COMD3504 - Section OL69 - Spring 2022

Author: Andrew (Page 1 of 3)

Response 12


“Hollywood Music in Media Awards HMMA Event Honoring the Music of Visual Mediums and of Indie & Mainstream Artists Worldwide Announces Its First Round Nominees and is Currently Accepting Submissions for Round 2.” Entertainment & Travel, 15 Aug. 2009. Gale General OneFile, Accessed 25 Apr. 2022.

Sableski, Arnold, J. M., & Adomat, D. S. (2015). Celebrating the Hero in All of Us: An Interview With Kadir Nelson. Journal of Children’s Literature, 41(2), 46–.

Magazine, Smithsonian. “The Historical Roots of Racial Disparities in American Health Care.”, Smithsonian Institution, 1 Apr. 2022,

Discussion 12

The fashion trend I’m referring to was popular in the 1990s. They were mostly an underground trend in the early 1990s but acquired popularity in the mid-1990s. Baggy jeans and baggy bondage trousers were extremely fashionable during the nu-metal era, which lasted from the late 1990s through the early-to-mid 2000s. This fashion style emerged throughout the 1990s and was associated with hip-hop culture. Hip hop performers typically wear a baggy top with baggy jeans in music videos and public appearances. It was a popular fad in the 1990s, and it grew popular among a wide range of individuals. It was popular for a brief period of time. I definitely don’t believe this should become popular again because the style was so distinct from what people were wearing at the time. People nowadays choose to dress in a slimmer, more fitted style. When the trend was widespread, a large number of people wore these sorts of apparel, so now I want to see it not be mainstream at all and another style become mainstream. It’s rather intriguing how fashion styles can peak and then drop at the same time.


Week 11

The dichotomy of mainstream vs. subterranean is significant in the current design, according to Heller, since it functions together. In terms of the current design, the mainstream and underground are inextricably linked. The underground culture has been drained by the majority of mainstream artists. The existence of mainstream and underground cultures is due to the fact that some of them are more popular than others. As it was mentioned in the reading:  in order to pave a clear road to the mainstream, all it takes is a following of followers. Indeed, the mainstream loves practically anything “edgy,” even if it is no longer on the cutting edge after the term is given. Also for an example as mentioned in the reading as well. The advertising business uses pornography for edgy appeal, which was formerly the curse of pious society. Despite periodic salvos from morality-in-media organizations, publications and billboards feature all kinds of publicly prohibited sexuality.

The article Music of Visual Mediums and of Indie & Mainstream states: “The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) recognizes and honors the music of visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible, and the music of independent artists from around the globe. Both mainstream and independent artists are honored as peers for their compositions and recordings in all forms of media including film, TV, video games, commercial advertisements, movie trailers, and music videos.” This article demonstrates how underground and mainstream artists and designers collaborate with one another. The industry continues to honor them for the work they have presented to the public. 

The artist I’ll be focusing my project on is Kadir Nelson. According to the Breakfast speaker interview “Kadir Nelson a painter, illustrator, and novelist located in Los Angeles who is most known for his paintings that have been on the pages of The New Yorker magazine on several occasions.” Because of his work over the years, Kadir Nelson may be classified as a mainstream artist. I feel like I’ve seen this work style before, and it’s not really innovative or unique in comparison to an underground artist.

“Hollywood Music in Media Awards HMMA Event Honoring the Music of Visual Mediums and of Indie & Mainstream Artists Worldwide Announces Its First Round Nominees and is Currently Accepting Submissions for Round 2.” Entertainment & Travel, 15 Aug. 2009. Gale General OneFile, Accessed 25 Apr. 2022.

Sableski, Arnold, J. M., & Adomat, D. S. (2015). Celebrating the Hero in All of Us: An Interview With Kadir Nelson. Journal of Children’s Literature, 41(2), 46–.

Discussion 11B

Kadir Nelson is the designer who has piqued my curiosity. Kadir Nelson is a painter, illustrator, and novelist residing in Los Angeles who is most known for his drawings that have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker magazine and Michael Jackson and Drake’s albums. Kadir Nelson’s art piques my curiosity since it has a certain quality to it. It tells a narrative and paints a wider image than simply a painting or a design when you look at it. He’s also an African-American designer, therefore I’m interested in learning more about his work. Portraits of humans are a unique design trend that Kadir Nelson employs. I admire how he used that method to draw the audience’s attention to a larger image.” Design as Art by Bruno Munari,” a theory that pertains to design, is a theory that correlates with Kadir Nelson’s artwork. “Today’s designer reestablishes the long-lost connection between art and the public, between live people and art as a living creature,” says the designer.

Assignment for Week 9

In this week’s reading, Roland Barthes’ 1977 essay, Rhetoric of the Image. Talks about the third message’s indicators (the “symbolic” message, cultural or connoted). Polysemy raises the issue of meaning. According to what I’ve read, polysemy in pictures is the occurrence of various meanings for the same advertising message among members of an audience. Another issue about linguistics is that most people have a fuzzy understanding of the image as a region of resistance to meaning—all in the name of a mythological idea. Images are representations, which means they are ultimately resurrection, and as we all know, the intelligible is said to be hostile to real experience. Understanding linguistic messages Symbolic messages are classified into three types: linguistic communications, coded symbolic messages, and uncoded symbolic messages. Linguistic communications are clearly distinguishable from the other two types. The connoted messages are those that can be derived from all of the components of a picture. Connoted messaging uses a variety of signifiers to convey the many components of an advertisement. When we see an object, for example, we know it will be used in an advertisement, but when we look at the colors, other objects, and text, we start to gain more information. This week’s reading was extremely Interesting and had a lot of peeling parts to annotate and understand. Roland Barthes talks about a lot of Different thoughts and ideas. 

Discussion for Week 9

Week 8’s Sadman Hafiz posted the commercial I picked to discuss. I learned that Colin Kaepernick is the primary person in the advertisement by looking at it. This commercial demonstrates Colin Kaepernick’s willingness to speak up for his beliefs. “Believing in something even if it means sacrificing everything,” says a statement in the advertising. It is a great quotation to utilize as an ad since it demonstrates Nike’s strong Colin Kaepernick to the audience. The significance of believing in a course of action or policy, even if it means losing money or receiving bad criticism. Sadman Hafiz mentions Colin Kaepernick’s anti-racism demonstration. Also, because of the colors black and white utilized in the advertisement, one may interpret the idea of implicit racism and colorism.

Assignment for Week 8

Mary J. Blige Covers ELLE’s February 2022 Issue

The image above is from the front cover of Eile magazine, which features Mary J. Blige. On the cover of this magazine, there is a smattering of black beauty. Black women must accept the beauty that they reject. On the cover, Mary J Blige is used as an example of black strength and beauty. Putting black women in a favorable light.

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty’s ad reveals that they don’t discriminate based on skin tone. Fenty Beauty makes it clear that no one is excluded from the brand. “Beauty for All,” as she saw it, became the marketing purpose. Fenty Beauty debuted with 50 gorgeous foundation colors. This also portrays the company in a favorable light and serves as a beneficial advertisement. Demonstrate that no race is forgotten.

Zara Website Home Page

On Sunday, March 27, this is a screenshot from the Zara homepage. Males of various nationalities were featured on the website. Zara is an inclusive apparel retailer, as evidenced by this advertising. The advertisement portrays the company in a positive light by demonstrating that they support many types of male apparel. While Zara is a diverse brand that sells clothing for men, women, and children, this campaign concentrated solely on men’s apparel.

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