Friday, May 14, 2010

I Heart Constructivism (Part 2 - Contemporary)

(Note: see history examples via Part 1:

On all the applications below, you'll notice a consistent color theme: black, red, white (or off-white). Almost 20 years since the end of the Cold War, it's still a challenge to use this pallet without instilling visions of the Communist Manifesto.

Though my love of Russian runs deep, On The Vine lent itself more to an Art Nouveau inspired identity rather than Constructivism. It's my next favorite design/art movement... maybe another design history post next week.

Favorite contemporary applications and interpretations of Constructivism are below.

Neo Soviet Russian Eagle, 2008, source:

Franz Ferdinand Album Cover, You Could Have It So Much Better, 2005

Franz Ferdinand, This Fire Music Video, 2004

Stolichnaya Commercial, Born in the heart of Russia, 2007

Stolichnaya Commercial, A Russian Icon, 2007

I like Smirnoff's logo, label and product design better, though... current campaign from website.

White Stripes, Seven Nation Army Music Video, 2006

V For Vendetta, Movie Poster, 2006

Of Course I have to include Shepard Fairy's work... Downtown Pittsburgh Board.

Weird campaign by Shepard Fairy for Saks 5th Avenue. Weird because principles of the Communist/Soviet-era were not about expensive/high-end shopping, consumerism or putting your own 'wants' above all else, but whatever. Another example of a design trend separated from the original ideology of the historical movement. Oh... American Consumerism (... and, dismount high horse).

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