Friday, December 11, 2009

The Grunge Style

This really interested me because it's very edgy and has created a lot of controversy over the years. I found a cool article describing the grunge movement and what it was about with some good pictures for references.

As Web 2.0 style passes way, it’s time for something new. Few weeks ago we’ve written about the hand-drawing style in modern web-design. And as Web 2.0 style is all about glossy and shiny look, another option would be something rather crude, radical and provoking. Such as the grunge style — dirty look with irregular, nasty, sometimes even ugly and crooked visual elements. Will it establish itself as a trend? Probably not. However, it may be used once some creative and unconventional design approach is needed.

Below we’ve collected everything you would ever need for a perfect design in a grunge style — design examples, free fonts, icons, textures, brushes and even few tutorials.

Grunge doesn’t necessarily stand for dirty. Grunge designs may have subtle dirty elements, providing the content with the dominant position it deserves. Let’s take a look at some examples how it might look like. All screenshots are linked and lead to the sites from which they have been taken.

This was interesting to read because it offered more for us to look at and be inspired by! Check out

Alex Riggio

End of Semester

Throughout the past four months, I have learned a lot from this class. Being a graphic design major, I knew about modern style and history but I never really knew much about how graphic design came to be from day one. It was interesting to learn that graphic design first got its roots dating all the way back to Egyptian times. The way that each style came to be was intriguing as well. I also enjoyed seeing all of the different styles presented to the world and how a lot of them are still used today in some way. Knowing graphic designs roots has helped me to explore my styles more as well. I look forward to taking Graphic Design History II and expanding my knowledge about the modern history and I also look forward to learning more to help expand my design styles.

S. Mueller

April Greiman

April Greiman was born in 1948. She is one of the first designers to embrace computer technology as a design tool in 1984. She is also credited with bringing New Wave design to the US.

Her work evolved when she studied at the Basel School under Hofmann and Weingart in the early 70s.

She explored pixelation and other "errors" in digitalization as a part of digital art.

Presently she heads the design firm Made in Space in LA.


Wolfgang Weingart

Wolfgang Weingart was born in 1941 in Germany. He is internationally known as a graphic designer and typographer. He is catergorized in Swiss typography & is also considered the "father" of New Wave design & Swiss type.

He first developed an interest for the arts when he moved to Lisbon with his family. In 1958, he studied graphic arts and the Mertz Academy. He later taught at the Basel school of Applied Arts and still teaches a summer class there today.

Weingart said he never forced style on any of his students nor did he ever intend to create a 'style'. He said his students just 'misinterperted' his teachings and pegged it as "Weingart" style.

S. Mueller

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Saul Bass
SAUL BASS (1920-1996) was one of the great graphic designers of the mid-20th century and also a master of film title design thanks to his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger and Martin Scorsese.

posted by: Kristen Powers

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Paula Scher

Paula Scher is well known throughout the Graphic Design scene, mostly for her controversial 'Swatch' ad. She is also well known for several other various artworks.

Scher studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philidelphia and began her career as a record cover art director at both Atlantic and CBS records in the 70s. In 1984 she co-founded Koppel & Scher & in 1991 she joined Pentagram as a partner.

In the 70s & 80s, her eclectic, period oriented typography became widely influential & imitated. She is also credited as a major proponent of "retro" design. Scher says she uses historical design to make visual analogies in her work.

She currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NY and has for 19 years. She is also credited with several identities we use today such as Citibank, Tiffany & Co., Target, & The New York Times.

S. Mueller

Andy Warhol-Pop Sensation

Andy Warhol was one of the most popular and controversial artists that began in the 50s & 60s. He was a painter, printmaker, & filmmaker & was one of the leading figures in the visual art movement, Pop Art. He is also known for his famous line "15 minutes of fame".

As a child, Warhol became a hypochondriac & due to that was often bedridden. Missing out on so much he became an outcast with other children. While he was in bed though, he began drawing, listening to the radio & collecting pictures of movie stars, which he claims was a period of importance in his development.

Later he studed at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now more famously known as Carnegie Mellon & in 1949, he moved to NYC. There he was hired by RCA to design album covers and promotional materials. In 1968, he painted his famous 'Campbells Tomato Soup Can'. He named his studio "The Factory" & he began his silk screen methods here. He had some ups & downs in his career from that point on until his death in 1987. He is still widely popular in the art world and his works can be visited at The Andy Warhol Museum in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

S. Mueller