Newer posts are loading.
You are at the newest post.
Click here to check if anything new just came in.

June 01 2010

21:00

35+ Beautiful Examples of Creative Collage for Your Inspiration

With numerous graphic design software these days, creating aesthetic artworks is just a matter of artist’s or designer’s ideas, creativity, and concepts. The basic idea of design is to unite the concept and to visualize it in order to attract people’s attention and deliver the message and information. Collages are a perfect example for this. A collage may include pieces of related images, several different type of fonts, and a well-organized layout.  This design technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century. Below are samples of graphic and web design work using the collage technique with great concepts for your inspirations.

1. Bram Luyts Website

2. Care Label Website

3. Mmmmm

4. Nokia-5300 Website

5. Elan Chicas Website

6. Elan Snowboards Website

7. Clever Craft

8. Childhood City Website

9. Lanikai Properties

10. Juan Vellavsky Website

11. Katey Nicosia Website

12. Aerodesign Website

13. 7 Styles for Seven Dials

14. Needle Website

15. Bobrovy Log Website

16. Veer

17. UN-touchable Flyer

18. I.d. Fest Poster

19. Orange Bent Lee Poster

20. Play With Typography

21. Gallery Opening Flyer

22. Acolytes Poster

23. Bicentenario Mexico Poster

24. East of Eden

25. Feed the Animals

26. Calistoga Still Normal Ep Album Design

27. Amplitunes Innards CD Cover

28. Bacio 3rd Anniversary

29. 35 Mms Menu

30. Visual Diplomatic

31. Cut & Paste

32. HART Calendar

33. Digital Collage

34. 2008 Design Calendar

35. Nokia N76

36. Hobbyism

37. You’ll Laugh and Cry (The Guardian)

February 03 2010

18:55

Old paper based designs

I have always enjoyed the usage of old paper textures in web design, and it seems to be a fairly popular approach. I belive designers often gravitate to it as it allows them to mix in hands on mediums they are very comfortable with. Many of the examples in this case leverage the collage style as well so I have included this link out in that category as well.

http://www.webbyfreebies.com/graphics/paper-textures-in-modern-web-design-examples-and-resources/

December 13 2009

23:49

Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Smashing-magazine-advertisement in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration
 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration  in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration  in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Spacer in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Collage is the combination of pieces of diverse materials and media, such as newspaper, magazines, package labels, fabric, paint and photographs, into one composition. The term itself derives from the French “coller,” meaning “glue.” It was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso at the beginning of the 20th century, when collage became a distinct part of modern art.

Collage promises to be an important creative outlet for many years to come because it allows artists to explore and experiment with creating truly new, exciting and often unexpected results. This article showcases the pioneers of the collage movement, current trends and examples, contemporary proponents of collage and a wealth of resources. Please feel free to use the comments area to suggest other collages or artists you like.

You may be interested in the article Pop Art Is Alive: Classics and Modern Artworks that presents 75 outstanding examples of classic and modern pop art.

Pioneers

Pablo Picasso

Picasso in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Early in 1912, Picasso created “Still Life with Chair Caning” (above) by attaching a piece of oilcloth with a caning pattern to an oval-shaped painting. It is said to be the first “modern” collage; however, the claim is not definitive, because George Braque was developing a technique using papier collé in the same year.

George Braque

Braque in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Georges Braque developed paper collage (papier collé) using shreds of mixed media to produce the effect of actual paint, layered on the canvas with paint later being added. He first used this technique in his 1912 painting, Fruitdish and Glass (above).

Kurt Schwitters

Schwitters in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

A collage by German Dada and surrealist artist Kurt Schwitters entitled “Das Undbild” from 1919. Schwitters was famous for his collages, called “Merz Pictures,” in which he attempted to make coherent artistic sense of the world around him using fragments of found objects.

Eduardo Paolozzi

Paolozzi in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Paolozzi is regarded as the father of pop art in Britain. This piece, “I Was a Rich Man’s Plaything” from 1947, is considered the earliest standard-bearer of pop art. It was created from different pieces of commercially printed paper stuck to a single piece of card.

Henri Matisse

Matisse in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Late in his career, Matisse began to work increasingly with cut paper. He used sheets of paper washed over with gouache colors and then cut out his shapes and stuck them together, as shown above in a collage entitled “The Snail” from 1953.

Robert Rauschenberg

Rauschenberg in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Most famous for his “Combines” series of collages (1954 to 1962), Rauschenberg extended the conventions of collage and found objects and incorporated trash and interesting urban debris, such as bottles, clocks, radios, clothing, wire and newspaper, into his work.

Richard Hamilton

Hamilton in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Created in 1956 for the catalog of an exhibition in London, “Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?” was the first work of pop art (or indeed collage) to achieve iconic status. It consists of images taken mainly from American magazines and advertisements.

Romare Bearden

Bearden in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Bearden truly embraced the collage technique, because the layered, fragmented form allowed him to freely combine ideas, shapes and cultural references in a modern and accessible way. “The Calabash” (above) of 1970 is perhaps his most famous collage.

