As part of my Interactivity class this year, I’m being asked to keep a journal of inspiration. I thought today I would cover someone’s work who both inspires me, and reinforces my sources of inspiration. He’s also a frightening monster of a man who deserves to burn in hell, but who am I to judge when it comes to love?
Eric Gill is a type designer, but more a sculptor, engraver, catholic and incestuous pedophile. His typefaces are all very elegant and clean, speaking with and too the spirit of his inspirations; the church and temple art. You can see in his work a supervillain-esque obsession.
His engravings vary from having slight detail to immense detail, presenting scenes of his imagination and those chronicled in his holy book, many with an erotic twist. This mentality seems to be present in all his work, and although his over sexxed nature seems absent in his namesake typeface, Gill Sans, the fact that it is so contradictory to his once secret nature, is almost as telling. They say art is the lie that reveals the truth.
I was getting really tired of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” you see a lot these days. It’s actually cooled down since I first thought this up, but as per my usual, I never got around to it, and the minute there was homework to do, I decided to work on totally not time-pertinent, completely unnecessary pet-projects.
So I did this just now. Instead of 2 assignments due tomorrow morning. There goes my sleep. But, seeing as I haven’t posted here in forever, this should cover the… month.
I’ll probably repurpose the record player I made for the assignments I’m working on. May as well.
Let me know what you think/if it at least made you “heh”.
I am a huge Street Figter fan. And a huge fan of Sagat. A.K.A. the King, A.K.A. the Tiger.
So this is an idea i’ve been toying around with. The hardest part is making your own tiger pattern. But I’m worried with all of the negative’d out stripes, sagat would be unrecognizable. But then again, it’s kind of wicked that way. They’re not all identical, so if you think you prefer the orientation of the stripes in one over the others, let me know!
Another inventive thought from Anthony Dickens – Origami Tables.
Strangely fitting. Origami has always been a display item. It’s made and then set to rest. This puts a glass plate over it so you can see it and its interesting forms and get some use out of it.
Clocks and watches are one of my favorite items to see rethought. Clocks have always been such a timeless, readily identifiable object, a staple of wrists and walls all over. Their design and appearance largely goes unchanged, and even today the changes are often subtle details to make them distinct. Longer or shorter hands, strange colors, interesting designs on the face.
I have an imaginary watch collection in my dreams to compliment my modest and tiny real collection, and I have a concept for a wall clock design I hope to one day put together. But as clever as I hope I am, I am not this clever.
The Around Clock from Lexon, which I found on amerrymishapblog.com (via Swiss Miss ) is just that little bit more clever that makes it worth looking twice at. And it’s more than a simple graphic on the face, or interesting new hour hand.
The cylinder rotates while the red marker stays still, so don’t worry about needing to place it in the middle of the room or something. Anthony Dickens is the mind behind it, and you can read his thought process on the clock here.
Let me know what you think, and if you know of any interesting clocks or watches, feel free to post them!