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rezman
02-20-2009, 09:06 PM
http://www.logoblog.org/wordpress/designing-on-the-dark-side-designers-why-so-bleak/

StereoMike
02-21-2009, 05:01 AM
Full ack. Have seen that trend for some time and I think it goes hand in hand with changing moral and ethics in general. Behaviors that once were virtues became vices and vice-versa (e.g. meekness vs. aggression , thinking of others vs thinking of yourself etc etc etc).
Today you're on top when you get what _you_ want, no matter at which cost (family, conscience, other peoples money).
Being evil is good, being good is lame.

mike

DiedonD
02-21-2009, 05:39 AM
Since 'its all about the money' All the most rich people in the world are blinded by greed, power and money! They get to be captured in cameras, they get to be idealized and looked forward in beeing one day! Cause they will have an impact on the economy! And by idealizing them upfront they are building the future 'stronger' people, capable of of going far, and prosper economically!

Not the guy thats empathetic, and would sacrifice alot for others. I think that this one is even portrayed like a loser too.

And those egoistic people I think resemble evil more readily than the later.

Dexter2999
02-21-2009, 01:33 PM
Meh, this kind of stuff has been around for ages. It is there if you look for it. For every Evanensence there is a Mac logo.

It's just balance.

lwanmtr
02-22-2009, 12:04 AM
Times change, design trends change..it all cycles...soon everything will move from the dark and pleasant into the forboding realm of disney and pain

evenflcw
02-22-2009, 03:02 AM
All the most rich people in the world are blinded by greed, power and money
It isn't only the rich. Alot of poor people are striving to make more money and stopping at nothing to get there (ei. choosing to ignore some things). And sometimes monetary wealth isn't the goal either. Your morals are NOT dictated by how much or little wealth you have. It might affect it, and SOME might be blinded by it, rich or poor, but it is not the main factor. You are just making things easier for yourself by blaming the other guy. (I do that too at times; Most do.)

I think StereoMike described the situation rather well. Unfortunately. Who or what is/are to blame is hard to say and might even be too controversial for a public forum.

Celshader
02-22-2009, 04:28 AM
http://www.logoblog.org/wordpress/designing-on-the-dark-side-designers-why-so-bleak/

Some thoughts on that piece...

If the dark visions of artists are "taking over our subconscious and bringing on more dark feelings"...then 14th century artists who drew tons o'death (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/valo_1/hod_69.86.htm) are to blame for 14th century Europe's fear and anguish, not the Black Death (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_death). :rolleyes:

Non-bleak graphics work exists right now, even if the author doesn't mention any of it. He holds up Tim Burton's style as an example of goth success, but he doesn't mention successful non-goth designs like Pixar's film library, Disney's Princess and the Frog (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0j7EactM9s), Shepard Fairey's "HOPE (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/2238959127/)" poster, the Owly (http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?title=425&type=12) comics, de Blob (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_heHsXQPsk) video game, or the NIKE iD REALCITY commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xo4diUQ1uQ). The last two actually show characters conquering bleak landscapes with color and beauty.

There must be more good, non-bleak design work done within the past two years. Can anyone add to the list? :beerchug:

omeone
02-22-2009, 05:16 AM
wow, I hope the game's as good as the book! (http://www.dantesinferno.com/home.action)

The book which is probably the origin of the species, good list Celshader - I like both styles immensly and the more polar the better :)

One thing that always intirgues me though... Why do some musical pieces like Sigur Ros's Hoppipolla (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDxMQaMqsig) and Orff's Fortuna (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuERh0jBjh8) work equally well with Hell as they do with Glory?