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Design Inspiration: Masters of the Poster

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We’re all very familiar with designing posters. If you’ve ever been in a school club, walked down a street, been in a band, whatever else you may be involved with, you’ve probably had to make or have seen at least one poster in your life. If you haven’t you may want to reconsider what kind of design school you’re going to (if you’re not a design student and you haven’t seen a poster in your life, you’re not on the right planet). Like sliced bread, Poster Design is a staple. One of the most common and basic forms of design. Flat canvas of color, text, and imagery all conveying a message. For some of us, our best and first projects are poster designs, but in comparison to some, we are only children on computers or in front of sketch books with pencils in our hands and dreams on our sleeves.

Here is a list of Poster Design Masters to help inspire you.

The Poster Design Masters:

The Golden Ratio

 

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge number person. If there is anything in life I don’t understand easily it’s numbers. However, one thing I cannot deny (as much as I would like to) is that numbers are an essential part of design. This is because there are biological and mathematical reasons why certain things in nature are considered beautiful. It’s known by many names, but here I shall call it the Golden Ratio. It shows up in everything, poster designs, sea shells, architecture, the human body, DNA and art across the ages. It’s considered one of the most perfect numerical values in the world because of its consistency in nature and its correlation to beauty. Here is a short film about this amazing number, that though small, captivates minds of numerically, musically and visually oriented persons alike.

 


This May be Illegal….

I find it interesting that we live in a time where the world no longer needs to be ruled by nerds. What I mean by that is, everyone (with the exception of certain age brackets) has a good handle on how to use technology. It used to be that computers, game consoles, etc. were all very specialized fields. Only those who knew how to program them could use them. Though it seems today, just about everyone can go online and find thousands of resources on how to retake the once specialized technological field for the common user.

I recently discovered an interesting article that was more than informative when it comes to different “uses” for the gaming console (including vintage tech). To everything there is a loop hole these days. The common gamer can find free gaming in any number of places. If you’re interested in finding out the top ten DIY projects to improve your personal gaming experience, your tech savvy, and even make awesome though questionable first impressions click here.

****I do not advise hacking gaming systems. What you do with this information is your choice and therefore I cannot be held responsible for any activity that may cause damage to property or violations of any contracts. 


A Moving Message

 

 

You can’t replace what is divinely created, with what is man made. Something we as consumers forget.


Wise Words from Wim Crouwel…

Wim Crouwel. Not many people would know this name unless they were avid Graphic Design junkies. The kind of people who dig up information while trying to come up with the newest and freshets ideas at 2 AM in their studios or basements. In brief, Crouwel is a Dutch graphic designer and typographer who’s work reshaped and fiercely influenced much of the way graphic design is done today. His achievements for the artistic community include (but are not limited to) the development of 3 major typefaces: New Alphabet, Fodor, and Gridnik.

I felt these words were wise for many aspiring graphic designers to hear. In a time where technology  makes you want to sit and start right away, designer Wim Crouwel reminds us that it’s okay to be a designer who sits and ponders a design. It resonated with me, because my professor in college always reminded us “Begin with the end in mind, so you don’t lose your way.” As designers we deal with the difficult task of having to work in a fast paced society. You’re in a place where you have to print out the newest and freshest idea before someone else gets to it. Here Crouwel tells us about the sitting and waiting for inspiration aspect, an aspect we sometimes ignore or forget is important because of the stress of everyday life… and then wonder why we can’t creatively work.

Besides those wise words, he gives us a brief history of his life and how it was working in the 40’s and 50’s in the graphic design field. He talks nostalgically  about how influenced you are by the time in which you are born, and how it can become so much a part of you as you grow…it eventually becomes your trademark. As I reflect on this interview I’m reminded to let inspiration come in it’s own time and let the time I live in lead me, not push me.


An Ode to the Old: Technology Way Way Way WAY Back in the Day.

Okay perhaps I exaggerate. But did you ever wonder what people 100 years ago (or just a few decades?) thought our world would look like today? Ever wanted to see how things were done before computers and cell phones? Here is a gallery of the tech of yore.

The Good Ol’ Apple Computer Commercial… from the 80’s

How Did Our Ancestors think we would dress?

Now for the photo montage:

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For a better look and greater gallery of this Ancient Technology please visit:

http://gajitz.com/meta/vintage-retro/

http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2011-05/archive-gallery-popsci-lends-hand-disabled