Latest from the Emerging Practices category

Flying Letters by John Maeda

In another method of combining complex computer programs with creativity and art John Maeda created “Flying Letters”. This interactive rpgr uses a. Mac OS9 emulator and can be known to take a significant amount of time to load up. “Flying Letters” is exactly what it describes, flying letters in white against a black background that…

Aluminum Alphabet Series by Takenobu Igarashi

          Letter J and Letter W (left to right) Aside from his graphic designs, Igarashi is equally famous for his alphabetical sculptures that he created in the 1980s. One prime example is his Aluminum Alphabet Series, which is interestingly his only series that has the complete set of 26 letters A…

TIME: A Documentracing: Thomas Ockerse

TIME: A Documentracing Thomas Ockerse created TIME: A Documentracing in 1973. A documentracing is described as a visual poem that documents time in an artistic way by integrating different pieces of things to create a poem like story. Currently, this piece of work is limited to 1000 printed copies total and has been since it…

AEG Turbine Factory- Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens most iconic design project is arguably the Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (also known as AEG) turbine factory. The contributions of Peter Behrens upon this project grew his name and value in the design community and set him aside from others. Commissioned in 1907, with no prior formal architecture experience, Behrens took on the collaborative project.…

Composition with Figures

Composition with Figures, created between 1913 to 1915, was one of Liubov Popova’s first renowned artworks and is a combination of cubism and futurism styles. This piece shows Popova’s experimentation with line, shape, and movement. Her strategic placement of her lines and shadows helps create depth. Composition with Figures is a very dynamic piece with…

Rick Valicenti’s exhibition, (maybe) This Time

(maybe) THIS TIME is an exhibition designed by Rick Valicenti in 2006 for Loyola University Chicago. It explores the relationship between text and various design artefacts. The artist statement is founded on multiple concepts and responds to conversations embedded in social issues. This exhibition comments on the topic of gun violence and its impact on…

Alexander Rodchenko: Pure Red Color, Pure Yellow Color, Pure Blue Color

In September 1921, five Constructivist artists (Rodchenko, Stepanova, Aleksandra Ekster, Liubov Popova, and Aleksandr Vesnin) each contributed five works to the first part of a two-part exhibition in Moscow, titled 5×5=25. Rodchenko exhibited paintings titled Line and Cell, plus three monochrome canvases dated 1921: Pure Red Color, Pure Blue Color, and Pure Yellow Color This painting soon became what some would call his…

Van de Velde: Bloemenwerf House

The Bloemenwerf house is in Uccle, a suburb of Brussels, Belgium. This beautiful home was designed by Henry Van de Velde as his first major piece, and venture into full architecture, although never trained in the field. After being strongly influenced by the British Arts and Crafts Movement, “art for the people, by the people”,…

Chan’s Solo Exhibition Piece

This is one of many that was shown in Shanghai at one of his solo exhibitions. This piece of art was displayed amongst other pieces Alan Chan created during the 10-month design course that eventually led him to pursue design and visual art as a career. These pieces are important because they embody the style…

Marlene McCarty — Murder Girls

Marlene McCarty, in her later years, moved from graphic design to drawing, specifically with a ballpoint pen and graphite. Focusing on social issues is always her goal, but she moved onto more working on feminist and sexual issues. In her series “Murder Girls,” Marlene drew multiple young women in see-through clothes showing and bringing emphasis…

“Knotted Pencil” by Gene Federico

The “knotted pencil” was one of Gene Federico’s favorite graphic design creations from his eight year time spent working at IBM in the 1960s. Designed in 1962, it was unlike the work he was most known for, as this work does not contain any form of text or visual pun. It was meant to represent…

Depero’s I balli plastici

One of Depero’s projects that first stood out to me was I balli plastici. This is a set design that was created in 1921. In 1917, Depero  began to conceive of a Futurist ballet in which machine-like puppets would replace human actors and dancers.  He felt that this would emphasize the Futurist ideals of technology…