Week 9 – Reading Blog

Chapter 12 – Illustration

I have found a new favorite illustrator.  Viktor Koen is freaking amazing.  I don’t know how he could be confused with other Photoshopers.  The attention to detail and the pure creativity implicit in his work outshines the rest of the field hands down.  Maybe I just have a thing for his style, but the weird moth baby makes me smile in a tight menacing sort of way.  Squee!

Mirko Ilic has one of the most visually interesting yet incredibly frustrating (from a usability standpoint) sites that I have ever seen.  The navigation dots remind me of stops on an organ.  If it had a site map, search option or some kind of textual ques to help guide the user I believe the site would be more compelling, but would lose some of the clean edge.  Ah the mysterious divide between form and function.

I love his take on the childish style that I’ve been ranting about i.e. “Look Mom, I can’t draw anymore”.

At some point I got sidetracked and spend an hour browsing the Interweb for subliminal messages and advertising.  Gave me an interesting idea for the PVC project I’m working on.  Could inserting subliminal messages in your homework be considered cheating?  Hmmm…

Ray Bartkus comment about art produced through traditional methods (whatever the hell that means) becoming obsolete seems ridiculous.  Every other interview in the book talks about the importance of artistic fundamentals.  And in my experience for every artist that embraces digital creativity, there is one who adamantly refuses to give up working with “traditional” media.  The most interesting artists (to me) are the ones that successfully meld the old and the new to create works that would  have been impossible in either of those worlds separately, like Mr. Koen.

Chapter 13 – Typography and Graphic Design

This was an interesting chapter, but I didn’t glean much new information from it.  I’ve been playing around with fonts and typography for awhile and I love drawing letters.  When I first learned cursive I had a teacher tell me that the purpose of cursive was not to draw curlicues.  As luck would have it I completely failed to take this advice to heart.  That being said I have never had the patience to design an entire font.  I just do the letters that I need for a particular project, usually a custom logo.  Which is why it really annoys me when I see an edgy product or club that can’t be bothered to create their own type face for their logo.  Another pet peeve of mine is gritty fonts where repeated letters look exactly the same.  Kind of ruins the point.  Someone should make a specialized font tool with multiple options for common letters.

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