Cities have an urban reality that is often accented with street art. We call it graffiti, or street art, or tagging, or vandalism. Itâs an artform rich with history and self-expression.
There is some I love â some I find huge inspiration with. I refer to this type as graffiti or street art. In 1998 we hired a street artist to do a piece in our first office. I learned a lot about the artform and how it is done. He told me about the planning, and sketching, and preparation involved with doing a large piece. Itâs a similar process to what we, as designers, go through.
Thereâs the message. What is it that you are trying to convey? Thereâs the sketching phase. How do you portray this message? Thereâs the design phase. What will this look like? What are the constraints? Colors, outlines, highlights, medium, location. How quickly does this need to be done (designers call this a deadline)? Then it moves into production.
The end goal is the same. Get noticed. Make an impact. There are some street artist who have become so famous that the value of buildings that have their art has skyrocketed. You may be familiar with Banksy or Shepard Fairey or Facebookâs millionaire graffiti artist, David Choe.
So before you call Graffiti Blasters, think about the art. Does it add value to the neighborhood or uniqueness to the street? How can we collectively as citizens âraise the barâ for street art?
There is a cool site where you can create your own. Give it a shot >