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Jovan McGee

December 11, 2010

Jovan McGee





– Topic Observations –

Using humor as a device to bring in a broader audience on an otherwise more serious topic. One of the best examples of this that I’ve seen would have to be The Graphic Imperative. Just about every artist involved in that show had an influence on me. The way that the show tackled several different issues, some more important than others, in a way where it was approachable for people that may or may not have been oblivious to those issues. At the same time there were some issues that everyone knew of, but may have only seen it done one way and became engaged after they saw it shown differently. This is around the same idea that I have, but for more immediate/modern issues.

There’s also the idea of having the viewer discover a deeper meaning in something that they don’t see or get at first glance. With humor, I can use it to draw in a certain group of people who wouldn’t usually care too much about a certain issues they may be facing or at least know of and sort of trick them into paying attention to it to that issue. I want to create somewhat of an “ah ha” moment for the viewer, which I feel is always a self gratifying thing when art challenges you and you get it or at least gets you to think about it.

I mostly want to deal with “current” issues of our society, meaning things that are happening in the world right now. I want to focus on things that deal with issues that have recently or are immediately affecting us in the here and now, some more important/bigger than others. Issues such as: the gulf coast oil spill, “sexting” (under age), the economic state of the US, illiteracy, healthcare, “sagging,” environment, the existing war efforts, etc.

– Thesis –

Specific types of humor better lends itself to certain issues w/o becoming insensitive to the topic, which make them more approachable for people that may not initially want to confront them.

– Terms –

Issue a point, matter, or dispute, the decision of which is of special or public importance

Discover to see, get knowledge of, learn of, find, or find out; gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown)

Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.

Sagging is a manner of wearing trousers (slacks, shorts, pants or jeans) below the waist.

Humor a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement

types of humor

Sarcasm a sharp ironical taunt; sheering or cutting remark

Irony the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

Wit the keen perception & cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement & pleasure

Hyperbole obvious and intentional exaggeration

Satire the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

Slapstick broad comedy characterized by boisterous action

Pun the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning

Parody humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing

Understatement the act or an instance of stating something in restrained terms, or as less than it is; “Hank Aaron was a pretty good ball player”

Metaphor a figure of speech in which a term of phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest resemblance

Joke something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement


– Reading Log –

20th Century Design, Catherine McDermott

The Big Book of Graphic Design, Roger Walton

7 essentials of Graphic Design, Allison Goodman

Happy Birthday, Bach, Seymour Chwast & Peter Schickle

Pictograms, Icons & Signs, A Guide to Information Graphics, Rayan Abdullah & Roger Hubner

No More Rules. Graphic Design and Postmodernsim, Rick Poyner

– Case Studies –

Anthon Beeke

using a “familiar” form and manipulating it to bring some humor to a serious subject

Steff Geissbuhler

using pop culture icons (Godzilla & King Kong) to represent something else their associated with to humorously bring awareness to something, in this case Peace between China & USA.

Tibor Kalman

using a kind of “wow factor” that could be funny to some people, and ultimately entice them into what you’re trying to say, or blatantly saying.

– Bibliography –

…soon to come…

– Visual Studies –

…soon to come…


I’m interested in exploring some type of animation using Flash for a website, preferably a website that I would create using Dreamweaver. Flash & Dreamweaver are the two programs that I don’t know how to use at all for the most part. Anytime I talk to people that don’t know much about graphic design, the first thing they ask me is if I can make a webpage; granted, I know better, but I still feel like I should be able to at least know how to do this.


I would like to do a poster series on the unwritten rules of society, such as: don’t eat with your mouth full, walking on the right side of the sidewalk, don’t get stuck in the friend zone, etc. Everyone doesn’t know and/or use the same “rules” as everyone else, which is why I think it would be interesting to see quick forms referencing different unwritten rules, and seeing who can recognize them, quick or slow. I think It would be something fun and relatable to do, and presents the challenge of thinking of non-cliché/new ways to represent them.


I want to investigate how opacity of colors can create completely new colors all their own. Pantone colors alone intrigue me, so creating new/ or at least unique ones would be interesting. I was thinking of having certain colors with different percentages on Mylar, while the original color is on some good opaque paper behind it. Colors with different opacities could eventually intermingle with other colors with different opacities.