- Internet Savant
Internet Savant is inspired by the transition taking place from the postwar culture of graphic standardization that produced the International Style to the post-2000 world of social networking, communication standards, and memes responsible for the phenomenon of Internet Art. A time when photoshop is preferred to oil, and computer screens to canvasses, Internet Art’s aesthetic is gaudy, nostalgic, and humorous. It’s breaking away from traditional grid-based design and challenging the notion of design standards all together. This web 1.0 aesthetic is seeing a resurgence in things often considered design faux pas: centered-aligned text, gradients, drop shadows, pixelation, and awkward letter spacing. It favors the curious to the expected, the absurd to the practical.
This new design language, one that we find surprising and exciting, is referenced in our piece Internet Savant. The Internet is referenced “in the net” of the texture, and symbolizes the breaking of the grid, a new style pushing through and emerging. The florescent lights illuminating the piece are representative of the hypnotizing, unavoidable, and, at times, downright comforting drone of the computer screen.
Alexa Viscius is a 23-year-old Chicago-based designer who strives to make meaningful work. She is currently working alongside Renata Graw and Jermiah Chiu at Plural, a creative design studio that produces a wide range of media including print, web, video, sound, interactive, and installation. She received her BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. Her work has been recognized by the Chicago Design Archive, Creative Quarterly, and blogs such as Typeverything and Fecal Face.
Jessica Viscius is a 23-year-old graphic designer living and working in Chicago. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a freelance designer and front-end developer. Jessica lives by the advice her grandma gave her as a young girl: “Don’t follow the crowd, you’ll get lost in it.”
Fiberglass mesh, fabric, fluorescent light