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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Russian Revolution

Why were the Russians so successful in creating designs far before it's times? As hard of a question this is to answer I aim to show my one narrow view to spark off a few theories of your own. Please comment.

Richard Carr outlined how, for example, the architecture drawings that were produced were far before it's times in terms of design. The pictures shown were really appealing to me now in 2007 and if built in Dundee would look more spectacular than many, if not all of the new buildings being built now.

I think it is because of "Blue Sky" thinking. Thinking of ideas to a solution or just to better something which was so lateral to anything that is, was and is going to be produced in design was the key to producing future designs. Trying to think of something that is never done before is hard in this day and age where design surrounds us and clouds our creativity. What if you had no home....what if you had no food...what if you were deprived of the luxuries that surround us today...would it help our blue sky thinking. YES! That is what is dragging us down we aspire to have things that already exist and don't aspire to have things that we want that don't exist. The Russians did this and I feel that this is what gave them the edge. Do you agree?

The inspiration from America should be mentioned but can't backfire the above argument as they wanted something better than America and something America didn't have! Comments appreciated and replied on this page.


Futurism...What do you think?

This is a concept/style of design influenced by Italian designers and is the starting point of Italians moving into design/Art. Is it? I think that the Romans personified design. They were the empire which took the best of one countries solution to a problem to solve the same elsewhere. They were the people who gathered and promoted education and philosophy which sparked of what they are in great detail now. No stage in history could be matched with the influence that the Romans had on design. They weren’t the inventors of the solutions...they took them from one country and showed the empire... the start of mass design! Pompeii art has particularly sparked this source of my passion for the Romans.
The BBC are well known for the programme "What the Romans did for us" presented by Adam-Hart-Davis. (Won Television award for the best TV programme series). He inspires me and feeds me knowledge into the barebones thinking to this innovative empire.
And recently BBC radio 4 is having a group of discussions on the roman life and the empire and how the time after that empire has never been as successful.
Do you agree that Romans were the pioneers for the strong link of Italy's design?

Back to futurism as a concept/style of art/design. A quote of poetry that made my pen write it down was
"Beauty of car better than a race by a winged creature of Greece" Do you agree?
To a degree I do. The form of a Greek creature is to be defined. If it is of a form of woman drawing my attention to God's perfect and most beautiful creation then I would disagree. But films like the fast and furious...sports like rally racing and FORMULA 1 are purely funded by the interest of people and the beast that they drive. The concept of a race is of no interest as they are the same but the passion that people have with the beauty of the car i.e. the kit ups in the fast and furious creates a spectacle to be admired. Competition to create new technologies in these areas is fierce sparking innovation from technologies that even NASA use and vice-versa. This passion is futurism in my eye' you agree?

Comments appreciated

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Deconstructing Disney

Deconstructing Disney was about the hidden messages in Disney films.
The Disney theme park Epcot has hidden meanings alone. The counties around the lake are all sponsored trade partners of Disney. (ie. Where Disney sells most of there merchandise around the world.).
There are common grounds within Disney animation which include the following things:

- Women are inferior to men
- They are curvy, seductive, weak and happy cooking and cleaning.
- Males are always big and strong
- Always save the women

Although these are all within Disney films there are many other factors. Every Disney film has went through a Disney-fication of the story from an original. However that’s enough about that. The part in which I found to be most interesting was about the Disney town called Celebration.

Celebration is like a Victorian town. It was reconstructed from a vision, which Walt Disney had. This is what a town “should” be like. Well according to Disney. There are several rules you must abide to live in celebration. It almost like a movie set that people live in. They encourage people to talk to each other through the way they have designed the house porches. Gardens are small and the porches are close to each other to encourage this. They also think that if its Disney that there will be no problems however that was quickly dismissed when near enough the first people through the door were complaining about no video stores or petrol station. Also people seem to think it would be the safest place to live.



People do tend to trust makes that they have heard of. I suppose this is the kind of same thing. Disney is known worldwide it is a make in itself. People will trust it because they know it.

