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Oh man. So this sucker was made for my big presentation in History of Graphic Design. It's a visual
aid that features a truncated version of what I presented orally to the class: the differences between
art nouveau and art deco, as well as what they have in common. We were allowed to pick our topic
and I've always been inspired by both of these eras in design, so I wanted to find out more about
them. I learned a lot from researching both styles, despite being sleep deprived while I did it, lol.
I was pretty swamped this past semester and there were a lot of tight deadlines right in a row. For
this project, I had exactly two days to do all of the research, write a ten minute speech, and design
a visual aid. That may not sound like a lot, but I had four other classes to deal with and they had a
a fair amount of work for me to do as well. I would have worked on it earlier, but I had an eight page
research paper due the same day as the presentation and, well, time just wasn't on my side, sadly.
So I went without sleep two nights in a row in order to get this finished and gave my presentation
running on nothing but caffeine. XD Fellow students told me that I nearly fell asleep while standing
up and in the middle of it. I remember being very nervous and stumbling a little, but I came out with
an A so the professor must have taken pity on me. Haha, but anyway, back to the design above…
I wanted to divide the composition in half and have each side reference the era it talks about, so
the graphic accents are all intended to mimic the styles. I had fun tracking down the various fonts
for each side, and I definitely enjoyed making the two corner ornaments at the top center. These
colors were also new for me since I don't often employ violets in my work, but I really enjoy how
it looks with the orange. It almost feels like blackberry orange sherbet or something. Delicious!
All of the images are from prominent graphic designers from the time periods, but everything
else was made by me. I discovered a lot of really talented designers from these two eras.
So there you have it. A short and informative poster that compares and contrasts art nouveau
and art deco. Oh! The fun thing about this poster was that I had it printed—it was five feet wide!
It cost about $60.00 at the local printing house, but it was sooo worth it. They may be a small
business and have to outsource for post-press processes, but the quality is still really nice. It
was fun to work with something so big, I had never had that printed to that scale before. All in
all, it was a success, but I just wish that I had more time to work on the presentation aspect, lol.Created in InDesign CS5 on April 10, 2012. Typeface(s): Bree (smaller text) + Rivanna NF (Art) + Legrand (Nouveau) + Aerovias Brasil NF (Art) + Betty Noir (Deco)