Jason and I have the amazing opportunity at the end of December to travel to Cuba for a photography trip with the Minneapolis Photo Center. We are so excited to be able to spend most of our time just photographing this amazing country that is very difficult to get into from the United States. It has been a long time since we have taken dedicated photographs of anything besides our 2 year old daughter.
As we are planning and getting ourselves ready for this trip, the number one visual I am seeing again and again is that of famous revolutionary, Ernesto "Che" Guevara. We have also traveled to see family in Argentina several times, and his image is often see there as well, since he is Argentinian. But, it is in Cuba that his face, most often this representation are seen and are seen as a national figure. I have read that the photographer of this image, Guerrillero Heroico by Alberto Korda, did not know how popular this image would become when he took it. Even though the photographer was a friend of Fidel Castro and was one of his official photographer, how would be know that image in particular would become so famous? I wonder what it is about this image in particular that so drew in people and captured the spirit of the man?
As I look through photographs of the country, I am really attracted to the various representations of this image that I see in various forms. I wanted to share some of those on this blog just to show how amazingly beautiful and worn some of them are.
I am not making any comments about Che as a political figure or his past actions. This is simply a catalogue of some of the ones I have found that I was drawn to. These are not just from Cuba, but all over the world, mostly in Spanish speaking countries.
Monday, June 18, 2012
One of the more common questions I get asked as a graphic design teacher is when to use an illustration or a photograph in a layout. This is a very broad question and one that is more complicated than you would think. Each has its benefits and drawbacks and it is up to you as a designer to decide which direction to know. Many things in a project will dictate. You might decide based on the budget, previously established brand standards, the wish of the client or the timing available. PHOTOGRAPHS Photographs have the amazing ability to be very diverse and also convey a feeling and emotion in a very short period of time. It can also get to your brand, demographic and location very quickly. They can also be shown in black and white, color and be altered to convey a specific graphic style that corresponds to current trends. Photographs are also very comfortable for most people and they do not require a lot of explanation and appeal to a wide range of people. In the world of digital photographs, they also can be obtained very quickly. The greatest treat as a designer is when you can use both in a wonderful mash up to create something that uses the best of both worlds. In either case, both photography and illustrations have wonderful options. The timing, budget and resources of your project will usually lead you easily to one or the other.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
It seems to me that I have been very negligent about my blog writing since last fall. Why is that? It is mostly a combination of freelancing fulltime, being the mother of an 18 month old daughter and trying to sometimes shower and cook food. It also has been a beautiful spring here in Minneapolis so I have been spending a lot of time outside, running to and fro. One definite design trend that I have been following is the badge logo style. I am just as guilty as other designers who use them. I have done several designs lately that use a shape and grouping of text and image to create a bold, dynamic approach. This style is trendy but by no means old. Many logos that are still around today were originally designed with a badge shape. Like the IBM or Pepsi logo and of course a logo we all see around us constantly was originally designed and still maintains the badge style.