Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Excellent video of traditional printing and binding on Willy Foo Photographer's Facebook page


Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Modernism in Graphic Design ~ Aesthetic self-reflexiveness ~ Montage, disruption, juxtaposition ~ Paradox, ambiguity, uncertainty ~ Loss of integrated interior subject ~ Belief in Progress Postmodernism ~ Amplified and distorted modernist themes. Brought attention to INHERENT CONTRADICTIONS OF MODERNISM. ~ Less belief in “progress” ~ Rejection of universal, eternal, timeless: Ironic use of historical motifs ~ Modernism as a style: one of many styles + + + + + + + “(Henrik Tomaszewski’s) work was graphic design, but it was much more akin to art and expression than graphic design, which at the time to me meant something made by T-squares and french curves, which I abhorred.” – James Victore + + + + + + + Author or designer doesn’t need to have any particular intention for us to “poach” a meaning.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Student presentations!

Thanks to these students for sharing their work with the class.
If presenting, be sure to show up on time and load your lecture onto the class computer.
Thursday, Nov 13
9:30 Joss
9:40 Graham
9:50 Vanna

Tuesday, Nov 18
9:30 Evan
9:40 Bobbi
9:50  Kaitlyn
10:00 Michaela
10:10 Ashley

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sociological Images

Even if you aren't still developing ideas for Project 2, you will find these articles stimulating. Lisa Wade analyses everything from his-and-hers bibles to interracial twins to shrimp-flavored Pringles.

Sociological Images on The Society Pages

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ads discussed in Mediating Messages

Helpful book in the library

Visual persuasion : the role of images in advertising
by Paul Messaris.
Call Number: HF5822 .M415 1997  
Located: Library North 4
The pictures in television commercials, magazine advertisements and other forms of advertising often convey meanings that cannot be expressed as well, or at all, through words or music. Visual Persuasion is an exploration of the uniquely visual aspects of advertising. Because of the implicit nature of visual argumentation and the relative lack of social accountability which images enjoy in comparison with words, pictures can be used to make advertising claims that would be unacceptable if spelled out verbally. From this starting point, Paul Messaris analyzes a variety of commercial, political and social issue advertisements. He also discusses the role of images in cross-cultural advertising.

Vintage GE Profile Ads

Monday, October 20, 2014

Who's creating all those ads?

Resources for Project 2

Gender stereotypes in Korean Advertising at The Grand Narrative

Advertising and Society Review (this may only be available on campus)
This publication runs articles like "Mad Women?: Marketing in the Age of the Female Economy," "Spirituality that Sells: Religious Imagery in Magazine Advertising," and "Visions of New Men: The Heroic Soldier Narrative in American Advertisements During World War II."

Articles related to your paper

Advertising and Society Review
If you can't see this at home, try on campus.
This publication runs articles like "Mad Women?: Marketing in the Age of the Female Economy," "Spirituality that Sells: Religious Imagery in Magazine Advertising," and "Visions of New Men: The Heroic Soldier Narrative in American Advertisements During World War II."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Herbert Bayer and the Nazis
Bayer later tried to erase this period from his biography, describing it as “my advertising purgatory,” which is now the title of an exhibition devoted to his work at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Victor Brauner

Was I talking with Katie Welch about the  surrealist who lost one eye? IMHO he did his best work when he lost his depth perception.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Modern work inspired by Traditional Methods

Fabien Barral is an incredibly talented artist who draws from the traditions of the past. You can definitely see a hand craftedness in the work he does. Check out his website and blog! I use him for inspiration quite often.



