GDF – S2 – 2011

Conduct research / Evaluate the nature of design in a specific industry context

Month: July, 2011

Children’s Books, The Illustrations and Illustrators

by antisocialskateboards

A real passion of mine is illustration. I can often be found sketching out ideas and am rarely far from a pad and pen. Although I am comfortable with many styles of illustration, I prefer a more light and happy approach to illustration much like that found within the pages of Children’s books.

It will probably be of no surprise then that I am particularly fond of the light, happy and brilliantly coloured illustrations found within the world of Children’s books.

Books specifically for children existed by the 17th century. Before this time period it is generally believed that books were written mainly for adults. However some stories popular among children were written in the 15th Century. Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur (1486) and the tales of Robin Hood (c. 1450) were not written with children in mind, but children have been fascinated by these stories for centuries.

Children’s books are often illustrated, sometimes lavishly, in a way that is rarely used for adult literature except in the illustrated novel genre popular especially in Japan, Korea and France. Generally, the artwork plays a greater role in books intended for the youngest readers (especially pre-literate children). Children’s picture books can be a cognitively accessible source of high quality art for young children.

Many authors work with a preferred artist who illustrates their words; others create books together, and some illustrators write their own books. Even after children attain sufficient levels of literacy to enjoy the story without illustrations, they continue to appreciate the occasional drawings found in chapter books.

    

There are so many talented Children’s book illustrators, above is just a small selection of talent. I hope you enjoyed  the illustrations I selected. And please check out the links bellow.

http://www.thestylefile.com/

http://people.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/index.html

http://cbca.org.au/default.aspx

http://howtobeachildrensbookillustrator.wordpress.com/

http://www.illustratorsaustralia.com/portfolios/finder/category/childrens_books

Post 1/4: Publication design

by clea1g

For the first of the 4 required posts of the semester you are being asked to look into the area of publication design.

You may choose to look into traditional print possibilities: magazine, book, newspaper, periodical, newsletter, bulletin, report, booklet, chapbook, brochure, catalogue… and what is happening in these areas,

OR – you might like to look into how these are being adapted to new technology  such as ‘coffee-table books’ –  being redesigned as iPad and iPhone apps

For example: POWER platon (above) created by Scott Dadich (who we got to know last week).

Other interesting examples of this sort of adaptation are Al Gore’s Our Choice and Moonbot Studios Fantastic flying books of Mr Morris Lessmore 

Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.

The Society for News Design is well worth a look. I particularly liked this Portuguese newspaper  ‘i’… 

On an entirely different note is McSweeney’s an American publishing enterprise who produce some intriguing and highly original materials… also a very cool website!

Visual Editions are another mind-expanding publishing company, also well worth checking out.

So, take the time to look into a range of topics before choosing a topic and preparing a case study of 250words + 4images  & links.  This 1st post is due by end of class on 3/8/11 (that’s next week). Enjoy!

Hello & welcome back…

by clea1g

Hello & welcome back to the 2nd semester of Graphic Design Foundation…

In these 2 units (BSBDES202A: Evaluate nature of design in a specific industry context & CUFRES404A: Conduct research) you will be sourcing information on various areas of graphic design and examining current trends in the graphic design industry.

Last week in class we watched a SemiPermanent presentation with Scott Dadich, creative director of Wired magazine.  He discusses the design intentions of the magazine and their concept/idea development process.  For those of you who missed it… and those of you who may wish to review it,  you may download it here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2009/05/08/2564761.htm

He mentioned the SPD – Society of Publication Designers, here is a link to that site: http://www.spd.org/ where you will find loads of interesting information. His blog: http://www.spd.org/the-process/ chronicles behind the scenes at Wired in serious detail.