Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
|Verner Panton (1926-1998) is among Denmark’s most distinguished and influential designers of modern furniture, lighting and textiles. Known for his explicit use of vibrant colors, mechanical patterns, and organic geometry, Panton created innovative and futuristic designs that truly invoke the imagination. His style is definitive of the 1960’s but his timeless works are as relevant in contemporary design as they were a half-century ago.|
After viewing Verner Panton's designs I liked his eccentric and futuristic style he created by theorizing color is more important than form and a good combination of colors can add depth and three dimensionality to space. I really enjoy to look at his furniture and especially textile designs. His pieces are both simple and complex and are meant to be the main focus or ensemble to create an environmental theme.
Monday, April 13, 2009
I chose to do Verner Panton as the designer for my exhibition, and here is his biography....
Verner Panton (13 February 1926 - 5 September 1998) is considered to be one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of available materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant colors. His style was very "1960s" but regained popularity at the end of the 20th century; as of 2004, Pantons most well-known furniture models are still in production (at Vitra, among others).
Panton was trained as architectural engineer in Odense; next, he studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) in Copenhagen. The first two years of his career - 1950-1952 - he worked at the architectural practice of Arne Jacobsen, another famous Danish architect and furniture designer, but Panton turned out to be an "enfant terrible" and he started his own design office in 1955. Near the end of the 1950s, his chair designs became more and more unconventional, with no legs or discernible back. In 1960, Panton was the designer of the very first single-form injection-moulded plastic chair - the Stacking chair or S chair, which would become his most famous and mass-produced design.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Verner Panton experimented with designing entire environments: radical and psychedelic interiors that were an ensemble of his curved furniture, wall upholsterings, textiles and lighting.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Now I would change that priority:
1. Help others
2. Don’t hurt anybody
3. Strive for happiness
Monday, March 2, 2009
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Sunday, February 22, 2009
- This speech takes place in West Berlin Germany at the Brandenberg Gate on June 12, 1987. The speech was said by president Ronald Reagan to Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, about the his desire to destroy the Berlin Wall. Reagan speaks of freedom and the wall that stands between East and wast berlin is a scar and questions for freedom of all mankind. He explains that freedom is the basis for peace, prosperity, and liberalization. The wall stands as a symbol of the totalitarian communist rule and Reagan asks to tear it down as a symbol of increasing freedom. Reagan's Proposal to "tear down this wall" was intended so that democratic West Germany could spread into Communist Easy Germany.
- This speech is very important to society as Reagan mentions freedom leads to prosperity and replaces the common hatreds among the nations comity and peace, which makes freedom the victor. Reagan is showing great respect for Berlin because of the great history in the city and he has faith in their courage and determination.
- This speech is motivational, determined, challenging, confrontational, oppositional. The audience felt very hopeful, determined excited and relived. The opposing audience felt challenged with great difficulty. The most emphasized words are FREEDOM, "TEAR DOWN THIS WALL", and "THIS WALL WILL FALL."
Ronald Reagan Bio:
At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore “the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.”
On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College.
From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, he had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.
In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970. Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter.
On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.
Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit.
A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challengers Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro.
In 1986 Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression.
In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve “peace through strength.” During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. In dramatic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he negotiated a treaty that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reagan declared war against international terrorism, sending American bombers against Libya after evidence came out that Libya was involved in an attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub.
By ordering naval escorts in the Persian Gulf, he maintained the free flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war. In keeping with the Reagan Doctrine, he gave support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa.
Overall, the Reagan years saw a restoration of prosperity, and the goal of peace through strength seemed to be within grasp.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Jakob Trollback is a very successful and self taught designer. His studio is Trollback and Company, which is a creative studio that designs narratives using motion graphics and live action to create advertising, broadcast, and entertainment campaigns. The studio does work for HBO, CBS, ESPN, Nike, TED, AIGA and the New York Times Magazine. His idea behind the animation is storytelling the message os essential for a successful communication. The video on his talk explained how he grew as a designer, from barely have advertising space to creating ads for extremely well known television stations. I like how the storytelling is shown very minimal with type in his ads and the pictures and graphics are the main message. The picture shows a meaning which is very open until the word is shown, which communicates and explains the exact message that is being communicated.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
In the dream it feels as if it has a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you are always wishing you could go into that mystical dream again. To satisfy the need to relive the heroic adventure where good conquers evil with the power of faith and determination.
