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.

Haika and Haiga, Japanese Poetry and Painting

Haika, Hokku and Haikai are related forms of traditional Japanese poetry. The three terms are often confused with each other, it has been practised since the 17th century with Hokku masters Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa. In the 1890s, the poetry was to be written, read and understood as an independent poem, it was now referred to as Haiku, the plural of ‘Haika’. So the old form of poetry was Hokku and the moderm form is Haiku.

Haiku today, consists of upto 17 syllables, it traditionally depicting a fleeting moment of a given season. Haiku is written in the Japanese writing which is Calligraphy, a form of act on its own.
Although, Haiga – the artistic side is said to go with Haikai instead of Haiku/Haika, it is still an aspect of Haiku.

Haiku and Haiga, work together, they are meant to complement and not explain, one another – the poetry is Haiku and Haiga is the painting. “Haiga is Haiku, Calligraphy and Painting” and it has it traits. In traditional Haiga paintings, a simplistic use of ink brush strokes and light color is used.

This is one of the example of Haiku(the poetry) by Matsuo Basho adapted with haiga(painting). The poetry is called Mogami River.

Digital Artwork by kuni_san, of Haiku "Mogami River" by Matsuo Basho

Poetry and Art have several influences of their own, each poet and artist will produce work based on their influences. For instance.

Haika is influenced by Nature, Culture and Calligraphy…whiles
Haiga is influenced by imagery, one’s imagination, the calligraphy of the Haiku, nature and any art technique.

Hokku, Haiku and Haikai information

Mogami River Haiga by Kuni_San

Title: The Haiga: Haiku, Calligraphy, and Painting

Title: Poetry Review: Matsuo Basho

Photography and Poetry

An Interview with God – a presentation movie

An Interview with God

This is one of my favorite inspirational creations, An Interview with God might not necessarily being a poem but a story based the author’s relationship with God and how He(God) sees us and cares for us(mankind) as His children.

The use of imagery to represent God – we don’t know how He looks like, it uses beautiful images of nature. Although the message in the poem is quite sad, the images convey positivity and hope. In the end, the message is uplifting, the three features of the presentation enforce the message of the poem: the imagery, the words and the music.


Website – An Interview with God

Digital Poetry

Poetry and Digital Art – Digital Poetry

Digital poetry is a new genre of literary, visual, and sonic art launched by poets who experimented with computers in the late 1950s. Digital poetry is an evolving process, employing various techniques that began to form well before the advent of the personal computer and continues to refine itself in today’s World Wide Web (WWW) environment. Labels such as “e-poetry,” “cyberpoetry,” and “computer poetry” have been used to describe creative work in this area.
Extract from by Christopher Funkhouser

mmm Skyscraper, I Love You(1994)

Preview of mmm Skyscraper, I Love cover

mmm, Skyscraper, I love you is a book which features typographic images from the streets of New York. It was created by design group Tomato, Karl Hyde and John Warwicker. Who were also core members of the British Techno Band, Underworld. A few of the typographic artwork appears in some of their videos such as Dark Train.

Album cover for Dubnobasswithmyheadman

Also, the cover art for Underworld’s album Dubnobasswithmyheadman was taken from the book mmm Skyscraper, I Love You. Their experimental videos from the album is made by Tomato design members from the Band.

Digital Poetry by Jason Nelson
Jason Nelson designs art games based on interactive poetry, his poetry explores various subjects: politics, new media culture, web 2.0, history and news affair.

Jason Nelson, an interactive poetry game

This one is called “i made this. you play this. we are enemies”, it is based on the internet, web 2.0 and google. Click here for the link to the game. The website has 4 games and a bonus game.

Chris Joseph – Digital art
Chris Joseph describes himself as an electronic writer. His works include text, images and video, sounds, etc. Most of his poetry are flash animations.
This is a image of one of his poems

An image of System variations

Title:Digital Poetry: A Look at Generative, Visual, and Interconnected Possibilities in its First Four Decades

Jason Nelson, digital poetry

Chris Joseph – digital fiction, electronic poetry, digital art, music

Poetry in the 19th Century: David Jones

David Jones(1895-1974)

Walter David Jones(full name) was born in Brockley, Kent on November 1st, 1895 to a Welsh Father. At an early age, Jones was interested in art and very talented, as early as the age of seven, his sketch Dancing Bear, attracted some attention and was showcased at the Royal Drawing Society.

In 1909, he attended classes at the Camberwell Art School, he was inspired by magazines but after moving through this course, he was determined to pursue a career as an animal illustrator or a painter of Welsh History. In January 1915, he enlisted to join the Royal Welch Fusiliers were serviced in France and the Flaunders. After his army service in 1918, he return to studying art in the Westminster School of Art and quit after two years. In 1921, he converted from Protestantism to Catholicism and meet with Eric Gill an engraver and sculptor. He joined Eric Gill at Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic at Ditchling where craftsmen work for a living and reputation, he was not successful with learning carpentry and decided on wood and copper engraving, he still continued to make illustrations.

After eight years of ups and downs in his life, he was elected to the Seven and Five Society. In 1929, he began working on his piece In Parenthesis an epic war poem which explored the parallels in the experiences of the soldiers in World War One with the experiences of those who had gone to war before. In the same year, he produced ten children’s illustrations.

One of David Jones's illustrations from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner engravings(1929)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was the longest major poems by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written in 1797–98 and was published in 1798.

David Jones, one of his Painted Inscriptions

The image above shows one of his Painted Inscriptions, it was part of his long narrative In Parenthesis. Painted Inscriptions is a genre of its own. For me, it looks like a primitive form of typographic collage. The piece is very deep, it represents the personality of David Jones, his beliefs and it is how he interprets a text.

Between 1928 to 1932, David Jones went traveling, however, the later year, he suffered a mental breakdown from his experiences as a solider. Due to this mental condition, he did not produce any art for five years. In 1937, when he had recovered, he finally published his would-be famous piece In Parenthesis.
During the Second World War, he settled in London between this period and before the last four years of his life, he added Painted Inscription(a work made of abstract symbols), The Anathemata and some still-paintings to his collection. He suffered another metal breakdown in 1947 but preserved in continuing his art.

From 1970 to 1974, Walter D. Jones lived in a nursing home following an incident that led to a broken hip bone. David Jones died in 1974, in the same year, ‘The Hunt’ and ‘The Sleeping Lord’ were published. After his death in 1981, ‘The Roman Quarry’ was published.

Title: First World – Prose & Poetry – David Jones

Image: David Jones and the Ancient Mariner

Title: The dense mythology of David Jones’ watercolours at National Museum Cardiff
By:Richard Moss | 10 November 2011