Game of Firms

I follow a blog called You The Designer as it helps me with gaining inspiration and it is brilliant place to procrastinate. Recently I have found a post about an Israeli designer called Mordi Levi and his project of turning the family Houses from the Game of Thrones into companies. So Lannister is a car company, Stark is a fashion company, Targaryan is a restaurant and so on.

 

I think that this is a great idea and I absolutely love it, if you want to see more, click here.

The Design Deck

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I am a follower of Kickstarter, which is a site that individuals and companies can post on to ask the public for a backing to start off their project. While I was on this site I came across this project that is great for any designer whether you are experienced or not. It is a deck of cards with bite-size information about graphic design.

It is a great concept and one that people should get behind, you never know it may turn up in our Christmas stocking.

If you would like to help or find out more information, click here.

The money was raised and they are now available at forrestgoods.com for $22.00 CAD.

Lesley Gulliver

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My year group was fortunate to have a guest speaker the other week called Lesley Gulliver, she has 20 years of experience in the creative industry. Gulliver has worked with many household brands as well as other companies that aren’t so big. Over the years Gulliver has worked for agencies, herself (she had her own business and founded What Could Be.), the Design Council and The Engine Room. To this day Gulliver works with the Design Council to help business see the importance of what good design can do their company along side of being an instrumental part of The Engine Room.

Gulliver talked to us about what it is like outside the comforts of University, she stated that it can be very exciting, rewarding, tough, competitive and business-focused. Plus many things could go wrong and right in the hectic world of design.

Gulliver informed us how we tend to win over clients and prospective employers. This is how to do it:

  • Empathy
  • Business Understanding – what are they trying to achieve?
  • Client management skills
  • Relationship management skills
  • Can-do-attitude
  • A safe pair of hands
  • Good reporting

It was an important experience that has helped me to understand this industry and how the world works.

The Bauhaus

The Bauhaus is an art and design school in Weimar, Germany. The school was founded by  Walter Gropius in 1919. Gropius was an architect and is widely thought of as “one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture” (wiki).

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Post Modernism

Postmodernism for the most part in Graphic Design has been a visual and decorative movement. Within the design community it is used to refer to a layered, complex style or a post structuralist approach to architecture. This a movement that started in the mid 1960s. The end point to this movement is not defined and some even say that we have moved into a postmodern world (Armstrong, 2009:146).

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Futurism

Definition: Concern with events and trends of the future or which anticipate the future (Google Dictionary).

Futurists expressed there ideas through paintingceramicssculpturegraphic designinterior designtheaterfilmliteraturemusic and architecture. As a whole they despised anything that wasn’t new as it would go against what they stood for (Design is History).

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De Stijl

De Stijl is a Dutch word for The Style, this movement was founded by Theo van Doesburg in 1917. There are three artists most recognised for their work, they are Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mindrian and the architect Gerrit Reitveld. The idea behind the movement was an ultimate Utopia of harmony and order. This was created by the geometric forms and primary colours (Design is History, n.d.).

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