Okay people,as concept has been one of the main topics of discussion of late,I thought I'd try and put across my point of view on the message boards instead of in the poster comments. Please don't think i'm setting out to contradict you design guys,this is open for discussion,just here me out k?
frank zappa once said something along the lines of
"i only make the music i wanna hear,and if people wanna listen then thats fine".
I could identify with that statement in that my approach to making posters is similar to his approach to music.who are we to question WHY he made the music he did?there could be a million reasons if you think hard enough but whats the point,trying to think up a million reasons is just anal (i exagerate with my numbers, of course ) Zappa obviously thought his music was good and chances are,other people would feel the same,myself included.theres no reason why i like zappa's music,i just do,and its certainly not because its supposedly deep, meaningful and conceptual. i'm occasionally being misunderstood in my posts about concept in design.every artist here is a visualist,they have imagination,we humans can imagine ANYTHING,why?cause we're an evolved species,simple as that;concepts aren't physical,they are open to conjecture and essentially,they don't matter. every artist knows when his work is good or bad,other people can say what they want about it but the reality is,as long as the artist is happy with it,then he's done his job. When i do a poster,the ONLY thing that matters is that it looks cool to me when its finished.i'm not looking for hidden meanings,sometimes i use band imagery from album sleeves or whatever,but thats as deep as it goes.what i'm looking for is things that fit together as a physical image,things that harmonise with everything else.i often use old photo's of people as a basis and the only requirement is that they fit in with everything else,the shape or position of the person,for example;the same goes for the everything else! I could find a photo in one book and use that,a different day i could find a different photo in a different book and use that instead,maybe its fate more than concept? I remember my old art teacher telling me about this artist who was well known for painting parallel lines,straight lines wavy lines etc. Anyway,this artist was touring an exhibition and during this tour they were interviewed on tv by some art critic; the interviewer pointed out to the artist that some of the newer paintings had thicker lines on them than all the others,and questioned the artist's intentions and motivations and wether this was a new phase in their artistic vision blah blah blah. "well actually" the artist replied "they didn't have any of the usual sized brushes in the town i did those paintings so i used what they had instead!" and please,no one try and start a discussion on why they use a certain size of brush on other occasions,thats not cencorship,its a plea for sanity!over to you.