Get out and see some city lights

designator georg engels licht 10  … neulich auf dem Kurfürstendamm in Berlin. ge

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Funktionalismus 1.0

funktionalismus georg engels designator

Roh/Bau

georg engels designator gdw 01Innenausbau in Wartestellung: knappe Anweisungen in Pink für das, was werden soll – oder nicht mehr sein soll. Bilder von einem Ausstellungsprojekt kurz vor Montage der Einbauten. ge

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Und siehe, der Stern …

… zog ihnen voran, bis er im Gehen stehenblieb oben darüber. ge

Still

Designer’s Night, Essen 2012. Aufeinandertreffen von:
Glas und rostigem Stahl, Wein und Menschen, Kultur und Industrie, Design und Vermarktung ge

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Die gute alte – leider inzwischen weithin vergessene – Diffusion-Dither-Anwendung für Bitmap-Umetzungen von Bildern war (und ist) bestens dafür geeignet, nicht nur im Lo-fi-Modus Bilddaten auf Disketten-Speichermaß zu reduzieren, sondern besonders auch für visuelle Umsetzungen, die zwischen Bild und Grafik changieren. Ambivalente Bildgrafiken zwischen noch ablesbarer Ikonizität und schon deutlicher Zeichenhaftigkeit, zwischen monochromer Bildumsetzung und grafisch-farbiger Plakativität, zwischen amorpher Originalität und banaler Geometrie, zwischen schon reduzierter Gegenständlichkeit und bereits konkreter Flächigkeit können visuelle Prägnanz erzeugen und die Wahrnehmung deshalb besonders direkt und eindringlich ansprechen. ge

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Sommerwald

Kann hier mal jemand aufräumen? ge

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Auf dem Schiff: Sehnsucht nach Symmetrie

Georg Engels gil1Schalttafeln und Anzeigen auf der Brücke der Gil Eannes, einem Hospitalschiff von 1955. ge

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That was then and this is now.

by Mark North

A while ago I went to a graphic design degree show in the hope of spotting a potential junior designer. One problem, there wasn’t much on display that I would classify as graphic design. There were definitely some interesting images and objects, but most of it was highly personal, with little attempt at problem-solving or graphic communication (as I understood it). So what happened to graphic education between 1983 when I graduated and now?

In hindsight, my design training provided few real surprises. The foundation year provided basic instruction in photography, sculpture, printmaking and so on (but I was always going to study graphic design). The degree course itself had a strong focus on graphic skills and technique; we learned the logic and lore of typography and layout (Swiss, thank you very much), and there seemed to be a lot of time spent fiddling about with Rotring pens, Letraset and airbrushes. We were definitely taught the value of logical design and the power of strong graphic ideas. The visiting lecturers themselves were good value; Alan Fletcher, Gert Dumbar and Henrion were all heroes of mine. We were certainly work-ready, but was it a better education?

Not necessarily. Both of my sons recently studied on the Graphic Design BA (Hons) course at Kingston University, which has a strong reputation for being conceptually challenging. This has given me a greater insight and understanding in progressive design education. The focus isn’t necessarily on graphic skills; students are expected to largely acquire these themselves. If you want to learn technique, I strongly recommend you study somewhere else. There is obviously still a place for designers with a more traditional, ‘vocational’ education, but at Kingston the emphasis is on developing original ideas and expressing them in unexpected ways. The student experience, in terms of education, is challenging, pushing them to experiment, sometimes with uncomfortable and surprising results. As a result graduates find jobs in some of the most creative studios – they still have a lot to learn, but didn’t we all?

One thing still puzzles me. I don’t understand why the course is still titled ‘Graphic Design’. Surely ‘Creative Thinking’ would be more appropriate? Judge for yourself, here is some of their student work . . .

Mark North is an independent brand consultant.

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Graphic Design for the Chelsea Flower Show

EMR’s Fruit of the Tree at RHS Chelsea (Royal Horticultural Society | Chelsea Flower Show),
designed by Physical Pixels and This Is Studio   Link to the article on notcot.com