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Interview Poster Series

Special course by Andrew Byrom, allowed us, the students, an opportunity to video conference via Skype a variety of renowned graphic artists.

 

Among those who we had the honor of interviewing were:

 

 

Jamie Keenan

 

 

Robbie Mahoney

 

 

 

Oded Ezer

 

 

Project type: Assignment

 

 

 

Historical Lecture Posters (Part 2)

 

 

These are posters of lectures or a lecture series, given by living designers, about a past influential graphic designer. The instructions for this assignment required that we be historically accurate, use real locations and relevant living designers, possible emulate or give an indication of the influential graphic designer’s style, and to be creative.

 

Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most recognizable and renowned graphic artist in the world. But even he cannot create his pieces without a small army to help him manipulate or move hundreds to thousands of whatever he needs, from bananas to copper currency.

 

After choosing Sagmeister as the designer for this assignment, I realized that I too would need to create an installation. I would also need my own army. After scouting a few locations, I was given permission from the Drama teacher to set up my installation, use her Theatre students, and permission to stand on a very, very tall theatre ladder to take the photograph below.

 

 

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The words “INSTALLATION” were cut and folded from pieces of white card stock. I laid them out, in the form of the word “INSTALLATION” first, and then instructed the students to construct a replica directly below the one I had created. As is typical of Sagmeister’s work, topical shots were taken from the 20+ ft theatre ladder (where I stood…or clung onto, depending on your perception of me at the time), while another student took pictures of the student construction, live, to document progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second piece in the series features a struggle that all graphic designers experience, which is where to work. Sagmeister started his career in a large design firm. I was able to, during the time of the course, travel to the building Sagmeister worked in, located in Hong Kong, China. This is an actual photograph of the outside of that structure.

 

 

 

Project Type: Assignment

 

Photo credits: myself for main shot of installation poster and photographs of Hong Kong and cafe, Bryan Padilla for ground/action shots

Historical Lecture Posters (Part 1)

 

 

These are posters of lectures or a lecture series, given by living designers, about a past influential graphic designer. The instructions for this assignment required that we be historically accurate, use real locations and relevant living designers, possible emulate or give an indication of the influential graphic designer’s style, and to be creative.

 

 

 

 

Edward Johnston

 

I chose Edward Johnston, first, because I love his work with the London Underground Railroad signage. When researching his background, it became clear that he was more than just a sign maker. Johnston began his education as a medical student, but then chose to go in a completely different arena, that of calligraphy. He applied the work ethic and devotion to precision from his medical background to letter writing. Regarded as the “father of modern calligraphy”, he influenced such designers as 

 

The Art Workers’ Guild has held exhibitions of Johnston’s work and influence.

 

 

 

 

Otto Storch

 

Otto Storch was one of the first designers to make use of the full two-page spread found in magazines.  He was a member of the Art Director’s Club, to which Benjamin Palmer was the president of at the time of the assignment.

 

 

Project Type: Assignment

 

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