Monday, April 27, 2009

Student evaluations (Important!)

346 CLASS: You have been notified by e-mail with a link to the survey site about your evaluations of this class. They are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 18th. Your responses are, of course, anonymous. The University would like to create a climate where students understand the importance of evaluations and where most participate. Should any student not receive the e-mail, the survey site link also appears under the Course Registration menu in myUM as "Submit an instructor evaluation online" or under "My CoursEvals" on the Blackboard home page. Please, do it.

I care for your input.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Your turn #12

I've posted some interesting shorts to reflect a bit on our last class discussion. What is the place of design in the Twenty-First Century? Go ahead.

Water pollution (2)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Your turn #11

Let's share some ideas on my previous post.

Thursday, April 9, 2009


EricandMarie, Éric Gaspar and Marie Bertholle, teamed up in 2002, but have known each other and worked together since the early days of their graphic design education. After a first qualification in France, they obtained the Bachelor of Arts degree at the Central Saint Martins College of Art in London, and then extended their graphic design training for a further two years, obtaining their MAs from the Royal College of Art. Through each new project, ÉricandMarie seek to develop a different, singular approach to graphic design. In parallel to their commissioned work, they research a personal grammar of ideas and forms, a sort of keep-fit gymnastics which often proves useful at timely moments. They have carried out commissions for the French Foreign Ministry ADPF, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Royal College of Art, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, le Musée de la Mode in Paris, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Akadêmia.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Your turn #9

For the subscription of Adbusters here (it's a little more expensive than I thought: $38, still a good deal).

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser studied at the Cooper Union Art School and (1952–53), as a Fulbright Scholar, attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna, Italy under Giorgio Morandi. From 1954 to 1974, Glaser was the founder and president of the Push Pin Studio (with Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins and Edward Sorel) in New York and from 1955 to 1974, the editor and co-art director of the Push Pin Graphic Magazine. In an era dominated by Swiss Rationalism, the push-pin style celebrated Pop, the eclectic and eccentric design of the past while introducing a distinctly contemporary design vocabulary, with a wide range of work that included record sleeves, books, posters, logos, font design and magazine formats. In 1968, Glaser and Clay Felker founded New York Magazine. Glaser was president and design director until 1977 (as well as its ‘underground gourmet’ - writing about good, cheap restaurants in NY). Publication design had become a big interest. Glaser has produced a wide range of design disciplines - print graphics: identity programs for corporate and institutional marketing purposes, logos (among them the “I love New York” logo for the New York State Department of Commerce (the most frequently imitated logo design in human history). Glaser has designed and illustrated more than 300 posters, environmental and interior design: exhibitions, interiors and exteriors of restaurants, shopping malls, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and commercial environments. From 1975 to 1977, Glaser was the design director of Village Voice magazine.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


1- To design an "A, E, C, Q, U, P, S, N, G, T"- alphabet (capital and lower case).
2- One letter (capital and lower case) per page (8x11.5 inches).
3- Black ink or marker.
4- To be exhibited in class in 2 weeks from this Thursday.
5- Any question post it here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Your turn #7

Below find my Design Manifesto (sent to MAP MAGAZINE just in time for ART/BASEL 08 but never published because of the bank meltdown) which has a lot to do with our discussion last Thursday. What are your thoughts on what design is and should do? This Thursday I'll lecture on Expressionism, Constructivism, De Stijl & BAUHAUS.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Your turn #5

List of concepts Midterm, Spring 2018

Incunabulum: Is a book, pamphlet, or broadside, that was printed — not handwritten — before the year 1501 in Europe.
Moveable type: Movable type is the system of printing and typography that uses movable components to reproduce the elements of a document (usually individual letters or punctuation).
Typography: is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs. Type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques, such as typefaces, point size, line length, line spacing, adjusting spaces between groups of letters, etc. 
Linotype machine: The Linotype typesetting machine is a line casting machine used in printing, which produces an entire line of metal type at once. The machine revolutionized typesetting and newspaper publishing, making it possible for a relatively small number of operators to set type for many pages on a daily basis. 
Camera obscura: is an optical device that projects an image of its surroundings on a screen. It is used in drawing and for entertainment, and was one of the inventions that led to photography.
Daguerrotype: The daguerreotype is the first publicly announced photographic process. It was developed by Louis Daguerre together with Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. Niépce had produced the first photographic image in the camera obscura using asphaltum on a copper plate sensitized with lavender oil that required very long exposures.
Pictorialism: is the name given to a photographic movement in vogue from around 1885 following the widespread introduction of the dry-plate process. It reached its height in the early years of the 20th century, and declined rapidly after 1914 after the widespread emergence of Modernism.
Chromolithography: A very popular method for making multi-color prints during the second half of the Nineteenth Century. This type of color printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and it includes all types of lithography that are printed in color.
Arts and Crafts Movement: An international design movement that originated in England and flourished between 1880s and 1920s, as a reaction against the impoverished state of the decorative arts and the conditions under which they were produced. It was Instigated by artist and writer William Morris in the 1860s and inspired by the writings of John Ruskin.
The Kelmscot Press: Perhaps the most famous of the private presses, William Morris established the Kelmscott Press at Hammersmith in January 1891. Between then and 1898, the press produced 53 books (totaling some 18,000 copies).
Symbolism : A late nineteenth-century art movement of French, Russian and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts. In literature, the movement had its roots in Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil, 1857) by Charles Baudelaire and the aesthetic developed by Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine during the 1860s and 1870s.
Art Nouveau: An international movement and style of art, architecture and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905). Art Nouveau is also known as Jugendstil ("youth style"). A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, Art Nouveau is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms.
The Yellow Book: It was a quarterly literary periodical and a leading journal of the British 1890s; to some degree associated with Aestheticism and Decadence, the magazine contained a wide range of literary and artistic genres, poetry, short stories, essays, book illustrations, portraits, and reproductions of paintings.

