Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rainbow designs for all

Whilst waiting at the doctor's I glanced at the flyers and notices filed on one of the bookcases and noticed quite a few rainbow themes. It seems these brash and bold colours are in vogue. One of them was for a service directed at gay people but I don't think the rainbow motif need only remind us of the gay movement just as pink or mauve should not be associated uniquely with female issues.

Having said that care must be taken when associating each colour with a product or service, as above. Red has been chosen for A&E and as an 'alert' colour may be a wise choice. Skill is needed when partitioning ideas with colours. We try and push boundaries and associations with colour but some associations stick...

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Lego is lovely, but is it art?

New York lawyer, Nathan Sawaya, jacks it all in to become a full time lego 'artist'. This, as far as I'm concerned, is a great story: being a lego artist seems a far cooler job than being a lawyer and it seems from his commissions that maybe he's making just as much money as he would have as a lawyer!?

Sawaya speaks in deep terms about making something meaningful from the humble block but I find that his work is interesting but somewhat run of the mill. Even his deeper, 'artier', pieces seem quite hackneyed: people in grey boxes ripping their way out. Hmmm, I wonder what that means?The technical skill is there but the messages are lacking.