However at the end of the day it is one of many clever ways of advertisement by Disney.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Art Deco

A style carried on from Art Nouveau, Art Deco is distinguished by a more "modern" look. Lines are thicker, simpler than in Art Deco design; objects are simpler than art nouveau but streamlined in their angular form and vibrant colour.
Art Deco offered people new environments created from man-made materials like plastic bakelite and exotic woods.

It was an era fascinated with consumer goods and the application of materials, the Art Deco style was a celebration of an industry where new and faster technology was making distant lands accessible and so the materials for design where endless some designers even used sharkskin and snakeskin even crushed eggshell lacquer in their designs mainly in furniture applications.

Quoted by many to be a style of elegance and sophistication i cant help but look at the work and it seems unfinished like they have simplified design to much that there is almost nothing there to design...

I have never been a big fan of the Art Deco style i use to think Art Deco and Art Nouveau where the same thing but after these lectures i can see they are very similar styles but also very different style Nouveau has a magical look to it but Deco just seems epmty like what you see is what you get - not alot but when you at Art Nouveau there are different things you never noticed before everytime you look.....

What do you think of the Art Deco style am i missing something???????????
I mean is this picture a joke what where they thinking??????????

Friday, November 24, 2006

Virtual reality

In this lecture we were shown a video from 1991 about Virtual reality which was very interesting because it let us see what VR was like in the past and what they expected it to be by now. Virtual reality is a big part of our lifes and a qoute from In love with reality, truly, madly, virtualy( sums it up well
"reality, it seems, is not all it's cracked up to be."
However this paper also suggest that virtual reality has in a way fallen out of favour with people, there is no more giant head sets and joysticks of the early 90's virtual reality but instead there is deeply engrossing multi-player games where people can still interact in cyberspace but they are looking at a screen and not using viewing glasses. So why has Virtual Reality fallen by the wayside. It is suggested in the paper that artists are not wanting to mimic the real which is essentially what virtual reality is even if they do create photorealistic worlds they dont conform to real world physics therefore making them unreal. It could also be that the idea of a real virtual world scares us, the matrix is a real virtual world, real enough to fooling us into believing us it is real. Maybe subconciously we fear this will happen, this does not seem to be a new thing either. In the television program Red Dwarf they are fooled, in one epsiode, to believe that the world they have been living in is a game, a virtual game that they have been playing for years. A further twist is added in this episode when it turns out that the "game" is the real world. So maybe there is a subconcious fear of virtual reality in its pure sense but in its forms of games and help programs for phobias it seems to be very popular.
There is an experimental treatment for acrophobia(fear of heights) using virtual reality to help people get over their fear, they put themselves through scary situations in the safety of a virtual world, a world that is in looks real but in many other ways comfortably virtual.
So it would appear that no VR hasnt fallen out of favour but that its focus has moved into other areas, its completly imersing technology is being used eslewhere in more useful applications. The proper VR game may be a while off but VR is definatly still with us.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

post modernism

post modernism, im aware the lecture was some time ago, i found my notes on it recently and relised i wasnt sure if i did post a blog about it.

so, from my notes and what i remember post modernism is about how we think. post modernist try to "think out side the box". they belive that to move forward we must think differently. i can see their point, if we didnt think differently once in a while then all our ideas would become "cliche" or just the same, everything would of been done before and there would be no origonality.

when i tried researching post moderism on google i got many sites, all of which confused the hell out of me. for example the wiki entry: clicky
from what i can tell postmodernism is hard to fully define, from what i have read its a different way of thinking and takes bits from many movements to create new ideas.

