Archive | January 2008

I have been in search of a good way to keep track of my marketing
efforts. I know you can use certain computer programs but I’m a
big fan of keeping it all down in hand writing. I was in Barnes & Noble
sifting through their red dot bin and found this 2008 calendar that is
small and color coded. I love the design of it. It was only $4.00!!!

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January has been a busy month and a lot has been happening so I feel like
I really need to keep track of what I have been doing.

This isn’t related but we also found this sweet clock at the local antique store.
I have never seen a clock that spells out the first digit!!!

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the 1980’s

I decided to take a Typography class this semester. I felt like it would be a great way to create a few interesting projects and explore different ways of using type. My professor showed us a slide show with different type treatments from different artists. I was proud that I recognized a lot of the different posters she was using as examples. I feel old when I sit next to those kids in class but I can appreciate what I’m learning a lot more then I did when I was 18.

I spent today looking through old graphic design manuals. I found some great examples of Russian constructivist art which gave me a new appreciation for it.
I love the structure, their use of the grid and how simplistic the typography is.

I also came across a lot of artwork and images from the 1980’s. Which is my era. All I can really remember or think of is a lot of bad fashion, Ronald Regan, the cold war and my dad’s ugly car collection through the years.

I created this poster and I’m dedicating it to the 1980’s. I’m glad that the era
is over along with me teasing my hair and tight rolling my pants.

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New poster

I created this after thinking about the dynamic of family
and the aftermath of the holidays. Enjoy!

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2008 – Books I found under the tree

The holidays are finally over, we have made some resolutions and
hopefully some of us will stick to them. Mine is to draw more on a
weekly basis. When I discover these 3 books under my tree I felt like
my girlfriend had read my mind.

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Hand Job:

Very clever title and a great book that includes so many different
artists / typographers. It felt good to flip through it from front to
back and be immersed in every page. There is a short description
of each of the artist with a few pages of their work. There’s also a lot of
artists that I had never heard of. I find that some design books include
the same artists along with the same pieces that you see a lot. I find
this book to be a great source of inspiration.

New Vintage Type: Classic fonts for the digital age:

This book is organized into 5 different chapters showing different
periods of typeography from historical to modern. Includes different
descriptions explaining each section. I found a lot of great posters
through out this book with interesting techniques and styles.

Fingerprint: The art of using handmade elements
in graphic design

This book has a mix of packing, posters and t’shirts that have handmade
elements used within the design. Definitely my kind of book.

All these books I have listed show us that maybe we should take some
time to step away from our monitors and unanswered emails to get
back into the old art of creating things by hand. I plan on keeping a
sketchbook to draw like I use to when I was younger.