Its been a while since I last posted about one of my own projects on this blog (or even posted at all for that matter), so I thought I’d give you a little update. Before that though, I just wanted to talk about the fantastic new piece of work by one of my favourite designers, Olly Moss. Now, those among you who are avid readers of my blog (I’m sure there are some of you out there!) may remember the post I did on his solo exhibition from last year, or the one I did on alternative movie posters that was inspired by his work.
The poster he created for the 85th Oscars is another example of his great visual work. It takes every single one of the best picture winners from the past 85 years and visualises them as an Oscars statue.
Seen above are the statues for ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. They, like the 83 others, remain true to the original award, not straying too far from its iconic design. Moss’ ability to sum up each of the movies just by using these small statues is truly amazing, and its created something which is great fun to interact with and try to work out which films each of them represent.
So, we come back to my work. After completing and handing in all my work for the first semester of my second year (the work for which will be on my website soon), I moved on to a YCN competition brief for LEGO, which was to create a campaign that distinguishes LEGO from its competitors. This past week has been quite hectic for me as I also took part in a four day live brief to design a logo and pitch it for use by mothers organisation ‘Story of Mum’. Despite this, I managed to use the little free time I had, to settle on the concept of strength and inspiration for the LEGO project. I then used the below piece of work by street artist MEGX as inspiration and spent my Friday afternoon after the ‘Story of Mum’ pitch building bridges out of LEGO.
The point of this was to see whether my campaign could be an installation of an actual bridge in the environment made out of LEGO and whether it would support someones weight…
And it worked!! You know what, maybe I’ve missed my calling in life by choosing to become a graphic designer. Maybe I should become some sort of structural engineer or architect instead! 😉
With the London 2012 Olympics now in full swing I spent some time this morning looking into recent design work based on them and found these two pieces that poke a little bit of fun at the sports spectacle.
The first one is this great new advert from Specsavers, taking advantage of the balls-up by the Olympic organisers which caused the South Korean flag to be displayed next to the North Korean football team.
One thing that I have seen a lot of recently in the world of design is alternative movie posters. This kind of design has been somewhat spearheaded by Olly Moss, but I have managed to find work by many other designers that has caught my eye. I found so many in fact, that I thought I would put together a collection of my favourites for you to enjoy.
Very few people can gain a large following for their work over a short period of time, but this is something that UK based artist and designer Olly Moss has managed to achieve. I am a huge fan of Moss’ work, in particular his reinventions of movie posters and his overall minimalistic style and pop culture references. However, the work I am going to talk about in this post is from his first solo exhibition in 2011.
Entitled ‘Paper Cuts’, the exhibition featured laser cut, black Victorian silhouettes of 300 pop culture characters from movies, tv, video games and more. Each piece was individually titled and framed, with the layout of some of the pieces linking to the theme of the character they depict (see “Real Boy” below).
The exhibition was incredibly popular, with people lining up 24 hours before it opened on its opening night, and hundreds coming to view it, as seen in the image below. The one thing I love about the whole idea and concept of it, is how even though the images are profile silhouettes of the characters, they are all instantly recognisable. This is probably why Moss chose the laser cut way of working, as it fits with his minimal style and also allows just the outline of the character to tell you who it is, showing you how recognisable they really are.