Cooper Black Std – A quick little poster post!

So since I haven’t had time to do a post recently (26 hour/pw shift for a fortnight – eek!), I thought I’d rustle up a quick little post for ya!

One of the extra things we had to do alongside the book (which I’ll have picks up of asap!), website and flash animation was a small paragraph about our (or in my case, one of) favorite fonts.

So obviously, I picked Cooper Std. Black – it’s chunky, kinda has a vintage feel to it, it’s fun and doesn’t make me wanna find the nearest sick bag like Comic Sans does…

I didn’t want it to be a plain paragraph knocked up on Word and printed on a wee bit o’ A4, so I made up a quick little A3 “typo” poster – really simple colours/ layout – but a bit more interesting than a few lines on a page (I hope!).

So here it is …

I’d like to do more work on this, get more info about the font to work with – maybe create an animation – just something to keep the creative clogs rolling whilst waiting on semester two to begin.

Anyways, off to chill after a rather busy shift – think there’s a tub o’ ice cream in the freezer with my name on it…

Over n’ out,

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

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Tweaking & Twitter.

So I’m attempting to get better at networking.

Feel I should start now, get the ball rolling – I’m already in second year, best get a move on with getting my work out there!

Part of this plan involved entering a uni competition, I’m attending a conference/networking event next Wednesday (business cards at the ready!), and I finally got Twitter.

Yes … me … and twitter … bet you didn’t think that would happen!

Here’s the link btw if you wanna follow me! 🙂

http://twitter.com/#!/graphicdesignks

Also, the marathon that has been this blurb book is finally finished.

Done ‘n Dusted. Sign, sealed and delivered!!! …

… (Well, it’s gonna get sent off real soon for getting made up!)

And the Weebly site *insert sigh here* is coming along okay too, got the characters made up for the stop animation and I’m hoping that based on the success of this video, my second video in flash for the new project will work out okay too – more details on that to come!!!

Here’s a BEFORE, and AFTER the lecturer’s feedback, of one of the final spreads for “Dot & Line”:

BEFORE

AFTER

I’m quite pleased with the final outcome for this spread, I think it’s more organic, and the typography isn’t as harsh, lemme know if ya think otherwise!

Anyways, break time over, got another bit to go in studio! 🙂

Over ‘n Out,

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Ink, Ink, Ink

Nearly finished my Blurb book spreads, and I’m starting to think about the new project – web design – luckily it’s an extension of the work from the first project, so that helps a lot!

After receiving feedback from my lecturers on some of my little doodles, that were accompanying my typography and photography, I’ve re-created the pictures by mono-printing them – and in the process I also made my front cover and contents page title… good times!

I created the fonts by drawing them out on card, cutting them out, then printing under/ over them with multiple colours of acrylic paint – on different textures/ weights of paper.

So here’s a sneak peek of the front cover and two of the spreads, as well as some of the raw photographs of the mono printing!

Front Cover.

Contents page banner.

Colour Double Page Spread One. (The dimensions of the book are 18 x 18cm – and I’m aiming for full bleed, falling off the page spreads – the rather informative pages will have a more conservative grid for legibility purposes, but pages like this will be messy!)

Lines Double Page Spread One.

This is a raw pick of the mono print I created for chiaroscuro, and the last image is for planes. These images will stand alone, merge, overlap or hang off the page with the typography and photography.

So once I’ve got my spreads done, and have the book made, I’ll stick up some photos! Also, I’ll post the web link up when I’ve finished this new project.

One more image for the road – turns out red ink on arms is a bad idea – it’s come off – but I looked rather sun burnt on my right arm for a couple of days afterwards – eek! … Don’t ask, we hit a creative brick wall, got bored, and decided this was the best way to spend our time 😛

Over n’ Out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Inky Typo Good Times!

So finally this project is starting to take shape!

Spent this morning photographing my inky prints (which after 48 hours have still NOT fully dried – siiiigh!) at the photography studio. I’m trying to get a mix of flat and shadowy, textured shots for the book.

The inky prints were created using different colours of water based inks, a roller, and wooden blocks that have different fonts and sizes of letters carved into them.

VERY MESSY!

Good times though, and I’m pleased with how some of them turned out.

Rhythm.

Dots.

Chiaroscuro.

The next stage is going to be some messy lil’ sketches – and the book will flow “print/photo/sketch” for most of the layouts. Some may overlap or trail off the page and end on the next. Still deciding this right now, but I have a stronger idea of how I want it look now than I did a few days ago – good times!

Back to designing now!

Over n out,

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Chiaroscuro & Curry

Just finished my time in studio today – thought I’d quickly stick up a wee post about my progress with this book project.

I’ve finished my research (thank god for that!) and I’m now onto taking photos for each of the basic principles of design.

I’ll then have to narrow these down to ten images, one for each category:

Colour, Texture, Dots, Lines, Dot & Line, Crossing, Planes, Circles, Rhythm and Chiaroscuro.

After that I’ll have to create an illustration for each photograph (using different materials ‘n such) and stick it all together in a purdy layout for publishing … and this is for Friday … sleeping shall be minimal for the remainder of this week!

So here’s 3 of the images that I feel are the strongest so far – shall hopefully get this all done in time!

So this spiderweb that I photographed today is for “Crossing”.

I was lucky enough to be taking pictures whilst there was a burst of sunshine through the windows, and because I snapped this during the blip of good weather, it picked up markings on the glass too – which I thought looked rather sparkly and purdy!

This is for “Texture”. Whilst photographing the walls outside our studio for “Dots”, I noticed a small numerical print on the wall – it looked like a rather rough texture, so I zoomed in and then altered the contrast on photoshop to bring it out a wee bit!

And last, but not least :P, this image is for “Chiaroscuro” (light-dark). Just stumbled across these whilst wondering about Scott Sutherland building and altered the white balance on my camera before taking the shot.

So that’s all for now, since I probably wont have much time to update over the next week!

Off for curry and chat at Jan ‘n Den’s now (biryani goodness!).

Over ‘n Out!

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx

Hangovers and Graphic Design

As you can probably guess from the title, I am rather hungover.
Self-inflicted pain that can only be cured by Super Noodles & Come Dine With Me combo.

Unfortunately neither of those are available to me right now – but onwards with the coursework!

So before all the birthday bash merriment last night there was of course Uni to attend. We had to create a design based on our matriculation number, and these would be displayed in the halls for the Open Day that took place today. They wanted us to voice our thoughts about these numbers through the image, for example “I’m not a number, I’m an individual … aaaarrrgghhhh!”

But I wasn’t in a raging rebellious mood, so I decided to doodle what the I would look like if I was that number…

…TADA!!!

So that took up a wee bit of studio time!

Still working on the massive bulk of research for this first project. When I start getting some ideas together tomorrow, I shall do a lil’ post then.

But for now I’m nursing this sore head with a cuppa!

Over ‘n Out

graphicdesignandstuff

xxx