I wanted to take these classic titles and create something intriguing an contemporary. Using predominantly collage I have amalgamated imagery to create surreal visuals to reflect the story inside.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Final Four book Designs for a series called 'Futureshock'For this cover I wanted to create the feeling of being 'watched' but more than that the idea of being able to watch a persons thoughts. I wanted to get across the drone-like existence reflecting the way the novel strips humans of their right to emotion, rendering them practically robotic. I took influence from the 'caste' system described in the novel and tried to visualise what each would look like as well as refernces to Malthusian drills , the use of 'T' as a crucifix substitute and the sterile nature of the Brave New World. For this cover it was obvious I was going to have to reference the idea of burning books as the central theme of the novel. I wanted to try to do this in a non-obvious way by making the book a part of Montag the protagonist fireman. I wanted to show Montag's mental torment about the burning of books and his concealment of them within his memory. Here the book literally becomes his mind. The front cover displays the mechanical police dog from the novel.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
The Apple Macintosh
There's no doubt that the Mac is a marvellous machine and an invaluable tool for designers today. I have one in the studio and it's used on a daily basis. Admittedly, I art direct while someone else pushes the buttons. However what's really sinister is that every time you upgrade one bit of software - or hardware - you have to buy another bit to make the bit you just bought work. And so it goes on. It's as if some frightful robot's got you by the throat with one hand whilst his other is rifling through your pockets.
The Colour Photocopier
Before the Euro came into existence and we all had Pesetas and Lire and different European currencies, I was putting together a book, The Art Of Looking Sideways, and I wanted a page of the Dutch bank notes designed by Ooitje Oxenaar. So I went down to the photocopier place to get copies of the notes I'd borrowed from a friend. They came out beautifully - fantastic! I duly returned the bank notes only to find later that I'd left one of the bills out. So I headed down to a local Notting Hill place to do it again with the missing note. The guy seemed a bit dubious about copying money but I assured him it was OK. The copy came out of the machine with all the notes in bright blue. I thought it must be a fault with the machine as the one in Westbourne Grove had done a marvellous job. Turns out the latest machines have technology installed to prevent the photocopying of money. Technology can sometimes seem to conspire against the pursuit of simple (and in this case entirely honest) endeavour!
The Apple Macintosh
Around 1980, at Total Design, we already worked with a design-computer; we got hold of the first Aesthedes, a large Dutch machine with three separate keyboards for type, colour and drawing. We were the first in Holland and how proud we were. In no time we had three of these expensive installations; we almost got broke.
So it was a shock when in 1984 the first Mac came on to the market. A small wondertool, straight from heaven into the hands of graphic designers. It overtook our Aesthedes-robots from the left and right-hand side and made them completely obsolete.
The Apple Macintosh created a revolution in design studios all over the world. Not only because of its possibilities, it opened a whole new horizon in graphic design. It was in fact, after all these centuries, the end of our beloved pencil!