2.2 More Ideas for Visualizing Information

These are some of the other ideas I had for presenting the research information. I wanted to make the most of my digital design skills. The first image below is a simple text of poetic art.

I will add colours and information on the inside of each letter, perhaps like a typographic image in the shape of the words: P O E T I C   A R T
Each letter will contain information on the various sections I researched on, the words will be key words or relevant phases to explain each section.

Inspired by Haiga and Haiku poem and art

Haiku painting of Matsuo Basho's Autumn

This idea was inspired by Haiku and Haiga Japanese tradition. The Haiku will give information on the Poet Artists I researched on, list of some art movements, poetry and art influences and some examples of the works of the poet artists. I will present the main information at the top of the page in the form of lists and by using words. The bottom of the page will be styled with images and the text ‘poetry and art’ will be designed artfully.

Idea based on Haiku and Haigu

Matsuo Basho’s Haiku on Autumn

Evolution of Galaxy Idea

After my initial idea of ‘The Galaxy According to Miss Newton’, my ideas for the galaxy based idea has been changing. For the intial idea, the plan was to create the planets using typographic words, this would involve many colours and alot of words put together. This idea is challenging but will look very attractive.

Other ideas of the Universe comes to mind, such as life on a planet, the solar system and the orbit of the sun, earth and the moon.
This is a plan of one of the recent Solar system ideas:

The system of Poetry and Art

As shown, the keywords are placed on top of the orbit paths instead being put together as a typographic image.
The idea of another theme ‘WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE’ was created. The imagery of the 9 planets around the sun does not support this theme but in another context, it explains the relationship between Poetry and Art. This theme also represents:

  • the relationship between the art or poem and the producer’s mind.
  • the written work(the poem) and the illustrated work(the artwork).

This is another revised version with the same concept, the titles are placed on the planets to free up more space for the information.

Final idea based on The Galaxy According to Miss Newton

For this design, I wanted to represent my reflective information and the research information. The first planet will show the research question, and the rest will provide the planned information (image below), alternating between ‘about me’ and ‘about the research’. In the second idea, the name of some art movements will placed on the asteroids to show the movements taking place in the Solar System.

Notes for the sections on each planet

Typographic art

Futurism, Dadaism and Visual Poetry (Concrete Poetry)

Typography and art inspired by Typography is one of my favorite type of art, especially when the words arranged on the canvas convey the meaning of the text. Typography as an art form began several years ago, prior to the invention of creative writing. It’s features were beautifully and perfectly carved by scribes and literate people. Typography was seen as an art, it represented a high status and made words written on a paper, a precious item.

Typography may have been an art used with some poetry forms in earlier periods but was overtaken by drawings and paintings afterwards. Several art movements were based on different techniques of paintings, most of the poet artists discussed in this research and other poet artists from their era, they portrayed poems with paintings or their artistic pieces were paintings.

Modern arts were applied by Post-Nineteeneth century artists. The Futurism movement began by Italian poet in 1909. Futurism, an Italian avant-garde art movement that took speed, technology and modernity as its inspiration was a self-invented art movement. The works produced by futuristic artists, authors and scholars reflected their interest in the 2oth Century life, war, the machine age and Fascism.
However, Futurism began a new art and poetry movement that relied on the use of the “letters” or alphabets to create meaning.

After Futurism, Dadaism was a another movement that used typography as one of the main artworks. Dadaism was quite a bizarre movement because it was very diverse and went against the conventions of art as it was known – which was the main aim of the movement. With Futurism and Dadaism, words were considered images and not exactly supposed to make sense to the audience. The words were formed from different letters mixed together, after the 20th Century, art and poetry took new turns because they both moved away from the expected to the unexpected. Both disciplines could be used together on a canvas of work.

"Zang Tumb Tumb" - a sound poem published by Marinetti in1914

In the 21st century, poetic art can be simple and structured if the creator wants it to be. Visual poetry, creates poetry that can be seen with the visual arrangement of text, images and symbols to convey the meaning of the poem. Concrete poetry is very organised and though the process of creation can be complex, the main message or symbol of the poem can be easily understood. The image below shows this quite clearly

Cross, by John Ecko. From the book "Signs of Life"

The art movement of the 20th Century was Futurism, it inspired and was inspired by other art movements. Typography art has became one of the fundamental topics of Graphic Design and it is still evolving.

Image of Zang Tump Tump art by Marinetti

Cross, visual poetry by John Ecko

Futurism Information

Representing information: the Galaxy

This idea expands on the Earth representation of “my world”. Instead of representing me, I have chosen to represent myself and Poetry and art. The title is “The Galaxy According to Miss Newton” because one of my inspirations is The Bible, and my faith represents a big part of my life.

The Galaxy According to Miss Newton idea was taken from the popular reference ‘The Gospel According to (say) Saint John (or) Saint Mark (or) Saint Peter…
The idea of using the Galaxy or Universe comes from my perception of myself, I am quite spacey(in a world of my own, most of the time), I am unique and I am very thoughtful. The Galaxy here represents my mind and knowledge.

The world Galaxy represents vivid colors, motion and bring some imagery into mind.

The Galaxy According To Miss Newton

Dark Blue
Shades of Red
Shades of yellow

The 9 planets
the Sun
Milky way
Bright flashes of lighting of new stars in the process of creation

The 9 planets will represent 9 different aspects of my life:
My Future
My Morals and Ethics
My Perfect Dream or my wishes
my hobbies and interests
my Favorite quotes
my favourite personalities

Mapping the terrain: Ideas

The aim of this section of the project was to create a graphical representation of the research undertaken in the previous section. My research was on this question: Based on the works of poetic artists, explain how art reflects the meaning and influences behind the creative piece

The areas I wanted to explore:

  • some examples of poetry and art used together
  • the history of poetry and art
  • the different ways art has been used to represent words
  • influences behind poetry and influences behind art

Another aspect of the project was to reflect and represent me, Who I am, What Inspires Me and What will I do in the future?. The diagram below represents my plans for the creative outcome: (1) Based on representation of me. (2) A creative piece based on Poetry and Art.