i coulnt get to grips with it, guess i need to do some more reading on it, might post once ive figured it out more.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

media and messages in the global village

Does technology affect our everyday lives. Everyday we use messaging services to keep in touch with those who are either miles away from us or jsut in the next room. It is an extension of our everyday communications with people and the social interactions we expearince. Strange things have cropped up in the recent past such as internet dating which show how much it has changed our lives but is it changing our lives in a dangerous way.
There is always stories of children that have been abducted by people they have met through the internet. These people have been imitating children to gain the trust of others and finally persuade them to meet. Yes this is a definate danger of the internet but i believe it causes people to panic a bit too much. Safety measures do need to be put in place as children are vunerable and very quick to trust people. An age restriction should be put on messaging services to stop children being targeted the problem is which age to set it to. Considering even adults can be targeted it is a hard thing to censur. At one end it would protect people, at the other it is preventing them from free speech.
Unfortunatly before the internet the same things were happening, children being abducted, murders, people going missing, but the internet while trying to make it easier for buisenesses and friends to keep in touch has made it easier for strangers to start talking which in some cases can be dangerous. It is important to remember to only talk to people that you know but no one really follows this advice because we are all social creatures.
And thats why messaging and the global village is good. It helps us to make make friends from all around the world and to keep in touch with them. Most people probably speak to online friends more than real life ones. As long as we are careful online and dont use it as a substitute for real human contact then the technology we have today will help us enrich our lives.

Art for arts sake?

Think of lines, lots of lines...

The romance that was the Gothic Revival...

... Art Nouveau?

Named after the Maison de l'Art Nouveau an interior design gallery in Paris 1896, Art Nouveau infact had many different names throughout Europe, in Germany it was known as "Judgendstil" a name taken after a "youth" magazine, in Italy "Stile Liberty" it was the "Modern Style" - a modern take on decorative art.
It began in the 1890's when artisits and designers alike where reaching out for inspiration, whilst also experimenting with new materials and techniques from all around the world in an attempt to unify the vision of design.

In an age of innovation Art Nouveau reflected the changes in our everyday lives, the introduction of modern conveniences like the car the telephone even the role of women was changing and the new art challanged this the emphasis was more than ever before on the indivdual - a bit like our morals today!

In Britain the sytle was never more apparent in the design works of Charles Rennie MacKintosh and the work of the Macdonald sisters. Their influences from Celtic art, the Pre-Raphaelites and Japan often led to a spooky almost over the top design a bit like the works of Gaudi in Barcelona one of my favourite Designers has work draws you in like a world away from the real world it also reminds me of the house in Casper the movie you just wish you where there when you see pictures of his work anyway..

The Japanese influence in Art Nouveau was something i had never noticed but when you look at the prints from japan and the works of Charles Rennie MacKintosh it becomes obviuos and you wonder why it wasn't there before.

Art Nouveau reached its peak in the 1890's when the economy of Europe and Amercia was at its best it was a style that represented natures influence in design and how the things we take for granted are often the best design inspiration.

It was an international style that still captures the eyes of thousand today just a trip to Paris often named the city of Art Nouveau but for me it has to be the works of Antoni Gaudi that catch me imagination and show how captivating design really can be.

But as quickly as Art Nouveau and arrived it had gone and in it place a stencil....Art Deco

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality was a revolutionary break through. Jonathon Waldron was the first person to create a virtual world. It was like one of the houses of the children’s stories with no problems in the world at all.
The only people however could afford this was the Army who used it for head up displays. This ment that fighter pilots could see enemy without having to move their head.
Japan was the country that made it affordable. In 1987 the data glove was introduced. This was a glove, which you put on your hand, and it moved a hand on the screen. Eventually it moved onto arcade games which you put a visor over your head and it feels like you are in the game.
I suppose games console’s is the most likely place that virtual reality would be used. I think the Nintendo wii shows how close we are to this happening. This is a kind of virtual reality I think, do you?
The wii, it’s a kind of virtual reality the controller you can move and it moves on screen much like the glove. For example in a sword fighting game a slashing movement with the controller would make the character make a slashing motion. So Virtual reality that’s affordable looks only around the corner wouldn’t you say? It looks very close to it to me.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

THE CARR IS BACK! The Vieneese Succession

Bring back the professional... Richard shows the real advantage of experience.