Vincent Rustuel

Fabien Barral's Site

AIGA student event FREE

Students & Professionals Bocce Ball
Saturday, September 27, 2014
3 - 5 p.m.
Inman Park
Intersection of Euclid Ave & Hurt Street
180 Hurt Street, Atlanta, GA

Monday, August 4, 2014

EBSCOhost: Missing Persons: Female Creatives

EBSCOhost: Missing Persons: Female Creatives
This requires you log in to your GSU account
cultural products (buildings, furniture, clothing, music, art) from semi-skilled artisans and amateurs.
Late 19th century:
professionalization of cultural production and de-skilling of other kinds of production.
Culture split between Fine Art, which is beautiful but useless,
and utilitarian goods, which are cheap and nasty. Explosion of Kitsch.
The “Art Poster” and Arts and Crafts movements are attempts to bridge the gap.
20th Century Modernism:
attempt to erase difference between “high” and “low” culture.
Produce utilitarian goods of highest quality in factories.
Reject “art for art’s sake.”
Advocate styles that can be produced, and used, by all people.

Typography, May the Font be with You


Mac Advertisments:"I'm a Mac, I'm a PC." Macintosh uses ads comparing a young trendy actor to a business like man representing Windows. I feel Apple makes windows users seem slow or handicapped in there advertisements.

Elderly: Ads using elderly people often depict them as needing help.

Energy Drinks: Most energy drink ads show people using them in extreme sports which i feel is a stereotype since many students use them to study and are found all around university campuses. Also energy drinks have become popular in nightlife when used to mix with alcohol which can be dangerous.

TV And Beyond: What's next for screen-based designers?

Thursday February 28

Einstein described a windowless elevator in space. Depending on how fast it's accelerating, those inside may experience weightlessness or gravity. But what forces are at work when you can’t see outside? With our galaxy of broadcast design evolving so quickly, it’s time to examine the state of screen design today. Are we floating or accelerating or both? Just outside our elevator is a vast universe of outdoor media, retail installations, digital signage, web integration, large format corporate applications, advertising hybrids, and more. With all these worlds coming together, a February 28
new language of visual communication is emerging.

Join RIOT Creative Director Jeff Doud and a panel of fascinating guests for a trip through the media landscape — television and beyond.

Art Roche, Creative Director, Cartoon Network New Media
Bill Chapman, VP Creative Development, Emerging Technologies, Turner Entertainment
Doug Grimmett, Creative Director, Founder, Primal Screen
Tim Tewell, Creative Director, IQ Interactive

Event agenda
6:30 pm Doors open 

7:15 pm Introduction
7:30 pm Panel Presentation
8:30 pm Q&A

The Center For Design Study
400 Trabert Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

Art Spiegelman

I went to the Art Spiegelman event at SCAD tonight; it was brilliant. He spoke and presented a slideshow on the history of comics, starting as an underground (often forbidden) medium, and becoming a respected art form more recently. Simultaneously, he discussed his own story of becoming a comic book writer, including his work before MAUS, In the Shadow of No Towers, his New Yorker covers and essays, and on into some stuff that ain't even out yet. Spiegelman is really an amazing thinker and speaker on the topic of comic books. As a presenter, his performance is loose, funny, charming, and feels unrehearsed and improvised. I'm sure he's give some version of this presentation hundreds of times, but his presentation didn't feel stiff and rote.

He discussed the structure of comics as being two languages working in conjunction, and his belief that we understand comics better than either pictures or words, because they work in the same way that our minds are wired to work. It was a fascinating talk; if you couldn't go, I sincerely hope you get another chance to hear this guy speak.
One of my favorite parts of his speech, loosely paraphrased:

NANCY was read by a lot of people, not because it's good, but because it's harder to not read it than it is to read it.
Artist Sues The A.P. Over Obama Image

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saul Bass designs, wrecked
The Grand Prix one seems especially tragic.  This article is a good reminder to me that graphic design history is complicated! These posters were indeed PARTLY created by Bass but may have been extensively messed with.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Interesting interpretation

Sexualizing animals on The Society Pages

Sociological Images at TSP has a lot of interesting looks at ads, packaging, and other forms of visual communication

Thursday, October 17, 2013

XtraCred Fall 2013

GO: Chip Kidd's design book for children

Type:Rider is a game that teaches you about typography

Earn up to ten extra credit points by reviewing GO or Type:Rider. Write one page, including whether this item would be useful for GSU students. Maximum points awarded = 10. Due: end of semester. You can turn in as a pdf or as hardcopy.