Russian Constructivism

From our lesson the other week we chose to talk about Russian Constructivism and looked at the video above my Franz Ferdinand. From the research we were given to start off with I found out that:

  • Russian Constructivism was between the years 1913 and 1940
  • Main designers are El Lissitsky and Robert Adams
  • Use a lot of black, red and white
  • Use of shapes
  • Post World War One
  • Modernism
  • Created to serve

Once we got these notes from the given research we thought of a question we wanted to look into further. The question we chose was:

Why is Russian Constructivism so structured?

  • Used a lot of straight lines and squares
  • In the video the lines are creating a speech bubble
  • 1917 – Russian revolution – same time as the Bauhaus which you can tell from the colours and shapes used.
  • Women’s rights
  • Supported it by advertising
  • Make quality right
  • Get the message across using advertising
  • Instead of word of mouth, it is promoted
  • Propaganda was created by people who wanted the war to continue
  • Constructivism was created by the view point of people in the country
  • Make art be practical (Bauhaus)
  • Make a point, social – make serious
  • Revolution is a good change, internal war, going against the government
  • Two sided revolution – socialist and communist
  • 1917 – revolution was over
  • Wanted more meaning to work
  • Not art for art sake – wanted a social message
  • Structured – make more sense to the audience
  • Poster typography makes it look like its been shouted
  • Used hierarchy
  • Real meaning for graphic design
  • Industrial
  • Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism use shapes and small amount of colour
  • Bold – music video
  • OBEY – influenced by propaganda
  • Colours – army
  • Women didn’t vote
  • Rich and poor
  • Workers were mistreated
  • Bright Colours
  • Practical art – serious message put across

Last Thought – their work brought a message out instead of concentrating on the art side.

Important Information

  • Effected by revolution
  • Help women’s rights
  • Equal rights
  • Practical art
  • Put a message across


  • Russian Revolution
  • Influenced
  • Art was a reaction to revolution
  • Colours
  • Bold message


  • Effected architecture and music
  • Bauhaus
  • Shepard Fairey was influenced by Russian Constructivism
  • Revolution
  • Industry

Art Work

  • Straight lines
  • Shapes
  • Red, black and white
  • Propaganda