Posts Tagged ‘hand made’

Stefan Sagmeister

April 19, 2010

Just the other day I rented from the Universities library two of Stefan Sagmeisters books; Things I Have Learned and Sagemeister- Made You Look. Not only do both of the books involve very interesting information, stories and recounts of different projects but the formats for both of the books are extroadinarily unique and very interesting.

This book is Sagmeister- Made You Look

You can see that as the book is removed from the casing, the image of the dog transforms. The tinted red box doubles as a red filter, so we only see the full effects of the whole image as it is brought out from under the red casing. Also you can only see the writing on the side of the book at a certain angle. I like how the writing on the side also overlaps onto all of the pages in the book.

The second book, Things I Have Learned, again involed a unique format. The book casing has a unique cutting to it around the image of the face but even more unique is that inside the book casing there is not just one book, but a number of smaller books. Adding to the design aesthetic is how the book cover/casing can constantly change by altering the order of the different smaller books. Placing each of the different mini books behind the stencil on the book cover, each time, allows the cover to gain a different look and style to it, filling the stencilled face with different colours and patterns.

Some of Stefan Sagmeisters work that really appealed to me in connection to the research for my Final Major Project:

This first project was a collaboration with Ralph Ammer. To begin with I was very intrigued by just the still images of the spider web, before then reading about the project finding out the full extent of it. The digitally woven web sees the viewer as they pass it, resulting in the viewer ripping the web wherever his or her reflection touches it. Everytime, exactly how a spider would, the web reconstructs itself.–PIzSuOv8

I love the hand made elements, the play with materials and the evolving changes to many of the designs that Stefan Sagmeister creates. This is an example of one of them:

For a full week, stencils and plants were laid out on newsprint and were exposed to the sun, in the end the areas underneath these objects turned white, while the surrounding area turned yellow. After this the newsprint was shipped to Lisbon where it was then put up onto a billboard in a sunny spot. Within a week the typography had slowly faded away.

This is what I love; the change to the design and how the artwork evolves. Viewers will take away different things from the design depending on what stage they see it, or if they have been lucky enough to have witnessed the slow fading throughout the week.

This is Stefan Sagmeister’s business card:

As you pull the card from the casing it reveals the simple trickery of the writing having been covered up. The deception is simple through the eye becoming distracted from the movement.

Another nice business card, this time Sagmeister designed it for Anni Kuan. Again it is just a simple technique, yet it makes the card so interesting and unique. The name is revealed until the card is closed and only when it is closed. These elements may be what keep potential clients from throwing the cards away, as they probably stand out from alot of others.

A very different poster:

Hand-made, body carved poster! What more could you really do to intrigue viewers and to create something unique. It involved 8 hours of cutting! A studio intern ended up doing the cutting into sagmeisters body, I bet he wouldn’t forget that design experience for a while!

Packaging work for Mountains of Madness:

CD packaging with the same technique as the cover for the Made You Look book. Stefan Sagmeister:

“The little plastic jewelcase not only had potential for exploring surprises, it offered the interplay of moving surfaces and materials.”

I picked this quote out as this is also what I enjoy and like; the play and exploration of materials and interplay.


FingerPrint by Chen Design Associates

April 17, 2010

 FingerPrint; The Art of Using Handmade elements in Graphic Design. So as you can guess this book is right up my street. I scanned just a few pieces of work from it that I feel relate to the project and to my research.

The book is really helpful as it tells you the materials and the processes used for the different pieces of work, which to me I feel is one of the most useful things to be shared with viewers. This way we do not have to be left in wonderment on how the hell the different designer actually created the different designs. Also I want to use a range of processes and materials for my own work, so it is great to have all these different examples to relate to and be able to see what you can actually produce using the different materials and processes.

Meat Club Cookbook. It relates to my research as I am not only going to create a book but one of the ideas for a book is for it to be a craft book (this idea was inspired by Darren). So the work is in relation to a craft book by the sewing created on the front cover. All of the artwork for the book was created on fabric and then scanned directly onto a flatbed scanner. I like this style as I like the different look and the great textures created by he fabric, this is like my Okido work where I did all of the gameboards and childrens book on material.

Luanne Martineau Catalog. Again I like the material element to this catalog. The knitted wrap around the outside relates to the artists style or work, which involve hand-labor-intensive works.

Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. Kevin Carroll uses letterpress and lithography to create a book full of texture and natural materials.

Reduce Waste book. The pages of this book were printed on one thousand posters that were undistributed due to poor timing. They worked with existing materials to extend their life cycle. Here I like the recycled element to the book and how materials have been re-used instend of wasted.

The Bridge Fund Annual Report. A first look the book seems to be a simple two colour text narrative but once you tear the perforated signatures, it reveals beautiful four colour imagery of the people, places and results of The Bridge Fund’s work. I love this factor of revealing a surprise in the design, it creates a lot of interest and awe.

Just because I have chosen to show these pieces of work, it doesn’t mean to say that the others are not of interest, use, or inspiring to me, they definitely are. I will be relating back to them later in the project as my ideas develop more and the project moves on to the next phase but at the moment we are just gathering the research, so a final topic has not been decided.

Creating the game boards

March 17, 2010

 Here are a few pictures of the creation of the sewing part of the game boards. In total I created 6 boards all hand sewn and then screen printed different parts to feature on the games.

We had to create the page to 20x20cm to fit on an Okido magazine page. So I cut the canvas just a little bigger than this just for the edges and I ironed all of the pieces of canvas before starting to sew.

The hardest part was sewing some of the smaller writing that had to go in the shapes or in small spaces. It was very difficult to get it small but to still look clear.

I also created a few finger puppets. More pictures of these to come later…

Looking for ideas

March 8, 2010

trying to find sewn games

I really like these ideas of squares with different symbols/images/pictures in, this could be a great idea for a game. Maybe like pairs, or like a picture wordsearch.

Looking at ideas for games, layouts, styles and general inspiration…

Different types of sewing

Screen printing onto fabric… I am thinking of maybe mixing two medias, screen printing and sewing onto fabric. These are great colours used below.

This reminded me a bit of my canvas munch and twigs book but this one is printed onto canvas instead of sewn….

I want to include sewing in my final piece, hence why I have been looking at these images.

Munch & twigs

March 3, 2010

Mini book for Mini Okido project

February 25, 2010

 A few (not the best quality) shots from making my mini Okido book. I decided to create it by sewing as I really wanted to try some more sewing so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity and I thought it would be something really different, instead of just creating it by paper.

I used the 16 page origami you tube video to create it.

Fridays antics… Spray Painting

November 26, 2009

Friday 20th November

My work on Friday was all around spray painting. I am really pleased with the outcomes from the spray painted work, some of it is finished and others I will now be working with more.

It is definitely best to just delve in and get creating. This leads you to realise what ideas have a good outcome to them, how your idea is actually realised, to have different work to experiment with and also new work and ideas get produced from it.

Now I have finished one piece and have some more to work with.

Here is the progress of my day:

The photos aren’t the best but better quality ones will be taken for my final pieces.