I recently found out about Jimmy Turrell’s work through Jon’s on ISO50. His collage style is beautifully orchestrated by use of photography and illustration. Jimmy’s style is very unique and if you stop by his website you will most likely find yourself looking at everything he has created.
Ran across this work today while I was browsing through Designspiration. The branding was designed by Robert Murdock who is the CCO at Method in San Francisco and goes by the pseudonym Postmammal. The name Postmammal is based on the notion that humans are always evolving, and are always looking for what’s next — essentially what’s beyond human.
It’s really incredible to see all of the concepts that were developed, logo evolution, and application of logo on multiple facets. I am currently working on two related projects in my graphic design courses and I definitely needed some inspiration like this stir up some creative juices. The use of pattern is unbelievable and helps the entire branding maintain a fluidness throughout every element of the campaign. The logo itself is clean, contemporary, and bold but doesn’t reach it’s full potential until the rest of the project is seen. The logo being dissected and then reapplied to a pattern really brings unity to the entire project. Scale also plays a major factor in this project because when the patterns are presented larger they have a stronger presence within the design compositions. You will definitely be seeing more Postmammal posts here on the blog.
Massimo Vignelli is one of my favorite designers not just because of the work he has produced but because of his design wisdom. His design philosophy is always so inspiring and gives a sense of hope for the future of design. Listening to his words in this short clip was really encouraging.
You have to train yourself to have vision, courage, and determination. These three things to me are very important. You have to work with people who have it and at the same time you have to have it so you can install it on people. You can excite them about it. You can show that you have a vision. You can show to them what they cannot see.
Here are some really nice pieces by Gottschalk + Ash who I previously introduced onto the blog a few posts ago. Once again, I am impressed by their extremely dynamic compositions. What we have here is a severe case of Swiss precision! Check out my previous post on the Galileo Poster.
I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time. I ran across it a few months back while I was getting my daily AisleOne fix. I found the Galileo poster after digging through the resources. The design is by Gottschalk + Ash Ltd. for The Theatre Company at the St. Lawrence Center. What captivated me about this poster is the simple grid use and the hauntingly enthralling symbol in the center of it symbolizing Galileo’s vision of space. Absolutely brilliant!
For the longest time I have felt torn between photography and graphic design. Over the last year I have really discovered that there were endless ways to blend the two disciplines. I have created photo dominant design compositions, played with type over an image, and even used images to create typography. The knowledge and understanding of design principles have really helped me develop a better eye as a photographer. I have learned to enhance the aesthetics of my compositions just moving my camera and cropping my view of the world in a certain way keeping focus on the balance and contrast of the shapes and objects that I am shooting. Photography in design and advertising is still widely used all over the world and we see it everyday on billboards, magazines, clothing, posters, etc. I know the blend of photography and typography is definitely a technique I am keep under my design arsenal.
When I first came across Herbert Matter I was astonished at the timelessness in his work. Soon after that I found out that he was one of the pioneers of combining photo-montage with typography and that didn’t surprise me at all. I’ve seen his works and his name has been discussed briefly in the graphic design courses I have taken but never did I have a true appreciation for his work until now.
The Visual Language of Herbert Matter is a revealing look at the fascinating life story of the highly influential mid-century modern design master. Known as a quintessential designer’s designer, Swiss born Herbert Matter is largely credited with expanding the use of photography as a design tool and bringing the semantics of fine art into the realm of applied arts.
So if you are in San Francisco or live near the city you should definitely make time to go see the first sneak peek of this film 2pm this Sunday August 29th 2010 at Yerba Buena Center. I’ll be there for sure.
The logos above are some highlights from the mid-seventies edition of The World of Logotypes by Al Cooper. Choosing marks based on their strong graphic quality Amy Henderson isolated the logos individually and into a three part series on here site Aqua Velvet. I’ve seen the book in person and I have to say that seeing the logos isolated like this really changes the way they I perceive them. Their true aesthetics are reflected so well with the surrounding white space and no distracting interruptions of that space. Check out Part I, Part 2, and Part 3 of the Aqua Velvet series. You can also check out all of the logos on Eric Carls Flickr who graciously took the time to upload each page of the extensive book.