Here goes the first Red+Company blog post. I’m excited about the blog, but not exactly sure where it’s going to go, or how often I’m going to post. I suspect it will cast a wide — even random — net. I’ll post occasional examples of my client work but, more often than not, will simply explore art, design, and communication topics that interest me — particularly if they touch on Switzerland, my mother country.
So, I may post on:
The Swiss poster designer Ralph Schreivogel, the Swiss artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp, and the Swiss engineer Robert Maillart.
Color field painting, the US sculptor John Chamberlain, and the photographer Vivian Maier. More randomly, I’ll post a handful of gorgeous medium-format photos I found in a fleamarket fifteen years ago. Some of them were taken on the set of West Side Story when the neighborhood around what is now Lincoln Center was being razed for the huge arts complex.
Infographics. I love how this design format helps us understand information. I’ll share some examples I find or design that cover random topics like the suffrage movement in Switzerland. Women didn’t get the national vote there until 1972 and, as if that isn’t crazy enough, the local vote in one Canton until 1991!
Form and function. I’m fascinated by how content and meaning are held by form in art, design, and language — any form of communication, really — and what that means about getting the form right. For example, omit a comma and the meaning of a sentence goes haywire. Change the composition between two figures in a photo and their relationship changes. Or wear blue instead of red on your team’s uniform and you may put yourself at risk of losing the game.
Did I say random? The posts will be random, though perhaps over time some threads will appear. But all will be interesting to me, and hopefully to you as well. If they are I hope you’ll subscribe to the blog!