Design, art, poetry, protest… All those things are about people expression. Street art as graphic design is neither right nor wrong. The best corporate designer can create something beautiful or ugly. That’s all on the aim of the piece. Graffiti can be motivated by joy, sadness or rage, it can be selfish or altruistic. Grafitti and graphic design are just expression. There is no art movement that involves those concepts more than street art.
Graffiti is involved
in a constant evolution,
it is more alive
than any other art
Grafitti design was born in ancient history and reborn with the rise of the urban and hip-hop culture. As an art graffiti is in constant evolution, it is more active than any art. It can be everything, a brick building, a door, a train… The variations and possibilities are unlimited, so this is a feature that every good graphic designer should embrace to improve the quality and originality of his work. Street artist us two or three dimensions, they play with the city, with the elements. When creating it every technique is suitable, not only spray and paint but also, markers, wood, toys, steel…
Modern street art has become the official visual art form for the suburban culture. New graffiti movement started as a symbol of the hip-hop movement in the 70s and 80s, however, its worldwide fame has turned it into an icon of the global urban culture revolution. Postmodern youth just wanted to find their own space in the new modern world. It was really difficult in this highly regulated scenario so they decided to build their own, new spaces by painting the real world and adapting the cities to their real thoughts.
Postmodern youth just wanted to find their own space in the new modern world.
This scenario was not far from the current graphic design reality. There is a “canonical” way to do design stuff, however, that is only the mainstream, not necessary the best way. It is such a powerful influence that make most of professional graphic designers forget there are unlimited ways to create different pieces. The freedom of graffiti art is the reference that every good corporate designer should follow to develop new, fresh, outstanding creations.
Street art is unique
without pretending to look
fun, serious or valuated
Common people, art critics, artists… All of them agree that graffiti is the closest the essence of art. It is direct, wild, and represents the true thoughts and feelings of the artist and its world. Besides, it is timeless and attractive for a wide range of people. Street art is unique without pretending to look fun, serious or valuated. Graffiti artists just look for the essence of art expression. With no format, accessibility or inspiration barriers, street art is art at its wildest, best expression.
Some people become
vandals because they want
to make the world
a better looking place
The master of graffiti, Banksy, said once “Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place”.