Archive for November, 2009

LOGORAMA

November 27, 2009

This fantastic short film was created by the French graphic design group H5 and took four years to complete (according to Boingboing.net) Here are some stills I have also taken from the site:

 

Logorama - LA View

Logorama - LA View

Logorama - Metro Goldwyn Meyer Lion

Logorama - Metro Goldwyn Meyer Lion

The story of the animation includes characters, such as Ronald McDonald, the Michelin man, the Pringles man, the Haribo kid, Big Boy and the Green Giant. You often see Bentley logos flying around, or the MSN butterfly logo. The IBM logo ‘building’ collapses at one stage. LA is created by using a variety of logos from all over the world – my Danish friend claimed she saw two Danish company logos within the film.

It is an AMAZING film and should be seen by any who have the chance! Entertaining throughout, though it lasts only 15 minutes, it is incredibly interesting and can be interpreted in a variety of ways…

 

Put your thinking caps on…

November 26, 2009

So, during one project, which all of us found incredibly frustrating – we decided to gather round and throw ideas about… with the aid of some funky hats…

Visual Communication with a few 'thinking hats'

Visual Communication with a few 'thinking hats'

Group Project.

November 25, 2009

So, I meant to post this a while ago… but hey, none of this blog is in order…

The week beginning the 7th September – so shortly after I had just started here, we were put into groups divided between the entire faculty, so that included MA Graphics, BA Interior Architecture/furniture design, BA Fashion and, obviously, BA Visual Communication.

The brief was to create a cube (60cm x 60cm) that represented things you LIKED. So, collectively, we tried to find something we all liked. Quite quickly, we settled down to think about how we like to THINK relating to our creative studies and we decided we liked to think OUTSIDE the box. So we set about deciding how to show this… we decided we wanted to depict breaking out of the restrictions of a box – and initially we thought of using paint and having it explode from the box. This then turned out to be near impossible… so, with the help of a few contacts – we managed to get a hold of something even better.

Take a look at our final result – completely untested!

The video was filmed by Kristine Skarphol, a girl from my group who is an Interior Architecture and Furniture design student at KHiO. She managed to find us a ‘confetti bomb’, which is used in the movie industry. We didn’t have the chance to test it, as we only bought one – so we had no idea how loud or powerful the explosion would be. There were pieces of confetti stuck to the ceiling, so it was quite powerful considering it went through a sheet of thin paper too!!

Below is a photograph of the box after the explosion. There was golden pieces of confetti EVERYWHERE around the building…!

Photo taken by Ingvild Abrahamsen

Group Project, KHiO (Sept 2009)

All photos posted were taken by Ingvild Abrahamsen, who was also in my group and studies BA Fashion at KHiO. There was an incredible range of boxes on show, everyone was really creative.

I even got to sit in one!!

Mirrored Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Mirrored Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Giant Rubix Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Giant Rubix Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Hanging Light Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Hanging Light Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Gameboard Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Gameboard Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Mysterious Voices, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Mysterious Voices, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Faces Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Faces Cube, Group Projects KHiO (Sept 2009)

Free Speech/Offensive?

November 25, 2009

Is there a difference? Will what you say always offend someone? Where do we draw the line?

This project has snowballed – it began with a rough stencil of a Burkha that I wanted to use to portray the idea of community, through highlighting the word ALL within Allah. I will go through the process and designs that have lead to where I am now, but I am so torn between thinking my work is really cleverly illustrated – to believing it to be so offensive? I don’t actually know that I could post it on here, I would feel bad?

As a project, it has made me push boundaries – and I believe I really have started to think and develop my ideas into radical/politically charged posters – but it has also made me produce designs that promote a message I don’t agree with and would never have promoted before?

Where do we draw the line? The work I have created will, no doubt, match the opinion of someone somewhere – but will not doubt offend countless others? As designers, if someone came to us with a brief that went against our opinions – would we be willing to create work?? Because I had always assumed that I would not be able to create work effectively enough, should I not agree with or believe in it – but some of the work I have produced is possible better than work I have produced related to issues I feel strongly about? Does anyone have any answers?!

Controversial Project?

November 24, 2009

So, I WILL upload images of my final work on the CLIMATE CHANGE CAMPAIGN, however, I thought I would inform you of my new project. Sigur, my tutor for this project on ‘Strategisk design’ has set the task of creating a selection of three politically charged posters, each from a different sender to a different receiver.

The topic of the posters is “God is dead, Allah is alive.”

The world today is so PC about everything and initially, as a class, we had some doubt about this project – especially as he was wanting the work to be fit for our portfolios? I couldn’t imagine placing a piece of work related to this topic in my portfolio… but we shall see.

Whilst sketching in my book, I created a line drawing of a Burkha – the clothing worn by Muslim women. When I attempted to transfer the image into Illustrator, I noticed that it also resembled a Nun’s habit – so whilst the work isn’t quite on target with the set topic statement, it is thought provoking in a more positive way.

There’s more work to be done on this piece, so I will upload final work when it is completed.

I should also probably state, that it is not my intention to offend anyone in any way and I apologise if I do so. I’m working to a brief that is set out by my teacher to help us to learn to push boundaries and create effective, strategical design – however against our beliefs it may be. It is not going to be possible to always create design that we agree with, in the industry you are working for the CLIENT and it is the client’s message that you must portray. In any case, with any design – you cannot please everyone.

Art & Copy

November 24, 2009

Last night I went to see ‘Art & Copy’ – which was fantastic, I would recommend you see it. It was about the advertising industry and included many wonderful facts, and designers from a wide range of successful companies, including Doyle Dane Berbach and TBWAChiatDay. Here’s the trailer for that film:

Here is the synopsis, taken from their website www.artandcopyfilm.com:

ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.”

Oslo International Film Festival 2009

November 24, 2009

I managed to miss the beginning of the festival, including the premiere of ‘Precious’ – a film I have been dying to see. However, the rest of the festival looks incredible and I cannot wait to see many of the movies! Here is the trailer: