Ansel Adams – attention to detail is everything

Ansel Adams Born February 20, 1902 Known for Photography Ansel Adams was one of the great photographers of the 20th century. Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, and he began to take photographs in the High Sierra and Yosemite National Park, with which much of his name is permanently associated, he became a professional … Continue reading Ansel Adams – attention to detail is everything

Dada Art Movement – Making Mischief

As a designer, I am passionate about the history of art and their influence on 'visual design.'  In art history, Dada is the artistic movement that preceded Surrealism, it began in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1916 by a group of mostly painters and painters.  Dada artworks challenged the preconceived notions of what art meant.  Many Dadaists felt … Continue reading Dada Art Movement – Making Mischief

The London Underground Map – Design Icon

The London Underground is the world’s oldest subway, most people know it colloquially as the Tube. An engineering marvel and just as almost as famous is the map. The Tube map is instantly recognisable all over the world. It is a simple and elegant diagram of the 400-kilometre subway network. It is considered by many … Continue reading The London Underground Map – Design Icon

West Side Story – Saul Bass opening and closing titles.

Saul Bass Born May 8, 1920 Known for Graphic Design, title designer, film director Awards Academy Award, Best Documentary   Opening Titles The opening title sequence of West Side Story is breathtaking in its elegance and simplicity. Saul Bass, their Creator, was a master he carries the audience forward with what ostensibly are just graphic … Continue reading West Side Story – Saul Bass opening and closing titles.

Ikko Tanaka – Graphic Design blend of East and West

Ikko Tanaka,  was a Leading Graphic Designer in Japan Ikko Tanaka. He had an enormous impact on the post-war visual culture in Japan.  He is widely thought of as the Father of Japanese graphic design. He merged Japanese traditional forms and colours with International Style Modernism.  He reduced classic subjects to geometric shapes and emphasised sharp … Continue reading Ikko Tanaka – Graphic Design blend of East and West

The Elegance of Bodoni Typeface

Graphic Designers that have worked with the typeface of Bodoni appreciate its clarity and grace.  Giambattista Bodoni was the creator of this classic sans-serif typeface.     Biography Giambattista Bodoni was the son of an Italian printer and worked for a time at the press of the Vatican. Under the patronage of the Duke of … Continue reading The Elegance of Bodoni Typeface

Bezier curve the maths of the “Pen Tool”

The Bezier Curve is the mathematics behind the "Pen Tool" a graphic designer's primary drawing tool. A Bezier Curve is a curved line in which its shape is defined by a mathematical equation.  They are used in vector applications such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as well as InDesign and Quark Express. It consists of two anchor points and levers that control the angle at which the curves leaves the end points.  Without Bezier curves it would be almost impossible to produce the multitude of unique and beautiful designs.

Fabric Designer – John Rodiquez

John Rodriquez became well known for his textile designs in the early 1950's. He introduced a unique Australian Style. His abstract textile designs included everyday household items tea towels and curtains. The materials were sunburnt Australian shades, "deep and muted, sometimes almost three dimensional". Greys, yellows and greens were the prevailing shades. His designs originate … Continue reading Fabric Designer – John Rodiquez