Monday, May 31, 2010

Banksy - Ryan

Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist in the United Kingdom who is believed to be born in 1974 and native to Yate, South Gloucestershire. He became involved with graffiti during the 1980’s with the Bristol aerosol boom. His origins and motives have come out of the Bristol underground scene, which is a collection of graphic artists and musicians of the area. His artworks mainly focus around political, social and ethical issues. Banksy usually uses regular paper or cardboard for stencils and aerosol or regular paint.

Messages Banksy has focus on anti-war, anti-capitalism and anti-establishment. He uses mostly innocent characters in his paintings, like rats, children, the elderly, and sometimes even policemen and soldiers.

Banksy also works in the areas of Stencil Street art, sculptures, and even one short film “Exit through the gift shop” which was entered into the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. One of his most well known works are “The Naked Man Image”, “The Ozone Angel” and the series of “Anarchist Rat” works.

“I use whatever it takes. Sometimes that just means drawing a moustache on a girl's face on some billboard, sometimes that means sweating for days over an intricate drawing. Efficiency is the key” - Banksy.

Design for life series starts Wednesday June 2, ABC2, 8.30pm

Sandy and I thought you all might be interested in this series which starts tonight.

Design for Life

Wednesday June 2, ABC2, 8.30pm

OF COURSE, there's no reason that talent and competition shows have to always evolve around the same old activities - singing, making money, losing weight or cooking. In fact, put uber-designer Philippe Starck against Donald Trump and you'll find the very same characteristics that make such shows sing: flamboyance, eccentricity, ambition, left-field thinking … and definitely better hair. The conceit of this unusual talent quest sees a dozen young British students vying for the attention of Starck to win one six-month placement at his school of design in Paris. The wannabe apprentices' first challenge takes place in a massive supermarket where, armed with the equivalent of about $130, they have to source products that demonstrate the best and worst qualities of function, ecology or gender. Starck's thinking, however, is a country mile from the norm and the pleasure he takes in dumbfounding the naive contestants, all the while hamming up the role of judge and hangman, is palpable. The dullish contestants don't exactly rise to the challenge as much as one might have liked but hopefully that will change as Starck continues to hector them with his wit, bluntness, ideas and over-the-top theatrics.

Source: The Age

Sunday, May 30, 2010

graphic designer 2 - alvin lustig

Born Modern

Alvin Lustig was an American graphic designer and typeface designer. He studied at LACC, Art Center, and independently with Frank Lloyd Wright and Jean Charlot. He began designing for books in 1937. In 1944 he became Director of Visual Research for Look Magazine. He also designed for Fortune, New Directions and Girl Scouts of America. He began teaching in 1945. He went blind from diabetes in 1954 and died in 1955. He was inducted into the Art Directors Club hall of fame in 1986.

Pages from Ghost in the Underblows (Ward Ritchie Press, 1940), one of Lustig's masterpieces of typecase composition, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tomorrow: Equipment for Living, 1945. An advertisement for Knoll using the kind of abstract design also applied to his book jackets.

Friday, May 28, 2010

(Kelly) Graphic Design 1: Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut is a renowned graphic designer, design critic and educator. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio; he studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Bierut was vice president of graphic design at Vignelli Associates. Since 1990 he has been a partner in the New York office of Pentagram where he is responsible for leading a team of graphic designers who create identity design, environmental graphic design and editorial design solutions.

His list of clients consists of massive corporations that need to be embraced by the masses: Walt Disney, United Airlines, Motorola, the New York Jets, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Bierut claims that he's not creative; instead, he likens his job to that of a doctor who tends to patients – "the sicker, the better."

He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in several permanent collections including: the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Denver Art Museum; the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany; and the Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich, Switzerland.

Digging through the 86 notebooks he's kept over the course of his career, he came up with his 5 secrets of design:

    1.)  Listen first, then design

    2.)  Don’t avoid the obvious

    3.)  The problem contains the solution

    4.)  Indulge your obsessions

    5.)  Love is the answer

In an essay on Design Observer, Bierut explains that it took him half his career to realize design is really about the ability to make connections to other things. He cautions designers, young and old, to remember this above all else. “Not everything is design,” he writes. “But design is about everything. So do yourself a favour: be ready for anything.”

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(Kelly) Graphic Design 2: Paul Rand

Paul Rand (born Peretz Rosenbaum, August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996) was a well-known American graphic designer. Though Rand was educated at the Pratt Institute, the Parsons School of Design, and the Art Students League, he was by-and-large self-taught as a designer.

He was one of the originators of the Swiss Style of graphic design (a style developed in Switzerland in the 1950s that emphasizes cleanliness, readability and objectivity.)

