...

Magomed Dovjenko - "thinking negative can be useful"

Here is some really simple designs created using a mixture of photoshop editing of type and layering hand rendered images. Think it really nicely gets across the point.

Magomed Dovjenko again...

These are some more of Magomed Dovjenkos illustrations, these ones focusing in much more on the hand rendered element... looking at the really nice line quality he has created and every little detail of his illustrations.

Magomed Dovjenko, "Proof7"

This is a piece of illustration, presumably done by hand then traced into illustrator which I think is really brilliant. Very similar to the work of Si Scott due to him being one of Magomeds main influences. I think this is a really good example of how detail makes this piece. Without the liquid effects and differences in tone etc, it would just be a 7 and a P, however the illustrator has used this brilliantly to make some nicely detailed letterforms.

Wax:on flier.

This is another photo of a flier. This one I quiet like because of the really nice feel created in the style of the illustration, almost like story book. Which is then mixed with digital elements like photographs and manipulation to create what I think is a nice flier.