Flickering in the light, it caught my eye. An object of the purest of desires. It’s goniochromism shining multicolored brilliance, commanding my hands towards its majesty. I pause, my hands tremble at the thought of touching this piece of wonder. Giggling, I command my hands to reach forward once more. My fingers ponder the …
One mouthful … an end to mortality. These whispers floated carelessly teasing the fibers of my being. There wasn’t really much debate from me; gushing at the thought of living eternally. I gulped down the muddy effervescence. I like thinking back to this moment. It was the beginning of the end. Or the end… …
You know, you’d expect space to be more fun. Like the old west. Men riding around like cowboys shooting anything that disagreed with them. But that’s not the case. Instead, it’s the same bureaucratic bullshit that you’ve experienced thousands of times throughout your life planetside. Speed limits, interstellar highways, police cruisers watching for insignificant law …
I’ve been playing with the idea of creating a book that can be written, read, edited, or deleted all by the people who view it. It could literally be blank by the end of the project and it would still be amazing. But to have an ending to the project we must first have a …
A small sneak peak at an upcoming piece. It’s still in the testing phase.
I’ve been recording my dreams in a dream journal. Typically, I have very vivid dreams and incredibly crazy things happen. In one of my more recent dreams, my friend Po and I were in a library eating BBQ. He placed the water kettle on the fire and then proceeded to drink boiling water and breathe out steam. It was very cartoonish but very vivid. I made this quick sketch to showcase that section of the dream.
Today we say “see you later” to two of our good friends in Korea. Sydney and Po made the beginning much easier on us. Good Luck on your vacation and we’ll see you soon.
I was wandering through the book store again and I saw this lovely cover. It initially drew me in because of the giant “Z” right on the cover. The contrast in letter size is absolutely amazing on this book cover and definitely draw the eye. At a distance, all you can really see is the …
The Good Luck of Right Now has a lot of interesting design elements. Hand drawn typography is making a huge comeback. It makes things inanimate objects and information have that human touch, despite how much technology goes into mass producing these typographic/illustrative elements. I also love the illustration used for the cover. The ribbon helps …
This week’s Free Friday features three fonts. Langdon Norwester Nautilus Pompilius
I’ve decided to start this series with a few covers from the classic George Orwell book 1984. The First Cover is by Penguin Books. The title is blacked out with the letters being printed in a slightly more glossy black ink. This perfectly represents both the profession of our main character and the ideas of …
This is the newest series where we look at book cover design. Most of these books I haven’t read but I’m hoping the project as a whole will inspire me to read more. This will be a design critique on book covers and they will be rated on effectiveness. I will also try to guess …
I should be posting new material tomorrow. This week was ridiculous but things are slowing back down before the final rush of the semester. Since this is my last semester, I should have more time in the coming months to create and post new works. But, thanks for being patience and expect something tomorrow!
Here are a few sketches from some of my older sketchbooks. At the time I was experimenting with brush tip pens, watercolors palettes, and prismacolor pencil blending.
It’s update time again. This time we’re rolling out a content schedule. Here’s what I’m thinking: Monday: Swing Content (Placeholder until I get more articles written about a variety of topics) Wednesday: Sketchbooks, Illustrations, Project Updates (WIPs) Friday: Design Bits and Updates. Saturday/Sunday: Bonus Content (Articles, Contests, and Miscellaneous Topics) This schedule is subject to …
These are a few more Design Bits that I pulled from older sketchbooks.
- “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
- Your sketchbook should be full of risks taken. Even failures can result in successes later.
- Let your work be stolen. Think of stealing, in the beginning, as anonymous distribution.
- Bonus: Don’t allow others to profit from your work without receiving compensation (e.g. money, good feelings, gold, etc…)
The last two directly conflict with one another. When I say steal, I mean allow for your work to be distributed by anyone via social media, email, etc… Let people print their own copies or draw things similar to your creation because it all comes back to you in the end. In contrast, do not let someone steal your work for the cover of their book and no expect to pay you for your work.
The second page of the alphabet book highlighting the letter ‘B’. The font shown this week is Didot Bold. Feel free to suggest typefaces for the next page ‘C’.
I would want the tool bar power. I could Clone stamp another version of myself to do extra tasks. I could healing brush cracks out of walls, rust off of antiques, etc… I could use the fill bucket to paint my house, or change the color of my car. Of course these powers could be …
The second installment of Design Bits is here.
- When you stop smiling it’s time to move on. (This Bit is brought to you from my Graphic Design Professor, Jim Bryant)
- Pick what to say and say it as clearly as possible.
- “Computers are to design what microwaves are to cooking.” – Milton Glaser
I’m in the process of planning a One a Day project. It would start at the beginning of one month with the first piece and an article explaining every facet of my life (i.e. future plans, current thoughts, a few ideas about design, my philosophies on design, etc…). It would end exactly one year from …
Lord of the Flies
This project was to use a series of predetermined words and phrases and then create a Logotype for that phrase. We were, also, only allowed to use black and white. It was an interesting project that strayed a bit away from traditional logos; it helped us learn to better pair type and illustration.
Cruel Intentions – Impact Regular
FTANG! – custom font (based loosely on Damn Noisy Kids)
Illusion – Univers 49 Ultra Light Condensed
Lord of the Flies – Helvetica Neue Black / Helvetica Neue Light
Updates to Come: The next round of scheduled updates to come are: A banner for the site A new site logo Working with the theme to use a color other than green (at this juncture I’m thinking either a similar blue or a red-orange) A working content schedule and new content. (Design Bits, WIPs, Daily …
I have to design a brand for a Nikola Tesla themed bistro. Still in the sketch phase right now but much more to come.