As a well versed designer, advertiser, illustrator, artist and industrial designer, Rand is mostly noted by his corporate identity work; IBM, Ford, ABC and UPS were some of his largest clients. Practically working as a freelancer, Rand single handedly raised the value of designers with his identity work, giving graphic value to these companies who’s logos has been relatively untouched - some for over 25 years.

Rand drew his knowledge and creativeness from the resources of this country. He was an idealist and a realist, using the language of the poet and business man. He thought in terms of need and function. He was able to analyse his problems but his fantasy was boundless.
  • In 1937, launched his first career at Esquire
  • He spent fourteen years in advertising
  • He taught at Pratt Institute in 1946; in 1956 he accepted a post at Yale University's graduate school of design where he held the title of Professor of Graphic Design
  • He was cited as one of the ten best art directors by the Museum of Modern Art
  • Rand was inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1972.
"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." – Paul Rand, 1997

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Frank Kozik - SAM

Frank Kozik

Frank was born in Madrid, Spain in 1962.
At the age of 14 he moved to the United states and settled in Austin, Texas.
He is credited with single handedly reviving the 'lost' art of the concert poster, Franks creative career grew largely out of his enthusiasm for Austin's growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties.

He started his career by making black and white flyers for his friends bands.

His reputation grew as an artist whose work was arresting and gripping.
Kozik has done over 60 gallery shows world wide with multiple exhibits in Tokyo and London.
Kozik has done graphic design for dozens of makor companies such as, Nike, BASF and gatorade.

He has also directed music videos for soundgarden and mint condition.
He is currently based in San Francisco, California
where he produces artwork and graphics, and formerly managed his own record label, mans ruin as well as Rise Records. His work is well known to devotees of album-cover art and concert flyer art. He has produced artwork for musicians such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janes Addiction, Green Day and many more.
Kozik has also designed a pair of Artist Edition Oakley sunglasses.

Three volumes of his collected poster and album cover designs have been published and are widely available. A new Book, Plasticland, published by Dark Horse Publications was released in January 2008 and is a photo essay of his last 4 years work as a toy designer. Kozik also edited and published Panda Meat, a volume of contemporary gig poster designers.

Kozik has retired from poster design, He has teamed up numerous times with such entities as Kid Robot, Toy2R, Adfunture, Jamungo and others and is credited with such creations as Smokin Lorbits, the Hate Dunny, Dr. Bomb, Mongers, Chumps and more. He is currently one of the most prolific and popular designers in the genre. He has also done hand painted editions of several RealxHead Kaiju toys.

Most recently in 2008 in collaboration with Draven Shoes, Frank has issued a line of Footwear that bears his name and art work. The collection for now can be viewed as some items purchased on Draven's Official Website.

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Ikko Tanaka


Ikko Tanaka born 1930 in
Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan, where he studied art as a child. He was one of the greatest Japanese Poster Designers. A master of the fine arts of Japanese calligraphy and an expert with Western Typography. His ultimate mission was beauty-creating elegance
and simplicity through a strict adherence to basic geometric form. He borrowed simple shapes and patterns of ancient arts and incorporated them into designs.

He graduated from the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts and began working in the early 1950's. Then in 1963 designed a studio in Tokyo. Ikko presents himself with grace, humility and natural expertise and is well known for being someone that did not care for public lectures or guest appearances in academic circles.

Tanaka's Japanese poster and publication designs consisted of Japanese tradition and the International style which helped create modern artworks. In
his designs he succeeded in gripping the strong and clean, colourful and playful, past and present graphic compositions and also consisting
a deep influence of Japanese Culture- this made him unique among his colleagues.

Expanded his work by not only doing posters and booklets for cultural organisations, he also designed logos, packaged designs and annual reports for brands Hanae Mori, Issey Miyake and Mazda.

His best known poster was the abstract feature of a geisha for the Asian Performing Arts Institute in 1981. At first glance the design seems to only consist solely of a series of rectangles and squares. But looking closer, the geometric jumble morphs into the figure of a woman's head.
Because the head of the woman is turned towards the audience, it creates a sense of motion. The background of the poster is the Japan's rising sun. Through the single placement he establishes an effect of shadows and depth.

Most of Ikko's images pay homage to old
representatives of Kabuki - a Japanese Dance theatre- while others are more abstract with a Western Op Art flavour.

Ikko wasn't trapped under a nation's expectations for success a
nd had with nothing to prove so that he was free to experiment with colour and form. With his use of bold colour he expanded the possibilities of Japanese graphic design, by using colour in a syncopated manner in order to express frivolity.

Tanaka is one of the leaders of the commercial art world as a graphic designer, art director and editor for a series of books and Japanese culture. He became involved in modern drama and joined the Atelier-za theatrical study group when he moved to Kyoto.
Whilst in Kyoto he became acquainted with Kabuki and Hokusai's 19th Century wood block prints.

According to Tanaka, graphic design is intended to communicate to a general public. Much like posters, as they are everyday vehicles of beauty and values that must be articulate.

