Unfortunately, when we were presenting yesterday Conánn was ill and so unable to see our presentation. Although I do have the presentation up on my blog, I realised that most of what was said in my slides wasn’t actually in the presentation and so I thought it may be a good idea to have my notes on my blog so that they could be accessed easily if they’re needed.
Slide 9 – The Subway Map
In 1968 the Transit Authority decided they wanted a new map design to fit with the subway system’s re-branding.
Vignelli’s version of the map was put to use in August 1972 and soon became iconic in terms of Modernist design, however, as Vignelli focused primarily on form there were several inaccuracies within the map, for example line trajectories and station stops didn’t match up with reality.
Vignelli views the map as one of his greatest creations and defends the inaccuracies saying, “There is no reason why the geography has to be literal, it could be completely abstract.”
Slide 10 – David Carson
David Carson was born in the US in September 1954.
While studying sociology at university he took a 2 week long graphics course taught by Jackson Boelts. He then began to make graphic design his main focus and taught himself more about it.
He is very experimental with his arrangement of text and images as well as his use of varying typefaces in his work and is well known for his “Grunge Typography” which is still prominent in his work today
Slide 12 – Controversial Workshop
A lot of Carson’s work is controversial, for example, when he began he was asked to do a spread about blind surfers in a magazine and printed 2 fully black pages.
He then held a workshop in Germany where the aim of the project was to use the principles of animation to completely alter how people would perceive the ‘product’ being put across in the piece. This resulted in magazine covers glamorising homelessness and using Nazi propaganda and icons in a ‘new’ or ‘trendy’ way.
Slide 13 – Vignelli Meets Carson
In the 90’s David Carson and Massimo Vignelli were both guest speakers at a graphic design conference were they were sat next to eachother at the Speaker’s Dinner on the first night
Although Carson admits he was very nervous about meeting Vignelli in person the two hit it off and were reported to be dancing together with the waitresses by the end of the night
The next day when being interviewed, Vignelli was asked his opinion on David Carson and said, “he’s fantastic, I love him.” He was then asked his opinion on Carson’s work and said “I love it, it’s fantastic. It’s not graphic design, but it’s fantastic.”