Sunday, February 22, 2009

EC: Emerge

At the Emerge exhibition, I tended to pay more attention to work that was similar to projects I’ve had in the past and their solution to it. One of the projects was creating an original set of alphabets. There were two that stood out in particular. The first was in front of the entrance and looked like folded cardboard. Instead of having it printed on paper, the artist/designer made it like a quilt, which made it more interesting to look at. The second alphabet set from afar looked like the letters were constructed with hair. When I took a closer look, I saw that it was stitched in cloth and that the synthetic hair was pulled out to create the uniqueness.

Overall, the show was good and I would recommend others to go. In a graphic design course focusing on type and design, it is just as important to pay attention to how the work is presented. For example, there were display cases featuring pieces that displayed their logo, a table with their design painted, and a skateboard with a neon word. If their work had been printed on paper rather than the object they chose, the impression and affect wouldn’t have been as strong. It’s important to see both the design and its application.

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