I was super excited when I found out I was a finalist for the T/F designs, but I will admit it was a bit of a buzz kill when I saw the portraits I was supposed to use. They are nice photos but hard to use for my design. I guess I just assumed whoever won would get be involved in the photo shoot. I think I was still able to create the same idea with the portraits. They were a little more limiting than I had hoped because they were all just from the shoulders up and straight on. I also struggled with figuring out the item to use in replacement of the film reel. The DVD was the obvious choice, but it really reminds me more of music than film.
With the feature, I made the timeline smaller and rearranged the elements so more could fit on the page. I still like my feature, but I wish I would have created something a little more visual that using more text heavy stories.
You Can’t Miss: Berlin snapshots: Wiyumi
To me, Berlin used to just be another European city. Then, I did a project about modern artists using innovative new techniques with paint and other mediums. When half the artists were located in Berlin, a little light bulb went off telling me that maybe there was more to Berlin than just its wall. It is actually one of the top cities in the world for designers of all kinds and has inspiration lying everywhere (Including its graffitied wall). The latest issue of Eye 74 features Berlin and its design aesthetic. After reading this article, I sure wish Berlin was a little closer.
You Can’t Miss: HOW Design Live Speaker Frank Baseman On Design Lessons
Playing cards, smlaying cards. All the ones I’ve ever played with have been extremely boring with their blue patterned backs and the same old faces. But life has changed. Good design now applies to playing cards. Frank Baseman was simply looking for a giveaway to make people want to attend the University of Philadelphia’s graphic design school, so he came up with the idea of beautiful playing cards. I have to say they would have had me at first draw. I think these make two excellent points. 1. that everything in life can be more beautiful and 2. there are endless possibilities of what we could be ask to design for.
Photo inspiration: Argo Tea
This past weekend I spend a significant amount of time in the Chicago-O’hare airport due to a flight cancellation. In a 6 a.m. desperation for caffeine, I stumbled upon Argo Tea in concourse E. They not only have chocolate croissants and a great selection of hot tea but the cutest packaging in all of hot drink history. I found their travel mugs illustrations so inspiring that I went back three times. They also have a small size in orange, but go big or go home.