Design Inspiration


My work: shattered image        vogue” tea service with sunrise pattern

 Design Inspiration

Richard miller

An example of an influential historical design is associated with Art Deco found in Britain and France which was a term used for the work of different types of designers who were interested in geometric abstract Art. Deco Art is also a form of bold decorations and architecture that was mostly used in the 1920s. Furthermore, Art Deco usually consists of shapes that are stylized organic forms and symmetrical images. A good example of an Art Deco piece is Eric Slater’s tea service set (graphic design new history .163. Eric Slater, Bone china “vogue” tea service with sunrise pattern.1930-31) which he worked with Art Deco shaped designs on high quality potteries. He is also known for his sharp geometric styles. Eric Slater’s a Deco styles has influenced the world today and similar works of Art has moved throughout the centuries in a progressive artistic way. In today’s society we have used the same clean cut shapes to create modernized complex work of art in buildings, cars, kitchenware, paintings, furniture and many more.


My own work ‘Shattered Image’ which I created in the year 2017, is a prime example of modern Art Deco. It portrays similar lines, forms and symmetrical images in a bold decorative style. I purposefully used black and white abstract forms, shapes and lines to bring out the abstract geometric style that makes it so comparable to historical Art Deco.







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The industrial revolution and rise of buildings and cities cause for a high demand for mass media and advertising. So with this demand came the creation of the Linotype machine, 1886, and the Lanstone Monotype Keyboard in 1887 as well as new technologies such as mechanized letterpresses, steam-powered presses, lithography and chromolithography. These new and upcoming technologies enhanced the range of possibilities for mass production of graphic design oriented printed materials. An example of old-school printing is John Sanger & Sons’ Royal Circus Company, James Upton. (Bottom Left)

John Sanger & Sons’ Royal Circus Company is a prime example of the how posters first started – overwhelmed by typography & colour and “densely packed column of letters” that almost breath against the surrounding design. Nowadays our poster design is more controlled, visually fluid and very underwhelmed by typography.  An example that is inspired by the first creations of lithography and chromolithography would be a 20 year anniversary poster created for Cirque du Soleil. (Bottom Right)

The piece is both very heavily influenced by the original piece but it also goes one step further to help formate a successful poster design. The new Cirque Du Soleil poster is decluttered, legible, colourful and interesting & It gives you a sense of excitement and adrenaline whereas the poster on the top just gives out information as well as some mediocre drawings of zoo animals and soldiers.

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Works Cited:

Eskilson, Stephen John. Graphic Design: a New History. Conn., 2012.

Creative Synesthesia “cubism”

Creative Synesthesia “cubism”

Richard Miller

In the early twentieth century Cubism had been introduced in various forms by artists in Europe. Cubism, a form of Art entailing small cubes, really started to be visible in specific artist’s work like Pablo Picasso and Braque in 1907 although the name “cubism” had not been introduced widely to society and the world around it. Cubism is a form of Art that represents three dimentional objects illustrated on canvas as two abstract shapes. It is a style of Art that sounds as if its shackling against each shape, piercing into one another as if its fighting for its own spotlight. Cubism portrays the sound of banging and a clashing sensation amongst the edges of different shapes. The movement of cubism is portrayed as being very static as if it is just placed onto canvasses like a very static piece as seen in Pablo Picasso’s work (cubism.143. Pablo Picasso La Bouteille de Suze 1912) .Pablo Picasso’s work is portrayed as static because of the way the material is positioned on the canvas in a very blunt way however the illustration is still seen as a flat table with a bottle of Suze on it. The linear movement of Cubism Art is very rigid as well as static. This is seen in the way all the lines and shapes merge tightly together to create some sort of composition.  This form of Art started in 1912 ,is very bold and eye catching. Cubism, a combination of rigid and static art movement on canvas, can be seen as a progressive Art method which is being used widely and frequently across countries like Paris and others.  Cubism also evokes a taste of ‘woody dryness’ in similarity to its static form but is seen as a whole realm of creativity meeting the eye.


Creative Synthesia – Shirley Wu

Privat Livemont, Absinthe Robette, 1896, Portfolio reproduction from Les Maîtres de l’Affiche, 18⅞ x 13⅜ in (48 x 34 cm). 

Privat Livemont, Absinthe Robette, 1896,  is a French poster that displays a revealing woman, raising a cup, in a setting of nature. This poster utilizes muted colours, curvilinear lines and a spontaneous aspect to the overall lithograph. It embodies the Art Noveau movement from the apparent use of long sinuous lines in the background, nature-related objects and the decorative characteristics throughout the design.

From observing this poster, there is a reoccurring contrast between boldness and gracefulness compared with the women and the environment. There is a sense of fearlessness from her confident, revealing posture and her luscious curls, yet an also delicate appearance from her surrounding – the trees and the clouds. While the background appears to be dark and mysterious, there is a distinction between the lively women in the foreground.

Perceiving this poster, there are tastes of bitter and tangy, but also smooth and crunchy in texture. The dark moss green background colour suggests a bitter taste, like green tea; while simultaneously there is a note of tanginess from the orange and yellow combination from her visually. The choice of this shade of green with the tapered clouds and fog behind her evokes a creamy texture in unison with a light crunch, shown by the font and embellishments on the left. The embellishments along with her hair appear to be like lettuce or even curly fries.


Works Cited :

Eskilson, Stephen F. Graphic Design: A New History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. Print.

“Absinthe Robette, 1896.” 1-World Decor, Accessed 22 January 2018.

Creative Synesthesia


Synesthesia is a sensation normally occuring in one sense modality, however reflecting itself when another modality is stimulated (Youdao Dictionary). For instance, the visual outlook of a particular scene manifesting itself in colors and shapes may evoke sensation of hearing specific sounds that would perfectly tune with the visual side.

The Coffehous Mob, by Ned Ward created in 1710, is depicting a daily scene in a coffee house in London during the enlightenment movement when the influence of printed press and imported coffee was in full swing, and it was basically a sacred ritual for the majority of Londoners to discuss the recent news over a cup of hot coffee. By taking a close look at the picture, it is easy to notice that there are multiple actions happening at the same time, namely: a variety of men seating around tables, some of them reading the newspapers and others smoking clay pipes of tobacco. I would refer to these activities as passive whereas my attention was riveted by two dominating, inherently energetic activities such as social conversations and coffee drinking which created a vividly busy scene for me.

While looking at this illustration, my mind starts reproducing the sounds prevailing in the coffee house such as loud discussions of contemporary events and harsh criticisms of the English government, a comparatively lower volume of classical music playing in the background, the sound of tasting coffee, as well as the sound of wood burning in the fireplace. When you look closer into the illustration, there is a man pouring coffee to another man’s face, so there must also be some sounds of their fight. Besides the sounds, this illustration also makes me feel how this place might smell. The odour produced by smoking pipes, ink from fresh newspapers, large mob of people sweating in a small room, and only partially killed by the aroma of the fresh coffee, creates a stuffy disgusting smell mixture.

The enlightenment movement represented by The Coffehous Mob was largely caused by the rapid development of printed press, and a lot of political discussions and debates were held at coffee shops which were mushrooming at that time due to an increased import of tea, coffee, and chocolate. The atmosphere of such coffee shops as depicted in the picture was saturated with heated conversations, coffee-drinking and a smell of coffee, tobacco, sweat and… social discontent.