December 11, 2012

Here is a link to a TED talk by Marian Banjes, a very distinguished graphic designer whose designs have been used in store windows, books, magazines, labels and more. She talks about her own designs and how she got to where she is today but also some inspirational words for any creative person.

For anyone who doesnt know what TED is, please get on this website and watch some videos. They range from beautiful and inspiring to persuasive and informative. There is a ton of videos for anything you could be interested it and they are all talks given by amazing inspiring hardworking people who have rised to the top of their field or done something amazing with their lives. enjoy!

Ted.com

History of Graphic Design

December 10, 2012

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Herb Lubalin was a pioneer back in his day during the 1960’s. He introduced bold, loud text to an otherwise conservative society at the time. With the new wave of change coming along, he came apart of it with his typography. His most famous type ITC Avant Garde has become his signature style with how he is seen by the general public.

 

Portfolio on tumblr

December 9, 2012

Tumblr is a great site to put up a portfolio. Many young, artistic people use tumblr and can spread your work through reposting it. It is a simple and free way to get your work seen.

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http://squillace-design.tumblr.com/

Metrocard experiment

December 7, 2012

Here is an interesting project this lady, Melanie Chernock, did trying to recreate the metrocard. She totally reinvented each one with different concepts, bright ideas and great design. Its a great example of identity design and also clever design for something we already believe to be well designed. 

The MetroCard Project by Melanie Chernock

Promote yourself

December 7, 2012

Here is a link to a website that is much like 99design or logomojo. It is starting up but growing quickly so a good designer has the ability to move up quick on the website. It has a small but talented network of graphic designers who are making logos, brands or designs for different companies and businesses. 

http://www.blankyouverymuch.com/

http://brynnjohnson.com/3-Islands

This website contains photography of people in different types of clothing, mostly with crazy patterns directed by Brynn Johnson. Many times the model’s clothing matches his/her surroundings whether it’s the same color or pattern which overall connects the piece as a whole (hence the example below). The website has a column of about 30 links that all lead to separate pages showing people modeling various clothing lines such as Juicy Couture. There is no fee to browse and the art director, Brynn Johnson, provides an e-mail to contact him about anything.

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Character Design is a type  of artwork I am most attracted to for a variety of reasons. It allows you to feel the emotions of your artwork in ways unlike any other. It allows you to develop a greater relationship with what you are creating because you are creating something that is personalized so their is a natural connection. Character Design for me is mostly is allocated to cartoon design of which when I do decide to create characters their is many things to consider. Number one is the style, I generally decide one to three different key shapes that I will use to keep the focus through out the character. This creates visually consistency and generally a more appealing character. Also how you draw the eyes, mouth, or any part of the body will affect how you or someone else feels about the character. So point edges may give of a different emotion then round edges on a character. Their is much more I can talk about of what goes into my own personal character design but that is all for now. Thank you.