He was a member of the Tokyo ADC, AGI, and the NY ADC Hall of Fame. And also created an on-person exhibition in New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico.

Ikko;s awards include: JAAC Special Selection
Mainichi Design Awards
Minister of Education Newcomer Prize
TOKYO ADC Member's Grand Prize
Mainichi Art Award
Purple ribbon Medal

New York ADC Hall of Fame Prize

He died on January 11th 2002, at the age of 71, from a heart attack.

Nick iconic chairs eames lounge 670

Eames lounge was first designed in 1956 by Charles and Ray Eames for the Herman Miller Furniture Company. The design is quite basic looks really outdated and boring for this day and age but back then would have been really classy and stylish defiantly looks really comfortable and is a very practical design evolving style and comfort. Design is made up of three plywood shells each made five layers of ply, the original versions used Brazilian Rosewood whereas the later versions use wooden vener and seven layers of ply. The chairs first time on television was the Arlene Francis show "Home" on the NBC network in 1956 the chair soon became a design icon. Print ads decipted the 670 in a Victorian Parlor, occupied by a grandmother shelling peas on the front porch of an American Gothic style house, and in the middle of a sunny field of hay. Eames for Herman Miller produced an ad warning customers against imitations. the Eames lounge is a very succesful design copies are still being made today and there have been many successful alterations.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Cilla: René Gruau

Rene Gruau (4 February 1909 - 31 March 2004) born to an aristocratic Italian father and a French mother, Marie GRUAU, whose name he took.

In 1924 Gruau settled in Paris and embarked on his career as a fashion illustrator. His earliest drawings were published in Italy, Germany and England.

Gruau became one of the best known and favorite artists of the haute couture world during the 1940s and 50s working with Femina, Marie-Claire, L'Officiel, L'Album Du Figaro and an assortment of “high-style” magazines. Gruau’s artwork is recognized and commended internationally in some of Paris and Italy's most prestigious art museums including the Louvre in Paris and the blank in Italy. In addition to his international fame and recognition,"Gruau's artwork is known for its timeless and enduring style".

Gruau’s exaggerated portrayal of fashion design through painting has had a lasting effect on the fashion industry . His inherent skills and creativity, contributed to a change in the entire fashion industry through the new pictures that represented the already popular designs created by designers in the industry. The benefits, including economic stimulation and enhancement of advertising are still vividly presented in the industry today via a new way of fashion illustration, fashion photography.

In 1948 Rene Gruau left for the United States to work for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, before becoming the exclusive artist for FLAIR. He also produced stunningly beautiful advertisements for the LIDO, MOULIN ROUGE and BEMBERG. Almost right up until his death at the age of 95, Gruau continued to work for the greatest names in Haute Couture: Balmain, Fath, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Rochas while also producing fashion drawings for ELLE, Vogue, France, Madame Figaro and L'Officiel de la Couture.

Today Gruau’s works are collected and exhibited by the finest art institutions including the Louvre in Paris.

Betty - Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister (born 1962 in Bregenz, Austria) is a New York-based graphic designer and typographer currently living in Bali, Indonesia. He has his own design firm—Sagmeister Inc.—in New York City. He has designed album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny
born in 1962, bregenz, austria. stefan sagmeister studied graphic design at the university of applied arts in vienna. in 1987 he moved to new york to attended pratt institute on a fulbright scholarship.
he then returned to austria in 1990 for community service as an alternative to obligatory military conscription.
at the age 29, he attained a job with leo burnett hong kong.
in 1993 he returned to new york to work for the hungarian graphic designer tibor kalman at M&Co. when the studio closed the same year, sagmeister opened his own office ‘sagmeister inc’. in 1994 he was nominated for a grammy award for his album cover - 'h. p. zinker mountains of madness’.
in the following years he designed album packaging for artists such as david byrne, lou reed and the rolling stones.
in 1996 sagmeister began developed posters for AIGA-american institue of graphic arts-he took a ‘year out’ in 1999, closing his studio to commercial work and concentrating on his own experimental projects. in 2001 released the book ‘made you look (another self-indulgent design monograph)’.
in 2005 he won a grammy award as art director of the ‘once in a lifetime’ talking heads boxed set packaging.
currently among many projects sagmeister continues his work on ‘20 things in my life I have learned so far.’ a series of typographic pieces inspired by the work of his grandfather that he began in 2004.


Choose one of the following graphic designers and make a post of 200 words 5 images and 5 links

saul bass
massimo vignelli
erik speikerman
shepard fairey
alec troucht
neville brody
paul rand
lester beale
herb lubalin
alvin lustig
tibor kalman
Frank Kozik
Jan Lenica
Masuteru Aoba
Ikko Tanaka
Rick Griffen
Reg Mombassa
René Gruau