Quotes on Post-Modernism and Modernism

I choose a quote by Paul Rand and David Carson. Both of these individuals had a huge impact on design. I choose both of these quotes because I think it reflected well on what these movements were about. For the Modernism poster, I wanted to keep it simple using shapes with different colors and I know the modernists used Sans serif font which I tried to incorporate as well. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States. For the Post-Modernism poster, I wanted to make it abstract looking and using different images to blend in with background. During this time I know black and white photography was starting to get popular so I wanted to incorporate a picture of David Carson in there. Post-modernists graphics tend to be visually rich and complex, using space in a layered and 3-dimensional way and prioritizing aesthetics over any single meaning. His visually stimulating, yet problem-solving, approach to graphic design attracted devoted admirers during his own lifetime and he remains influential today.

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  1. Lindsey L. Johnson · May 5, 2015

    I really like both of your posters, they even look like they belong in a pair (like the book jacket project) which is an added bonus. Personally, I prefer Modernism over Post-Modernism so I am really drawn to your Modernism poster. I really like the fact that you didn’t use white, and you used less-traditional colors (namely the purple and green). I also like how the arrangement of lines create a maze-like shape; I find myself moving in and around the lines looking for a solution. It is a really refreshing design without trying to copy the movement entirely. For your Post-Modernism poster, my only critique is that you take out the words “Post Modernism.” It isn’t necessary to explain the theme of the poster, and you didn’t exactly label the other poster “Modernism” (even though the word is in your quote). Overall, you have a lot to be proud of because your posters look great!


  2. Brittany Rendon · May 6, 2015

    Overall a very nice job! For your modernism poster, I love that you used the colors from your graphics to highlight specific words in the quote. I definitely see modernism all over this poster. Your post-modernism poster was very successful – you accomplished a complex and eclectic aesthetic that screams post-modernism. I love how you used a photograph of the artist himself and I think the paint splats bring the whole piece together.


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