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Graphics Mollie Bradshaw

Infographics. We live in an age of data visualisation. All news websites have graphics charting support for the presidential candidates, your iPhone has a Health app that generates a personalised graph showing how active you’ve been this week, month or year. We live in an age of big data, if we’re going to understand our complex world, it makes sense to graph it. Florence Nightingale. She persuaded Queen Victoria to allow her to study and analyse army mortality rates. They uncovered that most of the soldiers in the Crimean War hadn’t died in combat but had actually died from preventable diseases caused by terrible hygiene. After she had produced her ‘rose diagram’ the queen and Parliament could see they needed to quickly set up a sanitary commission to improve conditions. Infographics are important because your mind is attracted to visual information. It makes it more interesting and almost 50% of your brain is involved in visual processing. We can get the sense of a visual scene in less than 1/10 of a second. If infographics weren’t created, we’d suffer from an information overload. We consume 100,500 words of information outside of work/ school on an average day. It’s also far easier to recall, people only remember 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they read, but 80% of what they see and do.

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Vices of people.

Ev co er c ns rea u m si pt ng ion


d mind Drugs an ays of numbing w esacpe.


People - Ordinary/ Extraordinary.

Ordinary mindless actions.

Scars/ Tattoos Brushing teeth.

Eating breakfast

Psychedelia and the Psychedelic movement 1960-1975

The psychedelic movement began in the mid 60’s and had an effect on many aspects of popular culture. The name of “psychedelic” refers to drugs that were popular with the youth culture of that time. Posters of rock concerts visually expressed the feeling of tripping out.

This piece shows an intense optical colour scheme inspired by the pop art movement.

Background. “the baby boom” was an enormous spike in birth rates brought by a post-war economic boom (WWII in 1945). This meaning that between 1945 and 1957 nearly 76 million babies were born in America. All the youths started questioning Americas conservative norms. A youth movement emerged, seeking to create a society free from discrimination; The feminist movement and the Black movement. Many youth sought spiritual experiences through Mysticism (Turning to religion) and psychedelic drugs. Music festivals and concerts were a prominent feature of the 60’s and musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Grateful Dead were the super-stars who manipulated the counterculture with their psychedelic music.

Gerald Holtom, 1958

Influential Designers. Wes Wilson. He was one of the best-known designers for psychedelic posters. He designed posters for Bill Graham of The Fillmore in San Francisco, he invented a style that is the same as the psychedelic era, or the peace movement. He popularised a psychedelic font that creates the illusion that the word is moving/melting.

Victor Moscoso. Moscoso was a formally trained graphic designer who used comic books, Victorian images, Art Nouveau, and pop art to inspire him. He used the concept of vibrating colours to create an effect that is psychedelic in may of his pieces. To achieve this style of work he takes colours from the opposite end of the colour wheel ensuring they have equal value and intensity.

BRUCE RILEY. Bruce Riley is a talented Chicago-based artist who creates beautifully psychedelic paintings of poured paint and dripping resin. His artworks contains blinding details and structures that form surreal creatures or psychedelic mandalas. Riley says that most of his creations are the result of pure improvisation and experimentation. “You can’t have any other intent but moving. You can’t worry about it, you can’t stop, you can’t choke. It’s obvious when it works. It’s obvious when it fails”.

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