4. Avant Garde



ASSIGNMENT: Avant Garde Pinterest Board—Due end of the day, April 23rd

To apply Design Thinking to any innovation created by an individual person or group we must first understand the context in which it was created. We must also define that overall context as a framework that is made up of several decreasingly smaller sub groupings of specific kinds of influences.

So, on this assignment the larger design thinking contextual groupings to first consider in the following order are:

  1. Modernism
    • simplification to essence
    • abstraction avoiding decoration
    • favor geometric shape over organic shape
    • rejection of religious or spiritual
    • limited color palette
  2. Avant Garde
    • Manifestos
    • cutting-edge
    • outside the box
    • paradigm shifting
    • radical change
  3. Specific Avant Garde Art/Design Movement (pick one of these)
    • Cubism (if you choose Cubism, you must relate it to all of the other avant grade movements because it is a foundation for all of them)
    • Futurism
    • Dada
    • Berlin Dada
    • Merz
    • Destijl
    • Russian Constructivism
    • Suprematism
    • Bauhaus
  4. Individual Artist/Designer—(pick an artist from within the art movement your group has chosen)
    • concentrate on one of the avant grade artist/ designers with the purpose of understanding their individual contributions within their specific art group (listed above)
    • concentrate on the same artist and focus on their contributions to Modernism
  5. Create a Collaborative Pinterest Board in your group

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    • Create a Pinterest Board for the Avant Garde Movement your group has chosen. this is the main Pinterest Board
      • On this main page add a narrative summary/description of all the zeitgeist influences that affected your movement causing it to come into being in the first place, as well as the resulting influences from the movement that have occurred as a result of it. This is where you write about the main characteristics of the movement, and artist, zeitgeist and resulting influences and tie them all together—Design Thinking. It is the single most important part of the assignment.
    • Make your board collaborative by clicking the pencil tool at top of the board, then add all members of your group by email invitation. Also, add me.
    • Each person in your group then posts a collection of images (minimum of 10 images per person). There must be at least ten images in each of the following sections;
      1. Artist Name Section— (click the + Add Section to create this) These are the images that represent your artist’s individual art/design work.
      2. Zeitgeist Section (click the + Add Section to create this.) These are images that represent the main contextual influences that effected the Art Movement as a whole. This is NOT where you put pictures of the artist’s work nor examples of the art movement. Instead this is where you put pictures of the events, places, technology, etc. that were an influence on the artist. You will need to research outside of Pinterest for this kind of information.
      3. Resulting Influences Section (click the + Add Section to create this.) These are images that represent the resulting or continuing effect of the Art Movement on Modernism and Contemporary Design of today. You will need to research outside of Pinterest for this kind of information.
    • Edit each Pin image by adding a description of the image’s importance according to one of the three categories listed above. This description needs to be more than simply a caption. It is where you indicate the design thinking reason for choosing the image for this board. You must add descriptions to each slide/image indicating why you included it. Simply captioning it with its title or the artist’s name who created it is not enough. You must apply design thinking.
    • Share your Boards via email to me at bdeboer@pacific.edu
    • Check this Board out on Pinterest! Look for an email invitation to join this Board. It is a “Secret” board and is not visible to anyone outside of the class.

5. Finally, turn in to me