Today’s in class assignment involve us making a collage of moodboard which includes our favorite graphic designers/artists, non-designer icons who inspire us, and 3 of our favorite graphic design art movement / styles.
My favorite designers/artists are Chris Dixon, the man in charge of Vanity Fair’s editorial design (He previously was in charge in New York Magazine) and Olafur Eliasson, whom I found out during my research for a Viscom in AD project last term.
I like Chris Dixon’s direction in layouting – it is classy, well use of white space and he makes advantage of the photographs very well. He places text in relation to the photographs, and the well typesetting makes the spread and magazine cover looks very interesting and pleasant to the eyes. The cover designs and spread layouts are inviting, dynamic and sophisticated-looking.
Eliasson’s creation, often manipulating shadows and reflections with interesting colors never cease to amaze me. His creations are mesmerizing and ground breaking, with well thought concept and equally stunning execution.
The graphic design movements that I like are Art Deco and Modernism – Art Deco because of its sophisticated simplicity, Modernism because of the edge that the perspective, contrast in color and diagonal shapes show in its design. Romanticism isn’t a graphic design movement, but I enjoy the mood and I often do illustration with the mood & feel from romanticism era.
Art Deco is a form of simple geometrical abstraction that thrived in its simplicity, elegance and its marketability to wide range of demographics. Graphic design & illustration to-date often adopts the Art Deco style because of its simplicity that kind of shows off modernity. Not too rare are iconic fictional characters from stories being illustrated in the style of Art Deco, and they come out humorous because of how recognisable they are despite the simple geometrical shapes that is used to illustrate them.
Modernist graphic design is interesting in its way of making use of shapes, simple forms, and often solid 2 colors. Not much illustrations go on in modernist posters, but they look interesting nonetheless with the color contrasts, simple typeface (Helvetica is often used), asymmetrical approach. The layout of modernist design is very interesting as they’re most often angled, rarely facing forward (a trace of layouting from Russian revolution’s ((constructivism?)) propaganda posters).
The two people whom I find inspirational are not-so-surprisingly performers (in their own field).
Itzhak Perlman is violinist from the older days, and I often refer to his older-dated performances when I’m studying a new repertoire. His skill comes from regular practice; he believes in the power of practicing over and over, and takes pride in the fact that he isn’t born a prodigy – that he worked hard and practiced long enough to get to where his skills (techniques in fiddling and performing skills) are. I relate to him because I’m not like those type of musicians who are naturally talented, blessed with musical sensibility and incredible showmanship even without much practice. I, too, believe in the power of progress and that long hours of practicing and improving yourself will pay off and will get you somewhere. I find Perlman inspiring because he solidify my belief, that not all musicians are born great, as a lot of musical child prodigies tend to receive the spotlight of the music industry. Sure, they’re great, but starting from zero to something has its own value and to have the amount of dedication to succeed in what he does, is exactly why I’m inspired by Itzhak Perlman.
Another performer that I’m awed by is a figure skater named Yuzuru Hanyu. Yuzuru started skating since he was young, and he won the Gold Medal for the 2014 Olympics (giving himself the name of 2014 World Champion in figure skating), as well as setting the world record for highest combined total score. He was only 19 (youngest gold medal champion for so many years) when he broke the world record as well as history, him being the only Asian (ever) who won Gold medal for any categories in the Olympics. In many interviews, he stated that with every competition he aims for new goals, new heights to reach, new barriers to break. I find this strength absolutely admirable and incredible, and I notice that a lot of Japanese have this immensely strong dedication in what they do, and that satisfaction never cease to stop them from advancing. He spends hours of practicing and would carry a Pooh doll to competitions, stating that it is his lucky charm (I find this very endearing). In the 2015-16 season, he won 1st place at Grand Prix (first one to win 1st place in three consecutive seasons) but lost the world championship to Javier Fernandez, putting him at the 2nd place this season. His career also started from the very bottom and from all those novice competitions, he climbed his way up to the world stage and made it big. His persistence, endurance and dedication is remarkable and this is why I feel like he is such an inspiring youth figure not only to me, but to a lot of other people. (Yuzuru Hanyu, Wikipedia page)