Alexander Girard: End of the Plain Plane
By David Foster of Herman Miller
In the mid-60s, Braniff International Airways, determined to mark “the end of the plain plane,” approached designer Alexander Girard to create an eye-catching visual identity for the company.
Having the opportunity to express himself on a truly grand scale, Girard left no aspect of the airline untouched. He designed Braniff’s logo, its boarding lounges, inflight stationary, ground equipment, and even the packages for its coffee and sugar. He had the entire fleet of airplanes painted hues ranging from deep grey to vermillion. “You can fly our airline seven times and never fly the same color twice,” boasted one Braniff executive.
In 1967, Girard designed a collection of furniture for use in Braniff’s lounges. Including chairs, sofas, and tables, the designs, while beautiful, were exorbitantly expensive to produce. As a result, Herman Miller only made the collection for two years.
In his effort to transform Braniff into “the most beautiful airline in the world” Girard initiated 17, 543 changes. His work received acclaim from both the press and public and certainly drew customers to the airline.
Unfortunately, Alexander Girard’s Braniff designs are no longer available today.
8:01 am • 22 October 2014 • 138 notes
The Relative Color and the Absolute Color
Since the colors are never what they look like, It’s useful to understand the color in two ways : the RELATIVE color and the ABSOLUTE color.
The Relative color is the color as it is seen, according to the perception of the eye and the translation from the brain to the…
How the brain works with color and value is always fun.
7:49 am • 22 October 2014 • 4,320 notes
RONNIE YARISAL & KATJA KUBLITZ
Lemon Incest, 2009
pierced paint can, yellow paint, balloon, concrete lemons, needle, rope, dimensions variable
8:02 am • 20 October 2014 • 557 notes
Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight Lines
Without proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation.
It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing.
8:01 am • 19 October 2014 • 6,544 notes
OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
4:02 pm • 18 October 2014 • 10,393 notes
I have been messing around with color a lot in my spare time. Using restrictive palettes and imitating retro printing techniques. It is a lot more misses than it is hits, but every once in a while something really beautiful comes out of it.
Now, if I could only figure out how to incorporate this into what I already know how to do.
8:01 am • 18 October 2014 • 1,974 notes