List of Images for Midterm, Spring 2018

1- Gutenberg, Bible (1450-55). Perhaps the best book ever published. Superb typographic legibility and texture, generous margins, excellent press-work.

2- The Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). One of the best documented early printed books (being printed in 1493, this is an incunabulum).

3- Erhardt Ratdolt, Euclid’s Elements of Geometry (1482) A dazzling white-on-black design brackets the text, and incredibly fine line diagrams in the wide margin visually define Euclid’s terms.

4- Hans Holbein’s Imagines Morti (The Dance of Death, 1538). 

5- Cristophe Plantin, Biblia Polyglotta (1569-1572). The polyglot Bible (double page format, with two vertical columns over a wide horizontal column, contained the Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Greek and Syriac translations of the Bible) was a prestige project. It was produced in a tempo that seems incredible today. The typesetting began in 1569 and the edition was completed in 1572.

6- Giambattista Bodoni’s Epithalamia Exoticis Linguis Reddita, (1775). Bodoni was an admirer of the types of John Baskerville. He evolved a style of type called '"New Face," in which the letters are cut in such a way as to produce a strong contrast between the thick and thin parts of their body.
7- John Dunlop Declaration of Independence (using Caslon typeface), 1777. Caslon's typefaces established a strong reputation for their legibility quality and elegance, particularly for extended passages of text.

8- Pencil of Nature (1844) – William Henry Fox Talbot: The first book to be illustrated entirely with photographs had original prints mounted onto the printed page.

9- Felix Nadar, Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, 1850s. Nadar's photographs have come to characterize  mid 19th-Century French culture.   

10- Owen Jones.The Grammar of Ornament, (1856). Jones expanded his propositions to create 37 “general principles in the arrangement of form and color in architecture and the decorative arts.” 

11- Walter Crane. Railroad Alphabet, 1865. Crane was a book Illustrator, and a textile, card and calendar designer. A friend and follower of William Morris, Crane is one of the most representative figures of the Arts and Crafts movement.

12- Charles Dana Gibson’ Have a Book in case you are Bored (1912) -- Charles Dana Gibson (September 14, 1867–December 23, 1944) was an American graphic artist, noted for his creation of the "Gibson Girl", an iconic representation of the beautiful and independent American woman at the turn of the 20th Century.

13- Howard Pyle's Marooned Pirate (1887). One of the best American illustrators of the 19th century. He illustrated primarily books for young people. 

14- Ford Madox Brown's Work (1852-1965) took over twelve years to produce, and despite the fact that he was never considered a true member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, it made an important contribution to the movement. Brown created a social realist painting utilizing a composition crowded with figures that represented the different classes of workers in Victorian society in different acts of labor.

15- A.H. Mackmurdo's Chair (1880's). Mackmurdo was a progressive English architect and designer, who influenced the Arts and Crafts Movement, notably through the Century Guild of Artists, which he set up in partnership with Selwyn Image in 1882. He was educated at Felsted School.

16- John Everett Millais' Christ in the House of His Parents (1850). Millais' Christ In The House Of His Parents (1850) was highly controversial because of its realistic portrayal of a working class Holy Family labouring in a messy carpentry workshop. It became an important work of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics.

17- Thomas Nast, The American River Ganges (1871, for Harper’s Weekly). Nast drew his images directly on the woodblock in reverse for the craftsman to cut. His deep social and political concerns led him to strip away detail and introduce symbols and labels to communicate effectiveness.

18- William Morris, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (1896). A system of types, initials, borders, and illustrations were combined to create the dazzling Kelmscott style.

19-Lucien and Esther Pissarro, Ishtar’s Descent to the Nether World, (1903). Image color, and ornament combine to generate an intense expressionistic energy.

