The Kick Up The Bum


As it has got to that point when my January exams are done with and I’m starting to develop this slacking, procrastination-driven attitude towards any work, I thought it was only appropriate to motivate myself. I thought it’d be nice to share my findings with others, hoping to also motivate you to keep on working hard and pursuing your desires, whatever stage you are in your life.

I hope these words of wisdom are just what you need to stimulate and encourage you to stop stalling!



Channel 4 have just released a new series – Utopia, which deals with how the UK’s surveillance system; one of the most sophisticated in the world, could be used and manipulated to track the public.

The focus is on a graphic novel known as The Utopia Experiments which contains the thoughts of a schizophrenic scientist who worked for the secretive organisation, The Network. One of my favourite aspects of the program is the C4 site – it appeals to my inner conspiracy theorist by backing up many of the programmes claims of dirty-dealings by higher powers.

Just to note, Utopia is graphically violent and not for the young or the squeamish; there was an incident with a spoon in the first episode that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry…

However, plot aside, lets focus on the visuals;ImageImageooooo




The colours!! And then there’s all the nice shots, like the man falling in the first episode (you need to just watch it)

Another thing which I found really interesting this week was this article on business cards – Houdini’s is my favourite.

– Grace

Müller-Brockmann Mind that child!

Printing, Uncategorized

Joseph Müller-Brockmann

A personal favorite.

A couple of examples of great visual communication using photography in Swiss design by Joseph Müller-Brockmann.

Swiss designer, Joseph Müller-Brockmann uses scale of imagery to influence a sense of power and dynamism in the graphic message.

The first design poster ’weniger lärm’ (1955) translates as ‘stop noise pollution’. The weniger lärm poster holds an emotive and sensual impression on the viewer.

The use of black and white photography creates attention to the negative-white space in the background of the image. This attention to composition is powerful because of the dark clothing worn by the woman.

stop noise pollution

San-serif typography presented in red creates an immediate direction of composition to the image, which is greatly complimented by the cropped photograph.

The use of red text may associate the message with danger, but rather importance and priority in this graphic activist message.

The second advertisement ‘Protegez I’enfant!’ (1953) Translates as ‘mind that child’.

 Again, Brockmann uses scale to resemble objects in power. Similar to the first poster, the photograph printed in black and white and the use of colour directs the composition across the graphic.

mind that child

The horizontal yellow colour band creates a direct leading line between both of the two graphic components. The use of typography is again san-serif like most Swiss typography, but the type size is much smaller than the previous poster.

The text may be only that size, because the poster has great visual communication with the viewer, and text may not be as necessary to make the type more focal. The graphic components are efficient in delivering the intended message, perhaps a reason for why Swiss design has continued to inspire designers today.

Mike Joyce – contemporary Swiss Punk designer