Breaking The News
One of the first articles I looked at was published by AIGA’s eye on design blog. It was an article on the series of looking at artists and designers work spaces and how they carry out their work and why they do it in certain ways. I’ve always been attracted to these forms of articles because personally I feel inspired when I’m working in my own comfortable environment that I like to keep clean and function how I want it to.
The article I looked at was on the designer Geoff McFetridge. Instantly from the photographs you could see relating to his work is his sense of style in furniture and also his appreciate for all forms of design. He has beautiful wooden desks of a modernist era as he sits in his Charles and Ray Eames chair. You also learn about how he carries out his workflow and that he always begins simply with pen and paper and then works his way through colour and then eventually taking it digitally or using more expensive physical mediums such as paint and canvas.
Article talked about above; https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/how-geoff-mcfetridge-separates-art-from-design-in-his-l-a-studio/
60 years after it’s creation and 10 years after it’s documentary Helvetica is still one of the most popular latin fonts in the world. Personally I love the font and documentary and believe that it certainly deserves all of the recognition and accreditation it has. The article I read was also from AIGA’s eye on design (again a favourite,) discussing the fonts impact and history. It talks about it’s symbolism in modernism which a lot of my work is inspired by , this also includes when it’s appropriate. Their are many fonts that get certain hate the main victims being Comic Sans and Pupyrus but again this all comes down to when it’s appropriate to use them. No font is bad if it has a clear function in certain aspects of design.
Article talked about above; https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/revisiting-helvetica-the-typeface-so-ubiquitous-it-feels-like-air/
To explore my pallet of design I would explore different subjects on dezeen. An article I found really interesting was exploring transport design. It’s not something I have ever really looked into or known about so it was fun to learn about problems designers face and what makes it good design. The article listed this years top 10 transport designs and some of it was fascinating to hear about. One of the designs in particular I found fun was about a rail-less trams to help congestion on the roads in China. This related to me with my work in Geography that I did in school which has always been appealing to me. Problem solving to figure out the best things to do limited with what is around you is what we looked at in class but this article in particular make the connection of geography and general design for me. They both are about a problem that requires a solution and it’s always inspiring to be reminded on the founding bases of the work I do.
Article talked about above; https://www.dezeen.com/2017/12/02/top-10-transport-designs-2017-review-car-bicycle-train-drone/
Poster design is what I would say is currently my speciality in design. This article I found goes through the history of posters for/from New York City. New York alone is also a place that I’m inspired by, it’s gritty image and urban metro is so unique and I would love to visit sometime. A lot of art and music was birthed in the city and that’s for a reason, the people it creates and the atmosphere it has just allows for such creativity to happen. The article featured a lot of posters I already knew about such as the subway maps by Massimo Vignelli and posters by Andy Warhol. I just enjoy seeing similar formats to express different emotions limited by the information that is required to be displayed. I also like seeing how different styles and mediums work in relation to the image and how different tastes and styles work for people. Some of the posters I liked from this article were ‘You dont have to be Jewish to like Levy’s’ and ‘Chelsea Hotel’ this is for their almost offensive pieces of work to create an advertisement for a company. I just find that they both hold the aesthetic and sense of New York City strongly in their design.
Article talked about above; https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/sep/24/iconic-new-york-posters-warhol-studio-54-pictures
One of the later articles I looked at was on the V&A museum being constructed in Dundee. I purposefully looked out for an article to learn more about it’s architecture and development as although living so close to it in Arbroath I had never really heard much about it’s design other than how strange it looked. Reading this article made me understand and appreciate architecture more and the hurdles designers have to go through with their briefs and logistics of designer a building. Although in graphic design it can be hard to work around a brief set for you it’s nothing compared to the amount of limitations set for architects. This article showed that to me a lot talking about the accounting and budgets set for the task, the length of deadlines/opening times and how so many different areas of the project can affect that length of time greatly and extremely easily.
Article talked about above; https://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/24/kengo-kuma-va-museum-under-construction-dundee-scotland-architecture-news/