The Vieneese Succession really outlines the austrian based influence of Design. Coffee houses and the major influence in the theory behind philosophy, religion and literature really developed to the extent that some of the teachings are used today.

Freud being mentioned is essential as his theory is so revolutionary it is still used and applied today. But in my opinion the experiments that he carried out to come to his theory would be different in different cultures of todays day and age.
"Sexualty starts from childhood"
Do you agree?
I agree to this theory as in Islam (The pioneer thinkers from the early age where every thought can go back to the Arabs) Sexuality is said to start from the age of 12. In this day and age and in this u.k. culture where "Scally's/Neds" are increasing in number they too agree to this statement as the youngest female that has had a baby is 12. This is when the children start to realise the attraction to the other sex and not just an act copying there parents.

Back to Design I think that it was great the Richard Carr refered back to Mackintosch and his products and influence of this design era (between art nouveau and art deco). It was interesting to here that Mackintosch was more well known on the continent than in Scotland! This was an interesting point which made me think. Why are designers more successfull abroad than in the U.K.? Well i think that it is the culture of the u.k. which does not help budding designers in this country. The country does not like change. Once it is settled on one type of design it takes longer for people to adopt to new changes. Why are we 2 years behind in technology than Japan? Is it that we are not bright enough? No we are leaders in research and have a reputation for engineering. Are we lacking in influencial designers? No we have a reputation for being amongst the best in design i.e. (most cars have been designed by British Designers, Renalut, Aston Martin, Ford) It is because the country does not create a market for new and innovative designers to aim for: there is no money/interest in new products (until recently). The U.K. market is too small and not suitable for new innovative products to be launched as the culture is slow to change and too small compared to the U.S. and China who can create "copy cat" products quickly and easily.

What are your thoughts, comments appreciated and replied on this page so keep an eye out.

Contemporary Arts...Yeh right, more like I love William Morris Lecture

Contemporary Arts>Arts and Crafts>William Morris

This lecture in my opinion was a glorification of William Morris. When Richard said lecturer's have bias and their own views this lady lecturer took the biscuit!

William Morris (1834-1996)
To me he was just another cog in the machine that is design history. Nothing more or less than designers that used design principles as a multi-diciplinary aspect of design. Are you really trying to tell me that a designer in the past only designed one thing? I don't think so! Mackintosch a prime example applied his design to every aspect from products to wallpapers to architecture so William Morris...who gives a DRGKI$£+(%${RWI! Your views on this would be greatly appreciated good or bad.

But the only part in the whole lecture that appealed to me was:

"You can make a tool of a creature or a man of him"

What does this mean?
I think it means that humans in a production line are better than machines. This is because of the products individuality although modular. The product made by hand has a certain beauty that cannot be matched by any machine. A hand carved table finished in lovely varnish would look better than one produced by a machine as it has more unique features and adapted beauty to suit the eye. Where as a machine produces mass items with no unique feature from the next item produced by it.

Overall In my opinion and shared by Morris, the best designer is God(Mother Nature). His design is of such beauty and scale that no human can match. The human itself is Gods best creation. If you can create something better than a human being it is only then you can be considerd the best designer in the world.

Another quote not picked up by my fellow bloggers is

"the creation of form as an inner process"

This again shows that design is limited to what the human mind can control. If it is not thought of by a person then that design would not exist. Or does it? Is there any type of design that is not designed?

Tell me what you think.....comments appreciated and answered on the same page so keep an eye out.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What is Design?

"Something Designers do but don't understand"

Makes sense for sure so why do we ask ourselves the same question all the time? if it is indeed something we do but don't understand hadn't be just better get on with it? it this why there is no new design, because we are turning design in to some sort of philosophy where every thought and inspiration has to have some sort of structure and so we end up back in the industrial revolution.
Isn't it that if we question creativity too much we are structuring our thoughts i mean i understand we have to in order to keep ourfeet grounded - the design process - but surely it ruins all chance of new design - maybe those blue sky doodles are tomorrow who knows but of we question what we love doing it takes the fun out of something so influental to people and creativity seems impossible??

