Questions – Networks of Remediation

16 04 2009

1.) How does photography act as a perfect example in determining the logics of immediacy and hypermediacy?

2.) The article mentions that each new medium has to find its economic place by replacing or supplementing what is already available.  Can remediation be economically harming if it is not effective?

3.)The article talks about how hypermediacy reemerges in every era, regardless of how rigorously technologies of transparency may try to exclude it. Transparency needs hypermediacy. Agree or disagree?



Poster Project

14 04 2009


“Mediation and Remediation”- Questions

13 04 2009

1.  In the reading it is mentioned that no medium can now function independently and establish its own identity and purified meaning.  I am not sure if I entirely agree with this.  Do you agree or disagree?

2.  Remediation as reform refers to the idea of improving upon or correcting something that is lacking.  Doyou think the cycle of remediation as reform will continue to inch closer and closer to “reality” or will there eventually be a point where nothing more can be done?

3.  Remediation tends to cause things to become more imediate, but does it also require some form of hypermediacy?


1 04 2009


Short Research

31 03 2009

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David Carson: Innovative Graphic Designer

The creative design industry contains many collective companies and individual masterminds working to create exquisite designs and innovative typography. These particular individuals focus on visual communication as well as presentation. The types of people that have changed the layout of graphic design are inspired individuals with a plethora of talent. The creative design industry has made massive strides over the past few decades solely because of these dedicated people. One particular designer of the nineties stands out among the rest of his time. Through innovative design techniques and the fortitude to attempt and experiment with graphics and typography, David Carson made a name for himself in the creative design industry.

David Carson is an American graphic designer, born September 8, 1952 in Corpus Cristi, Texas. Carson is the principal and chief designer of David Carson Design, Inc. with offices in New York City and Charleston, South Carolina. He is best known for his ground-breaking magazine design and the use of tentative typography. Countless experts and analysts perceive Carson as the most influential designer of the nineties (End of Print). At first, David Carson’s emergence onto the graphic design stage was looked at in a negative way. Many believed that his rugged style was ruining the contemporary communicative basis of design. Carson’s style of design and typography was unlike anyone else’s at the time. He was known as the leader of the “grunge” era as far as design is concerned (End of Print). Carson continues to be the mastermind behind several different types of design. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Arts, he took his skills and knowledge to the creative design industry (Carson Design). His particular methods and techniques set the stage and basically ushered in the appearance of design that dominates advertising, graphic design, the Web, and motion pictures today.

David Carson, formerly a ranked professional surfer in his college days, has done plenty of work in surf and skate magazines as well as the style magazine Ray Gun. These precise examples brought him even more worldwide attention. In these pieces, his layouts featured distortions of unique typeface mixed with broken imagery. Carson’s exclusive twist on these images comes in the way of rendering them to the point where they are almost illegible. This approach caught the eye of many viewers and became intriguing to other designers. Carson’s deviation from the popular design inspired numerous young and up and coming designers of the nineties to create their own unique style. Not only was he one of the first designers to diverge from the norm, but he aided in creating the path for others to follow.

Carson abilities are so versatile he can design and implement his personal style into just about any aspect. Of all the companies and magazines that Carson has designed for, there are a few that seem more worthy of praise than others. Carson seized to shock the design community with his work in the first issue of the surf magazine, “Beach Culture.” According to an article, Carson does not work alone. He obviously needs help to produce the large amounts of designs and prints. Carson is supported by an excellent team of illustrators including Geof Kern, Marshall Arisman, and Milton Glaser (Art and Culture). In this “Beach Culture” magazine, Carson and his men stretched to test the imagination and go somewhere no other designers had gone before. The magazine was extremely confusing to viewers. Critics were surprised the magazine was able to raise enough money to continue publication. Five more issues followed the first and each an every one had an even more intricate design of commotion. In one specific issue, he implemented page numbers that were larger than the headline. The pages were purposely placed out of numerical order but the original page numbers were still in place. When Carson was asked why he used this unique layout, he said, “I happened to like it there.” (Art and Culture). The effect that this method has on viewers is perplexing. This scheme forces readers to trust that as they view the typography and images that they would somehow be guided in a logical, sequential order (Art and Design).

Carson’s work was not limited to magazine design. He has done plenty of labor for commercial companies such as Adidas and Nike. He changed the entire design and brought new image to athletic clothing and equipment. The problem with doing work for commercial companies for Carson, was that he was unable to self advertise. David Carson is a designer who likes his consumers or viewers to know he is the one who designed the image (A Brief Look). He likes to stand out and strives to be unique and fresh. Carson stood out for his ability to communicate in mass-media print with a new graphic language, one that worked on a level beyond words. He has prominently experimented with ways to communicate in a variety of mediums. He remains a hands on designer who has changed the public face of graphic design.

As an up and coming designer, Carson is the perfect person to study if you are interested in someone who was not afraid to take a stand. A designer struggling to become noticed should pay close attention to Carson’s style and initiative. In April 2004, London based creative review magazine dubbed Carson, “the most famous graphic designer on the planet” (Carson Design). In the creative design industry the sky is the limit. Inquiring minds and skills can produce the most heightened and ground-breaking designs. Carson was the leader of the pack and not afraid to shatter the modernist framework. Prior to his revolutionary approach, designers were limited to nice, clean and readable print. David Carson shocked and inspired the design community and had no problem passing his style and ambitions on to the younger generations. He created a consumer base that was willing to decipher through crazy text and unidentifiable visuals. David Carson can be looked at as one of the leading pioneers of the new deviation from old-school design.

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TEXT- Thinking With Type

17 03 2009

1.  Does tracking letters make them more or less unified than kerned letters?

2.  Do you believe that text can be overly flashing or fancy, by using techniques such as bold, itallics, caps or no caps?
If so, where should the line be drawn?  If not, do you believe it is just the type of font you chose that can be to fancy for its context?

3.  What specific rules and regulations are there for hypertext online?
Which type of text is more effetive in your opinion, hypertext or print text?  Why?

Typography Analysis

10 03 2009


For this analysis I wanted to chose a piece that contains simple type that is dressed up by design. The designer in my interpretation did an excellent job of presenting this design in a complex and appealing manner. The words “digital art” do not even begin to contextualize this piece of art. The text was strategically placed on a dark black background so the neon colors green, yellow and a slight blue stand out and catch the viewer’s eye. The first thing I notice about this image is the simple base serif font style. What is impressive to me is the ability of the designer to turn that base font into something so intriguing. Each and every individual letter has been digitally manipulated to create a unique typographic design. The design of the entire piece is so interesting to me that I basically look right past what the actual words say. This is something to take notice to in my opinion. What is the designer’s intention here? I personally think that the idea of “digital art” was chosen by the designer for a reason. I believe that they were trying to make a point by creating such an appealing work of digital typography. This is an extremely advanced piece if you take into consideration where typography started.

When I take the time to look more closely at this piece of typography, I notice a subtle symmetrical neon green shadow for each individual letter. The streaks of colorful design surrounding the image seem to be swirled off of both the actual letters and their shadows. I also enjoy the perspective and angle of the text. The text is in a slight two point perspective from left to right extending through the entire frame. The thicknesses of the letters on the left are slightly thicker than those fading to the back. This gives the design a somewhat 3D look. By using these specific techniques, the author is almost showing off his unique ability to design. The evolution of typography and design has come a long way since type was first designed. This is extremely evident in this specific type design.