Influences

Introduction

Two key figures come to mind when I think about how I developed my approach to teaching Graphic Design. The first artist/designer/educator, Wucius Wong, is one of my design heroes from Columbus College of Art and Design, where I earned my B.F.A. in Illustration. The other influential design educator, Rob Roy Kelly, taught at CMU among other private and public art schools and colleges in the US. Both of these men provided structures and examples for teaching design, which have heavily influenced my teaching approach and the development of PTI's foundation design courses.


Wucius Wong

Wucius Wong

Wucius Wong, first from the right, front.

Wucius Wong studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, and later at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland, where he obtained his B.F.A. and M.F.A degrees.

He returned to Hong Kong in 1965, where he joined the City Museum and Art Gallery as assistant curator in contemporary art and design, a position he has held since then. Privately he is a painter involved with the fusion of Oriental and Western traditions, and he has exhibited widely in Hong Kong, Saigon, Manila, Taiwan, Sao Paulo, London, and New York, and other cities of the United States.

In 1970/71 he was awarded a fellowship by the J.D.R 3rd Fund, New York, which enabled him to visit the United States again to observe contemporary art and art education developments for about 10 months.

Principles of Form and Design, by Wucius Wong Principles of Two Dimensional Design, by Wucius Wong
Principles of Form and Design, by Wucius Wong

Principles of Form and Design, by Wucius Wong

Principles of Two-Dimensional Design and Principles of Form and Design, by Wucius Wong. The Design 1 and 2 courses at PTI are based on these classic graphic design texts.


Google books: Principles of Form and Design
Google books Principles of Two-Dimensional Design

As an arts educator and administrator, Wucius Wong (B. 1936) is among the first to bring Western Modernist theories and concepts to Hong Kong through his critical writings and organized events. He has helped develop and implement a comprehensive and systematic course of design, which had nurtured a generation of outstanding designers.   The integration of design geometry and majestic landscape characterize the paintings of Wucius Wong.

The principles of graphic design form the backbone of his composition. Mountainous masses heave to align themselves with mirroring planes and neatly folding lines; winding rivers turn course to defer to geometry. At the heart of Wucius Wong's painting, there lies an artistic vision that governs the terrain and streams. His landscape is solitary and serene, and in its the vision aspires to the poetic and nostalgic, a quality similar to Wong's literary style. The breath-taking monumentality of the Chinese landscape is reconstructed from its deconstructive phase. Fragmented rivers reunite but now in forms of cracked jades or intricate geometric shapes. Nature turns into a kaleidoscope of fragments, surreal and intricate, and is recreated within one's mind.


Wucius Wong

Deep in the Mountains No.7, Wucius Wong


Wucius Wong

Mountains No. 2, Wucius Wong


Wucius Wong

Great River No.11, Wucius Wong
Ranker - Abstract art works by Wucius Wong

Rob Roy Kelly

Rob Roy Kelly

Rob Roy Kelly

Rob Roy Kelly was a graphic design educator, historian and collector whose influential book on the history of 19th-century American wood type prompted a major typographic revival in the 1970's.

Mr. Kelly's analytical history of antique and forgotten typefaces, ''American Wood Type, 1828-1900: Notes on the Evolution of Decorated and Large Types and Comments on Related Trades of the Period,'' was originally published by Da Capo Press in 1977. It was one of the first serious attempts to uncover the origins of this decorative vernacular style of type, which was introduced during the early days of American advertising.

American Wood Type Book Cover, by Rob Roy Kelly Woodblock letter - M

American Wood Type Book

Woodblock Letter

Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection

A study collection held by the Design Division of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin

He collected wood type from local printers for use by his students at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. He began gathering the types in the late 1950s and continued adding to the collection over the next decade. He started researching the history, manufacture, and use of the growing collection partly in response to questions that arose from working with his students.

Rob Roy Kelly Teaching input.

Rob Roy Kelly This & That Insights, Teaching


Mr. Kelly's exhaustive investigation into printers' records inspired other scholars to study the ignored past of graphic design.

''All of my research projects began with personal curiosity which could not be satisfied because there was no body of information on the subject,'' Mr. Kelly wrote on a Web site of his writings created by the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he was formerly the William A. Kern professor of communications.

Kelly’s final work with the Collection came in the early 1990s when he was asked by Adobe Systems to participate in a project to develop digital revivals of historic wood types as part of the Adobe Originals program. As consultant to the project, Kelly helped select, from his own collected materials, the type styles that would be made into digital fonts.

Iductory Level Perceptual Studies for Beginning Students in Design, Page 3

Introductory Level Perceptual Studies for Beginning Students in Design, Page 3
Iductory Level Perceptual Studies for Beginning Students in Design, Page 20

Introductory Level Perceptual Studies for Beginning Students in Design, Page 20
Student Work, Color

Student Work, Color
Student Work, Color

Student Work, Color
Student Work, Color

Student Work, Color
Collected Writings of Rob Roy Kelly - RIT