What a headace so is design philosophy of a profession??
cant we just get a pen and paper and go mad do we always have to question our actions?


It is that in 410, the city of Rome fell to plundering Northern Goths so in effect "Gothic" means barbarian.

The Gothic sytle was infact initiated by Abbe Sugger of Paris in 1122, abbot of St Denis monastery he rebuilt what had been used for almost three hundred years into something that is still known as a cradle to Gothic art today. It was the progressive lightening and heightening of structures, pointed arches, ribbed valuts, flying buttresses and walls reduced to a minimum by spacious arcades and huge glass windows that defined the features of Gothic Architecture.

Mean while in Victorian Britain people where growing bored of the classical terraces and plain Georgian houses which where now covered in soot and grime. It was a romantic fantasy developed from the 18th century and boosted in the 19th by the likes of Sir Walter Scott and other such writers that sparked a response to boredom for many, literature was a big influence such books as Frankenstein where the di vinci code of today. This practical response to boredom gave birth to the Gothic Revival it was like living out a dream of what was written fantasy became reality the old classical ruin of one hundred years before where brought back to life and published by archaeologists of the time. Findings of medieval ruins where recorded and where influentical to Gothic style, it was a way of remodeling medieval buildings in a way that blended with the older styles.

In the 19th century many architects dabbled in the Gothic style but many choose a more deocrative approach to it, using what appealed to them so a pointed arch here or there a little bit if carving and in abundance a twist on the Gothic style your either love or hate.

It was a style considered more suitable for churches and uiversity buildings and is still seen very much today in these areas but imagine a street of Gothic style houses wow that would look impressive a perfect set back for a film wouldn't you say. Instead for public and commercial building classical was thought better - how boring why not try it it would certainly draw in the critics and anyone with an imagination. But it was only after 1840 the Gothic Revival took off when interest came from not only architects but philosophers and the dreaded critic. It was thought that the Gothic style was the perfect balance between the spiritual world and the artists form??? a marker in human achievement??

Human achievement!!! at the time of the Gothic Revival or should we call it the medieval Revival, there where not enough skilled craftsmen to finish a large architectural project like the medieval style so methods of mass production had to be sought... maybe this was the achievement of humanity but also hadn't we gone back in time we could no longer carry out thoose techniques that were once passed down by generations of tradesman so we relied on mass production?? Lazy??? for example the great pyramids of Egypt man built that and could we do that today WITHOUT the aid of machines i very much doubt and if we did it would takes much longer than they ever did.

So the fact is mass produced ment no matter how well made it lacked that touch that was orignial of medieval design - man made.

When was the last architectural design built by man and not machine??? we use to be able to use our hands and build with what mother nature has given us...

Gothic revival was it the mother to mass production???

The Great Exhibit at the Crystal Palace

Britain was in its height of power, the workshop of the world some might say, arguably the leader of the industrial revolution and the great exhibition was to be symbolic of this, as was the ever changing attitude of Britain she took great honor in showing her achievevments right alongside those of less developed countries.
The great Exhibition was held in Hyde Park in London in a specially designed Crystal Palace. many competed to design the grande and innovative building which would showcase British superiority and in the end 245 designs where rejected. It was Sir Joseph Paxton, son of a farmer and a gardener himself that designed the 408ft wide and 1848ft long concrete foundations. 63ft high and with over a million feet of glass construction began on the 26 september 1850 and finished in march 1851 with a third of all glass produced in Britain per year used in its construction and design - bad luck if you broke your window! It was the first exhibition to have public toilets and a restuarant. It attracted over 6,200,000 visitors to London.-Shame its not still around to see as it was destoryed by a fire in 1936.
The Exhibition was opened by Queen Victoria on the 1st of May 1851 and remained open untill the 15th of october. Many travellled by train to see over 13,000 exhibits for many it was their first time in London and if it where not for the railways some 600,000 people would not have seen Paxtons incredible building, the first of its kind a building based on the largest pane of glass then avaliable and a structural system based on standardised iron girders - a inspiration for design to try what has never been attempted...
The festival of Britain in 1951 was the 100th year anniversary of the Great Exhibition. It look as if Britain would always be on top, 90% of cars exported in the world where made in Britain. Even after a second world war we looked to be a leading economical power of the world...
How did Britain lose its influence on the rest of the world?