A feeling or great liking for something beautiful and unusual. As if you were put under a magical spell that allows you to face danger without showing fear and to discover an adventurous imagination through the eyes of a child.
A glorious discovery of magic and adventure in a setting other than a real world opens a courageous door in the mind of a faithful and heroic person. Once it is closed they are always wishing how to get into the dream again, where evil was conquered by good.
Olivia is a 10 year old girl who has always been very interested in girly things and loves playing dress up with her younger sister. She is very active and always has to be occupied with some type of fun activity. Shes in the 4th grade and loves going to school to socialize and learn about subjects of her interest. Everyday her teacher makes the class read for twenty minutes. Those twenty minutes are almost torture for Olivia because she can never focus longer than 5 minutes on her book. She has a tough time finding a book that she is willing to read and keep her interested until its finished. One day at the library she came across a section of fantasy novels. Olivia loved to use her imagination, so she thought that this genre would maybe solve her reading problem. Since then she has started a fantasy series called The Chronicles of Narnia. She is very interested and can barely take a break from reading until all seven are complete.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Book Cover Research
Series: a number of things. Events or people of a similar kind of related nature coming one after another
Sequence: a particular order in which related events, movements, or things follow each other
Sign: a stimulus pattern that has meaning, the difference is how the meaning happens to be attached to or associated with the pattern.
Example: signs can be gestures, facial expressions, speech disorders, slogans,
graffiti, commercials, music, drawing, poetry, etc. (very diverse)
*Similar to an Icon: a picture of your face is an icon of you.
This sign means no
Index: some sensory feature, A, (directly visible, audible, smellable, etc) that correlates with and thus implies or `points to' B, something of interest to an animal.
Example: dark clouds in the west are an indication for rain
Or a red stop light indicates that you should stop or wreck your car
Indicates a sad feeling, mood, or emotion.
Symbol: (content words like nouns, verbs and adjectives) are (sound) patterns) that get meaning:
1: from its mental association with other symbols and
2: from its correlation with environmental patterns
example: a child says “choo choo” because he sees train, smoke, charcoal, caboose, train tracks, loud horn, etc.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The author of The Chronicles of Narnia is Clive Staples (C. S.) Lewis, who was called Jack instead of Clive. Born on November 29, 1898, in Belfast, Ireland, he attended English boarding schools, which he hated. During World War I he served in the British army and was wounded in battle. Lewis attended Oxford University in England, where he later became friends with J. R. R. Tolkien, who went on to write the Lord of the Rings series. While at Oxford, Lewis published his first work, a collection of poems called Spirits in Bondage (1919).
The Chronicles of Narnia were published one at a time during the 1950s. The books were very popular, and Lewis received many letters from children fascinated with the world of Narnia. During his lifetime, Lewis wrote more than 30 books, including science fiction stories. He was also a Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. C. S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963, in Oxford, England.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
While hiding in an old, enchanted wardrobe, or closet, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie stumble into the world of Narnia.With the help of the Great Lion Aslan, they defeat the White Witch, who has made it always winter in Narnia, but never Christmas! For many years the children rule as kings and queens of Narnia until they return to their own world, where no time has passed.
Prince Caspian: the Return to Narnia
Prince Caspian’s evil uncle Miraz has murdered Caspian’s father—the true king of Narnia—and taken the throne for himself. Most of the enchanted beasts and creatures of Old Narnia have been killed or are in hiding. Fearing that his uncle will murder him next, Prince Caspian uses the help of the Pevensies to regain his throne. This is Peter’s and Susan’s last trip to Narnia.