Current Trends

Now let’s take a closer look at current trends and examples. As you browse through the collages in this showcase, you may notice these trends:

Vintage
Jackcatcurio in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration
The use of vintage images, advertisements and materials is perhaps the biggest trend in collages today. Many collage artists take inspiration from vintage art because of its unique style and beauty.

Mixed media
Collageaday in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration
Mixed media is simply the use of other media, such as paint, in a collage. Common media include pencil drawings, paints, pastels, charcoals and markers.

Advertising and slogans
Katsup in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration
Not surprisingly, slogans, branding and advertising play a major part in many of the collages featured here. Consumer culture has become a major force since its appearance in collages in the late 1940s.

Retro
Louisixteen in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration
Retro iconography and imagery have experienced a resurgence in collage, because their style is so distinctive from today’s culture and art.

Urban
GabriLeCabri in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration
“Found collage” relies heavily on urban wall art, such as torn posters, ads, paint, markers and signs. It is growing in popularity, partly because of artists such as Nick Riggio, who creates urban collage paintings.

Creative Collages

Inyourspace
Inyourspace in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Shikaz
Shikaz in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Somavenus
Somavenus-1 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Sparklingrain
Sparklingrain in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Agosbeatle
Agosbeatle in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Rworks
Rwork-1 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Kayla9283
Kayla9283 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

I-heart-ringo
Iheart-ringo1 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Bespatter
Bespatter in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Thejader
Thejader in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Comagirl16
Comagirl16 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Rwork
Rwork in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Vuhwex
Vuhwex in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Medusa-terata
Medusa-terata in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Somavenus
Somavenus in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Bob55-joe
Bob55 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

The-px-corporation
The-px-corporation in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Eesss
Eesss in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Rworks
RWork-2 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Hedgehogbeeblebrox
Hedgehogbeeblebrox in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Mikem92
Mikem92 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Somavenus
Somavenus-2 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Aditya4art
Aditya4art in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Anacronico
Anacronico in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Rworks
Rwork-3 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Lady-with-a-buzzsaw
Lady-with-a-buzzsaw in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Anacronico
Anacronico-1 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Olliep
Olliep in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Somavenus
Somavenus-3 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Gellnerism
Gellnerism in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Unreflected
Unreflected in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Esraerben
Esraerben in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Marek Haiduk
Marek in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Igorska
Igorska in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Somavenus
Somavenus-4 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Prettylittlependant
Prettylittlependant in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Ex-Agent
Ex-Agent in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Papermache
Papermache in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Vivi-mari
Vivi-mari in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Nauright
Nauright in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Rikcat
Rikcat in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Infamecless
Infamecless in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Littleblackbooks
Littleblackbooks in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Eric Pier
EricPier in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Mossy Oar
Mossyoar in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Pianofuzz
Pianofuzz in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Marek Haiduk
Marek-1 in Get Creative With Collage: Trends and Inspiration

Tutorials

Here is a selection of the best tutorials on creating outstanding collages.

  • Mixed Media
    Use a combination of acrylic paints, brushes, gel and various scraps of paper and images.
  • Digital Collage
    An in-depth tutorial from Teodoru Badiu on making his piece entitled “Atlas.”
  • Fabric Collage
    A simple way to use old fabrics to create a unique work of art.

Dedicated Blogs

And now, a round-up of the best collage blogs:

Flickr Groups

And some Flickr groups dedicated to mixed media and digital- and paper-based collage:

Contemporary Collage Artists

  • Winston Smith
    Known for his politically subversive work, Smith has been one of the foremost collage artists since the 1970s.
  • Cecil Touchon
    Founder of the International Museum of Collage and founder of the International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists.
  • Jonathan Talbot
    Respected author on collage who has exhibited at the National Academy and the Museum of Modern Art.
  • Peter Clark
    His innovative use mark-making make for a collection that exudes character and wit.
  • Mia Moore
    California-based collage artist whose complex works meld textures of old and new paper and layers of acrylic paint.
  • Claudia Hellmuth
    A prominent artist who creates mixed media collages that are whimsical and colorful, with a dash of retro.
  • Michelle Caplan
    California-based collage artist whose complex works meld textures of old and new paper and layers of acrylic paint.
  • Dennis Sibeijn
    Netherlands-based designer working as an audio-visual designer at Technicolor, and co-founder and designer at Monument studio.

Further Resources

Related posts

You may be interested in the following related post:

(al)


© Grace Smith for Smashing Magazine, 2009. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us | Digg this | Stumble on StumbleUpon! | Tweet it! | Submit to Reddit | Forum Smashing Magazine
Post tags: collage, pop, retro

Older posts are this way If this message doesn't go away, click anywhere on the page to continue loading posts.
Could not load more posts
Maybe Soup is currently being updated? I'll try again automatically in a few seconds...
Just a second, loading more posts...
You've reached the end.

Don't be the product, buy the product!

Schweinderl