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Posted in Uncategorized on 10 January, 2008 by nagorski

The objective of this blog and journal is to bring some kind of fluidity to the collecting of influential material and research for my design development. The form of a blog allows easy storage of such material and provides the functionality so that the information collected can be commented, and cataloged within a database like environment. This then permits the quick location of referenced material on any given subject thus making idea generating a less time consuming task. This leads to better design outcome making a blog the ideal tool in the graphic design world.

The first place I thought which would be a good place to start creating my new blog was to take a look at existing ones and find out what characteristics that make the blog effective. In searching I came across a magazine spread by Si Scott. This I believed was a perfect fusion of photographic practice, typography and illustration in a well-balanced design piece. I then continued to look at other works of his eventually coming to one that tied into a more eco friendly car design which was wind powered.

With renew ability in mind I continued my search and came across a humorous poster that gave promise of a free lunch. In truth the existence of such a poster is imposable but I think It highlights the “cut out, use, and discard” society which, we are today.

As my search broadened I found more posters, which were in a competition with the “free lunch” design. It occurred to me that despite the other pieces of work being detailed illustrations, this minimal poster won. Looking now at more simply designed work I found the “Keep it simple stupid” poster. Despite the poster having few elements it has simple elegance.

I collected a few more examples of neat minimal designs, one of these being a design consultancy website. In this site there was a good use of Photoshop enhanced images. I then tried to find an extreme example of a realistically doctored photo and found the work of Christophe Huet. His work uses surreal imagery as shock tactics to draw attention.

The next stage on the form of this surreal shock tactic was the realistic work done to promote the Benetton house of colours clothing line. They touched on things such as AIDS, sex and racism to make the shock appeal given from the work become front page news. This making it very effective as an advert.

From that I moved on to look at various treatments of typographic form, the first being a traditional well-known font – then the more rare font. I found the finger print type very interesting, the reason for this is despite the forms not being traditional type and just an arrangement of fingerprints. An aspect of them made them look as if they were letterforms.

Last of all I found my self-stumbling on a truly amazing piece of flash design. The AllYourPrey site, combines good functionality, smooth animation and a bold layout to make a site that’s a pleasure to use and navigate. This shows that a site doesn’t need to look complex to function well.

Doing this blog has helped me to understand that it is a very useful way of organizing research and ideas; it is a method I will use in the future

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