Bulldog clips: the new fingers?
On the left, last year's preferred design photo style (by Michalt Slawek) looks as though it may have been ousted by a new preference for the bull dog clip
Just over a year ago we posted on the trend for designers to shoot their work as if held up in front of their faces - or at least their friends' faces. Now, it seems, those familiar fingers are being replaced by the humble bulldog clip as design's photography style du jour...
Two projects featured in the April issue of CR (out tomorrow folks) feature posters held up by clips - nice designer-y clips of course.
And also these posters from Peep Show (which you can win in this month's Gallery prize) which go for something expensive-looking in classic black.
So, is it the end for fingers? Anyone have any more examples of the clip method?
is that really worthy of a post?
How about discussion on typefaces fads, the typeface that comes into "fashion", is consequently overused, destroyed and then vomited up in 12 years? eg. akzidenz grotesk, from banks to zines, has been doing the rounds a lot recently...
Is this really a new thing? I've been hanging bits and pieces around the home for years with bulldog clips (and command hooks), as it's non-destructive (since rental places don't like you drilling holes into walls for proper hanging).
Well Andeth, this is how trends start. Somebody does it, you blog/article/post/talk/tell about it. See, we're already talking about it. Yes, it is worth a post. Now, let's dig in and find who else is using bulldog clips. Wow, is this really the end of the fingers? This is so exciting.
What's wrong with putting a poster on the wall, then taking a picture. Who buys a poster then bull-dog clips it to their washing line?
trend? before you know it people will be hanging clothes on washing lines with pegs! anyway, why are people holding up posters in the first place shouldn't they be sticking them up about town and annoying folk?
The shot of a poster in a bulldog clip is to a print designer what a shot of screen with a website on is to a new media designer. To err is human; to bulldog clip is design.
Errr...no its not...don't see many fly-posterer's armed with bulldog clips and gallery rails do you...
...well i don't.
Anyhow, seems a bit of a sceney bandwagon to me, some folk even hold it at the top with their fingers and then weigh it at the bottom with bulldog clips.... WOAHHHHH.
What happened to flattening the source artwork and putting a photoshop drop shadow behind, to give out the illusion that it is actually a poster you see? This way you don't get any horrible light glares, unwanted creases or chewed fingernails ruining the piece. Mark my words this will be the next in thing again.
i would rather prefer to discuss the posters than the way the are displayed. it is not as boring as talking on clips and fingers.
As a graphic design student, rapidly approaching graduation, presentation at the moment is key. From perfecting our portfolios to entering competitions the finish of work is critical. The design of presentation is equally as important as the idea it carries, it shows thought and consideration it shows you care.
Tactile objects are always more interesting than flattened work with dropped shadows, a photograph of a poster is much more interesting than a printout of a printout. The way light bounces off a piece of work and the way corners bend and fold bring it to life. The photograph also captures it in real life, it provides size and dimension to the work. I personally am a fingers fan!
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