Saturday, August 2, 2008

type type type

ok...I am a total type nerd apparently...I love this poster, I think that it is sooo great.
speaking of being a dork, I ran across this article about setting up baseline grids in Indesign and I thought it would be a little helpful for some of my crazy type classes...wanted to share

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

People to know

from Joli's book on this fine Wednesday morning:

Peter Drucker - "grandest business guru of the last 50 years" - Hank

Phillip Johnson
Dan Friedman
Arman Hoffman
Rich Valenci
Alan Haley
Louise Fili
Erick Speikerman
Greg Somata
Steve Jobs

we've got some work to do

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Beautiful posters

inspiration for my homework

European poster design 1950-1970

Willi Kunz

further reading

Architecture Posters galore!

SO...Stefan pulled an interesting assignment on us today for GA Tech, involving some of the principles we've been discussing in class, and he mentioned that he wanted to perhaps reach the same kind of aesthetic caliber as Michael Bierut achieved when he worked with Yale School of Architecture on poster design.

All I can say is wow....gotta love Michael Bierut and Pentagram.

I read that Bierut was inspired by Willi Kunz who had a strong relationship with Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. 

Kunz only used Univers, Bierut had fun....we will see where this project goes. Personally, since I seem to be in a Buckminster Fuller and Josef Muller-Brockman mood these days, I think I will look to them for some inspiration, and perhaps some Wolfgang Weingart.

This is cover detail for Forty Posters for the Yale School of Architecture that Mohawk did for them.

and these are some of Bierut's posters...

This poster he worked on with Marian Bantjes, gotta love her emotive work. 

and just for shits and giggles, thought I would share some of Kunz's stuff from Columbia:

Buckmister Fuller

Cover of Metropolis this month


ooo I love this song!!
and this video is rad

more names

Charles S Peirce "Theory of Signs"

Wolfgang Weingart "frozen music" - we spoke about Wolfgang Weingart in respect to this book
and here is an article
Seems that Weingart emerged after the Swiss movement of Neue Grafik, because swiss typography needed a "fresh impulse." He broke down rigid concepts and introduced many different typographical relationships: slant, weight, size, readability, etc. He is credited as the "father" of "New Wave" typography...sounds pretty cool to me
O and I found an even better article
and some pictures:

Deconstructivism (I guess versus Constuctivism....interesting!)

Monday, July 28, 2008

Louis Kahn

Hank was talking about this guy in class too...he was an architect whose establishments were monumental and monolithic, heavy buildings that neither hide their weight, their materials, nor the way they are assembled (according to wiki)

The few buildings that Louis Kahn did realise were so remarkable that they established him as one of the most important figures in 20th century architecture, whose influence is compared to that of Le Corbusier and Mies Van Der Rohe, yet whose work offered new intellectual possibilities to the younger generation of architects searching for alternatives to their hegemonic International Style. Convinced that contemporary architects could – and should – produce buildings which were as monumental and as spiritually inspiring as the ancient ruins of Greece and Egypt, Kahn devoted his career to the uncompromising pursuit of formal perfection and emotional expression. read more

What I thought was most strange and interesting about this man, was actually his peculiar death in my fav train station:

He died of a heart attack in a men's restroom in Penn Station. He was not identified for three days, as he had crossed out the home address on his passport. He had just returned from a work trip to India, and despite his long career, he was deeply in debt when he died.

these are some of his buildings:

Phillips Exeter Academy Library

The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA


and another video

In class today Tim read a quote having to do with Louis Kahn's theory:

On Perfect

"Form comes from wonder," writes Louis Kahn.
Wonder stems from our 'in-touchness' with how we are made.
One senses that nature records the process of what it makes,
so that in what it makes there is also the record of how it was made.
In touch with this record we are in wonder.
This wonder gives rise to knowledge.
But knowledge is related to other knowledge
and this relation gives a sense of order,
a sense of how they interrelate in a harmony that makes all things exist.
From knowledge to a sense of order,
we then wink and wonder and say,
"How am I doing, wonder?"
— Richard Saul Wurman


So, Hank is having me do a presentation on Joseph Muller-Brockman.

In my research I found a firm that will not even hire potential candidates unless they know this man and his work. 

Muller-Brockman was apparently very important; the father of "New Graphic Design" or Neue Grafik as they say in Switzerland; a pioneer in Swiss design; proponent of strong geometry and total abstraction in order to create emotion via logic.

Having been strongly influenced by the Constructivists - Malevich and Rodchenko - and their attempt to create a new visual language, Muller-Brockman decided to go back to the basics...scrap all noise and return to the bare essence. I always loved that about the Constructivists...Malevich's "Black Square."

Well...Muller-Brockman, father of the modular grid and lover of mathematical precision. 

I'm always telling Ken that there is a strong relationship between the practical and the aesthetic with graphic design. Escher, Muller-Brockman...they were artists, designers and thinkers...we aren't all crazy!