Cristiana Couceiro Modern Collage Work

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Beautiful collage work from Lisbon based designer Cristiana Couceiro.  As Steve Mehallo puts it, “When one thinks of collage, it’s usually something  . . .  scrapbooky. Not always the case.”

In a recent issue of Moloko, she talked about gathering source material. “On Saturdays I like to go through the flea market collecting memories. Feira da Ladra as we call it here in Lisbon. That means Thief Fair, which is funny collecting other people’s memory to build a new one”. Her source material comes from a variety of modern sources including: record covers, Canadian logos, 1960s paperback books, Latvian magazines, Swiss posters, as well as work from the Bauhaus.

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Also worth checking: Swiss Graphic Design By Geigy. & Hans Hartmann.

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Love these.

Amazing work, just perfect.

Lovely! Can you purchase any of these?

leeW. |

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Good question Lee. I’m not sure. You could email Cristiana.

I love these pieces. Great inspiration!!!

Josh |

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Brilliant. Great inspiration

Josh |

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Looks like the recent Stella billboards I’ve seen around, about the recycled element of their process I think… probably by the same person, nice.

The pioneering design work that came from guys like Müller-Brockmann, Max Bill and Gerstner was so captivating that its still cool to see it brought back and recycled today. Beautiful fun!

When I saw the new Stella ads I thought the same. Does anyone know if she did do them, because if she didn’t they are a complete rip.

Jonathan |

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Jonathan & Seth – Cristina did0 do the Stella ads. They’re on her site…so no, it’s not a total rip-off.

Sweet stuff! I am a sucker for the image (third pic from the bottom) which includes the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “exploding pizza” logo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Broadcasting_Corporation#Logos

Kristen R. |

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I love the quote “When one thinks of collage, it’s usually something . . . scrapbooky. Not always the case.”

Totally true! I love this work. Very inspirational.

This work is really great. Sophisticated and designed with sensitivity and style. People who are working on such collages must be very talented and also educated. I would even say that such work is not ordinary. To create something conscious an artist must work many years to achieve such level of art.

maybe worth noting that a lot of the more interesting typographic and iconographic elements she is using are often complete re-appropriations (rip offs?) of things like Reid Miles album covers.

I like the overall tone of her collages, but often the most interesting elements that people comment on on her flickr page.. are thing she simply copy and pasted and set to Multiply.

don’t mean to be a hater, i like how she has re-contextualized things.. i just find myself wishing she could try a bit harder to find more subtle sources (she has basically pillaged Reid Miles’ Portfolio for blue note).

anon |

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I jsut wanted to say I was a little surprised as with Kristen regarding the similarity to the CBC logo:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_LzWOw4Tbr9E/R_qWNGOwjsI/AAAAAAAAAOY/KhiSAGwnHIg/s400/CBC_Logo_1974-1986.jpg

Including the C in the middle extending outwards and the number of rings etc.. But I suppose it wasn’t commercial work and just an exploration and the work is definitely nice.

Kevin |

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I thought these were very pretty when I saw them the other day, and I quite liked them when I thought they were personal projects. But seeing the Stella poster using the CBC logo gives me pause – is that a copyright violation? I wouldn’t have thought ‘fair use’ extends to being incorporated into a commercial project.

Derek |

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Cristiana’s previous work showing the CBC logo used without even covering up the line which makes the “C” and also using the EXACT same colour scheme both times removes any doubt that this could be an accident.

Cristiana’s work is elegant and beautiful, however this is completely shameful.

The ads should be pulled, Kramer/CBC should be compensated.

Christiana actually worked with the studio Mother London to create the campaign for Stella Artois – her work wasn’t ripped, she actually did the ripping herself by using the CBC logo.
http://www.canadiandesignresource.ca/officialgallery/?p=10437

I think Burton Kramer has actually been informed… I told somebody about this who is familiar with him, and I think he’s passed the message along. Not sure what his reaction is yet, but since he wasn’t informed of the usage beforehand I’m pretty sure he won’t be too happy.

Margot |

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Actually all of the designers who have been ripped off by her should be compensated.

Sadly, the elements that really make her work stand out are the actual pieces that she decided the rip off… the additional collage work seem irrelevant and nonchalant.

Update re: the theft of elements for her Stella ads—her works have been pulled, and replaced by work done in a similar visual style by Mark Weaver, but without the ripping off.

Justin |

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