I’ve been distracted in the past three weeks: 1) because I’ve had a much needed break with my mum in the Yorkshire Dales 2) because I have been generally depressed by my husband’s plight (and mine). and 3) because I’ve had a bad back. In this lull in course work development I have been musing on what I will do next .. probably in my next illustration course. I’ve been reading a fabulous book written by artist and writer Marion Coutts about her husband’s diagnosis with a brain tumour. The book is called The Iceberg. It’s a brilliant, moving and poetic account of the gradual diminution of a vibrant person. This set me thinking about how to express my feelings about my husband’s condition, very similar to the man she was writing about in the sense that it’s the same type of tumour, and though in a different location, also affected his speech and understanding. My husband has difficulties with communication, and his speech produces some very odd language, sometimes quite funny. I’ve been writing these strange words down and feel that I want to find a way to illustrate some of the things he is going through, as a way of inching towards some understanding myself. I am not sure if I can find a way of integrating this into the graphic design course but if not I will save these thoughts for later. What has stimulated this post is that I have just come across this publication from Nobrow which is packed with good ideas about the brain and will I am sure, kick start my ideas for a long term project. The book is called Neurocomic and there’s a video about it here.
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I’ve got two review copies of the Eye Magazine, full of classy typefaces, fantastic design ideas and thoughtful articles. More of that! I looked at a few of the graphic design websites suggested by my tutor. Some leave me cold: just too astringent. Build, Emigre, Tomato and Alorenz don’t really do it for me. Too commercial for me I think? I found some work to inspire with Bruno Monguzzi and a bit on Aiga. Maybe I’ll come back to these. The big thing is the use of blank space and big, bold, flat colour. Lord knows how they make it work, the harder I look the more difficult really simple designs appear!
I went to a talk by Ken Garland last week. He gave a lecture in support of the new exhibition of his work at Sheffield Institute of Art. He introduced his talk as being about the intersection between amateur and professional work. He ended the talk by concluding that professionals need the carelessness and spontaneity of the amateur. Retaining the balance between knowledge and technical ability and natural, spontaneous creativity from the heart, with no self consciousness, seems to be the key. Refreshing to see and hear this message.
The lecture was a review of hand rendered type and design, first on the hoardings of Belfast, mostly Protestant white chargers, galloping in defiance. It was a subtle gentle review of a wide range of this large scale work, clearly deeply appreciative of the nuances of design, both truly amateur, moving to semi professional. He also looked at the posters of slogans in demonstrations, and mused on which were the most powerful. Quite a few were from the historic ‘Occupy’ encampment outside St Paul’s in London, and many of the posters were good because they were clear scribed with deep feeling for the meaning in the slogans.