In a time where many felt secure, economically and politically why was there still so much poverty? was it because we never looked after our work force that Germany and America became such a huge threat and our economy fell?

Is Britain what it was then? why has design come to such a deadend where nobody designs for new instead of better??? surely we are running out of bit and bobs to and or do?

Moving Image

right, first of all, anyone else scared by the music in one of the videos? you know the guitar with some person( dont know if it was a man or women) moaning and screaming over the scared me anyway. but to the point of the lectures: the moving image. so it all started with john logie baird and hiw mechanical TV. even though his idea of a tv should work was not used, the princilple of transmitting moving images was revolutionary. it its one of the building blocks of our modern day culture, it spawned so many new different types of media; tv shows, animation(cartoons), short film, adverts etc. it also brought the world closer, with regular news broadcasts showing pictures of events from around the world. it began the "global village" idea. TV has moved on a fair bit technologically. colur TV was introduced 1953, this brought people much better looking pictures, people could finally see places far away in full colour. TV has moved on since then too, the way they work has changed(plasma TV's). however what is the next step, what about holographic images, a screen floating in mid air? its alomost here, Clicky i rekon thats where the moving image is going next.

Global Village

So...the idea that media has brought the world closer. true, it has, we now know what is going on on the other side of the planet within minutes of it happening. we can interact with people thousands of miles away. people are also more concerd with other countries affairs because the media tells us of the current goings on all around world. for example the tsunami that hit the maldives in 2004, people very quickly raised money to help because they knew about it instantly, it was filmed and on the news within an hour of happening. it was in all the papers, if we did not have the media then this help would of been delayed or may not of come at all. so the media does bring us together and create a sence of community between us all, we lookout for one another and help where we can, wether its a donation or a phsyically going to another country to help out.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

the moving image

The two lectures we had really fitted together, the history of comics lecture showed how comics have evolved and their different styles, the moving image lecture was about cartoons and films and it was easy to see how comics follwed the film style but in a static format. Watching the video clips of the shapes that were burned directly onto the film or made with objects placed on the film itself were very insightful and made me thnik back to last year when i attended a film festival along with some over people from the IMD class to see a collection of films based around colour. The films that were shown during the lecture I recognised from the film festival. These films I find a bit hard to watch as it is largly a collection of fast moving images and colours which at times are sore on the eyes, The music fits in very well to these films and it is amazing that they were able to time these films so well. It is very nice to see film which is not jsut our ingrained view of it which is a narrative no matter how abstract, even fantasia which had scenes very like these small pieces of films had a slight narrative to it, these films however do not, they are liberating to watch in a way becasue there is no story, it is completly engaging because you can draw what you like from it.
The comics lecture i was very interested in because i really like comics. Marvel and Dc comics are very prominent comic comapanies in our life more so now with the abundance of superhero movies, the comic book genre is becoming more accessible to more poeple. but is this at the expense of the die hard comic book fans. Comic book fans are fierce over their genre and demand a level of truth to the original material, for example during the filming of the Batman film Tim Burton recieved critism from fans jsut for changing the look of the suit that Batman wore, he was also critised for choosing Michal Keaton for the role, even Adam West for the tv series of Batman thought he would do a better job. Fans of the Constantine books vented their outrage at the script and the fact the the charactor wasnt true to the orginal. As a comic book and vidoe game fan I have also found myself raging at plot holes and screw-ups in films, especially X-men 3 when a sentinal is seen during the opening fight and nothing else is mentioned about it. so the quwstion i've got to ask is is it worth losing the fans that have supported the comics just so a few extra pounds can be made from new fans. I suppose the films create many fans of comics among a younger generation which will help to keep it going but does that mean that the comics will have to evolve for a new generation, a new generation that is growing up on Beyblade and Yu-Gi-Oh and pseudo manga American cartoons such as the rework of the btman cartoon and Totally spiesd. We know the history of comics but what is their future when films and the invasion of manga and Japanese Anime is changing them.

