Friday, March 11, 2011

life's tiny annoyances

This week has been a rough one for me. I've felt supremely annoyed about stuff big and small. I do a decent job of letting it go when I can but it's not my strong suit. Sometimes I like to pretend I don't have issues with things, only to bottle it up and explode about it later when I'm alone. This week, maybe I would be better off to be a hermit. Channeling this energy, I found this illustration done by Roxie Vizcarra. The style is very nice, almost comic quality to it and the colors suit it well. Plus, dealing with an event where one person is slightly annoying someone else hit home this week. Enjoy!

Roxie Vizcarra

Monday, March 7, 2011

vector illustrations

These illustrations done by Fernando Togni are really quite beautiful examples of how to use Illustrator well, something I haven't even begun to attempt. Below are some examples and the link to the article where I found them. He also has a very useful website which is linked below as well, along with the ability to purchase a good many of his prints at a very very reasonable price.

Colorful Vector Illustrations: Fernando Togni
Fernando Togni's site

Friday, March 4, 2011

black swan, revisioned

Design firm LaBoca made the awesome posters for the film Black Swan. I haven't seen it but I do feel a little more inclined to do so. I particularly enjoyed the first two, I do like a picture within a picture. And retro things. So here they are:

Black Swan movie posters

Friday, January 21, 2011

what's that looming in the horizon?

In just a few short days, Spring semester begins with only one class this time: Typography. This may be the one class I've been looking forward to most, so I'm excited to put all my time, energy and creativity into this one thing, since it's my sincere hope that I find some talent in this subset of graphic design. With the start of the semester, I figured it was time to get this blog going again, at least to catalog and track what I like in the design world (and probably the things I hate too). Given that, I'm going to kick this off with something I like - a chart. Not just any chart, this also falls into the category of things I love, namely Parks and Recreation. Thank you Ron effing Swanson, for this chart. Maybe not the prettiest design, but certainly awesome anyway. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

one last blog post for the class

What PBDS601 has taught me:

1. I'm not that good at this. I just need more work and some harsh critics. I spent a lot of this semester questioning myself and if there's any talent underneath my desire to do well in this class/life. I'm still up in the air about it but I'll attempt to let myself discover if I do have talent instead of cutting myself down - which I am a professional at doing. The only time I don't cut myself down is when I remember that there are people in the program and I need to do better than them.

2. I can't make it perfect. I can technically, but for now there's always going to be something I want to change and that's ok. I'm definitely not good enough to make something that doesn't require any changes and most of us are in that same category.

3. You can't make everyone happy, I should start with me. Specifically, I need to make changes I like and can live with, not just to make people *COUGH AMY COUGH* happy. I at least need to be able to justify my decisions with something other than, "Amy thought it would be better". This is in specific reference to the project 5, where I got rid of the tooth but thought I could've made it work by keeping it.

4. Letting an idea marinate is good. Man, my first projects really sucked hard. Going back to them to do revisions is so much better. I had a decent idea of how to structure them but made some bad decisions. Now I am able to see that and the revisions aren't so tough. I'm glad I get to go back to them for a new grade, but I think I would just enjoy going back to them anyway.

5. Sometimes your ideas are shitty. I've had some really shitty ones. Salvage anything workable and move on, it's ok.

6. Questions I still have: Will I be nothing more than mediocre at this? How can I tell? What am I getting for Christmas? (oops, looks like I'm already moving on)

This class was great, it even opened me up to the wonders of a blog. I'll likely be keeping the posts coming, just at a slightly slower clip and with a mini break over the holidays - you should never blog drunk! Anyway, goodbye isn't forever Internet, I'll be back!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

cheese or font

I've finally found the missing link between my love of cheese and my love of typeface. Maybe it was all a subconscious choice or some higher power created this website to finally make the pieces of my life fall together (it wasn't a higher power - I don't believe in that and even if it was he/she/it needs something better to do anyway). Have you ever noticed that cheese names and typeface names are similar? Eerily similar? I didn't, until this simple website made a game out of deciding whether a particular pronoun was the name of a typeface or cheese.

Here's some examples, you have to decide whether they are cheese names or font names - I'll put the right answers at the bottom:


Feel free to test your knowledge at Cheese or Font. Good luck!

ANSWERS: They were all cheese, except Eurow

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

8 faces magazine

What if you could only use 8 typefaces for the rest of your life? This is the question posed by the new magazine, 8 Faces. I can tell you I don't know enough about type yet to make such an important decision, but I would like to find out by getting this magazine. It is beautifully printed and looks like it would awesome to own and refer to regularly. All I have the skills to do is make a list of typefaces I should mostly never use, which I've included here and you can feel free to add to. Maybe one day soon I'll be able to pick my 8 faces...

8 Faces magazine

Typeface no-nos:
Comic Sans
Times New Roman

Any others? Amy (A Design Dive) just recently posted some typeface dos and don'ts as well so maybe between the two of us, we can attempt a cohesive list!