Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Verner Pantan

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

Journal Entry

Paula Sher's examples dealt a lot with type as image. The letter's flowed and fit into the space to create a style and hand drawn like placement. I thought her work was very intriguing and eye catching. David Carson's work consisted of lots of energy and excitement to draw viewers into his art. He makes sure his work is not boring and even if other people thought something was disrespectful atleast he grabbed their attention. Don Norman followed three principles behavioral, visceral, and reflective. He thought these concepts reflected why people by products for example packaging people buy for behavioral and visceral reasons because they want to feel in control. He also made a good point that when you are happy brainstorming comes to you easier and faster, so that is something to always keep in mind. 

Verner Panton

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

Journal Entry

Rethinking Modernism, Revising Funtionalism, this article started out by talking about the fundamentals that she learned in undergraduate school, which were always relate form to function. Her next step she learned the term "this is very clean", which swept away clutter and confusion and brought up Modernism. By minimizing the past's visual outburst creates a Modernism because it is much more calm. An Overcoming Modernism, focused on how designers may have lost the consensus of what is a good design, because of all the confusion and questions about the myth of modernism. Different methods of teaching new graphic designers now has been changed a lot because of the better technology and computers, which can explain some of the confusion. No matter what as a student it is always important that you participate in the communication of the process. In Steven Heller's interview, he made a good point that graphic designers need to make sure that they are successfully communicating the message to the people to make a difference.  Design is to be an effective tool to convey information and messages.