Reblogged from jjjjustin
Communication designer who likes social justice. Currently using a theme by Langer; eventually I’ll build a new one. Twitter: @davidamrock.
Vuk Vidor - Art History (2004)
This “poster” design shows a list of visual artists and the visual themes and motifs they “own.” I googled it and found a webpage from Cueto Project that shows photos of the piece as it looks in person.
(Image: The famous “Hollywood” sign replaced with “YouTube” in all caps.)
Poster by the Paris-based design firm Vier5, for an exhibition called “Exposition.”
From their site:
The work of Vier5 is based on a classical notion of design.
Design as the possibility of drafting and creating new, forward-looking images in the field of visual communication.
Though I am generally weary of traditional poster formats, I guess you could read the traditional poster here as a restraint inside which the designer must focus on the newness of the visual. And I think that in 2012, the concept of a “new” visual is a bold one.
Also it’s good that they make their own type. I wish I saw more designers doing that.
Tried Googling the artist. Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a page about him which includes this piece. His an interesting sentence from that page:
The characters are readable, given time, and they often act as puzzles for the viewer to figure out.
Many people drawing type today have solid drawing skills, but no desire to advance the field (let alone rebel against it) by creating original solutions.
Peter Biľak, “We don’t need new fonts…”
There, you’ve been summoned (as have I). I’ve been wondering for awhile about the overabundance of revivals, and in particular, the general lack of curiosity that goes into type design these days. No more Herbert Bayer, no old-school Zuzana Licko—those are extreme examples of experimental type design, but what about the work of Evert Bloemsma on faces like Balance?
I’ve had ideas floating around forever that I haven’t quite “gotten to” producing. I guess now is the time then?
Finding my way around tumblr. Lots of design, but this was the first thing I noticed that I would really like to share (and it’s not just because Akira Kobayashi’s name is on it).
I’m not interested in posting “inspiration” without talking about it.
This is unusual design. It looks, first of all, old. At least to me. But old in a weird way. It could feel at home in any year from 1920–1990. It’s recent: last couple of years. In 2011 it looks like revival. It looks fashiony. The type is turned so you look at the positive space, but the positive space becomes an outline so you look at the negative space. Extremely basic concepts, utterly clever and smart.
Type, only. Black and white. I’m interested in type-only design partly because of the conflict in the way media about humanitarian aid requires photographs, but people find photographs problematic (more on that: “Crisis and photos”, “Need for visual media”).
I’m not a fan of serifs; they’re a holdover. But this is brilliant.