Presentation Notes

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

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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

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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

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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 Carsonslide 13

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.”



Graphic Design: David Carson and Massimo Vignelli

Yesterday my group met up to practice our presentation and run through what each of us planned to say for the slides we were doing. This gave us an opportunity to review the presentation and make sure that each slide we had was relevant and interesting and that as a whole it was neither too long nor too short.

As a group I think that we found this very helpful as it made us realise how prepared we were for our presentation and so it became less daunting. I read over the notes I had made for each of the slides I was presenting to make sure that they stuck in my head and I wasn’t too reliant on them during the presentation today.

I was very happy with how smoothly the presentation went and am very proud of myself and my team mates who I know found the idea of presenting in front of everyone fairly daunting. I know that I tripped over a few words but I think that I was able to recover well from it.

Michael Bass gave us some great feedback saying that our presentation was well structured and informative, he did however point out that having our notes up with us caused us to get lost a few times, this was something I had been aware of myself and hope to improve on so that I can present next time without any notes in front of me

Presentation Research

Yesterday, Dervla, Michelle, Rebecca and I came together to do some research on David Carson and Massimo Vignelli for our presentation next week.

We met in one of the libraries quiet rooms and as Rebecca had come in earlier to gather the books we needed we got to work straight away. We each sat with a book gathering the things we thought were most important for the presentation and other things we found interesting.

Personally, I found learning about these two designers very inspiring and interesting. For two such influential designers they are so different with Carson’s style being more chaotic and Vignelli’s being very minimalistic and ordered.

We then decided who would speak for each slide as this means we can prepare notes for the slides we were doing so that we’ll be less freaked out when it comes to presenting (hopefully!)