Friday, September 25, 2009

Peace out Summer


Thanks for the flip flop tan.

Hellooooo fall!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lace

I've fallen in love with lace. It's so delicate, feminine, romantic.

Besides all the boobage, I love this. So much.

Pretty.
The back on this one is amazing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Projects

In school, we do all sorts of wacky projects to learn about white space and spatial planes and all sorts of graphic design fun. Here's a few things I've done.

I made the capital H last semester, now we're moving on to lowercase letters. The first: an n. We have to measure these out by the millimeter and paint them with the dastardly paint called plaka using a ruling pen (another dastardly thing) for the straight lines and a paintbrush for the curves. I'm almost done with my n so I drew it in adobe illustrator which is what you see below.


Up next is what I've been doing in my Visual Communication class. Everything is on a 25 cm square layout. I didn't frame the edges of these pictures so it's kind of confusing but imagine a square box around the black squares which are mostly all 5 cm. The first is my static (motionless) composition. This is a dynamic (in motion) composition.




This is a spatial composition which creates the illusion of space using gray and black squares. The black square is closest. (this works best when you're farther away from it. We have to hang these up on the wall and stand back ten feet to look at them)This is a composition working with scale and 3 squares. The smallest square is supposed to look far away.


This one creates spatial definiton with the white space. It should look three dimensional, like stairs, because your eyes connect the white space in between.





Next is working with tension. My roommates call this the period one. The black squares are distanced from the red dot which activates the white space and creates tension. The opposite of tension is dead space. I like to say that when I'm talking with my teacher, makes our work sound more exciting. This last one is in my lecture class. Our first assignment was to redesign the geometric shape of something to make it more functional. I redesigned a soap dispenser. I labeled the pump's tube as a straw, not sure if this is correct but oh well. I always hate how soap gets stuck at the bottom of the bottle where the straw can't reach it so I made an upside-down pyramid bottle with supports to hold it up. The drawing was done in Illustrator and is very rough. I don't know how to get an fancier. Ah well.




I don't have any pictures of my drawing class projects, but trust me, they're not even worth looking at. I despise that class. We're drawing geometric shapes. So tedious. Boring. Difficult. And it's all guesswork which is so opposite of how precise we usually have to be. And my male teacher has long fingernails and smells like smoke sometimes. Bleh.


Also, for my letterform class, I'm writing with a William Morris pen similiar to my pencil projects from last year. I had a rough start but I'm getting better. I'll take some picture of that later.


Fun times.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The many faces of Jason

Courtesy of Skype. I like to take pictures of him when we're talking. He's handsome and I can't resist. Behold:

Concentrating Jason.
Thinking about Mexican pineapple cake Jason.
Content Jason.
Elephant ears Jason.
Constipated Jason.
Cutie boy Jason.
And yes, that is his room, flower and butterfly trim and all. His sis decorated it when she was living there and now Jason gets to enjoy it.

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Great Choice

Jason and I were in Walmart last weekend when we noticed that the generic Walmart brand Great Value was rebranded. Can I get a halleluja? Look at this mess:


I seriously HATED buying Great Value products. Sometimes I would fork over more money just to get around buying something so ugly. Everything about the packaging was so wrong. Horrible typography, bad pictures, tacky layouts, and the logo is down right offensive. Just because the products are cheap doesn't mean they should grab that one kid who makes everyone's coffee in the office and set him in front of the computer to design some packaging. Look at the images below:
Gross. Who wants to buy that?
Well someone, somewhere had enough COMMON SENSE to finally change a thing or two. Behold:

Wow! I'm not gagging! I'm not embarrassed to put those in my cart! THANK YOU WALMART.
Sure, I was saddened to see one of my favorite typefaces Myriad used with an outline for the logo. The logo itself if kinda boring, but I love how everything is white and consistent. Now their products stand out amoungst the shelves and now you can associate that color with any Great Value product.
Bravo, Walmart, bravo.