A Different Arrangement
My summer was a mess and yet a mild success. With my design internship at a local Squarespace-based design start up, I literally sponged as much knowledge as possible from the established in-house designers. Under a squarespace developer, the graphic designer, and the creative director, I learned the basics of how to make a design you’re proud of, and inspiration can be a key source of motivation for any design… regardless of the medium.
I brought this newly found mental freedom back to the newspaper and incorporated it into the new designs. Through all the key constructivist designers like Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, and Supremacists like Iakov Chernikhov and Kazimir Malevich, I let myself be free of the cares of judgement of taking visual cues from them, and incorporating their ideals into my own work.
In each section, the heading was given its own graphic. I took a risk with utilizing photos for each. Though I kept in the vein of Constructivism and Brutalism, I merged my loves of vintage photography from the 1950s and 1960s.
Constructivism is inspirational to me, because its founders rejected the successive stylistic innovations of modern art as mere illusionism, and returned instead to an art grounded in the material reality of space and time. In addition, they believed in honoring and showcasing the materials used to build their objects in an honest way, rather than hiding them under extensive layers of polish—like previous schools of thought did.
I felt it was important to utilize our materials as well as showing the hand of the artist.
In today’s technological world, with work hidden behind screens, the Constructivists are remarkably timely and have much to tell us. I’ve been enjoying their focus as a way to invigorate my own art and making.