Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Coming to the end of class, we touched on contemporary art. One of my favorite contemporary artists is Alex Pardee. He was a broke artist in California who worked a ton of mindless side jobs and then in his spare time he would work on his passion : his art. He would spend most of his money printing his pieces and then would go to places like sperm banks and reception areas of random buildings and place his artwork inside magazines. Almost 2 years ago he was recognized by the rock band The Used and they commissioned him to created the art work for the album Berth. The pieces of his i really love are when the background is a random assortment of dripping bright colors with a graphic image drawn over top of it. I had never seen anything like his stuff before. I love that he combines intense images with bright colors. I also enjoy his pen and inks.
So during a class discussion we talked about the 1990's and the emergence of grunge. I was a kid in the 90's, so it got me thinking about all the 90's cartoons that i used to watch like...
Monday, November 30, 2009
This year it is reported that the Nook eReader (sold at Barnes & Noble) is the gift in high demand.
Last year it was the Elmo Live.
In 2007 the iTouch was the big hit.
2006 and 2005 saw a node to the video game industry with the release of Sony's Playstation 3 (2006) and Microsoft's Xbox 360 (2005).
2004 was the Robo Sapiens.
In 2002 and 2003 it was the Beyblades, fighting spin tops (I don't remember hearing about this one).
2001 was the Bratz Dolls.
2000 the Razor Scooter.
1999—Pokemon, 1998—Furbies,1997—Giga Pet,1996—Tickle Me Elmo, 1995—Beanie Babies, 1993–94—Power Rangers, 1992—Barney Talking Doll, 1991—POG, 1990—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1989—Game Boy, 1985—Care Bears (they were inspired by greeting cards), 1984—Transformers, 1984—Cabbage Patch Kids, 1982—BMX Bikes, 1981—the Smurfs, 1980—Rubik's Cube.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I loved getting to see the rare books collection at the Wash U library. Growing up, I have learned about a lot of those books from history classes, so it was neat getting to see them in person. Out of all of the books we got to see I found the one the human anatomy the most interesting. Taking Book Design this semester has made me really appreciate books like that because of all the work that has to go into making them. The book has beautiful and detailed illustrations. I love how it was interactive. The viewer could open the bodies up to see what was behind certain things. I was able to find some other books like it that I thought I would show as well.