Media and Messages in the Global Village

Marshall McLuhan was a writer/ scholar who write and thought very much about media and how the world is changing. He believed that the medium was the message and not the message itself.

Is media changing the world?

McLuchans Understanding media sys that technology might fit in our lives. Society might slow the change but it will happen. He talks about the three ages of man. The Preliterate or tribal, Gutenberg age and The Electronic Age.

Looking at the Amazon Indians the live in small groups and they keep what they know and share it with the others in there own group. They carry there traditions forward such do many other cultures be using the media of voice.

The Gutenberg age was when the Gutenberg press was made. This made communication change. It was now visual using the eye to decipher the information. It was in a text form on a printed page for the first time. However at this point only a small group of people could read at this time. This is when the start of the change in media happened.

Is a change in society due to the change in media?

We are now in the electronic age. Satellite TV, mobile phones videos, games consoles etc.
The Internet is used for communication and we can do more. However it makes us antisocial we hide behind the Internet. Technology has brought people all over the world closer together but in an antisocial way. Changes are happening fast in technology and in society. We can find out nearly anything we want on the Internet. Is technology turning us into something different are we losing skills and is it making us anti social. I think we might have lost some skills however we are gaining new ones. We are just changing with the times. Its obvious to me that technology changing has changed the society but is it changing it for the better or are we all going to end up anti social not ever having to leave the house. I guess we will just need to wait and see…

Cancelled a few weeks ago :The Moving Image

The moving image came about with the invention of TV. Images could be transmitted over a radio signal and could be transmitted to the screen. This was a new revolution as nothing like this had been done before. The moving image was an art form, which rapidly grew.

The early moving image was mostly done by exposing film and drawing on it. Norman McClaren a Canadian animator and studied at the Glasgow school of art until the 1930s and used this technique.

Another person who did this type of animation was Len Lye however he was very influenced by jazz music and based his animations around the beats etc.

At this time animations were very abstract. One of the most famous ones was done in a swimming pool. The swimming pool being the sheet of glass and the swimmers making the patterns by diving, spinning round and swimming etc.

The basics of the moving image were made consistent through the centuries and the same themes have occurred through time. Is this to say that everything has stemmed from the starts and developed from the first moving image? Yes the same as everything else. It just gets changed little by little to what we have today and it will continue to change in the future.

Comics, Cartoons and Graphic Novels

Cartoons started back in the renaissance with such artists as da Vinci and hoe gard. However cartoons were classed as drawings done on paper then.
One of the most famous ones is the drunken image by hoe gard where everything is exaggerated for comic effect. It was showing the collapse of society from getting drunk.

Cartoons evolved when engravings were done and reproductions could be done. Single images were read from one side to the other and contained narrative within it. The cartoons were humours like they are today. They remind me of political cartoons in newspapers today, the same style.

When I think of cartoons I think of it as animated such as Tin Tin. This had a stylised background with simple figures for the characters. Also like Tom and Jerry or Donald Duck. This is what I think of when I hear cartoon.

Comics started in the early 20th century as cartoons in newspapers in the funny pages in North America. Crazy cat was one of the first comics made which had movement, emotion and sound effects in it. It also tried out new ideas like cutting behind the picture plane, trying different layouts and having borders to avoid confusion.

