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Tetsuya Ishida

Posted in Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on August 19, 2010

Portfolio

Posted in Ideas, Writing, Theory, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on August 15, 2010

 

“WHY SPEND THAT last year on getting a portfolio together for a job, when you could spend that year getting you ready for 10 years from now?” asks Paul Sahre.

Art school is your chance to spend some time learning about what you believe as well as what you can do.

Visual Narrative

Posted in Narrative, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on August 14, 2010

One of my favourite ideas for an illustration brief that we have never run as yet is to create title credits for a film or story that already exists. It is all about creating atmosphere and emotion without giving too much of the story away. Some great title sequences by Saul Bass here

Visual Literacy

Posted in Text/Image, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on August 14, 2010

With newsnight offering mainstream debate on the subject of infographics, are we now acknowledging the dominance of image, or image+text over text solo as the primary means of information these days? If so that is good news for illustrators, as that is what we do, really well.

Infographics sites for those interested in pursuing this more in their practice-

Information is Beautiful

Good

InfoDesign

iA (information Architects)

lance wyman

Dubberly Design Office- concept maps

visual complexity

infosthetics

there is  a useful little film by MAYA Design about what information is, which is on youtube

Eames’ film ‘A Communications Primer’ still outstanding tho…download it here

Betsy Walton

Posted in General, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on August 13, 2010

http://www.morningcraft.com/

I am loving the strange delicate surreal spirituality of these paintings…

Neighborhood Flags

Posted in Collaborations, People, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on May 22, 2010

GOOd magazine commissioned artists to create a flag for their local community. link

The London Jungle Book

Posted in Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on February 15, 2010

“I have combined the rooster, which is the symbol for time in Gond art, and Big Ben, which is the symbol of time for London. I have turned the dial of Big Ben into the eye of the rooster, because it seemed to me that Big Ben is like a big eye, forever watching over London, reminding people of the time. Symbols are the most important thing in Gond art, and every symbol is a story, standing in for something else. So this painting was the easiest for me to do, because it had two perfect symbols coming together.”

from Bibliodyssey

Jean Julien

Posted in Handmade, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on November 14, 2009

sorting a lecture on paper cut illustration and came accross Jean Julien, a nice antidote to the intricate doily/ Rob Ryan style cuts abounding.

http://www.jeanjullien.com/

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This reminded me of a fairy tale workshop I did with L5 students a while ago, where we cut out story characters and landscapes in white paper as a way of thinking about archetypes.fairy-tale-workshop

Stefan Kanchev

Posted in Historical, Online resources and archives, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on November 4, 2009

http://stefankanchev.com/

“The purpose of this project is to fill the information vacuum about the life and art of Stefan Kanchev. The quality of his works is so high that they are worthy to be shared with more people. Kanchev is the author of more than 1000 trade marks and symbols, 650 stamps, posters, post cards and envelopes, book covers, packaging and etc.”

 

Nepomuk

Posted in Local/Global, People, Professional, Text/Image, Visual Language by The Department of Illustration on October 28, 2009

Berlin based graphic design/illustration collective. Loving the side slider navigation on their site, and the pencil menu bar … some lovely projects link

nepomuk