Monday, March 10, 2008

hip hop

Hip Hop culture originated in New York amongst young Hispanic and African American communities during the late 1960's. Synonymous with rap, scratch music and graffiti art, the style encompasses the movements of break-dancing and body-po

Monday, March 3, 2008


Hardcore rock music is an offshoot of the punk rock movement, it began in the US in the late 70's/early 80's.  I will be researching the evolution of this subculture and the way in which it has mutated over the years to become what it is today.  There are many aspects to this subculture that i will also be touching on such as fashion, body art and magazines that have become as much a part of the subculture as the music.

LEILANI: Hip Hop Dance

I will be researching the Dancing part of the Hip Hop subculture, which is a prominent part of the subculture as a whole. Hip hop dance covers the dance styles like Hip Hop, BBoy, Krump,  mainly street dance styles, that are danced to Hip Hop music, or have evolved as a part of the Hip Hop Culture.

ABBY: Cool Surfing

I will be researching about the surfing subcultures. There are a lot of things to do with surfing like clothing, sunglasses, watches, wetsuits, surfboards and keychains. It’s about looking good and being comfortable on a hot day. Very cool! There a great graphics related to the surfing culture.

govinda: snowboarding


Snowboarding is a relatively new sport that has become more popular in the last decade creating a subculture of its own. It evolved from a combination of skiing and surfing and skating. Snowboarders ride down snowy mountains on a board similar to a skateboard without wheels. It originated in the US but is now popular internationally and one of the Winter Olympics official sports.

JOSH:The Plastics

I have chosen to study the 'Plastics' subculture. It is only a new subculture, being around for about 8 years. I find this subculture so strange and interesting. This is a subculture of money, opulence, fashion, cosmetics and being ruled by consumerism.
This group of people are quite materialistic and are ruled by the latest fads and trends.
Buying everything that opens and shuts, or what ever is 'said' to be cool.
The majority of the 'Plastics' are female but there is the odd boy that passes the 'metro' label and enjoys getting spray tans, wearing foundation and waxing there eye-brows.
The name of 'plastic' originates because of the plastic like look that they people have from the excess amount of make-up.

A movie that has given this Subculture more exposure is Mean Girls.

ALEC: Sneaker sub-culture is fresher than fresh!

I chose to research the undeniably intruguing sub-culture of the sneaker. Sneakers have been around for a good while now but, the art of loving and collecting sneakers is a relatively new phenomenon. Sneaker loving and collecting takes its roots from various sub-cultures namely, b-boying, street fashion and design. What started out as a neccessety has rapidly evolved into a quest for the ideal sneaker!

GEMMA: Bodyboarding

In response to the Design Context task, I have decided to research the more recent subculture of Bodyboarding.

From its humble beginnings in the year 1971, this branch of stand up surfing has rapidly advanced and grown into an international sport, taken to fast, fun and often unimaginable extremes which is now well recognised by the majority of the population.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


I have chosen to research the Skater subculture, because I enjoy everything about skating. In recent years it has developed from a “copy of surfing sub-culture” into it’s own sub-culture. That has become one of the most popular “extreme sports” today. Skating is enjoyed around the world as a recreational sport, spectator sport and it is done professionally. Skating also has links with several genre’s of music.

Friday, February 29, 2008

KURT:Downhill Skateboarding

Downhill Skateboarding

As part of my Research for design for a subculture I have chosen a subculture within a subculture that being
“Downhill Skateboarding”
derived from the two subcultures skateboarding and snowboarding.
It is quite an unknown and underground sport,
Also known as speedboarding it is action packed pure adrenaline!

TANE: Graffiti


I chose the graffiti subculture because I have always had an interest in the fantastic wildstyles and raw lawlesscreativity of it. Graffiti in reality does not have much to do with gangster activity - it is about getting art up,in-culture recognition and the rebellious run-from-law vandalism.

Thursday, February 28, 2008


I am going to research the "Mod" movement which originated in London in the late 1950s and peaked in the early to mid 1960s. The mod way of life included dancing, often tailor made clothes and cutting edge fashion, music and motor scooters. I like the sharp clean lines of their look and some of the music that they listened to.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


I am going to research the subculture of SURFING!!! Mainly because I love surfing and my whole family surfs so it’s just been a big part of my life from a young age. The surfing subculture is one of the most influential subcultures in Australia, and has continued to grow and shape the way many people live.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

STACY: brief 1 worth 20% of 5371H Design Context

  • Select a C19th/20th/21st Subculture to,Punk, Cyber Punks, New Romantics, Surf, Skate, Gothic, Hip Hop, Cowboy, Alternative religion, Environmental, Hippies, Gay and lesbian, Industrial , Furries, Straight Edge, Fruits, Bikers, Ravers, Second life etc
  • Submit 50 words via this blog indicating your intended subculture to research by 04/03/08 
  •  Examine the design industries that service the subculture e.g. Body adornment, graphics, fashion, hair, jewellery, object, architecture, fabric, furniture, symbols, logographics, venues, literature typography, illustration, packaging, animation, magazine layout, clothing, posters, flyers, advertising, music, dance, films, heros and heroines, significant designers, code of conduct, festivals. history, influences best urls books references etc.
  • Research the chosen subculture using the internet, books, videos, journals, personal contact and observation.
  • What are the characteristics of the subculture?
  • Identify the effects of visual communication on popular culture.
  • Identify the design industry and the brand names and logos that develop and provide product. 
  • Examine the impact of marketing on design.
  • Examine the products and services utilized by the subculture.
  • What are the historical factors impacting on the subculture?
  • Has this subculture influenced other subcultures or society?

DUE 25 MARCH. 2008. 500 wds illustrated report using word, powerpoint or imovie. Submit via Stacy’s dropbox. Call your file subculture_yourname. file type     5 MINUTE VISUAL VERBAL PRESENTATION


*   Information researched effectively.

*   Logical flow of ideas leading to a personal conclusion.
   Presentation should be neat and graphically creative.
   Handed in on time.
   On a scale of 100, pass mark would be 70