In the 1960s the USA started the super hero comics such as Spiderman. These were aimed towards teenagers and were about politics in the USA. After the rise in all the superhero comics there was a big rise in underground comics that didn’t evolve super heroes.
And by the 1980’s in Japan there was a new craze.

The graphic novel was completely different to what was going on in the west. Charles Burns a graphic novelist started with the weird detective which surd on the crime spree of graphic novels. Another person was frank miller who also liked manga from Japan. He done a series called sin city and had very good cinematic imagery, with close ups etc. This was recently made into a blockbuster film. The sin city graphic novels had large volumes almost like a book but were set out like a comic.

The next point of graphic novels is already here with lots of Japanese manga animations being brought out. I’m not sure what the next thing could be but to go by the quality of graphic novels it certainly will be good stuff.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Form Follow Function, Function Follows Form, FUNCTION AND FORM ARE INDEPENDANT

Well I understand the theory of why form follows the function. For example in terms of an engine it looks as it does because of the materials it has been made from and because of it’s job that it has to do.

I also understand why the function follows the form. For example the humble screwdriver can be simplified to a simple form but it looks as it does for purely aesthetic form first and then function secondly as it is sort of standard. But I was arguing (previous Friday) the fact that the aesthetic of a product can be the function of the product. In simpler terms it’s the product’s job to look good, bad, or simply how it does look. The example given by Gus was house lighting. Every house light does the job but the fact that it looks like the way it does is so that it differentiates to every other product on the market. Therefore is it form follows function? No definitely not. Is it function follows form? I don’t think because the form (how it looks) does not affect the function of the product in anyway. I think that the aesthetic of a product IS the function of the product.

Later discussion of a previous week has revealed a new problem. With my recent blog about the environment one of my group members asked...where would recyclable items fit in? A Good example of a recycled product is the chair which is half a bathtub. We agreed that it fits into both statements. The form follows function as the function was intended to be a chair and hence it was created. Or the other statement that the function follows form where the form of the bathtub created a new use as a chair.

As the main point of having these statements are so that every product is designed in one way or the other I think a new statement should be added. The statement being "Function and form are independant". This would introduce new products such as the recyclable ones and maybe incourage more people to re-use more products and not waste them by sending them into trash where they are burried in mass landfills. That is our resources being buried once again like all the material was in the first place. A time may come that we will have to dig into these areas to use the resources left.

Note: The recyclable product mention is a reused product. Not the type where the material is cut into peices (mosaic) or materail meted and reused. The products made as a result from these sort of processes can be put into the standard two statements of function and form.

Do you agree…disagree? Tell me what you think, comments appreciated. IMRAN LOBANIA

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Digital culture

The lecture on digital culture dealt with peoples dependence on each other and technology. It was suggested in the lecture that we are techno social, in a way this is true, I personally find it much easier to talk to someone through msn or myspace. As we all know there is a lot of dangers associated with online chats but this doesnt seem to deter us in the slightest. People seem to spend most of thier time on msn or chat sites talking to random people about mostly random things, it has almost taken over from face to face conversation especially now that msn and other instant messaging programs are available on mobiles. In the future wer'e going to have to find a way to make sure people still talk face to face for no matter how much fun it is talking to someone online and having the safety barrier of the screen it in no way replaces real social interaction which we all need to get on in life
New media is bringing the world closer together with its interactive elements, it is allowing people to have friends in far away countries that they can speak to as much as their next door nieghbour, perhaps more. Online there is very little language or cultural barriers, people are brought together by common interest. In a way it is getting rid of our shallow first impressions from peoples looks. We talk to someone, get to know them and know whether or not we like them through their thoughts. Its a whole area of interaction which in a way is completly blind. er i feel like im rambling without getting any point across so i going to try to wrap it up. I guess what i mean is Digtial culture is helping us reach further into the world and make aquaintances in different places but i believe it will never replace those friendships that we have with our real life friends, but hey everyone has their own opinion on it so let me know what you think.