I believe that remix is a huge part of graphic design. When using a program like Photoshop or Illustrator, using a number of different source materials (stock images, vectors, brushes, fonts, etc) to create one final piece of work I believe is a type of remix. These days I am noticing a trend where iconic images of celebrities, political figures and famous pieces of art and being ‘remixed’ with graphic designers adding their own creativity to the image and creating a juxtaposed image, most of the time in a fun, playful manner. For example, Marilyn Monroe is a part of pop culture and her face is regarded as one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood, and nowadays she is being remixed in various ways in a lot of posters, street art, internet memes and even printed on clothing.
“In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece”.
Another form of remix is in the music industry. Because I am a big hip hop fan, over the years my taste in music has expanded due to listening to hip hop and r&b music and then reading the credits of those songs and finding the original song that was sampled. My taste in music now ranges from rap and r&b to funk, soul, jazz, disco and a little bit of pop, electronic and rock. My appreciation and respect for musicians and bands who play real instruments has grown and I am now finding myself searching Youtube for some old school funk and soul music because some of the music these days is average at best and has no real talent to it, it is more just somebody learning how to use a music program.
Here is one of my favourite rap songs with one of my favourite sample. (Warren G’s Regulate from 1994 sampling Michael McDonard’s I Keep Forgetting (1982)
Yes I do remix to create my own work. I think that researching and creating mood boards is a good way to get your creative juices flowing and using that as inspiration. Where as some people don’t believe in doing research because they think that they will find something they like and pretty much just copy that without any of their own ideas and creativity.
When I created my designer toolkit poster in the style of Porsche Racing posters from the 1960’s I researched those posters to see the colours, lines, fonts and image treatments that were used so that I could take those design elements and apply them to my poster with my own spin on them.
1960s Porsche Racing poster My Designers Toolkit poster