The Voyage of Dawn Treader
Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustace are pulled into Narnia through a painting.They find themselves aboard the Dawn Treader, the ship of their friend, King Caspian X. In a fantastic adventure to the End of the World (also called the World’s End), Caspian leads a successful search for the seven lords who were friends of his father, but who had been exiled (forced to leave), by the tyrant Miraz. Caspian returns home, but Eustace, Edmund, Lucy, and the noble Mouse Reepicheep continue their journey and encounter the Great Aslan, in the form of a lamb, who tells Lucy and Edmund that they are too old to return to Narnia after this trip.
east _ > + _ _ west (eastern/western or east coast west coast)
organic > _ + _ _ high–tech
minimal _ _ + <_>+ _ _ futuristic /
nostagic _ _ + _ _ contemporary
unrefined/rough _ >+ _ _ clean/sophisticated
machine made _ _ + <_handmade> + _ _non-traditional
complex _ >+ _ _easy
To suggest a fantasy and enchanted world
To suggest an antique taste
To suggest a mystical dream
To suggest an adventurous imagination
To suggest good conquering evil
To suggest the power of faith and determination
To suggest children committing great heroic deeds
To suggest a sense of royalty
To suggest the beauty of nature
Fantasy Magical Mystical Old-fashioned Antique Vintage Fancy Kingly Royalty Christianity Bold Misty Earthy Hazy Dreamy Rustic Symbolic Classy English Historical Wondrous Happy Family Honesty Delightful Aggressive Competitive Beauty Nature
Imaginative Adventurous Risky Heroic Wealth Rich Tough Chance Charming Wicked Unusual Eccentric Enchanted Forest Imaginary Greed Gluttony Friendly Seasonal Malicious Evil Danger Defeat Brave Timestopping Courageous Fearless Fascinating Entranced Kind Beautiful Sweet Gentle Valiant Magnificent Brilliant Glorious Vivid Pastel Subtle Cool Hazy
Enchanted: (enchantment) a feeling or great liking for something wonderful and unusual: a magic spell
Courageous: able to face or deal with danger or fear without flinching; face danger or pain without showing fear
Fantasy: the activity of imagining things that are impossible or improbably; a fanciful mental image; magic and adventure in a setting other than a real world
Magical: beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life
Antique: in tradition, fashion or style of the past; old-fashioned; paper having rough surface; to emboss on paper or surface
Pastel: color having soft subdued shade; delicate or pale in color; light colors
Subtle: delicate, faint or mysterious; skill, crafty and clever; fine, thin, finely woven
Mystical: mystic; spiritually symbolic; of or having spiritual reality or import not apparent to the senses
Fancy: the artistic ability of creating unreal or whimsical imagery, decorative detail; the breeding of animals to the point to develop beauty and excellence; ornamental, not plain
Dreamy: soothing, restful, serene
Adventurous: inclined or willing to take part in adventures: full of risk, requiring courage, hazardous
Glorious: full of glory, entitled to great renown; brilliant, beautiful and magnificent (splendor)
Nonfiction, relaxed, colloquial
Quotes, Phrases, etc.
"It is more magic." They looked round. There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane stood Aslan himself.
"Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bears his teeth, winter meets its death
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again."
Perhaps is has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone said something which you don’t understand, but in the dream it feels as if it has some enormous meaning - either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again.
~ p141 (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
She strove and she pleaded with cries all unheeded
To go back and reign as a Narnian queen.
….But sparkling rivers, congenial beavers
And ancient trees thickened with glistening snow
Call to her softly, though her sister scoffs
And claims 'twas a game that they played long ago.
Yet she too was there, and she clung to His hair
On the glorious morn when He conquered the grave.
She too heard His roar and, as never before,
Felt strong and compassionate, faithful and brave.
….With hope growing fainter, she's touched every painting
And opened each wardrobe that she's come across.
She's searched every station in deep desperation;
Her spirit sags with a profound sense of loss.
He told her to stay here and make her own way here,
But it's not the haven it was way back when.
Her true home lies hidden till a Storm - or a Kitten -
Summons her back to her kingdom again.
- Lucy’s Lament (poem by Erin McCarty
“You have listened to fears, Child,” said Aslan. “Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?”
~ Aslan, p386 (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
“Offering a fresh perspective that allows readers to subtly discover God's love through the wide-open eyes of a child” – Erin McCarty
"It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shant meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are -- are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there."
( The Voyage of Dawn Treader)
*Type has very strong hierarchy and the lack of quotes and blurbs creates a great layout. The photo in the pupil is a little too much.
*The title is shuffled all over the Cover but is still very readable And interesting. Vibrant use of color.
*The flow of type and image may Contrast a bit too much. Very Good conceptual image design to the book.
*Great use of mood through Photo. The type is a simple Touch and makes the over-all effect very pretty. Has A very successful color Palette. Questionable frilly Ornament.
Thursday, January 22, 2009