It is a pity … that when walking through Dublin town one has to pay so much attention to the traffic. Concentrating only on what’s on the eyes level. Let’s be honest very uneven sidewalks, holes in the road and so on make it hard to look around. Dublin is a small but very busy town.
Otherwise, all those cool signage and typography would be much more appreciated. I really like the cool signage at the facades of Dublin’s shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Influenced by the Victorian industrial era carrying the history and the past of the town.
Last weekend I had a quick run through Dublin town. I wanted to check the spring windows display. It is a long and cold winter this year anno domini 2018. Only very few stores have made a reference to the Easter time and mostly inside of a store rather than in the windows. Otherwise, the displays are domineered by a splash of vivid and intense colours for the coming season.
Here is a link for Abama display company, recently I have been receiving catalogues with their products. The company is based in Germany and it is a supplier of a wide range of props and products for window displays and various decorations. Hope for those who are interested in or work in visual merchandising it would be a useful website to browse on 🙂
The Science Gallery in Dublin is located on the ground of Trinity College. It is an independent non-profit gallery and the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. The gallery occupies two floors with a coffee shop, gift shop and an auditorium for lectures. I try to visit the gallery few times a year, the exhibitions are always very educational at the same time the viewer is asked a lot of questions. You can always get a full explanation from dedicated students involved in the show at the time. The gallery also offers lectures on various scientific topics.
In Case of Emergency is the most recent exhibition which is nearly coming to an end. I like the innovative and interactive way the facts are presented. Made a short recording of it, the display unit is a book with a projected images.
Wall covered with clocks showing specific times around the world as an expression of political and historical events such as nuclear weapon tests, revolutions, massive changes. Took a photo of the one that felt the most personal.
Year: 1990 Minutes to midnight: 10 Difference from the previous setting: -4
European countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania free themselves from Soviet control with no resistance or retaliation by Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. In late 1989, the Berlin Walls falls, symbolically ending the Cold War.
Words coming out from those visuals projects will give you chills. Summary of the world we live in today. It helps to understand our confusion. The macroeconomic, social and financial emergency – can we do anything to stop the decline?
Below images were taken in Dublin Botanic Garden in one of the Victorian greenhouses. The succulent plants made me think of the golden ratio, the mathematical formula that creates – everything!
THE RULE OF THIRDS
When I was studying design I was thought the number three is the ‘magic’ number. Use no more than three colours if you want to have well designed interior space (only if you are very creative introduce the 4th colour in very small doses). Use the maximum of 3 typefaces if you are working with typography and keep the same rule when it comes to texture and shape. If you follow the rule your work will look good if not very good.
The Golden Spiral is also based on that magic number. Working space is dived into 1/3 and then the smaller part of it once again is divided into 1/3 and so on so on till eternity. When you join the meeting points with a curvy line it creates the spiral effect.
Our eye is ‘lazy’ does not like to make an effort when reading and sending the information to our brain. Anything that is is well balanced mathematically is also very well designed.
The pattern of the spiral can be used for creating a really well-composed photograph.
GOLDEN RATIO LIFE BALANCE
ADOBE COLOR WHEEL&SCHEMES
There is an interesting website called Adobe Color. After creating an account you can upload an image and it will pick the most dominating colours out of an image. You can save the selection of colours into your library and share it with other users. The result will show five colours which work very well together, try to choose three out of the five for your project or an idea for further development.
I uploaded few images from the Dublin Botanic Garden to learn a little bit about colour’s combination designed by nature.
This should be my last post this year or maybe this season on gardens and plants. I have few other things I would like to write about but first I want to finish the series on gardens, just to close it … for a while at least.
Dublin Botanic Garden among many different garden sections has one created with just ornamental grasses. The most popular grasses are there, all sorts of stipas and miscanthuses, well that’s what I have noticed and recognised but there is much more. This ornamental grass garden will look at its best towards the end of the summer as those grasses will reach their full growth and height. So, I may go there again and if so will add few more photos to the post. It will be interesting to see how the mood of the garden will change by then.
GRASS GARDEN VLOG
I know the quality is not the best, but so isn’t my old Lumix camera … one day it will be updated 🙂
The grass garden makes me think of the sea with strong but gentle waves. It is the shape of the grasses which is sort of oval, then it’s the movements. The grasses move like seaweeds under the current or like waves that are moving up and down at an angle following the wind. Relaxing and hypnotising. Grasses catch the evening light very well too ‘the tea time’ light 🙂 or the drops of rain and later on the frost. They are very poetic plants. Also, like no other perennials, they create a sound, it is whistling. Long, thin leaves move against each other adding sound to the garden or music for the more sensitive visitors.
Must say Dublin Botanic Garden could have a much better website with some great photography, especially since the place has visually a lot to offer.
Dublin Botanic Garden has established in 1795 and it has a Victorian feel to it, especially the greenhouses resembling The Crystal Palace Expo in 1851 in London.
VIKING HOUSE IN DUBLIN BOTANIC GARDEN
It would be great if we could leave in that kind of eco houses today, wouldn’t it? Houses that had to be rebuilt every 20 years at a low cost, totally organic inside and outside. Once the house was gone it turned into a compost. Unlike today the scary concrete monsters we live in, that will take forever to disappear. How much smaller would be the mortgage on an organic house!