Graphic design, and, in fact, design in general, is an extremely interdisciplinary field. Designers draw their inspiration from many places and many fields, artistic and not. For one designer, their main inspiration source may be illustration and the rich tradition of painting and drawing in Western Culture, while for another design inspiration may come from architecture. To a third, the field they draw most of their creative energy from may be photography.
Ah, the landscape! For many of us, it’s the first thing we draw as children and it still holds its grip upon us when we grow up. Is it any surprise that many of the worlds’ greatest works of visual art are landscapes? Be they painted, drawn or photographed, landscapes hold a huge place in our cultural tableau. The landscape holds a certain mystique that is impossible to ignore. It’s like a calling. The same calling that once used to excite cartographers and explorers.
Art is, some might say, mankind’s most important achievement. We are one of the few creatures that can express thoughts, feelings and emotions in an abstract manner, and definitely the only one’s that can do it at such an incredible level. Even the most uncreative individual can draw a circle and a few lines to symbolize the sun, or some squiggly lines to represent a body of water.
Every now and again, everyone likes to relax, sit on the couch and watch a good TV show. We’re no different and we’re pretty sure neither are you. And what recent show can truly match up to Vince Gilligan’s wonderfully complex and absolutely gut-wrenching ‘Breaking Bad’? Ever since the show first started airing in 2008, ‘Breaking Bad’ has gathered a huge following and has inspired tons upon tons of dedicated artwork.
We’ve all heard and said the phrase „don’t judge a book by its covers” a thousand times too many by now. Sure, it’s a noble ideal when it comes to people, but when it comes to books, as it turns out, not only is it not completely impossible to accomplish, but it’s also not desirable to act in this way. In fact, the best books are those that have the best covers.
Like Herbert Simon says in the quote above, there is an infinite supply of information, but only a limited supply of attention. This means that people can only focus and absorb a small amount of information, making it incredibly tricky to make sure that the information you are publishing will reach an audience. People are, however, thirsty for information.
Love it or hate it, graffiti has revolutionized the way we think of art. It is anarchic, untamed, ephemeral at times, and difficult. Like the impressionists before them, graffiti artists take art to the streets, only in a much more literal way. Their works show up over night, and many times disappear even quicker, erased by the authorities, in what some might call a misguided attempt at keeping the community clean.
Alex Gross was born in 1968, on the 30th of August, in Roslyn Heights, New York. In 1990 he graduated from the Art Center College of Design in California, and has been working in Los Angeles ever since, becoming an established artist in the Pop surrealism movement. As stated in the introduction written by Bruce Sterling to Alex Gross’ book, The Art of Alex Gross, his wonderfully unnerving paintings explore the themes of globalization, commerce, great beauty, dark mayhem, and the remorseless passage of time.
“Less is more” might sound like a cliché, but it is hard not to argue that it is true. Just think of the old Greek marble statues. The great attention to detail, the smoothness, and the simple elegance that comes with them being just plain white. Now, believe it or not, those marvelous statues used to be colored. And we are not talking about a pinch of black here, a smudge of blue there.