Archive – March 2011
I’ve recently bought the excellent new book by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, and it’s reminded me just how important a sketchbook is, as a record of your visual thoughts and ideas.
In a recent tweet by Jon Tan, he referenced an idea by Chris Shiflett, a colleague of his at Analog. Chris’s idea is to encourage designers and developers into a blog reveival. The increase of the use of twitter in the past few years, has moved debates away from blogs and in his view “there are fewer quality conversations and debates taking place as a result of this transition”.
Ideas of march
A recent tweet from Eye Magazine linked to an interesting article written by the London Design Consultancy Johnson Banks, about graphic designers and our reactions to significant world events. It seems that as disasters or catastrophes play out through our 24 hour news media, the immediate thoughts of the graphic design community turn to the creation of prints and posters in a bid to raise funds to help.
The “Disaster=Poster?” debate
If like me you’re a Jimi Hendrix fan, you may or may not know of a statue of Jimi at Dimbola Lodge in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. The statue is to commemorate Jimi’s appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. The festival took place a short distance away from Dimbola Lodge at East Afton Farm and drew a crowd of over 600,000 people, greater than that of the Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, held the same year which he did not perform at. 123
Jimi Hendrix statue at Dimbola Lodge
When you do something on a day to day basis, it’s very easy to forget what it is you love about doing it. External pressures of delivering to deadlines, pleasing customers and simply remembering to do everything, not to mention maintaining standards and personal quality levels in your work. It’s all too easy for the days, weeks or in my case, years to pass, before you stop and think about why you started doing it in the first place and what it means to you.
Rediscovering graphic design