Monthly Archives: September 2014


Romantics were not only painters, but poets, philosophers and composers. They wanted to bring back emotions to everyday life. They liked personal interpretation, superstitions and respected nature and solitude as they believed man could not overcome nature; they were inspired by its wildness and uncontrollability.

The Romantic period happened around the same time as the French Revolution and a lot of political upheaval – they liked regular people and disliked people who worked things out logically, for example they thought science was too dangerous and risky. They valued emotion and imagination instead of facts and logic and they celebrated individuality.

Nightmare Painting


I can relate this painting to Romanticism as it immediately calls on my emotion of fear and it is quite a scary painting. It is supernatural which relates back to how the Romantic’s were. It cannot be supported with evidence and isn’t like a classical painting, this is because the romantics didn’t like logic and celebrated imagination.

Sublime paintings are usually large scale dramatic pieces of art that the Romantic’s favoured. Large scale art made them feel small and reminded them that there is a superior being than them.

Picturesque paintings are delicate and make you want to be there.

Caspar David Friedrich

I studied some of Friedrich’s work and picked out which ones I found the most interesting. The painting I liked the most was ‘Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. I found it the most interesting as the man in the painting has his back to the viewer which I had not seen before in a painting before. I couldn’t at first make my mind up on wether the painting was picturesque or sublime. The rocks that pierce out of the mist is quite dramatic which made me thought it was sublime, however the man in the painting is looking out over the rocks and mist and stands tall, and I would like to go there and have that experience (not being able to see the man’s face is also something I found interesting as the viewer cannot see his emotions).

I have seen similar imagery like this in a video game advert in which the character looks out to the city with his back to the viewer so we cannot see his emotion.


 Postcard Task

In class we had a task to write a postcard home describing how we feel, imagining that we are in one of Friedrich’s paintings. I chose to imagine I was in the ‘Sea of Ice’:

It’s really cold here. I’m scared. I just want to be home. The ice around me is breaking up and soon there won’t be any for me to stand on. The ice is snapping and splintering around me. The wind is ripping through my clothes like daggers, I don’t think I have much time left to write, I need to get out of here.



Mondays Lesson

Intentional Fallacy: a designer cannot guarentee that the message or intentions that they are trying to get across will be interpreted the way they want them to be

You Cannot Not Communicate: In class we looked at a magazine page of ‘Ray Gun‘ in which David Carson once disliked a article about Bryan Ferry so much he set the whole typeface in Zapf Dingbats.

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Although the information isn’t understandable it is very attractive and striking. Because of the unorthodox style of Carson and the Zapf Dingbats typeface it’s different to other magazines articles and makes the reader stare and enquire at it. All of this reinforces the title of “You Cannot Not Communicate” and David Carson’s quote which says “Don’t mistake legibility to communicate” is also true that you don’t have to be obviously clear to communicate.

In this lesson I learned that design doesn’t have to explicit for communication to happen. Carson’s style is one that I certainly will never forget throughout my designs.

Denotation and Connotation: denotation is immediately what you see from an image or illustration, it is the basic, obvious level of seeing artwork. Connotation is your personal thoughts, feelings or associations you have with a piece of artwork. In class we looked at several images to pick out the obvious things in the image, and then we discussed our own person thoughts and feelings.

Affective Fallacy: emotions that happen inside your mind which are not explicitly in the artwork. We looked at several adverts and images and discussed which ones made us feel the most emotion for. To me the image (below) of singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor holding a dead fox in an advert for PETA against using animal fur. I instantaneously felt guilty as soon as I looked at this as it shows the devastating left overs of the fox and the position of the phrase “Here’s the rest of your fur coat” makes my eyes lead to the dead fox which I thought was very interesting in a design sense.





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Food Colouring Experiment

In todays lesson we done an exercise to help boost our creative thinking. In pairs we had a cup of water between us and we dropped a droplet of red food colouring and watched how the two liquids reacted together. The photo below shows the reaction between the two.

After this had happened we each how to write a descriptive piece of text that described what we had just watched. I described it as: “an explosion of crimson red majestically dancing into the unknown”.


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