20-Jules Chéret, Le Pays des Fées Universal Exposition (1889), poster. Chéret became the most famous designer of Belle Époque poster art. Before Chéret, females had previously been depicted in art as prostitutes or puritans. Chéret's girls, joyous, elegant and lively, were known as "Cherettes." 

21- The Eyes of Eros – Aubrey Beardsley (1895), Art Nouveau, Aestheticism: The image shows Beardsley's ability to compose emotional contour line, textured areas and black and red shapes into powerful compositions.

22- Alphonse Mucha, Gismonda (1894). The life size figure, mosaic patterns, and elongated shape created an overnight sensation. Mucha's depiction of women, known as femme nouvelle, celebrated femininity in a time of technological anonymity. 

23- Henry van de Velde, Poster for Tropon Food Concentrate (1899). This swirling configuration, which may have been inspired by the separation of egg yolks from egg whites, embodies the Nouveau structure.

24- Jan Toorop, Psyche (1898). A symbolic, tragic and erotic fairy tale. As depicted on the binding, Chimera eventually became reality and in Psyche's death carried her through the wind and stars to the land of her dreams.

25- The Chap Book (1895). Will Bradley's poster. The repetition of a figure in smaller size, overlapping the larger figure enabled Bradley to create a complex set of visual relationships.
26- Poster for Campari (1901). Marcello Dudovich. The message is unambiguous as Dudovich equates sensual pleasure with that derived from Bitter Campari.

27- Rajah Coffee Poster (1899). Privat Livemont. The steam from the coffe pot and the product name are intertwined in a fascinating interplay of forms.

28- Beggarstaff, Corn Flour Kassama. Lithograph from "Les Maitre de L'Affiches" series. Paris, 1900. The Beggarstaffs used a stylised simplification of shape, and a handling of perspective and picture space which had had no precedent in British art. 

29- Peter Behrens, The Kiss, (circa 1900). A six color woodcut controversial for its androgynous imagery, Behrens' piece was first reproduced in Pan Magazine.

30- Josef Hoffman's Stoclet Palace. Vienna Secession. In 1904, Adolphe Stoclet and his wife Suzanne commissioned Austrian architect and designer Joseph Hoffman to build and fully furnish a house and garden. Hoffman conceived a total architectural integration of architecture, art, and craft, which makes the building an example of Gesamtkunstwerk.

31- Victor Horta's Museum, in Horta's former house and atelier, in Brussels, 1898. The Art Nouveau style is characterised by the diffusion of light, and the brilliant joining of the curved lines of decoration with the structure of the building. For many Horta is the key European Nouveau architect.

32- Selywn Image's The Century Guild Hobby Horse, 1886. Arts & Crafts. The Hobby Horse was "the harbinger of the growing Arts & Crafts interest in typography, graphic design, and printing." The Hobby Horse helped set the blueprints for how art is seen today. The contributors majorly attributed to the Arts & Crafts Movement- which influenced almost all art forms at the time.

33- Gustav Doré's The Divine Comedy, 1867. A pritnmaker, painter and sculptor, Doré was one of the most important illustrators of the 19th century.

34- Margaret MacDonald's The White Cockade Tea Room Menu, 1911. Arts & Crafts. 

35- Egon Schiele, 49th Secession Exhibition, Poster, (1918). Vienna Secession. Schiele appears as a Christ-like figure at the head of a table of friends, a number of whom have the tonsures of monks. Beyond its collegiate message, the print impresses as a formal arrangement of stark reductivity.

36- Charles Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald, House, 1906. Example of Gesamtkunstwerk. Each room presented a different, unified color scheme, with furniture, light fixtures, wall paintings conceived by the couple.

37- Gaudí, Casa Batlló, (1904-1906). In Modernista style. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur.

38- Eugene Grasset's exhibition poster for Salon des Cent, (1894). Grasset's pieces were crafted from ivory, gold and other precious materials in unique combinations and his creations are considered masterpieces of Art Nouveau style. He turned to graphic design in 1877 and immediately became well known for his poster art design.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Regarding links

Syntax for links here.

Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

Examples of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec's poster art. Check this Website of the San Diego Art Museum on "Paris & Printmaking."

Friday, January 23, 2009

Your turn #1

It was a pleasure to spend time with you yesterday. I think I covered most of these posts. Now it's time for you to go in more detail. Read carefully and take some time to absorb the ancillary information provided by all the links. Your 150-word comment should observe the following: 1- Pick any given image (images), or topic and give it a spin. 2- Consult and research other sources, but don't cut&paste (it smells like rotten fish). 3- Try to be original. Take a little time to think about what you want to articulate (even if you have to write it before you put it down as a comment. 4- If you follow someone's comment lead, don't merely repeat the previous argument (it looks sophomoric). Add something new and interesting. 5- I expect a minimum degree of grammar and clarity (proof read your paragraph before you publish it). If you have questions, leave a comment and I'll het back to you ASAP.