Sarah and I are working together for our printing code final. I’m excited to work with someone else mainly because we’ve all been working solo this semester and I think it would be nice to do something different, both in execution but also in process. I would like to tackle a more complicated idea, exploring color, pattern, textures, and text.
A lot of our work so far has had to do with science fiction, space, or outer-spacial travel, so we’re sticking with that theme. Sarah had the idea of working with NASA, and then discovered that they will be having a big announcement in December about something in the soil (spooky). Although at first we were brainstorming about doing a series involving the different departments in NASA, highlighting all the important developments that they work on, we think that starting small with one specific event would be much easier to design for and tackle programmatically.
Our explorations first began with the National Travel Bureau’s posters from the 50s. Sarah introduced me to these incredible posters which use HAND DRAWN text (super cool) and beautiful colors.
I’ve been collecting inspiration from around the internet and it seems so appropriate for this brainstorm we’re having.
What I really like about this one is the amount of graphic elements on the page. there’s text that doesn’t seem to be ordered in any grid system on the page, colors, and shapes. I love the pointillism effect that whitewashes the colors
The effect of accumulation of all these points are really apparent in these posters which are mesmerizing and I think remind me of galaxies and nebulas
The artist references them as rhythm studies, and I think this inspiration will be great for next session’s class on motion. Check these out, which remind me of wind maps.
On the other hand, this totally organic shape out of a sketchbook really compels me:
Another example of fluidity and organic shapes:
After looking at a lot of these examples, we started thinking about distortion and the idea occurred to us that we could manually distort any generative sketch that we print. We were inspired by these posters that seem to make use of this technique, whether they were made with a photocopy machine or not: