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Posts tagged ‘contrast’

Inspiration

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I like the transparency of this design because it’s interesting and captivating but doesn’t look muddled or pointless. The color scheme is also very nice and soothing.

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7 Mar 2013

When life gives you hands…

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Nice quote that stopped me in my tracks. Even though I’m a Graphic Designer, I love doing project by getting messy (screen printing, drawing, painting, etc). I don’t think value will ever be lost in handmade art.

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7 Mar 2013

Project 2 – Visual Essay

Here’s my final piece for our second project which is a visual essay.

The essay talks about a ring that I got from my parents when I was about 12, and how important it is to me. The Visual Essay, when printed, is folded accordian style.

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7 Mar 2013

Accidental Mysteries

Here’s a really cool post I found on the Design Observer site. It talks about this German Book from the 17th Century that basically is just a compilation of different calligraphy styles applied to the alphabet. What’s truly amazing is that each page gets more and more ornate. The time it took to make these is probably ridiculous, and I definitely don’t have a steady enough hand to do something like this so I definitely respect and admire it! Take a look.

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I think it gets to a certain point where some of these are borderline-beyond-legible, but amazing to look at nonetheless!

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7 Mar 2013

Marian Bantjes Valentine

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Love this! Wish I made it 😛 Great colors, great balance throughout and really keeps your eye interested and engaged. Also there’s a lot of depth created just by using different colors and simply-shaped lines. Very nice!

13 Feb 2013

Project 1 – Order!

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Forgot to upload this a while back but this was my final poster for our first project that focused on Order. My image is off a mural on a random building in Detroit, and essentially I wanted to communicate that there is a particular Pattern Language in the world of graffiti, and I think that this image was a perfect example of how someone took that pattern language for graffiti and switched it up and created something entirely new out of it, becoming more of a piece of public art than graffiti. I want the circles to contrast the grid-like brick pattern in the image and I really wanted the image to be the main focus..

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13 Feb 2013

Coffee & Cigarettes

This truly is a genius design in my opinion. Combining images and the simple letterform of an ampersand to basically state the title of the film without using any photographic images is impressive. If you took away ‘Coffee and cigarettes’ at the bottom, after spending some time looking at it, one would be able to recognize that there is a coffee cup in the bowl of the ampersand and that the end of it resembles the butt of a cigarette. This design is very simplistic yet imaginative since you really have to look at the form to understand what is being presented to you. Also, the fact that the ampersand was most likely not altered to fit the images into it (such as it wasn’t skewed or twisted, etc) also adds to the fascination and beauty of this piece. Also the use of a beige-type of background reminds you of the effect a coffee stain would have on a white table, or how the cigarette paper burns as you smoke it. There’s a feeling of simplicity and sophistication in this piece since it makes you feel like all you need is some coffee and cigarettes (:

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21 Nov 2012

Living Letters

Another great example of hand-drawn lettering. Not only do I like this because it’s done manually, but it’s extremely expressive. It’s use of a calming, cool color and the vines sprouting out from all over the letter contrast the mechanical designs inside of the letter itself. The letter just seems to burst into life and breaks all the rules and barriers that a typical letter should have. I think this is great inspiration to how Typography can be extremely expressive, and you can essentially make it whatever you want it to be.

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12 Nov 2012

Modular Typefaces

This is a modular typeface that I stumbled across while doing research for our next Typography project. I think this one caught my attention because the bright blue obviously jumps out at you, but the type fits a grid but is not so strict. The slight curves in certain letters (v, a, b) create dynamism but overall are unified as an alphabet. The negative space in these letters also helps to create the individual letterforms – if they were all filled in it would not be as interesting. Also, what I think makes this attractive is that certain letterforms are missing that we are used to – such as the middle leg in the lowercase ‘m’, the bar in the ‘f’, etc. It is still legible, but is a variation on our typical alphabet, which makes it very unique.

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1 Nov 2012

Beautiful Typography

I really enjoy embellished fonts like this. I love all of the tiny details, it’s so amazing and interesting to look at. This is very classical and traditional looking, probably appealing to an older or more sophisticated crowd. The pure black and gold also emphasize the sophisticated-ness of the wine.

25 Oct 2012