Saturday, December 11, 2010

Fakery Research

Ok, So I had a few options that I could have gone for in terms of generating a 'web of lies' looking at famous lies;

Famous Liars

Most people don't want to be famous for lying, but the following people will be, for better or worse, remembered for the lies they were accused of telling.

James Frey: After his autobiography A Million Little Pieces became a bestseller thanks to Oprah Winfrey selecting it for her book club, it was discovered that important parts of the book had been fabricated.

After much controversy, Frey appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the second time on January 26, 2006 and claimed that the "demons" that had driven him to abuse alcohol and drugs were the same ones that had led him to invent events in his autobiography. Oprah told him: "I feel that you betrayed millions of readers."

Stephen Glass: While working as a reporter in the late 1990s for The New Republic, it was discovered that Glass had been making up facts in his stories. Glass had gone so far as to create fake websites and sources.

A movie about Glass called Shattered Glass came out in 2003, starring Hayden Christensen as Glass. The tagline for the movie was: "He'd do anything to get a great story."

Jayson Blair: In 2003, the New York Times reporter was caught plagiarizing and making up parts of his stories. He resigned and published a book in 2004 called Burning Down My Masters' House: My Life at the New York Times. In the book, he blames his behavior on a past battle with bipolar disorder and drug problems.

Janet Cooke: Washington Post journalist Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for a story called 'Jimmy's World," about an 8-year-old heroin addict. The only trouble was that she had created the entire story out of thin air. Once it was discovered, Cooke resigned and returned the Pulitzer. She has since sold the movie rights to her story.

Like Glass and Blair, Cooke lied about her schooling and previous experience in order to get the job. She falsely claimed to have a degree from Vassar College and to have studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Jack Kelley: In 2004, it was exposed that USA Today correspondent and Pulitzer Prize nominee Jack Kelley had been fabricating stories and sources. He denied the charges and resigned.

Bill Clinton: The 42nd President of the United States. Lied under oath about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and subsequently, in 1998, became the second president in U.S. history (the first was Andrew Johnson) to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

Richard Nixon: The 37th President of the United States. After it came to light that he had been involved in illegal activities, including wiretapping and harassment of political opponents in the Watergate scandal, Nixon lied and tried to cover up the misdeeds. The truth eventually came to light and he resigned before he could be impeached.

Baron Münchhausen : A German baron who served in the military and returned home with tall tales about his adventures. He reportedly told people that he'd travelled to the Moon, ridden cannonballs, and escaped from a swamp by pulling himself out by his own hair.

His supposed adventures became the subject of many books. Over the years, the tales of Munchausen have become popular adventure stories told to children. In 1998, filmmaker Terry Gilliam adapted some of the stories into a movie called The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Two psychological disorders are named after him. Munchausen syndrome is a disorder in which someone feigns illness in order to get attention. Munchausen syndrome by proxy is a disorder in which a caregiver (usually the mother) fakes or induces illness in his or her child or in another person in his or her care in order to gain attention and sympathy.

But then I realised that these are all quite simple lies, they don't involve a lot of different stages of lying... or if they do theres no real record of them unlike the weapons of mass destruction lies of which several pieces of information have been leaked:

This documents the series of lies told and chronicles the events leading to the war in Iraq quite nicely, it would be good to plaugerise from to provide content for the web of lies I'm wanting to work with.

This poster below uses a similar style of data visuals as I want to employ for the fakery brief that I'm working on. the layout of typography around a circular structure is something I want to look at and I'm also a big fan of how clean and simple this layout is.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

UK Guild Of Taxidermists context

Whils I appreciate that this isn't neccassarily the same style but the layout of objects to create a character summary is appropriate; I'm creating an identity for the guild through the tools they're using.

In terms of what I'm doing for the guild of taxidermists, the tools I've been line tracing lend themselves quite well to this blocky, faux screenprint style. Most of them are really interesting but my isse comes with the amount of colours in each, making it a little too full on for a brand identity.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Order Of The Magi influences

Ok, so these are quite obscure influences, but I think what I'm trying to get at are the unusual nature of magic and that I need to put across this kind of ambiguity.

The thin line weight and simplicity of these symbols is quite interesting visually, this kind of cleaness in a logoform is something I'd perhaps want to emulate.

The imagery of the hand with somethign else within it suggests a magic symbol to me, the connection between body and symbols suggests something very occult and edgy which I quite like.

Again, like the food vectors, the simplicity of this and the way letterforms become a little more obscure within the logo are perhaps something I want to emulate. I also think it's important to have something clean and quite modernist.

The all seeing eye made me want to put this up. I think it's trying to get this traditional feel of magic/occult imagery and combine it with an ultra modern feel, much like some of the earlier logoforms I was looking at.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Inspiration, Flat Earth Society

These are the kinds of things I've been looking at for the flat earth society, they have a kind of traditional look that I want to echoe, it would be a useful semiotic to influence how people view the traditional/potentially backwards thinking of the society.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Contacting the societies

I've decided to contact these societies in order to try and get some copies of the rules, in order to make a rulebook to send out:

I've tried to be as frank as possible, I'll let you know about the results. If they respondpositively, I'll be able to get other things out of it, or at least that's the hope anyway.

FInding other societies:

After my initial discussions about this project, I decided I really wanted to a membership pack fro a magic society, not THE magic society 'The Magic Circle' but a smaller one with a more unusual name.

This Website
has an alphabetised list of all UK based magic societies. The two that look the most promising are the Pentacle Club and the Order of The Magi. As you can see, the design for both is extremely lacking and there's perhaps an option to propose websites with this brief as well. I think I'm more inclined to go with the Order of the Magi, because their name is a lot more ambiguous and open to reinterpretation. The pentacle club is very literal, and the order of the magi seems more steeped in history as a name. Despite the Pentacle Club's 90 year history.

After an extensive search looking through societies, guilds and clubs I came across, the one that provoked the most intrigue was the UK Guild of Taxidermists

Now I've got my subject matter, I need to contact them to get things like their headquarters/contact address, their mission statements and their rules and regulations. Now I'm going to go away and start looking at ways to represent these societies.