Month: June 2016

The Swiss Grid System — and the Dutch Total Grid (Josef Müller Brockmann)

Introduction   After the second world war the Swiss Grid Style, also known as the International Typographic Style was developed by Swiss designers, such as Armin Hofmann, Josef Müller Brockmann, Max Bill, Richard P Lohse, Hans Neuberg, and Carlo Vivarelli who began to experiment with typography and photo-montage. Characterized by a cold, emotionally sterile grid style; they used structured layout,… Read more →

A History of the Comic Strips and the Underground Comix

Comic books have been the central staple of U.S. youth culture for nearly a century. As visual communication of cultural phenomena, they can tell us a great deal about what is considered to be important in the American culture, and how these values are manifested in various symbols, characters and events. They have been of fundamental importance in both shaping… Read more →

Modern Art and Propaganda

Max Pechstein (Germany, Zwickau, 1881 – 1955), Erwürgt nicht die junge Freiheit, Don’t Strangle Our Newborn Freedom, 1919 As the first world war drew to its bitter end, hunger and despair were rife throughout Germany. Military defeat and economic collapse were making themselves felt. Deserting soldiers roamed the streets and added to the chaos- The country was ripe for change.… Read more →

Traditional Graphic Design versus Digital Graphic Design

Now, instead of a mass audience consuming media from a single source, we have multiple sources, multiple channels and multiple audiences. Every participant is potentially a sender as well as a receiver of information, and the barrier to entry is no longer the fortune required to set up a TV station or a newspaper, but the price of a PC… Read more →

Pop Art – 1960

During  the1960s period, a powerful reaction against the established norms of the society was developing throughout the glob which was later dobbed  “the counterculture of the 1960s”.  The prolonged TV coverage of the U.S. military intervention in Vietnam, which for the first time could be observed in the living rooms along with the broadcasting of other social tensions including, colonial… Read more →

Pictograms in Olympics

The logos and pictograms for Olympic games change every four years and the sponsoring city develops its own logos. Pictograms first appeared at the Olympics in London in 1948, and they were officially introduced at the 1964 Tokyo Games. These highly stylized designs could communicate information to athletes and spectators alike,when the transmission of accurate information in a timely manner… Read more →

Logotypes and Branding

Introduction The word logo is rooted in the Greek word lógos meaning a word, saying, speech, discourse, thought, proportion, and ratio. In the world of graphic design a logo must represent all these concepts. Logo is associated with logotype which is defined as; a graphic representation or symbol of a company name, and trademark, which is uniquely designed for ready… Read more →

GARIS WAKTU DESAIN GRAFIS INDONESIA – 1975 Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (1975-1979, 1987)

1975 Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (1975-1979, 1987) Peristiwa Desember Hitam itu menjadi cikal bakal terbentuknya Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (GSRB) pada tahun 1975 yang menghantarkan dunia seni rupa Indonesia melahirkan pemahaman baru atas persoalan ideologis kesenian; konsepsi estetika dunia seni rupa; subject matter; batasan-batasan akademik, hingga menyentuh persoalan-persoalan interpretasi subjektivitas (Seni Grafis Yogyakarta dalam Wacana Seni Kontemporer, Wiwik Sri Wulandari,… Read more →