In my quest to make connections where there are none, I offer these two posters to check out. One is a collection of mugshots that create a facial texture while the other does the same thing but w/ eyeballs. They both use the smaller images to create a larger motif. I first discovered the eyeball poster as I usually do by walking around SoHo. The mugshot poster was an easier find as it was right in front of my apartment. I like the idea of comparing these two posters together b/c they offer something interesting. The gallery poster is a nice contrast to the predictable movie posters that tend to go up on construction walls. While the eyeball poster isn’t selling anything per-say, I like how it’s trying to play on a person’s perception to make a face out of all those smaller eyeballs.
While I strongly disagree with some of the sentiment from PSFK’s post Olympics: Do We Burn The Nikes First, Or The Cool Blogs? it also made me consider some other questions in regards to the Olympic Games in Beijing. That question is that if you plan to watch a moment of the Olympics, purchase anything from a corporate sponsor of the games or even follow who wins and looses are you implicitly supporting what a number of protesters are trying to bring to the attention of the world? If you are protesting the Olympics in Beijing yet choose to do any of the following that I mention above is it somewhat hypocritical to criticize others? Is it possible to have it both ways or is everyone responsible to some degree? All comments are welcome as I’m having a hard time balancing the pros and cons myself.
Typically patterns arise when you see something in a similar manner 3 or more times. But for me that seems a bit slow. If I see something in a pair – why not declare it as a pattern? With that said I’d like to offer up these two posters that I saw walking around. Using printed newspaper is kind of an interesting idea. It’s everywhere and yet when placed together with some low fi methods of communication that stands out (or at least to me). I like the contrast of wax pencil and b/w photocopier.
Being Canadian and living in New York I get to watch all the primary politics in a somewhat neutral position. I can’t vote so I’ll be watching from the sidelines. The Obama HOPE poster that Shepherd Farey designed and was selling as a limited edition has been making the rounds a lot. I’ve read about it a lot on blogs and seen it on people’s desktop background. The poster was for sale for a limited time – but it sold out pretty quickly – my skeptical side is thinking it was sold out before it was even released but I’ll try to think that wasn’t the case. (after writing this post the site mentioned that people are getting refunds as they’ve run out of the poster) Anyways one of my flickr contacts took a picture of the poster in its natural environment. I made a comment about how it was being sold as a limited edition. Was there someone that actually bought the poster now placing it outside? Someone mentioned to me that the one being sold online was on archival paper. There’s another version of the poster on less expensive stock to be used outside. I’m really happy to hear that’s the case, but it also triggers something else. Great posters never last – why, b/c people steal them. For this campaign that’s a great sign that people are that enthused, but it also could be harmful. You don’t want people getting fined for wanting a poster. If this poster actually does make it to the streets I would highly recommend making duplicate copies that can be taken. I’ve only seen the method of duplication once with the second photo as an example of how it could be done that I took a couple months back. If the poster after being printed becomes a tear away that would be really helpful distributing the message.
Me talking Politics Since this is my blog and I can write about what’s on my mind here’s some insight into what issues in politics get me going… My political issue is immigration – though it has as much to do with the Canadian government as with the US. As a graphic designer from Canada that can work in the US it is ridiculous how hard it is to do for the long term. The US economy is not doing so well – why make it difficult for people that can actually improve it? My Canadian rant to all political parties is to quite bickering about easy things that don’t really help anyone and to start making policies that aren’t just about profiting from raw materials. It’s embarrassing, short sighted and doesn’t help people that want to get things done. Ok, that’s my only political rant from inside a design blog…
I thought I could hit a couple things with this post about a new Google Map that I created. For a week or so I’ve been starting to take images of stickers that catch my eye around NYC from my iPhone and posting it to copywronged.tumblr.com. Now you can actually see the real location of each sticker HERE. I noticed once I started posting those images on the map and seeing the context it really humanized the map. I’m really looking forward to see how the dots develop over time. I’ve also inserted the map at the bottom of this post so you don’t have to leave this post if you don’t want to.
The other thing that I wanted to mention is how many lives the above ad/poster has had as I’ve walked by it in the last couple of months. The first rip below the chest opened up some crazy eyes from Tyra Banks. Then recently the original face opened up to show another strange image. It’s definitely a living thing – my only question is who is knowing when to revel the underbellies of this thing?
