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NMS Innovators 3

This is a series of slideshows with examples from some of my favorite New Media innovators done as research in my New Media Studio M.A. program. In each of these there is: 1) A New Media Artist 2) A Group or Agency and 3) A New Technology.

Exercise 3

SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION:

NMS Innovators 1 & 2

This is a series of slideshows with examples from some of my favorite New Media innovators done as research in my New Media Studio M.A. program. In each of these there is: 1) A New Media Artist 2) A Group or Agency and 3) A New Technology.

Exercise 1 & 2

The first is Jim Tierney – known primarily for his beautiful book cover illustration. The Pennsylvanian native now works for Penguin books and his illustrations have a flat, iconic, limited-color palate look that echo 1960s advertising.

PSYOP, a visual effects firm out of Los Angles best known for their Coca-Cola “Fantasy Factory” commercial spot. Their focus on brand story and use of playful characters in fanciful concepts are truly inspired examples of advertising.

“Paper” is an app by 53 that operates on a cloud-based system built for multiple devices, but with a focus on tablet note-taking and sketching capability. Interacting with their hardware “Pencil,” the system allows the user to group content into different “books” which, in a recent collaboration with molskeine, can be printed as fold-out paper books.

Lauren Hom, founder of “Hom Sweet Hom” is a hand-letterer and illustrator in Brooklin, NYC. Her commercial and personal work echo a distinct typographic style with playful letterforms and cheerful colors. She interacts with the local food industry (and indulges her love of snacking) through her blog “will letter for lunch” on which she offers to do chalk menus in trade for food.

ILoveDust is an agency based out of Portsmouth, United Kingdom. They are known for their edgy, loud, urban style. In their own words, they are “Collaborating with a diverse range of brands, from these shores and afar, and delivering world class illustration and graphic design…”

SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION:

Curvaceous or Circular (Un)reasonability.

Beginning the research phase of my zero-footprint house design means idea-finding. There is a broad range of materials used in the construction of an “Earthship” (which is what the Tazo, New Mexico people call them,) and sustainability is not my only concern. As  graphic designer I am a believer in the principle of aesthetics selling a concept. Good ideas often go unnoticed without good design. It seems that many of the Earthships built so far look like a more rudimentary styling of Bag-End from Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” The appeal of this rounded, cave-like look may be limiting their audience. Being a lover of art nouveau, I understand the appeal of natural curves. Yet, from a modern standpoint I question some of the practicality of curvilinear everything.

Why can’t sustainable mean also modern, clean, bold homes with a handmade touch? Take Richard Olson for example. His book “Handmade Houses” documents the wide array of what craftsmanship can mean.

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
― William Morris