I thought this design summed up my summer pretty well. It’s been about a month since I graduated and prior to that I was actively in the trenches of portfolio completion at school. I’m now adjusting to post-graduate life and it’s been tricky. This new life entails looking at a lot of job boards, reaching out to agencies I respect and admire and learning the inner workings of taking on freelance projects.
Taking the step of leaving my media job to pursue design was a huge for me and I’m really excited to see what’s ahead. I know maintaining a positive attitude will be tantamount in my success and while some days are really hard I’m determined to get through it.
I’ve been a bit spotty with this blog for the past several weeks and I want to get back to it starting today. This has served as my visual diary and inspiration board for the past 2 years and it’s now more important than ever that I keep it active.
Ok enough of my rambling. I hope everyone is having a great day!
Side note: I wonder how many different fonts were used to execute the above design. It looks like every letterform is different…
Really loving the vintage feel on the identity for homemade ice cream shop Jaxon & Mack by Kelly Kerwick. Sometimes the simplest things like the color palette and paper stock make all the difference in a design.
More of Kelly’s work can be seen at her portfolio site here.
This B.I.G. portrait created by ilustrator Evan Wondolowski. Evan has made a series of portraits from shredded strips of U.S. Federal Reserve Notes, he then glues the paper bits to newspaper sheets. Talk about tedious! Gotta love his attention to detail.
Love these illustrations done by Charis Tsevis for the Yahoo! 2012 Olympic campaign. You may remember some of his work for the Turkey 2010 Olympics as I shared a couple of years ago (see that old post here). More of the campaign can be seen over at Charis’ portfolio site.
From the makers of the documentary Color Outside The Lines, comes the first episode of Under the Needle, a series of short videos on various tattoo artists. Paper Frank, the apprentice of well-known artist Maiya Bailey is the subject of the launch. Here Paper gives some insight into his process as well as advice for those in the market for tattoos.
As a designer a logo project is probably one of the hardest, but most exciting pieces of work you can do on for a new or existing brand. It’s often the first thing a person comes across when they interact with the product/service.
I love this PBS Art special on logo design. It really speaks on the importance of brandmarks. According to the video, a good logo is memorable, appropriate to the brand and simple enough to be applied in various spaces while being recognizable at multiple sizes. A good logo is also timeless much like the Coca-Cola logo that we all know so well.
Michigan-based artist Scott Gundersen created this portrait after collecting 3,621 used and recycled bottle stoppers and organizing them by tones and colors. Inventive, imaginative and a bit genius I might add.
Check out the video below to gain further insight into the process and make sure you visit his Tumblr page here to see his other masterpieces.
These are various logos designs Nicole Meyer has done for her 10,000 Minnesota Lake project. After reviewing several of the not-so-beautiful lake logos in the area, she decided to do some rebranding doing a logo a day (hardly an easy task) in an effort to cover all of the lakes in the state.
She recently decided to revise the goal to focus on other projects, but the work she has done over the past year was really spectacular.
Check out more of the designs on the Branding 10,000 Lakes site here.