“The details are not the details. They make the design.”
+ Charles Eames
For better or worse posters that find themselves in the harsh reality of the real world have a limited time period. Between weather and people conspiring together to destroy printed ephemeral, every once in a while something better comes from the destruction. This morning I came across a couple posters juxtopposed together that gave me a smile as I walked through NYU to SoHo.
While probably not a total coincidence that the proximity of these two posters were on the same wall that I walked by in SoHo this morning, I wonder what type of distribution these posters will see across NYC? I’m not sure how long the Peta ad has been up for, but I did notice that it was stapled in such a way that people could easily take them if they chose too. Usually posters that I’ve seen adhered to a wall use some sort of wheat paste or glue. So if those posters stay up for any period of time the surrounding white area sure seems like an open invitation to mark them up with a pen – time will tell.
What sets context in great architecture versus standard buildings so I’ve been told is how the surrounding environment influences the design of the building. For instance if the building were to be set in a different location chances are it would look differently. If the building could be dropped anywhere and would have the same effect it’s perhaps not as good as it could be. Relating that environmental context I really thought that the new Apple Store posters in New York are pretty great. Ya the subway context is nothing new, but the thing is that this poster could not work in any other city. As a pattern when one poster is placed beside each other both horizontally and vertically it very attractive. It even feels natural to be on the walls that I saw it on today.
It’s been hard to miss seeing all the red and black posters/billboards for the movie 30 Days of Night out there. I think they’re on boarderline overkill with all the placement. Though with that said I did see one smaller ad on a light pole that almost made it a great idea. Through typical low-fi means of a photo copier, hand writing and some red dye, the light pole becomes a place to communicate through more authentic means. The pole is usually reserved for mover’s or guitar lesson ads. The movers haven’t alloted any money to advertising and the pole is about close and fast with the least amount of work as one could get to the people they want to talk to. The 30 Day’s ad was so close to being kind of cool and fun, but made itself too obvious with the postcard right above it. It’s great to play off the visual vocabulary that was already started with the billboards, but to re-emphasize things down below without having faith in the visual clutter that they started is kind of short sighted and safe.
When Cold Play came out with their X & Y Album art, I could understand that there was a method to the bits. All I had to do was go to a site and create my own X & Y Album Art Generator. There was a system for the colours and bits. What I’m not too sure about with AT&T is that they’ve made a 3D version of this Coldplay generator or is it something new entirely?
I caught a nice set of posters walking around the Meat Packing District last night from Visa. There’s a number of different scenes that are illustrating how “Life Takes Visa”. Minimal writing supports the strong images that are fairly easy to quickly recognize – from paint by numbers to the above sports idea. Check out the series on my flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/tags/lifetakesvisa/
I’m not sure if this was designed internally or by an outside agency – if you happen to know who did this, please let me know.
There’s a new flickr pool that invites users to submit photos on anything postable. (Public bulletin boards / tack boards / cork boards / pin boards/ fliers / poles / walls, etc.) Check it out for yourself at http://flickr.com/groups/posted
It sure seems like if you’re a designer and like to be active, UPPERCASE would be the first place to visit if you head to Calgary. Aside from the cool poster, the Robot Show looks pretty neat. Below is more info that I received in an e-mail newsletter.
The Robot Show opens this Thursday, from 6 – 10 pm.
Co-curated by Janine Vangool & Mike Kerr
Featuring robots in art, illustration, kinetic sculpture, books, toys and film!
Toby Cougar, Calgary
AJ Dimarucot, Manila
Mark Dulmadge, Calgary
Doug Fraser, Victoria
Ryan Heshka, Vancouver
James Jensen, Calgary
Mike Kerr, Calgary
Aaron Leighton, Toronto
Renata Liwska, Calgary
Patricio Oliver, Buenos Aires
Don Post, Calgary
Rick Sealock, Toronto
Janine Vangool, Calgary
If you go to their site at www.uppercasegallery.ca you can get more info on each contributor.
I have been described as confident or cocky or arrogant. I’ll take the first one. My confidence is knowing that I have probably trained harder than anyone I am going to run against. And that is because of self-discipline.